Eyre Affairs

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

I invite all of you to please enjoy an adaption of the classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre this Sunday, January 21st in the evening ~ please check your local PBS listing.

I hope that you enjoy this beautiful story of a young heroine's journey to happiness and love despite many obstacles and tragedies in her life. If you have not read the novel, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet Miss Jane Eyre. There are three other adaptions of the novel, the best one I believe to be the BBC version with Timothy Dalton as Rochester. I do hope that this adaption is true to the spirit of Bronte's tale.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget to remind Entertainment Weekly that Rochester is an incredible character!

Jane Eyre Rules!

Greatest novel ever. Praise Bronte. ha


12:55 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Marty ~ My favorite actor who played Rochester was Cirian Hinds, who just died as Caesar on HBO's Rome, which I also love!

1:01 PM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

I just bought my daughter her own collection of Bronte books. If she can read all the Princess Diary books in couple of days..I want to see her devour these.

She's just reading away...loving them so far...

1:05 PM  
Anonymous non-highlighted heather said...

Oh my gosh, I was just coming to comment on how I thought the version of Jane Eyre that was best all around was with Timothy Dalton, but that my favorite Rochester was Ciaran Hinds. I loved him in Persuasion and he was heartbreaking in The Mayor of Casterbridge.

I watch every version with a mixture of thrill and dread because I am all too keenly aware that I will no doubt be disappointed. To love a book so much, to be so attached to the characters, it is nearly impossible, I think, for a film to ever truly capture the magic of it. And yet, I still can't wait to see this new version.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Percival said...

You do realize that you are obsessed? Has it been since childhood then - had thee Jane Eyre action dolls and fashion figures?

Meanwhile reality sits sadly unattended and ungraced by thine presence in mine most recent post.


9:06 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

TG ~ Has your daughter started reading Anne of Green Gables and all of the twenty some odd books written by the amazing LM Montgomery? :)

NHH ~ A woman who loved Hinds as Wentworth? We are blog soulmates, methinks! :) I love that adaption of the novel and the way Anne whispers "Wentworth" in the beginning.

Percy ~ Obsessed? Kind of like you with Percy Shelley? ;)

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

~Enjoy Jane Eyre this weekend!~

8:22 AM  
Anonymous non-highlighted heather said...

I have to admit, it was a little surreal to be heading to the comments box to say something about Hinds and then see your comment. He's not traditionally handsome, but there's an electricity that surrounds him, even when he is completely inactive in a scene. He has that combination of outward restraint coupled with an ability to reveal to us through his eyes and movement the emotion that's simmering underneath.

So tell me, Dear Amy, what is your opinion of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy?

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Cookbook Junkie said...

I just re-read Jane Eyre this past summer. I really loved it, so much so that I haven't read much since then. After I read a really good book, other books seem so disappointing.

But I don't want to stay up until 11pm on a Sunday. I promised myself I would get to bed earlier but I never do. PBS is evil when it comes to robbing my sleep but it's usually the documentaries.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

excellent tip!

you know, it's high time i reread jane eyre.

i wrote a stunning paper on the novel as an undergrad (ok, not so stunning, but i sure enjoyed the task).

Percy has hit on a fabulous product idea - Jane dolls and accessories - oh! I want a Jane Erye dream house with a RED ROOM. yes! imagine the play!

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be in heaven this Sat- watching this, with a sushi delux platter, and a Corona (or 2?)! :)

Hugs friend- and if I don't get to see this Saturday- I'll record it so I can watch it when time permits! Thanks for letting us know :)

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only I could get PBS in my basement apartment. *sigh* I like the idea of literary action figures--decor for the classroom! Fabulous to be sure!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Buffy said...

The only Jane Eyre I've ever seen is the one with Joan Fontaine and Orson. I remember absolutely loving it...but I was young and don't remember how closely it stuck to the book.

Never seen the BBC version...but as a rule I think they're pretty good...BBC adaptions that is ... And I usually prefer them to their motion picture counter parts (except in the case of P&P. I could not fault Knightley...even over Garson).

You are a dear to compare my annoying 'cousins' to Dill and his duck fluff. :)

11:13 AM  
Blogger Percival said...


Thou art quite "over the top." I am ne'er even certain if it's Shelly or Shelley, I think the former; nor do I go around bearing in the back of my mind direct quotes such as

"Oh wild west wind,
Thou breath of autumn's being..."

nor "pestilence stricken multitudes."

Besides, in truth I prefer Wordsworth as in

"What though the radiance
Which was once so bright
Be now forever taken from my sight
Though nothing should bring back the hour
Of glory in the grass of... uh...
Power to the flower?"

"A simple child
That lightly draws its breath
And feels its life in every limb -
What should it know of death?"

To the contrary, mine mind is a complete blank as in

"Fallings from us, vanishings;
Blank misgivings
Of a creature moving about
In worlds half realized."

You must control yourself vis a vis Austin or Austen... I think... therefore I am uncertain.
(Descarts or Descartes...)

8:43 PM  
Anonymous shopper said...

I've always enjoyed Jane Eyre. I'll be sure to check this one out too. Thanks for the info!

1:02 PM  
Blogger The Bookish Kind said...

I loved part one of the new Jane Eyre. Very good chemistry between Jane and Rochester & I like Rochester, too. He's really likeable in this version.

I love this blog! I have loved Jane Eyre since I was a child, so its good to find others out there.
I'll be back.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lent that book to someone..She never returned it..


5:22 AM  

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