Jane Eyre on the Page and Screen + In Defense of Mr. Rochester?

Disclaimer: My memories of Jane Eyre in book and film form are admittedly a bit sketchy, as it’s been a while since I viewed them.  That said, I feel everything I’ve written below, however well-intended, should be taken with a grain of salt.

Additionally, please be aware that Jane Eyre does deal with some mature subject matter along the lines of marital fidelity, and I’ve referenced some of it in this post.

A couple of years ago, I read the abridged version of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.  I loved the story so much, especially all the parts about the creepy lady who haunted the Fairfax manor in the night, that I wanted to read the original.  There was much more to the story than creepy ladies, though, which drew me in even further.  Then, out of curiosity, I decided to watch one of the film adaptations – I chose the 1997 British TV movie version, starring Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds.

It was a cute, albeit condensed narrative.  We really don’t have much opportunity to see Jane shine as a character onscreen, in this version or (I’m assuming) others.  I understand, we’ve only got just under two hours to convey 178,404 flowery, drawn-out written words (which is approximately 356.808 pages).  And we all know movies can never stay 100% faithful to the books upon which they’re based.  Somewhere along the way, we’re going to be disappointed.

What I enjoyed so much in the original, unabridged Jane Eyre book was seeing the world through Jane’s eyes.  She witnesses so much injustice and hypocrisy: in her early childhood, where she’s neglected by her foster family; in school, with that hypocritical monster of a headmaster who abused religion as a basis for persecuting others of lesser means; in her childhood friendships, taken away from her by illnesses contracted in deplorable living conditions.  Even if Jane was held back by circumstance from doing anything significant about the injustices she witnessed, there was a beautiful intelligence to her perceptions.  I found that intelligence appealing, which is why I continued to read this long, classic novel with some romantic overtones.

I think Mr. Rochester found it appealing too, which is why he wanted to marry her and be with her for the rest of their lives.  All that gets glossed over in most movies – instead, the focus is on Jane’s seemingly bizarre romance with the much-older Mr. Rochester.  After all, who doesn’t love a nice, romantic movie where the gullible young woman marries a creepy old bigamist, and they all live happily ever after?

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A Letter to a Friend Just Starting Out Indie Publishing

This is a wonderful letter written by an awesome writing friend, which ought to be shared with all writing friends who are new to the self-publishing world! And even if you’re not a newbie, it’s an excellent refresher / guide for what to do next time. 🙂

Fiction by Rachael Ritchey

So, I have a friend who is a published author, but her publishing company recently shut their doors. It was probably for the best, and in the midst of it a gift actually came in the ability for this dear author friend to take her work to the next level.

It will be so much better than it was with that failed publishing house for a few reasons, but one that is foremost in my mind is that her artistic vision can be put into the hands of people who really care about seeing it thrive, to capture its beauty, and are passionate about making that creative presence shine in the modern publishing industry.

My friend has thus far been shy about drawing attention to herself, but I want to help her draw attention to what she is trying to share with the world, so as I help her take…

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The Young Writer’s Life According to RWBY: Beta-Reading Edition

Mild content warning: post features pictures of a somewhat skimpily-dressed anime character.

I ran a poll on my Twitter page a few weeks ago for the theme of my next “Young Writer’s Life According To…” post.  It was a 50/50 tie between Tangled (which has a surprising variety of gifs) and my favorite anime, RWBY.  So, why not both?

This gifset in particular puts particular attention on beta-reading, an immense readerly kindness I’ve come to appreciate in my latest writerly project.  That said, I’d like to dedicate this post to Aerin and Lauren, the best beta-readers a young writer like me could ask for.

And now, if you are among the 50% who voted for a RWBY-themed post, this’ll be the day you’ve waited for!

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Clean Fiction for All?

A/N: I’d like to apologize in advance if this post offends any of my religious friends in the clean indie writing world with this post.  Additionally, I’d love to hear feedback and other perspectives on the issue I’ve raised.  Please feel free to leave a comment below!

When I browse the web for “clean” fiction, I usually find books that are both clean and faith-based, specifically in the Christian faith.  I don’t see much differentiation between faith-based clean fiction and … regular clean fiction.  I get that there’s a huge demand among certain religious Christian circles for books with minimal “offensive” content and an abundance of positive messages.  But I think I’m living proof that the desire for such books and for positive messages isn’t limited to Christian religious people, or religious people in general. Continue reading →

Writer’s Jukebox: Haikyuu!! OST

I can never remember the name of this show, only its unique punctuation and the epicness of its soundtrack.  But I’ve been listening to its soundtrack fairly often – it’s very dramatic and upbeat, which is great for when your mind’s gone all sluggish and you’ve got five papers to hand in before Wednesday.

My favorite track in this set is “Kamiwaza Sokko,” which seems to be using strings in place of guitars – I like the sound of classical instruments used them to achieve that rock ‘n’ roll sound. 😀