Today is Monday, so I am a little late with my Standalone Sunday post…but better late than never right?!?! Standalone Sunday is hosted by Megan @ bookslayerReads , and it gives us the opportunity to talk about the standalone books out there that don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Yes, Jane Eyre is well known, however I feel that there are soooooo many people out there who haven’t read this wonderful book yet. And that is why I felt that Jane Eyre is deserving of this weeks post.
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.
I absolutely love this book, and I always give it a massive HUG once I finish it. Jane is someone you would want your daughter to look up to. She is independent, smart and logical, and doesn’t let a man define her worth. She is also incredibly loyal to the few people in her life who have shown her kindness.
The other thing I love about this book is Mr Rochester. He isn’t your typical “6 feet tall with chiselled abs, his face angles and planes with dark smouldering eyes”. He is actually described to be somewhat unattractive, however he makes up for it with his witty personality. He is very flawed and is never made out to be perfect. WE NEED MORE MALE CHARACTERS LIKE THIS!!! I mean, I love Will Herondale, Rowan and Rhysand…don’t get me wrong…but I think sometimes its good to read male characters that give us girls realistic expectations in men. Mr Rochester is definitely more of a realistic depiction of the opposite sex, and is also probably what makes him so endearing.
If you haven’t read this book, I implore you to do so immediately. Yes, the older style of writing can sometimes be a bit difficult at the start but once you get used to it you don’t notice it anymore.
Have you read Jane Eyre? If you have, what did you think of it?