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Queer Jane Eyre

For all those readers of the classic Jane Eyre who have been troubled by Mr Rochester’s abuse of his first wife Bertha and controlling behaviour towards young Jane, there is a book coming your way in 2022.

Harper Collins has announced that they have acquired the publishing rights for a re-imagining of the Bronte classic by L.L. McKinney, author of The Blade So Dark trilogy which is based on Alice in Wonderland. Of course the classic is no stranger to reinventions and adaptations. Many readers have had difficulty accepting the ending of Jane Eyre and the characters love for Mr Rochester. Finally we may have a resolution we can truly love. Any Jane Eyre fans out there? What do you think?

6 comments

sylvs

I hated Jane Eyre when I watched the movie which definitely put me off the book. Hopefully this will be better!!

4w ago
inky State Library Victoria

We had to study the book in year 12!

3w ago
sylvs

In reply to inky

We had to study the book in year 10...

3w ago
aahanadudani DAB member

holy crap this is the best news i've heard all week. the romance in jane eyre always made me a bit uncomfortable

3w ago
inky State Library Victoria

Yes me too - the age difference, his past and the power imbalance. Creepy! I recommend reading The Wide Sargasso Sea - it tells the story of Rochester's first wife "a feminist and anti-colonial response to Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre" written in 1966 by Dominican-British author Jean Rhys.

3w ago
aahanadudani DAB member

In reply to inky

exactly! i really tried to like it because i'm a hopeless romantic but it always felt off. i'll have a look into that one, thanks for the rec!

3w ago