All About the Brontes Challenge but I already reviewed that back in 2007. No fun in that! Why not experience Jane Eyre in yet another medium? When I joined the Graphic Novels Challenge, I knew I wanted to read Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel. So the decision was made!
This graphic version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is published by Classical Comics whose agenda is "about enticing young readers to read." While I'm not a young reader, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The process of turning Jane Eyre into text for comic book panels was taken on by Amy Corzine. I think she did a fabulous job finding the most important quotes of the book to use. I particularly liked the conversations between Jane and Mr Rochester which are some of the most drool-worthy writing in English literature. (Be aware that this is the Original Text and not the Quick Text version.)
The artist John M Burns's panels are full color and realistically drawn. The people look like people not cutesy cartoon versions of humans. Although Jane is neither plain or small in these drawings, Burns doesn't shy away from representing Rochester as the broken shell of a man he is at the end of the novel. He's no Toby Stephens. Burns also manages to capture some of the gothic feel of the original.
It would be rather difficult to squeeze all of Jane Eyre into 132 pages but Classics Comics gives it a good go. They seemed to have found all the good stuff, although at times I thought the transition from one panel to another jarring. I would think, "They left out blank part. This happened in between." But I guess that's why you have to read the original to get the full Jane Eyre experience. All the romance and gothic creepiness.
Highly recommended and read Jane Eyre (the original) while you're at it.
Thanks to my local library for the copy.