To Eyre is divine

Monday, June 04, 2007

Yeah, yeah, yeah, hokey, corny post title. Sue me.

I found an issue of Jane Eyre with readable print:



gorgeous cover!


Furthermore, I scored the DVD, too!



Raine did recommend that I get the Timothy Dalton version, which I did see, but I got suckered in by the *Masterpiece Theatre* stamp.

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6 comments:

raine said...

Let me know what you think!! :-)

(I'll feel SO bad if you don't like it--but if you do, I predict you'll still want to see the Dalton version, lol...)

Jaye said...

So far so good. I only got as far as Jane being sent to the red room in the book, but judging by the writing style the book won't be a breezy read. :-P So I thought I'd watch the movie first then go back to the book.

I take it Rochester is supposed to be unattractive? Very difficult to swallow watching the actor playing him. ;-) I've only watched the first disc (@ 2hrs long) I'll watch the next disc tomorrow.

You're right though, I'll probably get the Dalton version. heh. Considering I have the A&E version of P&P as well as the most recent movie, I find this perfectly reasonable....

It is interesting how many historical romances and/or Gothics have referenced Edward Rochester/Jane Eyre. Most recently, the opening scene of the Raven Prince. I also detected Rochester’s irascibility in the hero of the book I read recently, A Dangerous Beauty.

Thanks for being such a cheerleader of this book, Raine. It's always been on my *good intentions* list, but your enthusiasm really piqued my interest.

raine said...

Thanks for being such a cheerleader of this book, Raine. It's always been on my *good intentions* list, but your enthusiasm really piqued my interest.

Which means I'll feel like a turd if you don't like it--ack!! :-/

The archaic style of the book doesn't appeal to everyone. And yes, it may be more appealing to watch the film first. Frankly, when I re-read the book now, I'll skip the childhood era and go straight to her arrival at Thornfield. The early chapters explain what she becomes, but the romance is the crux of the book.

Yes, Rochester is supposed to be VERY unattractive. Part of the problem with films made of this book is that they often cast a good-looking actor as Rochester or Jane (who, as Rochester let her know in no uncertain terms, was "no more pretty than he was handsome").

This story is about a union of souls, romance in the old-fashioned sense of the word, I guess.

Jaye said...

"This story is about a union of souls, romance in the old-fashioned sense of the word,"

I love this statement, Raine. And it's so true of this story. Never fear, I'm sure I'll enjoy the book. :-)

Jaye said...

oh. My. Goodness.

I've been a P&P girl for so long, but Jane Eyre has made a total convert of me. What a romantic, truly romantic, story! I loved it! Wow. I've got a big sloppy grin on my face and I feel like crying all at the same time. *happy sigh* I think Toby Stephens' Edward Rochester has usurped Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy as my most favourite on screen historical romance hero (now there's a mouthful). Though.... I should reserve judgement until I see Dalton play Rochester seeing as how Raine recommended him....

raine said...

YAAYYYYYY!!!! :-D

I'll bet the grin on my face is bigger than yours, lol!
(whew--what a relief!)

I am so glad you liked the story!
I do believe it's my favorite.
Ever.

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