October 2nd, 2011


Book Review: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

Precursor to every modern romantic trope and an entire genre of infinitely inferior imitations. And Mr. Rochester is almost as big an asshole as Heathcliff.

Jane Eyre

Published 1847, approximately 187,000 words.. Available for free at Project Gutenberg.

Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre erupted onto the English literary scene, immediately winning the devotion of many of the world's most renowned writers, including William Makepeace Thackeray, who declared it a work "of great genius."

Widely regarded as a revolutionary novel, Brontë's masterpiece introduced the world to a radical new type of heroine, one whose defiant virtue and moral courage departed sharply from the more acquiescent and malleable female characters of the day.

Passionate, dramatic, and surprisingly modern, Jane Eyre endures as one of the world's most beloved novels.

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Verdict: An early milestone in the romance genre, Jane Eyre is imaginative, passionate wish-fulfillment fantasy. I hate some of the norms it established in the genre, but it is made memorable by complicated characters, a complex story with numerous twists (and a few improbable ones bordering on silly), a genuinely strong and likeable female protagonist, and writing that shines. Contrary to my expectations, this book is not boring, not hard to get through, and it is, for its time, original. But I still hate that asshole Rochester.

Jane Eyre is of course on the list of 1001 books you must read before you die, but I did not read it for the books1001 challenge.

LiveJournal comms put on moderated status?

A whole bunch of LiveJournal communities that were previously unmoderated seem to have gone onto moderated status. Anyone know what's up with that? Did LJ do a global setting change?

ETA: Mystery solved. It looks like LJ has made it harder to post lots of links and images in a community post, probably to foil spammers. Hence, my link-heavy posts are now going into moderation queues.