A different viewpoint,
This review is from: Breath of Eyre, A (Paperback)Jane Eyre is probably my favourite book EVER. I read it when I was 9 for the first time and it was just one of those books that I connected with on a personal level. You can see I am a firm believer in reading being subjective. How can it not be you are going to transfer all your emotions and experiences to what you read. Its what makes a book personal and relatable. Well Jane Eyre did it for me. I'll go into more detail about what it means to me personally in my review of Jane by April Linder.
Where Emma did have parallels with Jane, I didn't relate to her in the same way. The story is very cleverly set out, but it isn't a re-imaging of Jane Eyre rather it is a dual story woven together; Emma's story superimposes on that of the original Jane Eyre. Past in the form of Jane Eyre is woven together with the present, clever writing give traditional themes a whole new outlook when viewed with modern sensibilities. Making me view aspects of the story in a new light and proving that reading is utterly subjective.
Saying that, I was able to look at the points that A Breath of Eyre made regarding the original theme of Social Position and Gender Inequality in a whole new and less favourable light. To be perfectly honest, A Breath of Eyre made me question my love of the original Jane Eyre and the relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester. I found myself wondering as to why Jane would have fallen for such a domineering, arrogant man. I can't say I was very comfortable looking at the story with this insight and may have projected my unease onto reading the rest of the book.
In all honesty, I preferred Emma's story in the present to the parts that concerned Jane Eyre, however there is a huge twist where this is concerned and I could see the necessity of the way in which the story was structured in order to bring about this revelation. I liked the romantic aspect of Emma's story and the way relationships developed throughout the book. However, I did not like Emma's penchant to run away from problems when things got tough.
I am really curious how the next book is going to deal with The Scarlet Letter in the form of A Touch of Scarlet