The Definitive Ranking of Jane Eyre Adaptations

Love Jane Eyre? You won't want to miss this definitive ranking of Jane Eyre adaptations and Jane Eyre movies from worst to best!Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. It would stand to reason that Jane Eyre would be one of my favorite movies, but so far, this has not been the case. Something about the translation between page and screen loses what I love best from the story. And yet, there are numerous attempts at Jane Eyre movies. This definitive ranking of Jane Eyre adaptations will help you avoid the worst offenders, at least.

There have been over 50 TV or movie version of Jane Eyre leading back to 1910 (!), so this list only includes the most well-known Jane Eyre adaptations.

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Jane Eyre Adaptations Ranked from Worst to Best

Love Jane Eyre? You won't want to miss this definitive ranking of Jane Eyre adaptations and Jane Eyre movies from worst to best!

These ranking s are my personal opinions, so feel free to discuss!

Number 12: 1949

This is a Charlton Heston movie. Not a Jane Eyre movie.

Number 11: 1970

There isn’t much to say about this version of Jane Eyre. The casting is rather strange, Rochester is the right age and amount of grumpy, but Jane is older than usually cast. While I like the attempt to somewhat match the characters in age, Jane was meant to be much younger than Rochester. All in all, this version is unremarkable in a sea of Jane Eyre adaptations.

Number 10: 1957 (TV)

Jane is terrible in this version, but Mr. Rochester is appropriately creepy. It definitely makes you wonder why Jane would be attracted to such a terrible person (which I wondered when reading the book as well). Everyone loves staring off into space and talking in this rendition.

Number 9: 1910

This silent movie was the first movie version of Jane Eyre. The movie tapes were lost, and so, we cannot watch this version for evaluation. However, judging by this still shot, Mr. Rochester was heavy-handed and Jane was yielding and mild. The movie was likely over-the-top in drama and had gothic flair, as that was fairly popular in silent movies.

Number 8: 1973 (TV)

This Jane is appropriately Janey, but Mr. Rochester is quite another story. This Rochester is robust, young, and even bouncy. A strange combination that seems unlikely to meld well with the Jane presented in the story. This rendition of the story is definitely romance-focused.

Number 7: 1996

This version of Jane basically hits you in the face with an oak plank. All of the main elements are there, but every element is applied with a heavy hand. The entire movie is overdone. I especially dislike that Mr. Rochester is blonde in this movie. Why?

Number 6: 2011

I had such high hopes for this Jane Eyre, but I was sorely disappointed in this. This movie is depressing. Jane’s story is a harsh one, but she has a continually positive and strong outlook on life. This Jane seems like she will drop dead of depression any moment, taking the rest of the cast with her. There is no humor and absolutely no life in this story. I felt I needed to watch puppies playing in flowers to feel better after watching it. Still, the best part of this version is the portrayal of the gothic mystery and drama, which is missing from other versions.

Number 5: 1997

Although this version of Jane Eyre has more humor than most, the movie feels more like a play than something meant to be in a film production. I like this Jane, but everyone else in the movie is unremarkable. There is a lot of wind noise in this version, making it feel like it was made in someone’s backyard with their phone camera.

Number 4: 1934

This version of Jane Eyre says more about the 1930s than it does about the franchise. The movie is deliciously over-the-top. Jane is impossibly beautiful, the house is elaborately decorated, and Mr. Rochester looks like he stepped out of the WWI soldier catalog. Definitely one of my favorite versions.

Number 3: 1943

This is the gothic version of Jane that has been missing from my life all these years. Although this version is vastly overdone, I love that they played up the gothic/horror side, which is often ignored in favor of the romance. To me, Jane Eyre is first and foremost a gothic horror story with elements of romance thrown in. I appreciate this effort to bring another side of Jane’s story to life.

Number 2: 1983 (TV)

This version of Jane Eyre was the first I ever watched, so I might be more forgiving of it for that reason, but still, the acting is wooden on Jane’s part, but Mr. Rochester in this version is as sparkly as any hero/villain should be. The series drags on a bit, but die hard fans will definitely want to watch this version (and some of the costumes are hilarious). Still missing: the humor and extreme feminism found in the book.

Number 1: 2006 (TV)

This version of Jane Eyre is probably the most feminist ever made. This Jane is the hardened orphan, unloved by family and fully capable of standing on her own two feet. Rochester, too, is nearly perfect as both a romantic and tortured hero. Missing from this version, however, is the creepy goth factor and humor from the original book.

What is your favorite Jane Eyre adaptation? I’m still waiting on my perfect version!

Love Jane Eyre? You won't want to miss this definitive ranking of Jane Eyre adaptations and Jane Eyre movies from worst to best!

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11 of the Best Lemony Snicket Quotes

Love the A Series of Unfortunate Events TV show? You'll love these Lemony Snicket quotes pulled straight out of the Lemony Snicket books! 
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In case you don’t know, Netflix is making a TV version of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This is terribly exciting to me, as that series is one of my favorites. I even liked the old movie, but I thought it would do much better in an extended format, so I am definitely looking forward to the TV show! In celebration of the show, today, I’m sharing my favorite Lemony Snicket quotes, who is definitely one of the most quotable narrators.

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11 of the Best Lemony Snicket Quotes

“In my experience, Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”

 

“If we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”

 

“People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”

 

“The sad truth is the truth is sad.”

 

“I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”

 

“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”

 

“A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called “The Road Less Traveled”, describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn’t hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is dead.”

 

“Grief, a type of sadness that most often occurs when you have lost someone you love, is a sneaky thing, because it can disappear for a long time, and then pop back up when you least expect it.”

 

“The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding-which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together-blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author, from the swarm of termites that tried to destroy his notes, to the large boulder that someone rolled onto the illustrator as he sat by the edge of the pond waiting for the delivery of the manuscript.”

 

“As I am sure you know, when people say ‘It’s my pleasure,’ they usually mean something along the lines of, ‘There’s nothing on Earth I would rather do less.'”

 

“There is no worse sound in the world than someone who cannot play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.”

Love the A Series of Unfortunate Events TV show? You'll love these Lemony Snicket quotes pulled straight out of the Lemony Snicket books! 

What are your favorite Lemony Snicket quotes?

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Favorite Game of Thrones Book Quotes Chosen by Fans (Lit Lovers)

Love the A Song of Ice and Fire series? This collection of readers favorite Game of Thrones book quotes will hit you right in the feels.
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Amazon has a nifty feature in Kindle books that you can use to highlight passages. Amazon collects data about these highlighted quotes and shares them with us! These are the most popular Game of Thrones book quotes (or A Song of Ice and Fire quotes if you want to get technical) chosen by Game of Thrones Kindle readers.

Favorite Game of Thrones Book Quotes Chosen by Fans

Love the A Song of Ice and Fire series? This collection of readers favorite Game of Thrones book quotes will hit you right in the feels.“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”
“If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
“Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you.”
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“Men live their lives trapped in an eternal present, between the mists of memory and the sea of shadow that is all we know of the days to come.”

Love the A Song of Ice and Fire series? This collection of readers favorite Game of Thrones book quotes will hit you right in the feels.You can find my own personal favorite Game of Thrones book quotes in this post. 

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