Tomorrow (October 28, 2017) we will be meeting at Arden Dimick Library to discuss Jane Eyre. Our meeting is at 10:30AM.
Traditionally I bring food, and I plan to bring food tomorrow. But what to bring? Here’s a hilarious list of the awful meals in Jane Eyre from the website “The Toast.”
Back in 2014, I wrote a short eBook called Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. This book is available online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks for $0.99.
In the book, I talk about the life stories of the authors, the central themes of the books, and some of the adaptations of the books. I had great fun ranting about the Brontes and their horrible health problems, and breaking down what I see as the most important aspects of Jane Eyre:
- Jane maintains her sense of self against all those who disparage her.
- During most of the book, Jane is lonely and frustrated by the bonds set on her by society.
- Jane has a strong sense of morality and a strong sense of spirituality, which is expressed in both Christian and supernatural terms.
- Any adaptation should show that Jane and Rochester have great chemistry and that they are good companions for each other.
- Despite their chemistry, there are also very good reasons for Jane to stay away from Rochester.
- The point of the story is not that Jane and Rochester get married. The point is that when they get married, Jane marries Rochester as his equal.
- Jane Eyre is, among other things, a gothic story, and as such any adaptation should include a sense of menace, mystery, melodrama, and isolation.
Happy viewing, Dear Readers!