It appears that a love of books has spread to the fashion world and you can now proudly show off your favorite titles in everything from clothes, bags and pendants to phone cases or laptop covers! This week I’ve picked out a few very cute accessories but look back next week when I show off some literary inspired clothing that every bookaholic would be proud to be seen in!
Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre,
Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester
Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers
Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre has seen it’s fair share of film and t.v adaptations, some managed to capture the essence of Jane whilst others failed miserably in the attempt. When I first heard that it was to be remade for release in 2011 I was quietly optimistic that this version would succeed in bringing to life the world Bronte had so artfully created. I was not disappointed, the screenplay by Moira Buffini is so close to the original novel that under the direction of Cary Fukunaga this is undoubtedly the best adaptation of Bronte’s classic.
Mia Wasikowska inhabits Jane’s essence so perfectly that she breaths new life into such a beloved character, her ability to portray the dignified stillness of Jane whilst allowing for flashes of emotion makes the story seem all the more personal. The decision to cast an actress closer in age to Jane than in any of the other adaptations worked incredibly well as Wasikowska masterly balanced the self-respect and restraint with the passion within the character.
Every Jane needs a Mr. Rochester and Michael Fassbender exudes just the right blend of brooding, charisma and charm to give a performance that compliments the character in a way that has never been achieved before. Fassbender has a quality about him that demands screen presence and does a remarkable job at making the audience care for him even at his most unlovable. Both Wasikowska and Fassbender deliver such strong performances that they have truly cemented their status as the perfect embodiment of Jane and Rochester in my eyes.
Overall this movie is a resounding success as an homage to the classic novel and will certainly stand the test of time as it is so artfully crafted and beautifully told.
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Cover Copy: “Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane’s natural independence and spirit – which prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre (1847) dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman’s search for equality and freedom.”
My thoughts: The reason I chose this novel to be my first review is simple, Jane Eyre is my all time favourite book. I have two copies of Jane Eyre, one with a beautifully decorated cover which sits with pride of place in my bookcase, the other is completely tattered simply because it has been lovingly reread time and time again. For me this novel is about so much more than just romance, it is a passionate coming of age story that depicts such a wonderfully strong and before her time character in Jane. The feminist in me could not help but fall in love with this intelligent and fiercely independent woman who manages to be both blunt and dignified at the same time. I found myself desperately hoping that everything would work out for Jane and yet devastation seemed to follow her around every corner. Jane’s romance with Mr Rochester provided some quick witted banter between the pair which brought a whole new dimension to their characters and ultimately their true love wins out. I am not usually one for love stories but the fact that Jane is so dedicated to her principles which ultimately leads to her being rewarded with the love of her life melted even my sceptical heart. There is no doubt that Jane Eyre is beautifully written, it is such an eloquent piece of literature that in my opinion it is undoubtedly Charlotte Bronte’s greatest work.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”
“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
“Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agonized as in that hour left my lips; for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love”
“Reader, I married him.”
This is an exceptionally well written novel that details Jane’s journey from mistreated orphan to strong independent woman. She proves time and time again she is more than capable to deal with all life throws at her and ultimately her strong convictions are rewarded. Definitely worth reading time and time again.
So it will take me a while to sort out my first reviews but I thought I would write a quick post to breakdown the list before I get started. Out of the one hundred books on the list I have previously read twenty two which I will be rereading for the purposes of this blog as it has been a long time since I discovered some of them!
To breakdown the list I thought I would highlight a few of the titles which I’m most excited about and some of the ones which I am a little dubious about:
Cant wait to reread: Jane Eyre.. It’s my favourite book in the world, I just adore it and have several copies one of which is lovingly over read and dog eared.
Most excited to read for the first time: In Cold Blood.. This may seem like a strange choice but my taste in literature is diverse to say the least! I have a huge collection of crime books both fact and fiction so this one definitely appeals to that side of me.
Ashamed I’ve never read: Anne Frank: The Diary of my Life.. I just feel like I should have already read this.
One I’ll eventually get to but will keep putting off: The Time Traveller’s Wife.. You know the saying “Never judge a book by it’s cover” I have to admit I’m judging this book by it’s movie and that’s why I am apprehensive about starting this one but I’m sure it’s not that bad.