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Jane Eyre - The Graphic Novel PDF, ePub eBook Presents in graphic novel format an adaptation of Brontë's story about an orphaned young English woman who accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysterious and remote Mr. Rochester.

30 review for Jane Eyre - The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    I just reread Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte!) and loved it, think it’s deservedly one of the Great Books, with a wonderful young heroine. I also just coincidentally read Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp, that among other things advocates for the reading of Whole Books, (surprise, surprise), not abbreviated versions of books, like Reader’s Digest books, but also implicitly not comics adaptations of books. So, you ask, is there any use in a graphic novel version of Jane Eyre, given that--if we agree I just reread Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte!) and loved it, think it’s deservedly one of the Great Books, with a wonderful young heroine. I also just coincidentally read Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp, that among other things advocates for the reading of Whole Books, (surprise, surprise), not abbreviated versions of books, like Reader’s Digest books, but also implicitly not comics adaptations of books. So, you ask, is there any use in a graphic novel version of Jane Eyre, given that--if we agree it is a good book, and not just because it is a “classic”--we want everyone to read the original, and several movie versions? There’s already more than 2000 editions of the book listed on Goodreads! I say pretty much yes, and not just because I am a comics guy, because this is pretty good comics, capturing the main story, and is decently illustrated. Since it appears to be directed toward a tween audience, I think it is good there is a list of characters in the back, several useful appendices to help people to get into it, to entice people to read the original. And that is what can happen here with struggling readers; this graphic version can help scaffold students’ reading to help them get into Bronte’s text. And I think there are terrible graphic versions of books that dumb down the book, but this isn’t one. I don’t love the illustration style, but especially hate that they do not list the illustrator or any of the illustration team, if there is one. That shows the publisher’s disrespect for the very enterprise they hope kids will endorse! The dialogue isn’t always enough Bronte, but the story really does capture some of the excitement of the story and Jane’s character, I mean it! I had very low expectations when I picked this up at the library, but it is a pretty good adaptation, really.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, so you can probably imagine how excited I was to find this graphic novel. I was a bit apprehensive at first - a 600 page novel crammed into a comic strip? Not sure that's going to work... I was worried that the language would be watered down, but this was not the case! All the original dialogue is used and the illustrations are beautiful. I think it would definitely entice someone to read the original if they haven't already. If I have one comp Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, so you can probably imagine how excited I was to find this graphic novel. I was a bit apprehensive at first - a 600 page novel crammed into a comic strip? Not sure that's going to work... I was worried that the language would be watered down, but this was not the case! All the original dialogue is used and the illustrations are beautiful. I think it would definitely entice someone to read the original if they haven't already. If I have one complaint, that is that Jane (plain Jane) looked like a pin-up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sleeping with Ghosts

    Well, this story haunting me since the first time I've read the book. I hoped more from this, but ok, it's a cómic! Short, simple. The graphic desing isn't so beautiful but was nice. Hope to read another version of Jane in a Graphic Novel!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pranta Ghosh Dastider

    A mainstream classic with life story of a girl. It's quite tragic, dramatic, and surprising at times. There are co-incidences, but the storyline makes up for that. It didn't feel slow since it's in comic book format. The art was decent, dialogues were well equipped. Overall a decent love story + social drama.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    What is it about Jane Eyre that I love?? The book is dark, depressing, lonely, sad and OHHHHH so good! I have read the novel a couple of times years ago. I thought I would check out the graphic novel version. I enjoyed. I forgot all about my favorite line in the book. It was in the graphic novel which thrilled me. To quote "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: It is as if I have a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextrica What is it about Jane Eyre that I love?? The book is dark, depressing, lonely, sad and OHHHHH so good! I have read the novel a couple of times years ago. I thought I would check out the graphic novel version. I enjoyed. I forgot all about my favorite line in the book. It was in the graphic novel which thrilled me. To quote "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: It is as if I have a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame." Isn't that one of the best lines! I remember reading the book the first time and feeling like I was reading some scary mystery novel not having an idea of what was going on in the house. Charlotte Bronte was brilliant. What a shocking surprise that was. If she would have written in our day there would be many comments on goodreads for a long time about how none of us were expecting that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Charlotte Bronte's graphic novel depiction. It's a good focus on the Jane Eyre, especially if you found the novel to be laborious reading as I did back in the day. The graphic novel does a good job of following Jane's unhappy life as a child, serving as a governess and then falling in love with her master but then many problems arise. Prevalent themes about spiritual connections to love, love and religion blending or not blending and social status. Recommended for those who want a summary of thi Charlotte Bronte's graphic novel depiction. It's a good focus on the Jane Eyre, especially if you found the novel to be laborious reading as I did back in the day. The graphic novel does a good job of following Jane's unhappy life as a child, serving as a governess and then falling in love with her master but then many problems arise. Prevalent themes about spiritual connections to love, love and religion blending or not blending and social status. Recommended for those who want a summary of this classic work. STORY/PLOTTING: B to B plus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; THEME DELIVERIES: B minus to B; ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B; WHEN READ: end of June 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    I am a sucker for period love stories :) This met and exceeded my expectations. I can't imagine a graphic novel taking a more complex story and representing the language, tone and themes as well as this one. Can I reiterate how much I love this language. The history of the Bronte family and other bits of historical context definitely shed light on and added to the mood of the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Misra

