Sunday, February 6, 2011
Jane is April Lindner's dark, sexy, and romantic take on the timeless classic Jane Eyre. Lindner does an excellent job at bringing this tale into the twenty-first century while still staying true to Charlotte Bronte's original plot. Some names and the circumstances of Jane's past are changed to make the story more realistic in a modern context, but the thoughts, feelings, and personalities of the characters are still accurate—which can be hard to with a story like Jane Eyre, where class distinctions and the conventions of the nineteenth century play a very large role in how the plot unfolds. This retelling doesn't quite capture the mystery and air of supernatural drama of the original, but Lindner manages to develop Jane's relationship with Nico into something a bit more tangible and real than what exists between the original Jane and Mr. Rochester, creating some excellent romantic tension. The River siblings are fun and Jane's time spent with them is portrayed well, but it flies by quickly as Jane moves toward the decision to return to Nico—and encounters a few surprises. Jane is not an exact retelling, but it very well-written and engaging. Those who have read and enjoyed Jane Eyre will be entertained, and those who have not will most likely be very inspired to pick it up.
Cover Comments: Hm, I'm a bit conflicted on this one. On one hand, the girl on the front and the gray of the background suits the mood of the original quite well, and I like the pop of pink in the title. But...the clothes the girl is wearing don't fit the original Jane Eyre or Jane Moore, and the cover seems kind of random when you compare it to the story. It's nice, but it just doesn't fit.
Digital copy purchased.