Jane Eyre book: Orphan Jane is mistreated by family, goes to a bad school, which eventually turns into a good school, becomes a governess for a rich French girl, falls in love with her employer, has her heart broken, leaves the area, finds some long-lost cousins or something, sets up a little school, is proposed to by another guy, turns him down, and is eventually reunited with her first love.
Jane Eyre movie: So, the movie has most of the elements of the book story. I’ll give them that. I liked who they picked for Jane, but not for Rochester. He was too charismatic. I don’t think Rochester was charismatic at all. At any rate, the main plot elements were there.
Similarities: Most of the characters were the same, the major events happened, and the sets were really cool.
Differences: This movie version of Jane Eyre was super depressing. I don’t know why, but I never saw Jane Eyre as a depressing story. Sure, she comes from bad circumstances, but she always manages to make the best of it and look on the bright side. None of that happens in the movie. First, they don’t mention the fact that the school was only depressing for two or three years. Then, they have Jane admit that she had a horrible life. Real Jane would never do that. Third, they skip over all of the fun banter between Jane and Rochester. Jane has no spark, except to whine about how she is closed up all the time. Real Jane would never have complained about that. Also, they don’t have the people she meets up with after her failed marriage be related to her at all. I thought they were, but maybe I misread the story all these years? They also skip over the romance between Singen and the girl he actually loved. I believe they eventually get married in the book. At the very end, Rochester doesn’t look disfigured at all. I’m pretty sure he was supposed to be scarred and burned, and also be missing a hand. But that didn’t happen.
Winner: I don’t know why people liked this movie version so well, because I thought it was terrible. So depressing. That version of the story is not one of my favorite stories of all time. So, book wins by a thousand miles.