Everybody at the minute is obsessed with a good TV series. Anything from Game of Thrones to Suits or The Walking Dead to Breaking Bad. Everyone has their favourite that they binge watch. I however, like something a little different.
By different I mean real. You might think it’s boring but to me its factual and completely fascinating dedicated to times gone by. Being the Brontes was aired on BBC 2 and took you through the history of these three fascinating woman. Set in West Yorkshire in 1845 at a Parsonage in Howarth Emily, Anne and Charlotte started writing their first novels. They also had two other sisters Mariah and Elizabeth who both died young of suspected TB and a brother Branwell who died in his early 30’s to alcoholism.
Charlotte Bronte – the eldest of the three and responsible for writing Jane Eyre. The epic love story of Jane and Rochester. The heroine of this is outwardly but possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage. Charlotte is reported to have said she wanted her heroine to be as plain and as small as herself.
Anne Bronte – the youngest of the siblings wrote Agnes Grey. Considered the underdog of the sisters, she wrote the story of how Governesses worked in the mid nineteenth century. A deeply personal novel based on Anne’s own experiences. It has power and poignancy between its pages.
Emily, who in my eyes needs no introduction, wrote the all-time classic Wuthering Heights. A wild and passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love affair between Cathy and Heathcliff. Famous for her wild and singular imagination, Emily Bronte remains mysterious to biographers due to her solitary and reclusive nature.
When their work was first published it was done so under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell and it was only after their deaths that Charlotte gave up the woman’s real identities, unfortunately before the girls could actually truly realise the real fame that would follow.
Considered by theirs fans since as being lonely spinster’s rivalry that spurred them on to write three of the greatest books ever written in the English language. For three girls who lived quite secluded, solidary lives where did this worldliness and passion come from and what went on in their lives that we are unaware of for them to still be capturing the hearts of literary buffs and book lovers 170 odd years later.
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