How many times have you read Charlotte Brontë’s beloved classic novel Jane Eyre? I do not remember how many times I have read the book (they say memory is the first thing to go…), but I would estimate that I have curled up with this favorite at least a dozen times. Multiple times I have sat and watched different film adaptations of the book. Actresses from Joan Fontaine to Samantha Morton to Anna Paquin have played Brontë’s independent heroine.
Now Jane Eyre returns to the big screen in select cities beginning March 11. Director Cary Fukunaga’s version is said to be a unique take on the film, but also influenced by Robert Stevenson’s version from 1943 starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine. Mia Wasikowska, last seen in “Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland,” plays Jane Eyre. The film also stars Michael Fassbender (“Jonah Hex”), Jamie Bell, Judi Dench and Sally Hawkins.
Even if you’ve read Jane Eyre before, maybe it is time to re-visit this classic. Vintage Books has released a movie tie-in edition of Jane Eyre that features a reader’s guide, as well as production notes from the film. And because we love our Bookend Babe readers, we have a little something extra for you. Vintage Books is sharing a Reader’s Group Reading Guide, so Bookend Babes, get your girls together! How about planning to read the book, then a little movie night, followed by a group discussion! The discussion guide can be found here.
Get your group together and see “Jane Eyre.” For advanced tickets or group sales you can call: 855-4JANEEYRE. For more information on the upcoming film, including opening dates for your city, visit: www.janeeyrethemovie.com
Here is a look at the upcoming movie. Watch the trailer now, then leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Enjoy!