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Jane by April Lindner

Jane (edition 2010)

by April Lindner

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Authors:April Lindner
Info:Poppy (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Jane by April Lindner

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At the back of this book April Lindner describes her motivation for writing Jane. She was musing about Pride and Prejudice which had spawned a bunch of contemporary spin-offs and wondered why Jane Eyre had not been given a contemporary treatment. "I love Pride and Prejudice and its spin-offs as much as the next person, but if I had to choose between Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, I would be on Team Charlotte. I first read Jane Eyre in high school with the sense that I was encountering a kindred spirit." I feel the same way about Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre so I wanted to see how this contemporary retelling of that classic stacked up. It's not bad actually although it doesn't have the impact of the original. If you have never read Jane Eyre then go read it; but if you have read Jane Eyre and you wonder how that story would play out in the 21st century then check this book out. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 21, 2015 |
Really enjoyed this! I thought the modern interpretations of the various Jane Eyre elements worked wonderfully, and I enjoyed the romance very much.

Re-read in 2012. I didn't really get anything *new* out of it, but I did enjoy it all over again, and it was what I was in the mood to read. ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
Loved it! [b:Jane Eyre|10210|Jane Eyre|Charlotte Brontë|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1266450134s/10210.jpg|2977639] has always been an all-time favorite, for so many reasons. When I heard that this retelling was coming out, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I had read a couple of great reviews, but still, I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would - and I shouldn't have been!

The rock star angle works incredibly well for this story. I loved that Lindner was able to keep the characters and their dynamics essentially the same, while changing so many details from the original. And reading it, you can tell how much she loves Jane Eyre - despite the modernization, it's so faithful to the original in so many little ways. ( )
  ashleyk44 | Jul 8, 2014 |
I was really impressed by the modern update of Jane Eyre. I didn't really know how well it would translate into the modern day, and Jane Eyre is my favourite book so I had some reservations. This book was done really well though, and I enjoyed it a lot.

For a full review, and to see why it missed out on 5 stars, check out my blog at http://www.thebooktower.webs.com ( )
  bookish92 | Mar 20, 2014 |
Jane is a modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE that really shines when Lindner rputs her own spin on the old story. Rochester as a rock star is a wonderful idea - Nico Rathburn is unapproachable, with a tortured past right out of a VH1 special, good reason to be swooping unpredictably in and out of his own home, understandably paranoid about the media. He's a believable Rochester 2.0.

When Lindner takes a risk and makes up her own encounters between Jane and Nico, she can hit the bull's eye. When Nico Rathburn herds Jane into his dressing room and cajoles her into helping him pick out his outfit for a TV interview, or insists that she attends his band's practice sessions, I totally bought it. Rochester couldn't, or wouldn't, have done those things...but when Nico does it, he's totally channeling Rochester.

JANE is less successful when Lindner stops coming up with her own ideas and re-creates scenes from Jane Eyre almost word-for-word. She is especially guilty of this for the really iconic romantic scenes between Bronte's Jane & Rochester. Maybe Lindner felt obligated to stick close to the original, or didn't dare to mess with perfection. In any case, half of Nico's speeches sound like modern paraphrases of Rochester's, which I generally found jarring and unbelievable.

For example, Nico does a whole narration every time he touches Jane. If he's going to give her a little hug, or shake her hand, or whatever, he always makes an announcement and gets her permission. In Jane Eyre, this makes sense - casual touching like that would have been taboo, a big deal. But today, coming from an entitled rock star, it's just wierd. Sure, the first time he decides to give an employee a hug he might say something; but he's still doing his "can we hug?" song and dance on the fourth and fifth one, too.

I often felt like Lindner had nailed it with the ensemble scenes but missed the mark when Jane and Nico were one-on-one. The scene where Jane meets the modern incarnation of Blanche Ingram is so pitch perfect that reading it gave me a better understanding of the same scene in the original book. Lindner's version had the exact same feel and tone, but it felt real and immediate in a way that the 19th century version just can't.

One final note: for the most part, Lindner does a really excellent job of finding a modern equivalent for the twists and turns in Bronte's plot. But there is one particular element of the original that Lindner carries over without changing, and which makes absolutely NO sense. I won't spoil which one I think this is - to the extent that there are spoilers in a book like this, it's answering too many questions about what and how Lindner changed the original - but I really think she could have, and should have, found a different solution. ( )
  MlleEhreen | Sep 20, 2013 |
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In this contemporary retelling of "Jane Eyre," an orphaned nanny becomes entranced with her magnetic and brooding employer, a rock star with a torturous secret from his past.

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