Sunday, October 6, 2013

Jane Eyre Published

On this day in 1847, Jane Eyre was published.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane is an abused and lonely orphan. She becomes a governess and starts to work for the elusive Mr. Rochester--a man with many secrets.

Jane by April Lindner. Enough has changed in the world that it's hard to put Jane Eyre in the modern era, have it remain faithful to the original and still be plausible, but Lindner does a pretty good job with Jane as a nanny to Rochester's paparrazi-shy rockstar. She does it well enough I was more than willing to suspend belief when needed. I even actually liked her Rochester.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Ryhs. This work explores the back story behind the woman in Rochester's attic-- Antoinette grew up on a decaying planation in the West Indies before being forced into marriage with Rochester-- a man who drove her insane.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Written by Charlotte's sister, this is the tale of Catherine and Heathcliff's passionate and doomed love--something that destroyed them, and everyone around them.

Catherine by April Lindner. In this modern retelling of Wuthering Heights, Catherine's father is owner of a legendary nightclub, Hence a talented musician. Chelsea is Catherine's daughter, surprised to learn that her mother is still alive, gone to New York to discover the truth about her past.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. In this alternate version of England, the Crimean War is still going strong, time travel is no big deal, and cloned dodos make excellent housepets. Thursday Next is a detective with the Literary Division and is on the case when someone starts kidnapping characters from fiction, but, her investigation will take her into the pages itself, drastically changing the ending of Jane Eyre. Fans will love Fforde's wacky meta-fiction world, so luckily this is the first in a series. Follow it with Lost in a Good Book where Heathcliff is a successful Hollywood star in the real world, but he has a lot of body guards-- the Pro-Caths are always trying to kill him.


The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef. This biography of the Bronte sisters explores their life and their work, showing how their lives were reflected in their plots.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Want to know Rochester's lasting cultural legacy? His name is Edward Cullen, and he's a vampire, dating a mousy brown plain girl named JaneBella.

What's your favorite Bronte title?

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