    Doing some graphic novel previewing for my ESOL students.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I wanted an easy-ish way to learn the original story before eventually reading Wide Sargasso Sea. Though this was simple, it wasn't very enjoyable as a comic. But it does seem to get the job done of conveying the original story. I'll probably watch a movie adaptation also. I doubt i'll ever read the original because it doesn't seem as engrossing as Pride and Prejudice. Incidentally #1 The publisher, Classical Comics, offers three versions of some titles. Original Text means they haven't edited the I wanted an easy-ish way to learn the original story before eventually reading Wide Sargasso Sea. Though this was simple, it wasn't very enjoyable as a comic. But it does seem to get the job done of conveying the original story. I'll probably watch a movie adaptation also. I doubt i'll ever read the original because it doesn't seem as engrossing as Pride and Prejudice. Incidentally #1 The publisher, Classical Comics, offers three versions of some titles. Original Text means they haven't edited the prose and sometimes the work is unabridged. Plain Text presumably means easier than the Shakespearean original. And Quick Text is "modern English for a fast-paced read" (direct quote from their examples in the back. Incidentally #2 I read The Eyre Affair because i like Jasper Fforde and incorrectly thought it was the first Thursday Next novel. I don't recommend it as a way to get to know Bronte's original.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kirstie Ellen

    Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourite classics - I just love Jane's character and honestly? I find her and Mr Rochester adorable in their dependency on each other for happiness. This was really weird but fun reading it as a graphic novel - I think I will certainly read more classics in this format now! Jane Eyre If you’re not familiar with this classics, Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl who is firstly taken in by a rude aunt, then sent to a boarding Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourite classics - I just love Jane's character and honestly? I find her and Mr Rochester adorable in their dependency on each other for happiness. This was really weird but fun reading it as a graphic novel - I think I will certainly read more classics in this format now! Jane Eyre If you’re not familiar with this classics, Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl who is firstly taken in by a rude aunt, then sent to a boarding school until, when older, she becomes the governess at Mr Rochester’s estate looking after a vivacious young girl called Adéle. It is ultimately a love story - and somewhat long winded - but has always been one of my favourite classics. The first time I read this was for school some six years ago and I was behind the readings, so I furiously read it all over one or two days and thoroughly enjoyed it, pursuing the storyline at that pace. Jane is a wholly independent and determined character (would you expect anything less from a Brontë?) and I’ve always really liked her as a leading lady. Granted, the love story between her and Mr Rochester feels uncomfortable from my perspective given their age difference (she’s 18 when they meet, him going on 40) - but at the end of the day I’m willing to put that aside given the era and enjoy it for what it’s worth. For whatever reason I’ve always found the imagery of Jane Eyre to be beautiful and appealing to my mind’s eye. This is probably why I enjoy it when so many don’t - the waffly scenes of descriptions I like to paint in my mind’s eye because the detail is so enjoyable to imagine. At the same time, I also love the added tension of the mysterious figure in the house. Classics As Graphic Novels? This is the first classic I have read in a graphic novel form. The result? I already have Pride & Prejudice checked out from the library and ready to go. I think it’s a really clever way of presenting a classic. The images are encouraging for a reader who isn’t so invested in the story - they’re much easier to read and this being a mere 140 pages is certainly more manageable than the actual mammoth size of Jane Eyre. So yes, overall this format of a graphic novel is GENIUS. So if there’s ever a classic I’m intrigued to read but don’t want to do the hard work (Crime & Punishment, perhaps?) then I will pick up the graphic novel form instead. The one thing I would say, is that I enjoyed this take on the classic more so than I enjoyed the film. Which is perhaps food for thought. Illustrations I really enjoyed the illustrations of this edition. Jane was portrayed so beautifully; her and Mr. Rochester dig at each other all the time about the other being hideous (and I’m honestly not sure if they mean it to any degree), but the pictures of her make her really beautiful. It also worked really well for helping the pace considering how much is sped up or omitted to make that 140 page mark. It was beautiful. Summary I highly recommend giving this a go in this format. It’s such an enjoyable way of presenting a classic and easy to read. It took all the good parts of the novel and presented them in a reader-friendly format that I think worked really, really well. It’s a thumbs up from me! Happy reading!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Heine

