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If I had to pick my favorite 19th-century novel, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre would win with almost no competition (the other two contenders would be Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend and Mrs. Gaskell's North & South, but they would lose). I have never cared for Jane Austen (blasphemy, I know, but her books, technically perfect as they are, fail to emotionally move me). But I adore Charlotte Bronte - JE, The Professor, Vilette, Shirley (my second favorite of hers. Mmmmmm, Robert/Caroline are SUCH an otp of mine).

I have first read JE when I was eight and it was a slightly tattered book in my grandmother's house. The Russian translation was excellent (I still remember the page layout and the illustrations) and an enduring love was born. I have lost count of how many times I have reread it since (both in Russian and its original English) and I love it more than ever. I chose it as a topic for my AP essay, I have dragged a version of it on countless trips. I own more than one edition, "just in case." If you don't like JE, what can I say? You might have excellent taste in literature but on some basic level, our literature tastes are incompatible.

Because I adore it so, I am very picky about my adaptations. I have seen a number (and stayed away from even more of them) but there is only one which really captured my heart. It's the 1970s BBC adaptation with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton. Oh God, how do I love it! It's very faithful to both the letter and spirit and wonderfully cast - Zelah Clarke is Jane - plain, tiny, and steely. And Dalton has that unconventional look Rochester is supposed to possess. Their chemistry burns.

I first saw this version when I was in elementary school. It was dubbed and our teacher told us if we finished our work early, we could watch it on tv. Needless to say, we all finished up. I gobbled this. I remember being sick some time later (and missing a concert I normally would have loved to go to) and not minding because it meant I could watch JE on tv, again :)

I have seen it since and it held up excellently.

And I discovered people even make mvs for it :) Glad I am not the only one :)

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If I had to pick my favorite 19th-century novel, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre would win with almost no competition (the other two contenders would be Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend and Mrs. Gaskell's North & South, but they would lose). I have never cared for Jane Austen (blasphemy, I know, but her books, technically perfect as they are, fail to emotionally move me). But I adore Charlotte Bronte - JE, The Professor, Vilette, Shirley (my second favorite of hers. Mmmmmm, Robert/Caroline are SUCH an otp of mine).

I have first read JE when I was eight and it was a slightly tattered book in my grandmother's house. The Russian translation was excellent (I still remember the page layout and the illustrations) and an enduring love was born. I have lost count of how many times I have reread it since (both in Russian and its original English) and I love it more than ever. I chose it as a topic for my AP essay, I have dragged a version of it on countless trips. I own more than one edition, "just in case." If you don't like JE, what can I say? You might have excellent taste in literature but on some basic level, our literature tastes are incompatible.

Because I adore it so, I am very picky about my adaptations. I have seen a number (and stayed away from even more of them) but there is only one which really captured my heart. It's the 1970s BBC adaptation with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton. Oh God, how do I love it! It's very faithful to both the letter and spirit and wonderfully cast - Zelah Clarke is Jane - plain, tiny, and steely. And Dalton has that unconventional look Rochester is supposed to possess. Their chemistry burns.

I first saw this version when I was in elementary school. It was dubbed and our teacher told us if we finished our work early, we could watch it on tv. Needless to say, we all finished up. I gobbled this. I remember being sick some time later (and missing a concert I normally would have loved to go to) and not minding because it meant I could watch JE on tv, again :)

I have seen it since and it held up excellently.

And I discovered people even make mvs for it :) Glad I am not the only one :)

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If I had to pick my favorite 19th-century novel, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre would win with almost no competition (the other two contenders would be Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend and Mrs. Gaskell's North & South, but they would lose). I have never cared for Jane Austen (blasphemy, I know, but her books, technically perfect as they are, fail to emotionally move me). But I adore Charlotte Bronte - JE, The Professor, Vilette, Shirley (my second favorite of hers. Mmmmmm, Robert/Caroline are SUCH an otp of mine).

I have first read JE when I was eight and it was a slightly tattered book in my grandmother's house. The Russian translation was excellent (I still remember the page layout and the illustrations) and an enduring love was born. I have lost count of how many times I have reread it since (both in Russian and its original English) and I love it more than ever. I chose it as a topic for my AP essay, I have dragged a version of it on countless trips. I own more than one edition, "just in case." If you don't like JE, what can I say? You might have excellent taste in literature but on some basic level, our literature tastes are incompatible.

Because I adore it so, I am very picky about my adaptations. I have seen a number (and stayed away from even more of them) but there is only one which really captured my heart. It's the 1970s BBC adaptation with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton. Oh God, how do I love it! It's very faithful to both the letter and spirit and wonderfully cast - Zelah Clarke is Jane - plain, tiny, and steely. And Dalton has that unconventional look Rochester is supposed to possess. Their chemistry burns.

I first saw this version when I was in elementary school. It was dubbed and our teacher told us if we finished our work early, we could watch it on tv. Needless to say, we all finished up. I gobbled this. I remember being sick some time later (and missing a concert I normally would have loved to go to) and not minding because it meant I could watch JE on tv, again :)

I have seen it since and it held up excellently.

And I discovered people even make mvs for it :) Glad I am not the only one :)

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)
Because I am feeling random, I decided to make a list of my fave TV scifi characters and their angst quotient. Also, a random write-up on Jane Eyre.

