The Jane Eyre Affair

Jane Eyre is a classic; it’s part of the canon. But, it’s a lot more than that. It’s a book we still read. We still read it because people LOVE Jane Eyre. If you start to look at the material out there related Jane Eyre, you start to realize that people feel a deep affinity for it. We retell the story over and over and over again. We never get tired of it. I think we cotinue to want to explore it because there is something slightly elusive about Jane Eyre – the mystery, the atmosphere, the characters. We never quite get to the bottom of it, and it still intrigues us. 

English: Title page, first edition, en:Jane Eyre.

English: Title page, first edition, en:Jane Eyre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not only do people love Jane Eyre, but they love Jane Eyre, the character. There is something very bold about Jane and in many ways, she is the book. It is her life and her voice. Why are women are continually drawn to her? Is it that we want to be her? Or maybe we just want Mr. Rochester.

And then there is the other woman, Charlotte Bronte; a driven, ambitious woman. We think of Charlotte and her sisters and wonder where did they come from? There is something so daring and original about their work, and yet they are rooted firmly in their time and place. How did these women, living in Haworth of all places, become literary giants?

We have a perennial love affair with Jane Eyre. Why do we love it? It is the mystery? Is it the romance? Is it the characters? Is it the setting? Is it the crazy woman in the tower? Whatever it is, this site is here to celebrate all things Jane: Thornfield and movie adaptations and governesses and Brontes and the moors and gothic suspense and brooding men and deprived childhoods and horrid schools and crazy wives and yes, love stories. Long live Jane Eyre

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