Romantic Moment Spotlight | Jane Eyre and Edward

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Writing about favorite romantic moments is one of my favorite things. There is something "magical" about revisiting such moments, particular those of the old fashioned variety.

On Silver Petticoat, this is where one of our focuses finds a happy place.

...I ask you to pass through life at my side. You are my equal, my likeness...
Today, as a part of their "Classic Romantic Moment" series, I took the opportunity to write about my favorite adaptation of Jane Eyre. 2011's Focus Features version is quiet and by comparison "passionless," but the poetic scripting and brilliant cast makes it (easily) my favorite version. I've yet to see the ITV adaptation, which I hear is beautiful, but by comparison to the William Hurt version, the Michael Fassbender led period drama is my most favored.

FILM REVIEW | Jane Eyre (2011)

Below I've added a snippet, with links, of my article spotlight. If you want to come by and have a look, let me know (there or down below) which your favorite version or moment of this classic gothic love story is!

Classic Romantic Moment | Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester

THE FILM: Jane Eyre (2011)
THE PAIR: Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) and Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender)
THE MOMENT: Edward begs Jane to stay with him.

Confession Time: The gothic era has never really been my thing. But then, perhaps part of this stems from my ineptitude to read the novels on which the classic films are inspired by. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the touches of gothic in The Making of a Lady, and with each viewing, I’ve grown to appreciate it even more. The one gothic romance, however, I did always find fascinating from day one was the Charlotte Bronte classic Jane Eyre and the gorgeous love story between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester.

Something about it was enchanting as if it walked through a beautiful kind of darkness. Maybe it was the fact that I grew up with the 80s Timothy Dalton version (which is really quite good despite its misfortune to have been produced in the 80s) or maybe it’s the Beauty and the Beast themes or the complexities of forgiveness. Either way, this, in many of its reincarnations has always been one of my favorites. Continue Reading ➔


  1. Oo, I adore Jane Eyre!! This is making me want to rewatch, like, now! Thanks for sharing this, Rissi. :)

    1. I wasn't going to re-watch the whole thing, Bekah, but then I did and I'm ever so glad that I did. It was beautiful - now I'm wanting to re-watch the earlier adaptation with William Hurt. Just because.

  2. Ahhh. I love Jane Eyre and I really liked this one as well. In fact, I need to get me a copy so I can re-watch it. So glad you like this one too, Rissi!

    1. This is, overall, my favorite, Tressa. I mean, I do like certain aspects of the other versions, but for whatever reason, I'm most partial to this adaptation. Perhaps because it's so visually beautiful. Glad to know you're a fan too - and yes! A re-watch is a must. :)

  3. I absolutely adore this Jane Eyre version and the book is one of my favorites in the classics. I've seen two different movie versions but this one continues to stand out for me.
    Thanks for posting Rissi!

    1. I agree, Kara; this one stands out for me as well. I'm not sure why, but I do know the cast and filmmaking helps tie everything in a pretty bow. Perhaps someday I'll attempt the book too. :)

  4. Ohh, Gothics are my favorite! Have you tried reading Northanger Abbey? I love Jane Austen making fun of Gothic novels--it might actually be my favorite of Austen's.

    I have to say, though, you'll probably switch your favorite version of Jane Eyre when you see the 2006 adaptation. It's absolutely wonderful. This one is good, but the casting is absolute perfection in my mind in 2006's. And books like Jane Eyre almost always benefit from a miniseries adaptation, since there's SO much more time!

    And now I want to watch both again--for the dozenth time. (Is dozenth a word??)

    1. You know, I did start Northanger Abbey years ago and actually made it a quarter or perhaps even halfway. Now, I'm thinking I should attempt it to try again.

      As for the 2006 adaptation (is that Masterpiece's?), I keep hearing amazing things about that one. I do need to watch it, only on Amazon it's like $75 dollars and I keep telling myself, it's not that good! Here's hoping I get it watched soon because I would like to see it. :)

      Absolutely, "dozenth" is a word! Or it sounds like it to me. :)

  5. Since I've now seen this adaptation :), I can say that I agree. That moment is very swoony! There was just something about the way those two played off each other, they have quiet chemistry. I really loved Michael as Rochester as well!

    1. I do too, Kara. Though I will admit I did LOVE the 2006 BBC miniseries too. It was... absolutely beautiful. Toby is my mom's favorite Rochester and I'm 50/50 (today) between him and Michael. Not a bad dilemma to have. ;)


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