30 March 2011 @ 07:15 pm
Jane Eyre Intro Post  


I am so excited to begin this Jane Eyre read-a-long! I have long been a fan of the story but I have not ever read this compelling and mysterious novel for myself. (I grew up with the Joan Fontaine version on repeat in my household.) I am so thankful that you all are helping me be accountable in doing this with me. I love discussion so you have no idea how much this means to me.

I hope that all of those participating in the reading portion have a copy of the book. If you do not have a physical copy here are a few places where it is available at no charge:

  • Jane Eyre for Kindle
  • Project Gutenberg has different formats available to read Jane Eyre. (HTML, Epub, Plain Text, etc.)

    You can check a copy out from your local library or if you desire to purchase an inexpensive copy, you may want to look at used book stores or thrift stores.

    The Reading/Discussion Schedule will span across 5 weeks. You have the full freedom to read ahead if you desire, this schedule is mostly to keep the discussion at a good pace. :) Also if you are currently reading Jane Eyre do not feel any pressure to wait for us to catch up. I am sure you will remember plenty once the discussions come around. :)

    Week One: Chapters 1-10
    Week Two: Chapters 11-17
    Week Three: Chapters 18-24
    Week Four: Chapters 25-30
    Week Five: Chapters 31-38

    I will have the Week One discussion posted next Thursday.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask them.

    Happy Reading!
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    ext_33795: mmm books[identity profile] katharhino.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
    *BOUNCE*

    SO EXCITED!!
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    [identity profile] kathrynthegreat.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
    Yay!
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    [identity profile] savyleartist.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
    I've already read it but I can't wait for the discussions. This comes at such a good time, because I'm reading Wuthering Heights now and HATE IT. I need to go back to Jane Erye so bad.
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    [identity profile] completeinhim.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
    Ha ha! I am teaching WH next year to a class of high school freshmen. Fun times. :) I do like JE much better, but WH is a book that I love to hate. I realized that when rereading/skimming it recently: I've got to hand it to Emily B. for creating characters to whom I have such a strong reaction.
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    [identity profile] savyleartist.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
    Oh, thsoe poor souls. It's not as if it's written badly, I mean to get such a strong reaction liek you said is good--it's jsut the wrong reaction, Emily m y love :P
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    ext_33795: mmm books[identity profile] katharhino.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
    I dunno – I think maybe she wanted them to be hateable, so then it's not the wrong reaction, just a... frustrating reaction? Someone told me that WH is not an Epic Romance like it's usually portrayed, but a story of revenge. It's made so much more sense to me now. That said, it's been years since I read it. I don't usually think "Oh I'm so in the mood to scream at some characters, I think I'll read WH."
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    [identity profile] savyleartist.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
    Maybe, and I understand it's about revenge--but he could have left at anytime. He wasn't trapepd there, so even the revenge I don't like :P Perhaps she wanted us to be frustrated with these characters, so we could find them in our lives and know them or something to that effect...I guess. Oy, I jsut want to go back to Jane Eyre :P
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    [identity profile] kimana83.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
    I never got around to commenting on your post asking if people wanted to join you in reading it, but I did put the book on hold at the library that night and I just got the email that it's in, so I can hopefully pick it up tomorrow! =o)

    I've never read it either. In fact, I've only seen it - any version - once. I wonder if Charity remembers how annoyed I was that she and Sarah made me wait till the next day to finish the miniseries since I had no idea what the big secret was. ;o)
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    [identity profile] modernelegance.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
    Oh YAY!!!! I'm glad you'll be joining in!

    I remember Charity telling me about that! You poor thing!
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    [identity profile] lupinskitten.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
    It was actually awesome watching it with someone WHO DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THE STORY WAS GOING!! I think that upped my enjoyment of the miniseries tremendously...
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    [identity profile] kimana83.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
    LOL. You're welcome.
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    ext_33795[identity profile] katharhino.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
    I wish I'd been there.

    I once gave a copy of the book to a friend who'd never read it AND never seen any version of it. Halfway through she was PLEADING with me to tell her the end, and I just cackled madly.
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    [identity profile] lupinskitten.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
    Hehehe... I love it when that happens. You kind of want to tell them, but at the same time you are having WAY TOO MUCH FUN with their torment.
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    ext_33795: plant my foot[identity profile] katharhino.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
    It's extra fun to experience vicariously, because I first read JE when I was eleven, and I don't even remember anymore what my own reaction was. I think it was probably like "GAH! He did what? She's leaving??!" *speed-read to the end to see what happens*
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    [identity profile] lupinskitten.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
    I actually saw one of the movies before I read the book. Ran across it in the library one day and it was only PG, so I checked it out. My reaction was something to the extent of ... "he keeps *insert major spoilers here* in the attic?!? OH NO... HOW CAN JANE BE WITH HIM NOW???"

    ... in retrospect, it was the god-awful William Hurt version. It's a testament to Bronte that I was compelled to read the book after that. =P
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    [identity profile] completeinhim.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
    Are you posting the discussions here on your blog? I want to be sure to be in on the action, because I happen to be reading the book right now! :) I'm already on Chapter 20 or so, though, and am trying to finish up before the movie hits our local theaters about the 2nd week of April. So I'll be ahead, but still very interested to read and discuss as I can. Hooray!
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    [identity profile] modernelegance.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
    Yes, I'll be posting the discussions here. It's surprising that there are around 4-5 friends who also happen to be reading the book so it was kismet that the read-a-long/discussion were timed perfectly!

    Sadly, the movie won't be released here for a few more weeks...at least. Why do they do this to us? Lol. (I may have to go see it in Nashville or Atlanta if it's not widely released.)
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    [identity profile] completeinhim.livejournal.com on March 31st, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
    A friend at my church told me it was coming to Knoxville on April 9. I am not sure where she got her info but she seemed pretty sure about it. You should come to K-ville and see it with me if it hasn't come out in Chatty by then. :D
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    [identity profile] bluiidmommy.livejournal.com on April 1st, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
    Thanks for the reading schedule! I got the book today and look forward to reading this with you and others. :D
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