dangermousie: (Handsome Siblings OTP by meganbmoore)
I have been rereading Jane Eyre. It’s a book that I adore and I think I always will. I have first read it in Russian translation when I was seven or eight, comfortably curled in my grandmother’s chair (I learned to read at six and jane Eyre was shortly thereafter. It’s inextricably bound with joys of reading for me). I have reread it many times in the over 20 years since then, and I always find something new and fresh and moving in it.

I suppose I have always been a ‘Charlotte Bronte girl’ over an ‘Austen’ one, if we had to pick (the choice would be harder if Mrs. Gaskell was thrown into the mix. North and South is one of my favorite books, and so is Wives and Daughters. Sylvia’s Lovers is devastating and Mary Barton a really fun read). Austen is someone I used to like a lot, but as years go on, I like her less and less: clever but with no emotional depth, nothing truly there (except Persuasion, which is brilliant). I like Anne Bronte very well, but do not find her extremely memorable, and Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ is an overwrought book about people who need medication and jail time. But I love everything I have ever read by Charlotte: Vilette (another book I read in childhood), Shirley (my second CB favorite, where I get sidetracked by the greedy curates and the relationship between Robert and Caroline which I adore. The novel approaches Gaskell or Dickens in its dealings with manufacture and economics. Actually it reminds me a lot of North & South. Robert is rather Mr. Thornton-like). Even The Professor, my least liked of the bunch, is fun.

But all of them pale in comparison with Jane Eyre, on the list of my desert island books.

And, luckily, this is one of my favorite books where there is an adaptation I adore. I find all the 90s-2000s adaptations ranging from mildly dreadful to wholly dreadful (though I haven’t seen the Toby Stephens one). But the 1983 adaptation with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke is one of my favorite things in the world.

Zelah Clarke is exactly the way I picture Jane: tiny, and mousy, and so indomitable. And Dalton is perfect as Rochester, in part because I never thought him handsome (and certainly not by any classical Victorian standard) but he exudes masulinity and is every inch the passionate, bitter, and intelligent Rochester.

I first saw that adaptation in third grade. They were showing the dubbed version in the USSR and our teacher would let us watch episodes if we (we were in a ‘gifted’ class) would finish our work early.

I’ve rewatched it many times since, and love it as much as ever.

I found a MV of it:

dangermousie: (Handsome Siblings OTP by meganbmoore)
I have been rereading Jane Eyre. It’s a book that I adore and I think I always will. I have first read it in Russian translation when I was seven or eight, comfortably curled in my grandmother’s chair (I learned to read at six and jane Eyre was shortly thereafter. It’s inextricably bound with joys of reading for me). I have reread it many times in the over 20 years since then, and I always find something new and fresh and moving in it.

I suppose I have always been a ‘Charlotte Bronte girl’ over an ‘Austen’ one, if we had to pick (the choice would be harder if Mrs. Gaskell was thrown into the mix. North and South is one of my favorite books, and so is Wives and Daughters. Sylvia’s Lovers is devastating and Mary Barton a really fun read). Austen is someone I used to like a lot, but as years go on, I like her less and less: clever but with no emotional depth, nothing truly there (except Persuasion, which is brilliant). I like Anne Bronte very well, but do not find her extremely memorable, and Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ is an overwrought book about people who need medication and jail time. But I love everything I have ever read by Charlotte: Vilette (another book I read in childhood), Shirley (my second CB favorite, where I get sidetracked by the greedy curates and the relationship between Robert and Caroline which I adore. The novel approaches Gaskell or Dickens in its dealings with manufacture and economics. Actually it reminds me a lot of North & South. Robert is rather Mr. Thornton-like). Even The Professor, my least liked of the bunch, is fun.

But all of them pale in comparison with Jane Eyre, on the list of my desert island books.

And, luckily, this is one of my favorite books where there is an adaptation I adore. I find all the 90s-2000s adaptations ranging from mildly dreadful to wholly dreadful (though I haven’t seen the Toby Stephens one). But the 1983 adaptation with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke is one of my favorite things in the world.

Zelah Clarke is exactly the way I picture Jane: tiny, and mousy, and so indomitable. And Dalton is perfect as Rochester, in part because I never thought him handsome (and certainly not by any classical Victorian standard) but he exudes masulinity and is every inch the passionate, bitter, and intelligent Rochester.

I first saw that adaptation in third grade. They were showing the dubbed version in the USSR and our teacher would let us watch episodes if we (we were in a ‘gifted’ class) would finish our work early.