Show: Battlestar Galactica
Favorite character: Lee Adama
Who: The son of Galactica's commander, President Roslin's advisor and CAG.
Most adorable in: 33 (the first ep of the series): scruffy, strung-out, flying for days straight despite lack of sleep and bantering/flighting with Starbuck at the same time.
The biggest angst moment: Ep 2.01 (Scattered): being dragged away, handcuffed and screaming, from his father's body
Very Angsty or not: Not. Yes, his world has been destroyed (literally) but he does seem to be holding up pretty well.
OTP: Not really.
Maxed out my angst capacity: Nope. Doesn't angst enough. My reaction is usually "take off your shirt" rather than "oh no, I can't watch!"

Show: Roswell
Favorite character: Max Evans
Who: a hybrid human-alien who has been cloned from a dead ruler of planet Antar.
Most adorable in: "The Blind Date:" drunk, unreserved and mushily in love Max is so adorable I want to take him home and XXXCENSOREDXXXXXX
The biggest angst moment: Where do I start? 1:21 "The White Room" during which he is torturned mentally and physically and is finally broken when he is made to believe Liz is killed. Though the moment when he sees Liz and Kyle in "The End of the World" is also a winner.
Very Angsty or not: Yes. The type of character where if you know he is having a day where he doesn't want to scream in misery, something horrible is coming soon.
OTP: That's what the show is about. Liz/Max OTP.
Maxed out my angst capacity: Yes. I can't rewatch "The End of the World."

Farscape and Firefly here. General spoilers for all of Firefly, and S2 and PKWars of Farscape )

And now, because it has nothing to do with the previous:

Jane Eyre. Why I love you )
dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
Because I am feeling random, I decided to make a list of my fave TV scifi characters and their angst quotient. Also, a random write-up on Jane Eyre.

Show: Battlestar Galactica
Favorite character: Lee Adama
Who: The son of Galactica's commander, President Roslin's advisor and CAG.
Most adorable in: 33 (the first ep of the series): scruffy, strung-out, flying for days straight despite lack of sleep and bantering/flighting with Starbuck at the same time.
The biggest angst moment: Ep 2.01 (Scattered): being dragged away, handcuffed and screaming, from his father's body
Very Angsty or not: Not. Yes, his world has been destroyed (literally) but he does seem to be holding up pretty well.
OTP: Not really.
Maxed out my angst capacity: Nope. Doesn't angst enough. My reaction is usually "take off your shirt" rather than "oh no, I can't watch!"

Show: Roswell
Favorite character: Max Evans
Who: a hybrid human-alien who has been cloned from a dead ruler of planet Antar.
Most adorable in: "The Blind Date:" drunk, unreserved and mushily in love Max is so adorable I want to take him home and XXXCENSOREDXXXXXX
The biggest angst moment: Where do I start? 1:21 "The White Room" during which he is torturned mentally and physically and is finally broken when he is made to believe Liz is killed. Though the moment when he sees Liz and Kyle in "The End of the World" is also a winner.
Very Angsty or not: Yes. The type of character where if you know he is having a day where he doesn't want to scream in misery, something horrible is coming soon.
OTP: That's what the show is about. Liz/Max OTP.
Maxed out my angst capacity: Yes. I can't rewatch "The End of the World."

Farscape and Firefly here. General spoilers for all of Firefly, and S2 and PKWars of Farscape )

And now, because it has nothing to do with the previous:

Jane Eyre. Why I love you )
dangermousie: (Liz Max comfort by how_iconic)
Because I am feeling random, I decided to make a list of my fave TV scifi characters and their angst quotient. Also, a random write-up on Jane Eyre.

Show: Battlestar Galactica
Favorite character: Lee Adama
Who: The son of Galactica's commander, President Roslin's advisor and CAG.
Most adorable in: 33 (the first ep of the series): scruffy, strung-out, flying for days straight despite lack of sleep and bantering/flighting with Starbuck at the same time.
The biggest angst moment: Ep 2.01 (Scattered): being dragged away, handcuffed and screaming, from his father's body
Very Angsty or not: Not. Yes, his world has been destroyed (literally) but he does seem to be holding up pretty well.
OTP: Not really.
Maxed out my angst capacity: Nope. Doesn't angst enough. My reaction is usually "take off your shirt" rather than "oh no, I can't watch!"

Show: Roswell
Favorite character: Max Evans
Who: a hybrid human-alien who has been cloned from a dead ruler of planet Antar.
Most adorable in: "The Blind Date:" drunk, unreserved and mushily in love Max is so adorable I want to take him home and XXXCENSOREDXXXXXX
The biggest angst moment: Where do I start? 1:21 "The White Room" during which he is torturned mentally and physically and is finally broken when he is made to believe Liz is killed. Though the moment when he sees Liz and Kyle in "The End of the World" is also a winner.
Very Angsty or not: Yes. The type of character where if you know he is having a day where he doesn't want to scream in misery, something horrible is coming soon.
OTP: That's what the show is about. Liz/Max OTP.
Maxed out my angst capacity: Yes. I can't rewatch "The End of the World."

Farscape and Firefly here. General spoilers for all of Firefly, and S2 and PKWars of Farscape )

And now, because it has nothing to do with the previous:

Jane Eyre. Why I love you )

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