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I Take It Back

Since it finally came to my town, I saw Jane Eyre for a second time last night. I enjoyed it even more the this time and it got me thinking about my initial review. For the most part I still agreed with it, however I did immediately want to take something back. I had so many expectations in that first viewing, so on the second viewing I found it much easier to relax and enjoy it for what it is. As a result I think I had a more neutral view and saw things a little clearer. That doesn’t mean all of my initial complaints were unfounded, but I did pick up on something that I’d missed in the first viewing.

I couldn’t help comparing my experience to reading. It reminded me of how much your mood and frame of mind can affect your initial response to a book. I’m sure there are books out there I might have loved instead of loathed if I’d read them at a different time. Other times I can’t pinpoint my exact feelings towards a book and in my efforts to guess explain the reasons behind my response I get it wrong. Being indecisive and a bit of a self-doubter I don’t always trust my judgment. Admittedly I feel like I get it wrong more often than not. :( Most importantly I try to be as honest as possible in the initial review and forgive myself when I read a review later that explained my reasons for liking or disliking a book better and more accurately than I did. It’s much easier to re-watch a movie to solidify your feelings towards it rather than rereading a book, especially one you didn’t like the first time around. Really not any point to doing that. :)

So do you ever want to take all or part of a review back, and how was your opinion changed?

Jane Eyre Giveaway!

As many of you know, I’ve made no secret of my excitement for the new adaptation of Jane Eyre (which opened on March 11) so I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting this awesome book/merchandise giveaway on behalf of Focus Features.

One (1) winner will receive:

  • Soundtrack sampler
  • Bookmark
  • Journal
  • Pencil
  • Copy of the book [movie tie-in edition]

Giveaway is sponsored by Focus Features.

To enter, leave a comment telling me either what your favorite scene was if you’ve  already seen the film or what you hope this adaptation gets right if you haven’t, as well as a way of contacting you. The giveaway will be open to those with US addresses until midnight on March 30.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILM
The Official Website: http://www.focusfeatures.com/jane_eyre
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JaneEyreMovie

Link to the JANE EYRE Good Reads Challenge:

http://www.goodreads.com/challenges/3-janeeyrechallenge

Book Art: Fashion Covers

In my blissful, sans kids visit to Borders this week I came across this beauty:

It looked vaguely familiar and I’m sure some of you have seen this edition around the internet before but this was the first time I’d seen it in person. *serious book lust* Should I add a fifth copy of Jane Eyre to my collection? ;)

When I got home I found out that this edition is part of the Penguin Classics Deluxe editions in Couture, couture because the collection is designed by fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. Apparently (since i didn’t pick it up) these books have a rough front, french flaps, and are done in either oil, watercolor, or pencil. Jane Eyre, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Dracula debuted in November 2010 joining the first couture editions, Pride and Prejudice, The Scarlet Letter, and Wuthering Heights. I think I might just have to buy Pride and Prejudice as well:

Here are the rest of the couture editions:

What do you think of these fashion makeovers and which covers do you like best? I gathered from talk on comment boards and forums that the modern dress of the figures on The Scarlet Letter is a turn off. I love the haunting quality of Wuthering Heights but I am not sure the odd figure proportions would be well-received.

Maybe I should buy the Jane Eyre edition in anticipation of the new movie, whose March 11 release date is right around the corner. Don’t you love the vintage feel of the poster?

P.S.

Since I saw the pretty, similarly monotone Hachette Book Group International 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird in the same trip I’ll post that as well. *want*

Jane by April Lindner

Sitting in the lobby of Discriminating Nannies, Inc, Jane Moore never felt more different. She’d arrived in a suit jacket and pencil skirt from Goodwill and low heels. She wasn’t reading the latest issue of Instyle or People magazine or listening to her IPod. She wasn’t wearing trendy skinny jeans or ballet flats. Jane felt like an impostor. After her parents died leaving her nothing, she was forced to drop out of renown mostly female Sarah Lawrence university. Her sister ignores her; her brother is decidedly on his own, and Jane is left with no one or way of supporting herself. She would’ve never guessed however that her ignorance of popular culture makes her the perfect candidate for rocker Nico Rathburn’s nanny vacancy. While not a crazed fan, groupie, or fame seeker, Jane quickly finds Thornfield Park, her charge Maddy, and Nico himself, home. Whether all its residents will welcome her is another question.

I had so much untempered expectation for this book and little room for reservations. If I’d had any at all, Angie’s glowing review would’ve put them to rest. But on the other hand I thought shouldn’t I be worried that one of my favorite books introduced to me by my mother years ago may be ruined in the process? Really, so many things could go wrong! Instead I inexplicably knew Jane would be special, and it was. I dove right into it after finishing Mockingjay, and it still held up, it was that good. As with many retellings, the suspense is there from the first page when several questions are racing through your head. How will this well-known, beloved story and characters be portrayed? How will it be the same but different? Will the essence be lost or maintained yet manage to become its own entity? And Jane comes off effortlessly successful on all counts. It’s amazingly faithful and brilliantly original. It serves as both an engaging introduction to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and a completely satisfying reinterpretation of the novel for old fans.  April Lindner has taught and cherished the novel for years and it definitely shows. Where I thought it may have the most problems – modernizing a nineteenth-century novel set in a patriarchal society where unmarried women had no rights – the adjustments were logical and intuitive, no stretches required.

I adored Jane. She was both Jane Moore and Jane Eyre at the same time. The reserve, the confidence, the dispassionate exterior; there was already something modern and timeless about the original character that is in this updated Jane. Portraying Mr. Rathburn as an established rocker on the verge of a comeback gave him the perfect past and lifestyle to fill the shoes of brooding, above-my-station Mr. Rochester. And no old, comeback rock star at that (think ancient Rolling Stones), but a youngish, hot musician who plays the guitar brilliantly, sings lead vocals, and writes all of his songs. I know, try not to swoon. Jane and Nico’s romance is modernized but essentially the same forbidden relationship of soul mates, and I loved them for them and not just because they were different versions of Jane and Rochester. Fairy tale and Pride and Prejudice type retellings may abound, but only a rare few are nearly flawless, and Jane is one of them. It’s a lovely, entrancing novel that I didn’t want to leave my side long after I’d finished. Come October I will be buying my own copy and putting a few extra copies in the cart for all those potential and longtime Jane lovers I know.

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