Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Monday, January 7, 2013

Don't Fall, Savvy!

Don't fall, Savvy!  That ladder can be dangerous!

A Very Special Classic & Gothic Novels Episode

Hey, that's not Savvy on the Indiana Roving Reporter Room ladder.  It's that crazy lady from a Charlotte Brontë novel, I'm thinking.  Jane Airedale, or something like that.

That's the Ticket!

Genuine Airedale Terrier Slobberdog
(Click Images to Bigify)

I'm not saying that Charlotte Brontë's writing was going to the slobberdogs--she was one of the three famous  Brontë sister/writers, after all (the other two being Emily and Anne)--but that title would have been much better as Airedale, I'd venture.

In this week's readers' advisory video blog (vlog), Savvy and Programma Mama talked about classic novels:  Charlotte Brontë's gothic masterpiece, and Jane Austen's parody of the gothic genre, Northanger Abbey.  These are weighty reads, given their early 19th century British stylistic flourishes.  Still, classics are not called that because they appeared in Classic Comics.  Then again, maybe so.

Jean Valjean Carries Marius
in This Cartoon Sewer

Whether comic (excuse moi, graphic novel) or original gazillion-page epic book, I bet that sewer smelled pretty bad. I especially like the rattermeeces (or is it rattermeeses?) on the Classic Comic's cover art.  I also really enjoyed the picture of Inspector Javert's hat sitting on the dock (with the concentric circles in the water) after he reaches his climactic conclusion in Victor Hugo's literary masterwork.

Scowl-Face had to read the unabridged Les Misérables in (high school) freshman English class about the time the novel was first published, I'll wager.  He knew a kid who didn't read the book--too much work for that guy--but the fellow did read the Classic Comics version, which he showed 'ol Scowlly well after the assignment was completed.  Scowl-Face read the entire book--a monumental feat, given his reading speed of 12 words per minute (he was a challenged reader).  Great novel, though.

I seem to have digressed somewhat from my primary premise.  Oh, yes. Now I have recovered the thread.

LOOK OUT, SAVVY!  OR CRAZY LADY FROM THE ATTIC!  DON'T FALL OFF THAT LADDER!  Workers' compensation claims, we don't need, to be sure.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's the final scene in the movie adaptation of Jane Eyre (British release, 1943; American release, 1944), directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine.  Don't watch it if you plan to read the novel.  I'm not sure how different the film ending is from the book's, but it's better to play it safe.  (Now you have  to watch it, right?)  It's about 10 minutes long, so better make some popcorn.

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