“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


Jane Eyre (Again) And Other Books

Monday, March 21, 2011

I finished Jane Eyre.


That book just makes me so happy. I could read it over and over and over again. Wait. I have read it over and over and over again.

Unfortunately, the movie isn't coming to my little town, so I either have to drive 1-1/2 hours into a not-so-safe part of the nearest city, or just hope and pray that it will come here in its next life. Or – most likely – wait for it to come out on DVD. Considering how difficult it was to wait the three months from when I found out about the movie until now, another 6 months (or however long it takes to get out on DVD) might just kill me. I may have to read the book again to keep myself sane – and alive.

In the meantime, I'm reading another book that I've already read once – The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs – while I wait for the library system to deliver Breakfast at Tiffany's to my local library. Anyone ever read BaT? I saw the movie and almost loved it. I'm hoping to like the book better.

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How Do I Love Classics? Let Me Count The Ways...

Sunday, March 06, 2011

There is a scene in Jane Eyre in which Jane saves Mr. Rochester's life by dousing a fire that caught in his bed while he was sleeping. His response is to say the following to her:
"You saved my life; I have a pleasure in owing you so immense a debt. I cannot say more. Nothing else that has being would have been tolerable to me in the character of creditor for such an obligation; but you, it is different – I feel your benefits no burden, Jane ... I knew ... you would do me good in some way, at some time; I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you; their expression and smile did not ... strike delight to my very inmost heart so for nothing. People talk of natural sympathies; I have heard of good genii; there are grains of truth in the wildest fable. My cherished preserver, good-night!"
And what do you think he would say if he was in a modern novel instead of a classic?
"You saved my life! I owe you one! You're my guardian angel, babe!"
The language of the classics is so rich. It conveys so much more depth of emotion. No matter how many classics I read, I doubt I will ever be able to speak or write such rich language, and frankly it would be hard to be take someone seriously these days if they spoke or wrote that way anyway. Just one more reason I love reading the classics.

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Reading Update

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Well, the giving-the-book-back-and-kindly-refusing-the-next-in-the-series conversation went reasonably well. I took Jeana's advice and told her I had too many other books to read right now, which is true anyway so it's not like I was lying.

Then I read "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer.

As an aside, yes, I loved the Twilight series. And no, I don't care who thinks I'm a barbaric heathen for it. See? No apologies.

I have to say, I did not enjoy "The Host" nearly as much as I did the "Twilight" series. That's not to say it wasn't a good book. It just didn't draw me in to the story the way Meyer's other books did. It is still a well-written story with an enjoyable plot, but it is a little too predictable, and I didn't identify with the characters like in the "Twilight" books. Maybe that's because I've been a teenage girl before; I've never been an alien inhabiting another person's body.

That said, if you're thinking about reading "The Host", then by all means go ahead and read it. It is a good book. Just remember that it is different from "Twilight".

So, what am I reading now? "Jane Eyre", of course! My favorite book of all time. The movie is coming out in just 9 days and I must finish before then! I'm on page 160 of 527. I'm not generally a very fast reader, but this is "Jane Eyre" – I have no doubt I will succeed.