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Review: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

August 7, 2018
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!) Or does she? 

 

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights. 

 

Taken from http://www.ladyjanies.com.

 

This was my first venture into reimagined classics. I had mixed feelings going in because I felt a little odd about what I thought would just be published fanfiction and for the fact that I wasn’t a huge fane of the original novel, Jane Eyre. However, the authors seem to acknowledge the exact issues that I have with the original novel and I was curious to see how they would turn the story around. I have the Owlcrate version of the book so my cover is purple (Bonus, since it’s my favorite color.) and I’m always willing to throw in with a supernatural/paranormal story, so this book was perfect for my first dip in the pool.

The authors waste no time in getting to the juicy parts. The book starts off with the murder of Mr. Brocklehurst, the supervisor of the boarding school that Jane and Charlotte go to. You may remember him as the man responsible for the horrendous conditions the girls live under. We also find out that the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits will be visiting the town and these two events happening at the same time allows the story to come together. Jane accidentally meets Alexander, the agent from the Society, and sparks his interest. Later on you find out just how influential this meeting was to both Jane’s and Alexander’s paths.

The authors manage to take advantage of the cringe-worthy elements of the original story (Mr. Rochester’s terrible behavior, the almost wedding, etc.) and spin them into plot points for their story. I feel like it made everything mesh together better than the original story. I definitely recommend this for someone that hasn’t tried a reimagined classic before or for anyone that was bothered by Mr. Rochester being seen as a romantic figure. This story makes up for the moral/ethical mess that the original novel was. When I think of Jane Eyre, I’ll be thinking of My Plain Jane.

 

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  1. Thanks for the review. I might have to add this book to my fall reading list. Do you have any other reccomendations?

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