    This is a well done adaptation of Jane Eyre and makes this bookl accessible to students who may be intimidated by classic literature.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meli

    For it's time, this is a wonderful book! Love, faith, jealously, and feminism are couched into a realistic and romanic mystery. Definitely enjoyed the comic book imagery too!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn

    2016 Reading Challenge: A graphic novel based on a classic. I didn't enjoy this book at all. I've never read Jane Eyre (as I tend to not do well with the rambling dry tone of most classics), so I figured this would be a good way for me to get a gist of the story to see if I'd like to tackle the actual book. I didn't care for the illustration style (classic comic book aesthetic). Very dreary and dull with the usual white speech bubbles. Not something that's a pleasure to look at. I don't know if it 2016 Reading Challenge: A graphic novel based on a classic. I didn't enjoy this book at all. I've never read Jane Eyre (as I tend to not do well with the rambling dry tone of most classics), so I figured this would be a good way for me to get a gist of the story to see if I'd like to tackle the actual book. I didn't care for the illustration style (classic comic book aesthetic). Very dreary and dull with the usual white speech bubbles. Not something that's a pleasure to look at. I don't know if it's because this book was honed down into a graphic novel, but most of the time the character's actions didn't seem to make sense. Jane Eyre falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester, for no explicable reason (and despite the fact that he's twice her age...something that she notes about a different love interest of his, the hypocrite), and when it's revealed that he deliberately deceived her to make her jealous....it just made her all the more in love? And then when they decide to get hitched, an even bigger deception is revealed. Like, a HUGE deception. But does Jane go, "Gee, this guy is kind of an asshole for lying to me"? No, she just says she loves him more than ever....but that she has to leave. I think? I'm not sure...there was a lot of back and forth between the two where they seemed to change their minds several times for reasons that didn't make sense. There also seemed to be lots of side characters who seemed to be really critical, but then fell out of the way, never to bee seen again. So......I still think classics are not my thing, and most graphic novels are not for me either. Maybe I need to try this as a movie before anything makes sense to me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I love Jane Eyre. It’s been many, many years since I read the classic, but over the years I’ve watched as many of the film adaptations as I can fit in. As much as I love Jane I have a more lukewarm response to graphic novels. I’ve only read a few but none have really wowed me. But, this one was the perfect combination of a favorite heroine, quality storytelling, and illustrations that felt authentic to the original story. In this version they use Bronte’s own words to tell the story. For those th I love Jane Eyre. It’s been many, many years since I read the classic, but over the years I’ve watched as many of the film adaptations as I can fit in. As much as I love Jane I have a more lukewarm response to graphic novels. I’ve only read a few but none have really wowed me. But, this one was the perfect combination of a favorite heroine, quality storytelling, and illustrations that felt authentic to the original story. In this version they use Bronte’s own words to tell the story. For those that don’t know, Jane was left in the care of a cold aunt and abusive cousin. Her spirit remained even through years at a school for orphans and the death of a friend. When she arrives, as a governess, at Thornfield she blossoms, only her troubles are far from over. Amy Corzine did a great job with the storyboard. This complex story that follows orphan Jane from Gateshead Hall to Lowood School to Thornfield and beyond is well represented in its 140 pages. I think it perfect for Jane lovers. As a fan I never felt shortchanged. There is also a Quick Text version that uses the same art but simplifies language, but I can’t vouch for that one. There is a very interesting biography of Charlotte and her gifted, but tragedy-stricken family. I found it fascinating. Also a few pages in the end showed how they put the book together. Whether you are a fan already or just want to know about Jane without having to read the book, I recommend this wholeheartedly. I plan on checking out a few more of these graphic novels. They are very well done.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Licha

