Apparently, the BBC are planning a shift in their 'bonnet dramas' to tales by the Bronte sisters.
So Austen is overdone? (I happen to agree) but do they honestly not think that we'll watch anything else if it doesn't have the name Austen or Dickens or Bronte attached to it?! I just read this article in The Times Online referred to by Austenprose.
In 1847 a pair of extraordinary novels appeared two months apart, apparently written by brothers. Jane Eyre proved an immediate success while Wuthering Heights was sneered at as “wild, confused, disjointed and improbable”. Today both are among the classics of English literature.
Next year the stories are to go head to head once more, in cinemas, more than 160 years after Charlotte and Emily Brontë published them under the pseudonyms Currer and Ellis Bell.
From same article, "Christine Langan, the head of BBC Films, acknowledged that revisiting classics is a fraught business. “There will be people saying, ‘Why the hell are they doing that all over again?’.” But the film industry is an uncertain place at the best of times and more than ever the search is on for stories with which audiences feel a familiar connection."
I can understand that producers have limited options based on the marketability of their films and I've been disappointed to hear of promising projects that have been stalled due to lack of funds. But yes, I would say I'm one of those who would say, ‘Why the hell are they doing that all over again?!’ There are countless other great books and authors who are treasured by many and I'm sure would find a willing audience! (Here I would refer back to my Open Letter to the BBC where I received great suggestions from many of books that I have yet to discover!) And if the BBC wants to stick to the well-known authors, then why not take on one of their lesser known works?? What about Bronte's Villette? Gaskell's Mary Barton? Austen's Watsons? or anything by Dickens besides the ones remade countless times?! Or what about a biopic about the Brontes themselves?
I'm just sayin'...