Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jane Eyre Bits and Bytes

Okay, this is a total indulgence on my part but I had to share and post this today.  I can rather justify it if we think about Jane Eyre as somewhat of a salute to Bluebeard.  Anyway, the trailer for the new movie due out in the spring of next year is appearing on the web and I wanted to share it here.  I am very much a Jane girl and love to watch movie versions although they mostly disappoint me.  This one looks more promising, although feature length means there are favorite scenes bound to be omitted yet again... 

And Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax is worth the price of admission alone. And the price of the DVD because I own a small library of Jane Eyre on DVD. So far my favorite movie versions are Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre, 2006) and Jane Eyre (BBC).  They aren't perfect but they capture the spirit of the novel best for me.  Which is funny because I am not really at all attracted to Mr. Rochester, but Jane has been a favorite character for me since I was twelve and first discovered her.  I remember rushing in my young ignorance to read Wuthering Heights after that and being bitterly disappointed.  As least Rochester is not  Heathcliff.  Yuck.

Jane Eyre (BBC) Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre, 2006)

And while we are here, have you heard about the new YA novel, Jane by April Lindner? It's on my shortlist of fun reading, the clear-the-brain reading since my brain is currently swimming with about 1,000 Cinderellas. 


Product description from publisher:

Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.

But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.

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