My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton
Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: A reimagining of Jane Eyre, with ghosts, possessions, the Brontë family and more.
Review: Eugh what can I say. This isn’t exactly Jane Eyre, to me at least. I guess I get the dislike of Mr Rochester but I can’t help but love him. Is he kinda terrible? Yep and I’ve accepted that. I feel like this book goes way out of its way to paint him in the worst light possible. Eventually there’s a good explanation given but eh. Although I do like that the authors gave Bertha a better… Everything.
I could never decide if I liked that Charlotte Brontë was a character or not. On one hand, it was kinda fun but on the other I knew that the character had pretty much nothing to do with the actual author. So… I’m trying to look at her as separate from the author and I guess her character was okay. I absolutely hated how Jane herself was portrayed. She was made to look like a weak idiot. And her ghost friend bugged the crap out of me, they tried to make her be Jane’s backbone. Rather than ya know, Jane having one of her own.
The concept behind the book was interesting. Having a branch of government that hunts ghosts, in pre-Victorian England? Awesome. Sounds great. I think if they hadn’t tried to use Jane Eyre for it that I would have really enjoyed the book. But I just kept thinking about actual Jane Eyre. It wasn’t even a fun retelling, I don’t mind those. This was just– bleh.
Recommendation: It seems like a lot of people I follow like this book so I guess take my pickiness with a grain of salt.
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