2020-09-10

Aline BROSH MCKENNA and Ramon PEREZ : Jane

A reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre set in present day, written by acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez.
Growing up in a broken home in a small fishing town, Jane dreamed of escaping to art school and following the allure of New York City. When that dream becomes a reality however, it’s not long before she feels out of place by the size of the city and the talent of her peers. She soon discovers her place as she begins to nanny a young girl named Adele, but that is upended when she falls for the girl’s father, Rochester, a sardonic man of power, wealth, and unexpected charm. Jane learns that in the world of New York’s elite, secrets are the greatest extravagance and she’ll have to decide if she should trust the man she loves or do what ever it takes to protect Adele from the consequences of his deception.

 

"Jane Eyre retelling" : this is what caught my attention and drove me to read this comic, because Jane Eyre is *my* book.

The drawings at the beginning were wonderful and made me want to pick up my own pencil, when Jane's childhood, such a discreet childhood, is brushed. But then, she moves to the big town and the drawings are harsher, thicker and I didn't like them as much. Personal taste.

I know it's hard to turn a very long book with a complicated story into a comic, my expectations weren't huge, I just hoped the authors had caught the spirit of it. But the story was a little different, Jane was different, the relationship between Jane and Adele were different, things and secondary characters were different.

I wouldn't have been bothered if... It sounded too modern. Like a contemporary romance with a pennyless girl falling in love with a tycoon who, of course, only has eyes for her. He's got companies, he's richer than rich, he's got a helicopter, all things that I don't care about and dont like reading about. She's an artist, but we don't see her paintings and they're probably not as original as the ones described in the original Jane Eyre. Personal opinion.

It lacked the depth of my favourite ever novel, is it that surprising ? No, of course not, but I'm glad I borrowed it at the library, not bought it. Now I can return it !

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