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Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel (American English, Original Text) Paperback – January 6, 2009
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This graphic novel and other graphic novels like it would be excellent in the school atmosphere where some students would be more likely to read and enjoy a graphic novel rather than the novel itself. These graphic novels are beautifully illustrated and remain true to the novels they are based on. I will definitely be buying more of them and hope and pray they make one for Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
However, over a vacation, I gave it to a friend to read who likes graphic novels but hasn't read Jane Eyre before. She ended up confused several times and had a lot of questions throughout the story when holes weren't being filled in.
That said, definitely worth a read for Jane fans who would like to see the story in a new format.
Haven't really read any graphic novels as such, so I found it a bit tricky to get into, and with "Jane Eyre", the pictures - while lovely pieces of art - just distracted me from the story, because I kept thinking "but that's not what they look like!" all the time. The characters looked wrong, but it's no fault of the artist, but simply because we all create our own images in our heads as to what characters look like when we read something.
I would definitely recommend it, though. It's a great introduction to "Jane Eyre", and if you haven't got the patience to read the original book (or, let's be honest, get bored by it), or even to sit through four or five hours of BBC drama, but still want to know the story - this is excellent. It tells the whole story from beginning to end, and you get a good feel for it, without important things being missed or changed around. This is the original story, the way Brontë wrote it (purists delight!), and that's the purpose of it: to show a classic book to a new audience, but without losing any of the original story.Read more ›
The illustrations were very 'comic book' like and helped to add to the limited dialogue by 'painting' the picture of the various scenes. It seemed to stay true to the book's storyline. However, you only get a glimpse of many scenes, like the Lowood School, or how mean Jane's cousins were.
I don't think that I would recommend this book, but to a quite younger generation, who wants to know what Jane Eyre is all about. It might give the reader a simple taste, who will hopefully want more and thus turn to the original work by Charlotte Bronte.
I don't know what it is about our society that we feel we have to 'mash up' our classics, or to put them in graphic novel format. If it is the hope that it will get our younger generations to read more of the classics, I think this new craze is missing the point. But it seems almost geared toward a society of reading less in order to read a greater quantity. The main reason that I picked up this graphic novel was to see what all of the fuss was about. Now, I can say that I saw, I read, and I am sending it back to the library quickly, without further recommendations.
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It was in perfect condition and exactly what I expected. I'm not sure why the library didn't want it anymore.Published on January 8, 2014 by J
for the same reason I rated the sister book, it is a comic and not at all what I expected.Published on December 5, 2013 by Joyce65
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Wow, a comic book adaptation of a famous ladies' novel from the 1800s! Read more
A very good translation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. There is a pretty design and a romantic performance. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Andréa
Clever and witty presentation of an abiding story. Let's hope it encourages people - later - to go to the original, and also to savour that flavour of past times. Great stuff!Published on January 22, 2013 by Jane Wilson-Howarth
I love this story and appreciated the way this format made the story appealing and dramatic. The story is there but the visuals make it much easier to absorb. LindaPublished on December 23, 2012 by Linda F. Greenberg
Charlotte Bronte's graphic novel depiction. It's a good focus on the Jane Eyre, especially if you found the novel to be laborious reading as I did back in the day. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by MISTER SJEM
Charlotte Bronte's 1847 Gothic romance "Jane Eyre" has proved irresistable to generations of readers and to those who would adapt it to other formats, such as television and film. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by HMS Warspite