I’ve rewatched it many times since, and love it as much as ever.

I found a MV of it:

dangermousie: (Handsome Siblings OTP by meganbmoore)
I have been rereading Jane Eyre. It’s a book that I adore and I think I always will. I have first read it in Russian translation when I was seven or eight, comfortably curled in my grandmother’s chair (I learned to read at six and jane Eyre was shortly thereafter. It’s inextricably bound with joys of reading for me). I have reread it many times in the over 20 years since then, and I always find something new and fresh and moving in it.

I suppose I have always been a ‘Charlotte Bronte girl’ over an ‘Austen’ one, if we had to pick (the choice would be harder if Mrs. Gaskell was thrown into the mix. North and South is one of my favorite books, and so is Wives and Daughters. Sylvia’s Lovers is devastating and Mary Barton a really fun read). Austen is someone I used to like a lot, but as years go on, I like her less and less: clever but with no emotional depth, nothing truly there (except Persuasion, which is brilliant). I like Anne Bronte very well, but do not find her extremely memorable, and Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ is an overwrought book about people who need medication and jail time. But I love everything I have ever read by Charlotte: Vilette (another book I read in childhood), Shirley (my second CB favorite, where I get sidetracked by the greedy curates and the relationship between Robert and Caroline which I adore. The novel approaches Gaskell or Dickens in its dealings with manufacture and economics. Actually it reminds me a lot of North & South. Robert is rather Mr. Thornton-like). Even The Professor, my least liked of the bunch, is fun.

But all of them pale in comparison with Jane Eyre, on the list of my desert island books.

And, luckily, this is one of my favorite books where there is an adaptation I adore. I find all the 90s-2000s adaptations ranging from mildly dreadful to wholly dreadful (though I haven’t seen the Toby Stephens one). But the 1983 adaptation with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke is one of my favorite things in the world.

Zelah Clarke is exactly the way I picture Jane: tiny, and mousy, and so indomitable. And Dalton is perfect as Rochester, in part because I never thought him handsome (and certainly not by any classical Victorian standard) but he exudes masulinity and is every inch the passionate, bitter, and intelligent Rochester.

I first saw that adaptation in third grade. They were showing the dubbed version in the USSR and our teacher would let us watch episodes if we (we were in a ‘gifted’ class) would finish our work early.

I’ve rewatched it many times since, and love it as much as ever.

I found a MV of it:

dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
I kept on reading the Jo Beverley book "Tempting Fortune" at lunch and it's definitely better than "Devilish."

Also, unconnected but I went Amazon shopping. I love love LOVE long sprawling BBC adaptations.

Here are one of my favorite literary couples: John Thornton and Margaret Hale, from the BBC adaptation of Mrs. Gaskell's "North and South."



And here is a list of 10 I would love to own on DVD or have just acquired.

Proud Mill Owners, Mysterious Secretaries, Doomed Beauties, Studious Explorers and Plain Governesses )

Also, pics from BSG ep 2.14 are on Dark Thoughts. There is some nice Lee pic there. Only spoilery for extreme spoilerphobes )
dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
I kept on reading the Jo Beverley book "Tempting Fortune" at lunch and it's definitely better than "Devilish."

Also, unconnected but I went Amazon shopping. I love love LOVE long sprawling BBC adaptations.

Here are one of my favorite literary couples: John Thornton and Margaret Hale, from the BBC adaptation of Mrs. Gaskell's "North and South."



And here is a list of 10 I would love to own on DVD or have just acquired.

Proud Mill Owners, Mysterious Secretaries, Doomed Beauties, Studious Explorers and Plain Governesses )

Also, pics from BSG ep 2.14 are on Dark Thoughts. There is some nice Lee pic there. Only spoilery for extreme spoilerphobes )
dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
I kept on reading the Jo Beverley book "Tempting Fortune" at lunch and it's definitely better than "Devilish."

Also, unconnected but I went Amazon shopping. I love love LOVE long sprawling BBC adaptations.

Here are one of my favorite literary couples: John Thornton and Margaret Hale, from the BBC adaptation of Mrs. Gaskell's "North and South."



And here is a list of 10 I would love to own on DVD or have just acquired.

Proud Mill Owners, Mysterious Secretaries, Doomed Beauties, Studious Explorers and Plain Governesses )

Also, pics from BSG ep 2.14 are on Dark Thoughts. There is some nice Lee pic there. Only spoilery for extreme spoilerphobes )

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