Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jane Eyre

Unlike Wuthering Heights, I greatly enjoyed this novel by a Bronte sister. I almost let my disgust of the previous novel stop me from reading Jane Eyre. I am so glad I listened to some friends and did not let that happen. It is a very different story and oddly captivating as a result. I heartily recommend the book to all young adults (being teenagers) and older. Now, of course I would not recommend and do not agree with everything that happens in the book, but when does that ever happen, no?

The A&E movie based off of this book is good, but entirely too rushed. It would have been a very good idea, in my opinion, it have at least put captions letting you know how many years passed between particular scenes. With it not being this way you miss much of the power of her story. However, no screen adaption is ever perfect, and given that decades of Jane's life are covered in an hour and a half (thus the benefit of captions) the movie adaption is about as faithful as you can do. I do recommend this movie as well. I have not seen any other screen adaption, so cannot speak on the quality of those.

2 out 5 stars.

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Annette Piper said...

I would highly recommend you view the latest adaptation of Jane Eyre as made by the BBC in 2006. Starring Ruth Wilson and Jane and Toby Stephens as Rochester. I enjoyed it immensely and found it basically true to the novel (although somewhat shortened in areas and more emphasis put on others, but it IS an adaptation). At 4 hours long it treats some aspects with more depth than an hour and a half movie can be expected to.

Sophie said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Annette. I just found out about that version two days ago, but wasn't sure if it was any good or not. I'll certainly have to see it sometime.