“I know I must conceal my sentiments: I must smother hope; I must remember that he cannot care much for me. For when I say that I am of his kind, I do not mean that I have his force to influence, and his spell to attract: I mean only that I have certain tastes and feelings in common with him.I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered: - and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.”
Jane Eyre 2006 (BBC)
Sorry for the delayed response, I only saw the 2011 version a few days ago so I had to wait to see that to be able to respond! My favourite will always be the 2006 version with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. I personally find that all other adaptations can’t even really be compared to that version. I enjoyed the 2011 version and the darker take on the more gothic elements of the story, but I felt that the same passion and chemistry just wasn’t there between Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Although their performances were good I didn’t feel that they portrayed Jane and Rochester in the way that I imagine them to be. I don’t mind the 1996 version but the 2006 miniseries is definitely the outstanding adaptation in my eyes :)
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Here’s Fassbender’s take: “A Byronic character burnt by experience, arrogant but also eloquent and introspective. He’s world-weary and jaded, sensual, self-destructive, yet there’s a good sense of humor in there, and at the end of the day a good heart. He sees the freshness and beauty in Jane when everybody else looks past her.”