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Title: Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre has lived a largely loveless and harsh life, first under her aunt’s roof and later at the infamous Lowood School. When Jane becomes a young adult she ventures forth from her stifled existence, ready for the next chapter in her life. When she arrives at Thornfield Hall as the new governess, however, she has no idea the pleasures and pain that lie in store for her.
I wanted to share just a quick note on this book. It’s a graphic novel which is totally awesome, not only for younger readers, but also for Jane Eyre aficionados. There is a whole series of these graphic novels based on classic literature, and I will definitely be reviewing more of them in the future. Also of note, each title comes in at least three different text formats: Original Text, Plain Text, and Quick Text. These come in handy for different reading levels, making the story accessible to people of all ages.
On to the story! The story line was followed quite faithfully in the graphic novel version (with only a few minor changes), and this being the Original Text version, the dialogue was also quite faithful. It’s fun to see the artists’ imagining of how the story looks. Seeing their imagined facial expressions and the characters’ mannerisms, along with the dialogue, is just another fun way to explore the story of Jane Eyre. I really enjoyed it!
The illustrations are nice, though for some reason they remind me of 1970’s illustrations. Don’t ask me why. Also, the book is divided into chapters, so that provides some good stopping points along the way and keeps the reading manageable for those who want to digest it in stages.
I recommend Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel to young readers who want an easier introduction to the story, as well as to Jane Eyre fans. It’s a fun way to explore a wonderful classical story.
- some violence
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Until next time…