SVEN: I had not read Jane Eyre upon seeing Cary Fukunaga’s 2011 filmic adaptation. I was also totally unfamiliar with the story (they never made it into a Wishbone episode, see), so I did not know what to expect. Fortunately, most great novels are considered such for a reason: the stories are pretty good. As a first time consumer, I was impressed enough with Jane Eyre to make the experience worth my while.
The commonest complaint I’ve read about this adaptation is that the leads don’t smolder enough. It is alleged the movie fails to convey the chemistry of the page. While this may be true, it was not hard for me to accept that two attractive, young people really wanted to bone.
And, of course, if the story took place in 2011, they could do just that.
CHRIS: I’m not the biggest fan of the Brontë clan (Wuthering Heights was plodding), but Jane Austen was by far the worst novelist, the Stephenie Meyer of her day. That said, even the driest classic literature can make a good film. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film adaptation of Jude [the Obscure], but Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet gave top notch performances as Doctor Who and Mildred Pierce.
SVEN: Ha, says you (about Austen)! I just recently read Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed it.