    Can I say I am offcially in love? My breath was taken away by this story. I suppose I am a hopeless romantic and I was easily swept away by the romance of this book. Why can't modern romances compare to the classics? I am more touched by these stories of long ago than I am with the explicit-at-times books of today. There's more to be said for what's left to the imagination or the courtship of romance than the graphic tales of today. This book is of course not the original read. It is in comic boo Can I say I am offcially in love? My breath was taken away by this story. I suppose I am a hopeless romantic and I was easily swept away by the romance of this book. Why can't modern romances compare to the classics? I am more touched by these stories of long ago than I am with the explicit-at-times books of today. There's more to be said for what's left to the imagination or the courtship of romance than the graphic tales of today. This book is of course not the original read. It is in comic book style and I grabbed it because after long wanting to read the original book, I could wait no longer and figured this would be a quick way to get the gist of the story. No different than watching the movie first, right? Well, the intention of these comic books is for young readers or even adult readers, to want to read the real thing afterward. It has definitely got me wanting to read the original even more so than before. I appreciate that this is what the goal of these publications is. If it will encourage a reader to read more classics, they have achieved what they were out to achieve. This only gets three stars because it is in comic style, so obviously it's an abbreviated version. But content-wise, once I read the original version, I may have to give that a five-star rating.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Antonia

    mh. it was quite good overall. i enjoyed reading it. the story is great as ever and the text worked well with the pictures although at times the speech bubbles were oddly placed. and from a - i don't know - "modern" point of view, the drawings did not quite match my taste. anyways... i bought it with school in mind but this version is too hard for my pupils. should have gotten the quick text version. then as said above i don't think the graphics will cause much joy. it seems a bit old-fashioned. mh. it was quite good overall. i enjoyed reading it. the story is great as ever and the text worked well with the pictures although at times the speech bubbles were oddly placed. and from a - i don't know - "modern" point of view, the drawings did not quite match my taste. anyways... i bought it with school in mind but this version is too hard for my pupils. should have gotten the quick text version. then as said above i don't think the graphics will cause much joy. it seems a bit old-fashioned. it might benefit from an update to make the drawings "clearer" with more contrast and lets face it, simpler. also, at times i thought there were at least three different versions of rochester and jane, they looked so different at times, hardly recognisable. jane would probably not have worn lipstick as it sometimes looks like... yeah. loved the book, the comic is nice but i whish there would be different graphics.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I'm about to write a ten page paper on what I think. Here's a summary: I don't think it could ever do the original justice. It's nature lends to a serious lack of depth. The art wasn't that fantastic either. It was literally just okay.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I know I must have read the classic Jane Eyre in Jr. High as required reading but I don't think I realized then what a wonderful love story it is. I've only read a handful of graphic novels. I counldn't put this one down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bindu

    First time I had read it was during my school days and now returning to the story through this lovely graphic novel!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    First of all, I am not fond of condensed classics. I tried to read this with an open mind, but having Jane's thoughts boiled down to captions and Bronte's dialogue taken out of context made reading this a chore rather than a pleasure. Books such as these focus on plot, not all that actually makes this a timeless piece. I would not recommend it for use in a class setting at all. And if you are a fan of Jane Eyre, take a pass on this. The illustrations are nicely done and do capture some of the go First of all, I am not fond of condensed classics. I tried to read this with an open mind, but having Jane's thoughts boiled down to captions and Bronte's dialogue taken out of context made reading this a chore rather than a pleasure. Books such as these focus on plot, not all that actually makes this a timeless piece. I would not recommend it for use in a class setting at all. And if you are a fan of Jane Eyre, take a pass on this. The illustrations are nicely done and do capture some of the gothic undertones of the story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Momina M.

    *3.5 stars. "I don't think sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on use you have made of your time and experience."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Red-Eye

    I haven't read the original, which I guess I should. We'll see in time. Anyway, an Excellent way of reading this classic for someone who 1) feels s/he really should have read it, 2) thinks there are too many books out there and too little time 3) aren't 100% sure s/he has the patience for the full book at this point in life. Or any other reason :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Jackson

    I read the graphic novel in two days for my class since we didn't have time to read the whole book. Honestly I found Jane kind of whiny and extra throughout half the book, but the ending was really sweet, and I liked how the story had multiple twists and turns

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sallie

    Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics. The GN is just as good as the story. It does leave out quite a bit, but still the gist is there. I do love the art work and it's how I would picture each of the characters. I love me some Jane and Mr. Rochester.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I had a hard time following the plot as I haven't read the novel. I'd consider this a kind of cliffs note version of the original story but I enjoying the artwork and finished the book in one sitting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    A graphic novel from Classical Comics. I remember this type of comic when I was a youngster. This book had much better drawings and the text was Bronte's original text. A very complete adaptation of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ani

    3.5 stars Beautiful artwork! Tells the story, has original text in it, but doesn't come close to the original book in my opinion. Enjoyed it though.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alida

    Of course the real book is way better but I'm giving this graphic novel version 4 stars because it is well done and stays very true to the story. It uses the actual text.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I LOVE Jane Eyre, but the art in this is blah and both Jane and Rochester are too attractive, while all the time talking about how ugly the other one is.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Girlwiththeglasses

    Pretty good, worth a try, but I didn't completely enjoy it.

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