I will always regard April as Brontë Season, probably because Charlotte’s birthday is on April 21st. For this reason, I have always felt that April is the perfect time to read works by the Brontës, and considering that they lived on the bleak, cold and rainy moors of Haworth, it is particularly fitting that I would engage with their works during a season that has its foot both in winter and in summer here in Canada.
This year, I decided to read two Brontë adaptations, if you will, re-imaginings of their stories that I found highly entertaining. I also chose to finally read Anne Brontë’s first novel, Agnes Grey, which is the only text written by the Brontës that I had left to read. Part of me is incredibly sad that I will no longer have a Brontë novel to pick up for the first time in the future, but I shouldn’t have waited so long to read Agnes Grey because it was fabulous and Anne deserves better than that. She might be the youngest sibling, but she shouldn’t be overlooked because her novels have a lot to offer the literary community!
In any case, here are my reviews of the Brontë-inspired books I’ve engaged with this month, to pay homage to one of my favourite literary families!
Hope you’re all enjoying your sunny Saturday! xox
My Plain Jane
I finallyyy got around to reading this and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a lot funnier than I expected and different enough from Jane Eyre to not feel like an outright adaptation. It really was a unique story in its own regard, and so I felt intrigued rather than annoyed by it. I would definitely recommend it as a fun, quick, engaging read to any Jane Eyre fans!
❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
Anne Brontë is not to be underestimated. Although she hasn’t ever really been as revered as her elder sisters, her two novels are excellently written and thoroughly entertaining. Agnes Grey is no exception and Anne is a credit to her remarkably talented family.
I’m sad to have finished this story, if only because it was the last remaining Brontë work I had left to read. If it wasn’t for my desire to leave myself with one work by this family to look forward to, I would’ve picked it up far sooner out of an immense appreciation for Anne’s talent.
Highly recommend to fans of Victorian literature!
❥❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)
Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg
An absolutely lovely graphic novel, tinged with sadness at the fact that the Brontës had such a rich and imaginative childhood, only to die so young. I have read all of Charlotte’s juvenilia, and this fictional dive further into it was very entertaining. A perfect, quick read for a chilly, windy April day!
❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)
Girl with a Green Heart