Jane Eyre, the graphic novel. Finished 4-10-13, rating 5/5, classics/graphic novels, 141 pages, pub. 2009
I love Jane Eyre. It’s been many, many years since I read the classic, but over the years I’ve watched as many of the film adaptations as I can fit in. As much as I love Jane I have a more lukewarm response to graphic novels. I’ve only read a few but none have really wowed me. But, this one was the perfect combination of a favorite heroine, quality storytelling, and illustrations that felt authentic to the original story. In this version they use Bronte’s own words to tell the story. Here’s a look at one of my favorite passages of the orignal…
For those that don’t know, Jane was left in the care of a cold aunt and abusive cousin. Her spirit remained even through years at a school for orphans and the death of a friend. When she arrives, as a governess, at Thornfield she blossoms, only her troubles are far from over.
Amy Corzine did a great job with the storyboard. This complex story that follows orphan Jane from Gateshead Hall to Lowood School to Thornfield and beyond is well represented in its 140 pages. I think it perfect for Jane lovers. As a fan I never felt shortchanged. There is also a Quick Text version that uses the same art but simplifies language, but I can’t vouch for that one.
There is a very interesting biography of Charlotte and her gifted, but tragedy-stricken family. I found it fascinating. Also a few pages in the end showed how they put the book together.
Whether you are a fan already or just want to know about Jane without having to read the book, I recommend this wholeheartedly. I plan on checking out a few more of these graphic novels. They are very well done. I had this one on my shelves.