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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good version of a great book, 31 Aug. 2008
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This review is from: Jane Eyre [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Jane Eyre. I'm quite picky over TV productions of my favourite books - for example, I'm no great fan of the Firth/Ehle P&P (an almost sacreligious version, in my opinion) - but this production of JE, I feel, has got very close to the essence of the novel. A bit over-blown at times, but then so is JE! It was given a noughties' treatment, without destroying the overall feel of the novel. The chemistry between Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens built beautifully. And a good, solid supporting cast, full of reliable regulars.

I've given it 4 not 5 stars, however, because of a couple of reservations: I thought the Jane/St John relationship, so important in the book, could have been handled much better thereby improving the overall production. Their final encounter, when she almost agrees to marry him then hears Rochester's supernatural 'Jane' x 3 (and what happened to her impassioned response???), is one of the best bits of the novel. And why the Cape and not India? Also, why was Blanche Ingram a blue-eyed blonde? Rochester's choice of Blanche as his 'false' bride is significant (and cruel, both to Jane and also Blanche, despite the latter's character), as physically she must remind him of Bertha. I think Charlotte Bronte intended her reader to recognise the shared moral emptiness of Blanche and Bertha partly through their similarities in appearance. Oh, well, that's the lit crit out of the way! Mind you, how could anyone accuse Toby Stephens of not being handsome?

I remember the Jayston/Cussack version with great affection. I may buy both then compare.
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Initial post: 29 May 2014 06:27:41 BDT
Hi
Having seen this adaption I have to say I disagree with all the positive reviews which insist this adaption is true to the book, it misses out almost all of Rochester's and Jane's dialogue as it is in the book. It misses key scenes and adds others instead and lastly Janes journey from passionate, angry and vengeful child to a compassionate and under standing woman if faith is completely lost. Her decision to run from Rochester being a moral and religious one is reduced to one of self preservation.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2015 00:15:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 May 2015 00:16:43 BDT
LJM says:
I'm probably less critical of JE re-works as, although I love the novel (read it first of all when I was 11 years' old), it is not, in my opinion, a classic, such as Emma, Persuasion, or Austen's novels in general, (of whose adaptions I am far, far, FAR more critical: see my P&P Ehle/Firth critique). I suppose as I'm less personally engaged with JE the novel, I personally don't mind more leeway being taken with an adaptation. I enjoyed this version as a romantic rather than Gothic/Evangelical telling. And I do think Toby Stephen's gets Rochester, particularly the moral torment. The 1983 version was more faithful to the book - and an excellent St John Rivers, for once - but Zehla Clarke was too piano for me, although Dalton was good. It all comes down to personal taste, in the end, and this adaptation is, I agree, a very loose one.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2015 08:33:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 May 2015 08:34:13 BDT
Hi
I think that its not just a question of personal taste, but also passion for the book adapted, as you say you would be far more critical of a P&P adaption that failed to align well with the book.
I am exceptionally fond of JA,'s books as well, but like my teenage daughter who struggled to finish P&P but loved Jane Eyre, as a working class Yorkshire lass living 15 minutes from the Haworth Parsonage and also because I am religious I feel a stronger affinity to Jane than Lizzy. I've advised my daughter to return to P&P in a few years time. I read it when I was a couple of years older than she is now. With JE one is in the mind and heart of Jane throughout the book, but with P&P one has to think more about motives and give the characters time to reveal themselves.
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