‘Reader, I saw the film…’

In the next few weeks I will be making a point of visiting my local cinema to see the latest adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. What I’ve heard of it so far, particularly how it has been structured, with much of the early portion of the story told in flashbacks, sounds very promising. But when I pause a moment I can honestly say that it was a film that didn’t have to be made – I thought the recent-ish BBC version with Toby Stephens ticked all the right boxes. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. By my reckoning (with a bit of help from Google) there have been six major productions in the past sixty-odd years.

Is Jane a character that every generation needs to see afresh?

Are there any neglected books that you think more than deserve an adaptation, or which, indeed, should have been left well enough alone?

Lesley-Anne Crooks, Digital & marketing Manager

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