Jane of All Trades

Oh, my goodness, whoa!

Life was busy before, and now it is just insane! Yesterday I had an uncomfortable, boring dental procedure, which means I can only drink (not that kind of drink, either) for four days. Then mushy foods (bring on the cream of wheat!) and then less mushy foods, for a bit of excitement after about a week.

And on top of this is the writing, and the life, and all that stuff.

As always, though, reading is my respite–this morning I finished Lisa Kleypas’s The Devil in Winter, which I liked a lot. I can definitely relate to a shy wallflower! And then I began the second in a post-apocalyptic YA, the first book of which made me sob–SOB!–at the end. So that is good.

I am hoping to persuade my husband to watch Jane Eyre with me, the one with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson. Because of me being all convalescent and all. I don’t think there’s been a definitive Jane Eyre yet, but there have been good ones.

Wish me luck on converting him to the cult of personality that is Mr. Rochester.

Which is your favorite version?


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Beth Elliott
9 years ago

I prefer Michael Fassbender’s Rochester. He makes a splendid damaged hero – although the film is so cut about that if you didn’t know the original story it would be very hard to understand the plot.

Hope your mouth [and diet] improve quickly.

9 years ago

I love Michael Fassbender – he is one of my favorite actors and I first fell for him when I saw him in a British tv series called Hex. So I liked his version of Jane Eyre.

But… I love the Toby Stephens one. For one thing, it is longer, so it goes into much more detail about the story and better captures the essence of the book. Plus, Toby brings a dark, dangerous, and at times, playful, aspect to the character that Michael didn’t. So for me, it will always be the Toby Stephens version that is the best.

Louisa Cornell
9 years ago

Feel better soon! Dental work is NO FUN AT ALL!

Actually, I prefer the Timothy Dalton version. I realize he chews up the scenery, but his performance as such a nineteenth century passion and angst to it.

Diane Gaston
9 years ago

No no no. My favorite version is the Orson Welles/Joan Fontaine version. Why? Because when I was a kid, this was the version I saw on TV and I was captivated by Elizabeth Taylor, playing Jane’s friend at the school.

Diane Gaston
9 years ago

Oh! I forgot to commiserate about the dental work. Never any fun at all!!

Hope it heals quickly.

Elena Greene
9 years ago

Of the ones I’ve seen, I like the Toby Stephens best. The Timothy Dalton was OK but he doesn’t look like the Rochester of the book.

The Fassbender version is on The List. Sigh…

I hope you recover quickly from the dental stuff, Megan!

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

“Jane Eyre” is always a good idea when convalescing!!! I really like both the Stephens and Fassbender versions–But I’m with Louisa, my fave is the old Dalton version…

9 years ago

I just finished watching Jane Eyre the other night. I really prefer the Toby Stephens/Ruth Wilson version.

I recently viewed the new movie version with Michael Fassbender and didn’t care for it at all. He came off as being very cold and unappealing. Toby Stephens is as well, to a point, but there are some vulnerable moments which makes the character more appealing for me.