Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jane Eyre

My roommate and I just finished watching the most recent rendition of this beloved book and I have to put in my two cents about it.  Though I admit that I did not read the book. I found it to be a very interesting tale and heartbreaking, amazing that a woman would actually still have love in her soul after such mistreatment as a child. What a horrible woman to hate a child like that to send her to a place to be beaten.  I strongly disliked her aunt. 

And I admit that I was never overcome with positive feelings towards Edward Rochester, even though he kept his insane wife locked up to protect her and took in a child that wasn't his.  I never really wanted Jane to end up with him.  Yes, he did love her and she greatly loved him, but it never seemed to fit to me.  Even after his wife had died.  I still held a bitterness towards him for greatly hurting Jane like that, even if it wasn't intentional.  I do have to say that the ending of the most recent moive was like falling off a cliff.  It just ends.  My roommate told me that the others have more of a conclusion that shows her happiness.  The way he treats her in the beginning would have pushed me away from him.  He is arrogant and accuses her of being a witch. 

There are a lot of good things about the story and the pain of Jane's life, her finally getting happiness.  I just dislike how women were treated.  They are shown little respect and treated as possessions most of the time.  I understand wanting to live in Jane Austin's time for a man like Mr. Darcy, but I could not keep my mouth silent like those women.  I'm not a feminist, but I like my freedom as a young woman to speak my mind and attend school, not be forced to marry for financial gain. 

I learned in my book about New Zealand that they were the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893, twenty years before women in the United States.  That's very interesting to me. 

I will say that Jane Eyre is a good story, but not one of my favorites.  I don't mean to offend anyone that might like that book.  I just wanted to say a little something. :)


  1. I love the book, but I get what you're saying. Rochester isn't a conventional love interest. I think that's what I like about it.

  2. I've seen that movie and it actually follows the book pretty closely. Maybe it's different when you are inside Jane's head becasue I loved the movie after reading the book :) BTW, I'm glad you changed your background back to ribbons, I've always like that one best!

  3. I loved Jane Eyre! And I get what you are saying about Rochester too. I came over here from your YA group in the campaign

  4. @Christine Murray - I guess it could be good that he's not a conventional love interest, I guess I just never really trusted him.

    @Jen - I think it would be different if I had read the book. I like the ribbons too. :)

    @Christine Fonseca - I'm glad that you get it! And nice to meet you!

  5. New follower :) You have a super cute blog!

    I know what you mean about Rochester, still, I've always had a soft spot for the romance between them. I do hate him for hurting her, but he does have redeamable qualities.

  6. Hello, fellow campaigner! I'm not in your group (but I am a YA author), but I still wanted to check out your blog and say, "HI!"

    I'm a huge Jane Eyre fan. Not exactly the first thing you'd a imagine a guy to say, but I'm saying it! Appreciate your thoughts, though. :)

  7. I love the book. And I mean LOVE. I've been wanting to watch the movie but have been nervous it will stink. Thanks for sharing your thought about it. :D

  8. Your blog layout is adorbs. I just had to say it. <3 from a new follower :)

  9. Hi, Krista. I'm a fellow campaigner dropping by and following.

    I read Jane Eyre long ago. I remember having mixed feelings about Rochester. Time for a re-read? I think so.