I’ve never been much of a classics reader, preferring more the escapism of modern genres. I couldn’t resist when I saw this title though, it made me laugh out loud and thought it might be a more interesting way to read the story of Jane Eyre.
It was definitely entertaining and I thought Karena Rose’s ‘voice’ matched quite well in the parts that needed to be changed for the sake of the new slant.
In my opinion, the story of Jane Eyre itself is actually quite boring, so the intimate scenes livened it up quite nicely. I did have a few issues with it though – her age was increased so as to be legal (in our time) but some of the story then didn’t match (she spent several years at the school and then was 19 years old by the end of the book). I can understand how difficult it would be to write it differently yet preserve Charlotte Bronte’s work though.
The other thing that had me shaking my head were the sex scenes, or more accurately, the end of them. Each and every time after having the scene well described and vivid, it ended with the same sentence. “He pulled out and came”. Now I don’t know if this is an homage to Bronte’s writing style or not but it kept jarring me out of the story. There was no more description than that and while I understand that not everyone would want to read about it, it still felt necessary to have a little bit more to be a well rounded scene (it can also be quite sexy!). It also ignores that it is likely to be quite messy, not quite so commonplace as just straightening your clothes after, because there will be evidence! Anyway, that is my bugbear and I do have to say it made the final love scene at the end of the book mean just that little bit more 😉
In general the additions to the book are very entertaining and still holds true to the essence of the well known story. Sadly I just didn’t like the well known story all that much 🙁 I will however be interested in reading more by Karena Rose!