A couple of weeks ago, Elyse on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books reviewed a book called “The Billionaire Dinosaur Forced Me Gay”. As you might expect, this prompted considerable discussion on Smart Bitches and elsewhere. When a reviewer on Amazon called it “The Wuthering Heights of Gay Dinosaur Fiction”, I decided that what we really need is a Jane Eyre of gay dinosaur fiction. So I wrote it. Now you too can read, “Jurassic Jane Eyre: The Dinosaur Turned Me Lesbian”. But you really, really shouldn’t. Take it from me – I wrote it, I should know!
Head on over to Smart Bitches for all the fun, including a list of charities that the book might inspire you to support. The “book” is free at Kobo and Smashwords. It’s also available at Amazon but until price sharing kicks in I had to list it for $.99.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and if you want some more conventional Jane Eyre (and Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice), check out my other book – my much, much better-than-Jurassic-Jane-Eyre-book:
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Jane Eyre was published on October 6. 1847. In honor of this auspicious event, here’s a clip from my very favorite adaptation, the 2006 version starring Ruth Wilson (that smile!) and Toby Stephens (swoon). I love how this scene combines Rochester being both a bit of a bully and a at the same time reveals his compassion – look at his face when Jane says that her relatives sent her to school because she was poor. and I love how in this scene Ruth Wilson shows Jane’s shyness and vulnerability, but also shows her being a little daring, teasing Rochester about the money he still owes her. Here you go:
If you’re interested in adaptations of Jane Eyre, check out my book, Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. You can find it here:
Today is the day that Jane Eyre was first published, back in 1847! Jane Eyre is one of may favorite books. I have two copies on my bookshelf, one on my phone, one in my car, and one wrapped in plastic and stored in my earthquake kit (I live in California and we have earthquake kits – it’s a thing). Jane and I have been fast friends since I was ten and first discovered the book.
Here’s a few things you might not know about the story:
- The character of Helen was based on Charlotte’s sister, Maria, who died at the age of 11 when she and Charlotte were both in boarding school.
- The original version was published in three separate volumes.
- Charlotte Bronte worked as a governess for a while. She also was a student of German and fell in love with her teacher, who was married. Unlike Jane, Charlotte did not marry the teacher bu returned to England alone.
- Charlotte published Jane Eyre under the pen name ‘Currer Bell’.
Ready for the best quote? Here you go:
“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”
That’s my girl!
For more cool stuff about Jane Eyre check out my book, Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. You can find it here: