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The Eyre Up There (Plus Poll!)

Happy birthday to wiccagirl24, and happy early birthdays to febobe and manzanas_verdes! My friends, I hope all three of you have fantastic days and wonderful years to come.

I've been rereading one of my very favorite novels, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, which leads me to a question:

Poll #1033387 What is your favorite adaptation of Jane Eyre?

Which is your favorite adaptation of Jane Eyre?

1934 (Virginia Bruce/Colin Clive)
0(0.0%)
1944 (Joan Fontaine/Orson Welles)
2(5.9%)
1949 (Mary Malone/Charlton Heston)
0(0.0%)
1952 (Katharine Bard/Kevin McCarthy)
0(0.0%)
1970 (Susannah York/George C. Scott)
1(2.9%)
1973 (Sorcha Cusak/Michael Jayston)
4(11.8%)
1983 (Zelah Clarke/Timothy Dalton)
8(23.5%)
1996 (Charlotte Gainsbourg/William Hurt)
3(8.8%)
1997 (Samantha Morton/Ciaran Hinds)
2(5.9%)
2006 (Ruth Wilson/Toby Stephens)
0(0.0%)
Other (see comments)
0(0.0%)
That one with Tuesday Next
1(2.9%)
Jane Eyre killed my mother, you insensitive clod
2(5.9%)
I'm just here for the ticky-boxes
3(8.8%)


Incidentally, the new unabridged reading of Jane Eyre by Emily Woof for SilkSoundBooks is extremely well done, not to mention very reasonably priced. You can hear a sample here.


Because I can't choose just one quote for the day from Jane Eyre, here are several:

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you."

"I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself."

"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

"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!"

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ithildyn
Aug. 4th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to reread it for awhile now, but I need to buy a new copy. My old one got lost at some point during a move.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
I've been so pleased rereading it and discovering that it's as powerful as I always remembered it was.
wellinghall
Aug. 4th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
"any that are filmed at Haddon Hall"
clara_posts
Aug. 4th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yes. Haddon Hall is beautiful.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Good one!
gilda_elise
Aug. 4th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
It's been ages since I last read Jane Eyre but I love the Timothy Dalton version of the movie. He just seemed to better fit my vision of what Mr. Rochester looked like. Oddly enough, he' also my favorite Heathcliff.
greenhoodloxley
Aug. 7th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Timothy Dalton's version is my personal favorite. He just carries off the character so well. Incidentally, he is also my favorite Heathcliff as well. *grin* He just plays those brooding Bronte characters excellently.
gilda_elise
Aug. 7th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
Doesn't he just? Being absolutely gorgeous doesn't hurt, either. ;-)
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I have to agree 100% with Timothy Dalton. He really gets the pride, the desperation, and in the end, the poignancy of Rochester. Some of the others seem to think that Rochester is either mad or sullen all of the time, but Dalton was able to capture all of his moods and complexities - and make us understand why Jane would love him!
childermass
Aug. 5th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
ohhh, that last quote! so beautiful. :)
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? I'm glad you like it, too.
elicia8
Aug. 5th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
I like Tim and Zelah. Especially Tim. :D Almost voted for the one with William Hurt, though. It was very prettily filmed. And some interesting choices made by the director.

I also (and probably sinfully) liked the film version of 'Wide Sargasso Sea.' Because Nathaniel Parker = totally gorgeous.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the film version of "Wide Sargasso Sea." That must go on my "must see" list.

I actually like the Jane in the William Hurt version best. I like how Hurt played the final "maimed Rochester" scene, but otherwise he lacked passion, I think. Which is a shame, since I agree that the film was absolutely gorgeous, and it really caught the moodiness, even bleakness of much of the book.

I agree 100% about Timothy Dalton. He really was Rochester.
manzanas_verdes
Aug. 5th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! You're the first this year, be proud!

I read Jane Eyre when still too young to understand the historical and social weather in which it develops, which is a lot of wording to say that I didn't get it. The first time.

The second though, I fell in love.

Sadly, my copy isn't at hand at the moment, but I want to re-read it again.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you had a fantastic birthday. *hugs*

I'm so thrilled to find that the book holds up so well to rereading. I remember all over again why I fell in love with it. :)
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