Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
Evan’s ESS = 9 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 10 out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Concepts, Insane Housekeepers, Pyromania)
Why: As you continue to grow familiar with our tastes here at Two Bibliomaniacs, you will undoubtedly stumble across a fair number of classics. We know this will make a good many readers cringe, however, ignore the classics at your own peril. While your personal safety is probably not at risk, there are so many reasons to embrace the classics, and Jane Eyre presents a great opportunity to cut your teeth. Also, you have our personal guarantee that we will only recommend cool classics on this blog.
Jane Eyre is a first person account of a female named… drum roll… Jane Eyre. Like all of the great novels, included is a cast of diverse characters. You’ve got everything from your run of the mill housekeepers to your insane house guests to your nasty headmasters. Jane Eyre also explores a multitude of themes, including morality, religion, and social class. The novel has defined the genre of Goth and inspired literally thousands (drastic overstatement and only included for effect) of prequels, sequels, parodies, and spin-offs. The novel has inspired countless authors including Rebecca Du Maurier and Jasper Fforde, which alone should be enough to earn its place as your next book. Also, one bibliomaniac feels it is amongst the most spiritually profound books she has ever read.
Editor’s note: Not that you will, but if you ever have the chance to view the Leo High School class of 2010’s interpretation of Jane Eyre the musical, drop whatever you’re doing and watch it. It won’t disappoint (especially the character of Mrs. Fairfax).