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Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Vampyres? Mr. Rochester? I'm in.

I have always been a fan of both the classics and paranormal fiction, but I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about them mashed together. Jane Slayre made up my mind for me. I love it! Sherrie Browning Erwin stays true to the writing style of the original, but skillfu...
I have always been a fan of both the classics and paranormal fiction, but I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about them mashed together. Jane Slayre made up my mind for me. I love it! Sherrie Browning Erwin stays true to the writing style of the original, but skillfully works in an edgy paranormal flair.
(*Literary Purists, avert your eyes*) The paranormal elements actually make some of the Jane Slayre scenes more entertaining to read than the originals! This book has the same great characters and timeless romance, but with added entertainment value. You can't go wrong.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. And Literary Purists: it just might convince you, too.

posted by 3626469 on May 21, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Entertaining but not quite satisfying

The best I can say about Jane Slayre is that it's a fun, action-packed read. But I would advise fans of the original not to set their standards too high. Charlotte Bronte took her sweet time developing Jane and Mr. Rochester both individually and as a couple. She gave h...
The best I can say about Jane Slayre is that it's a fun, action-packed read. But I would advise fans of the original not to set their standards too high. Charlotte Bronte took her sweet time developing Jane and Mr. Rochester both individually and as a couple. She gave her readers the time to know them and care enough to root for them to end up together. But Irwin here has other factors in play (the fantasy element) so the rapport between the characters takes a back seat in favor of the fantasy elements. Irwin just wants to get back to the "good stuff" (vampire-slaying and whatnot) and does so by rushing through the relationship of Jane and Rochester, changing their characters in the process. At this point, the book becomes plot-driven instead of character-driven. Proud, steadfast Jane deteriorates into a weepy, lovesick teenager, while Rochester's Byronic hero qualities are toned down to make him more like a white knight and less like Bronte's complex antihero. Furthermore, being familiar with Jane Eyre, I found that some portions of Jane Slayre were copied, word-for-word, from the original novel. Every now and then, amid demon-slaying ventures and metaphorical dream sequences, a phrase or an entire paragraph directly pulled from Jane Eyre would jump out at me, and it felt out of place. The formal 19th-century dialect of Bronte's literary voice disrupted the rather whimsical fantasy element. In other words, Irwin and Bronte's writing styles don't quite mesh. Jane Slayre is an overall entertaining read. Despite the botched characterization and inconsistent writing style, this book does deliver its share of fun.

posted by SaCha1689 on March 7, 2011

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