Day 8: Most Overrated Book
Jane Eyre. I don’t get it! Now, before the plethora of Jane Eyre enthusiasts get upset I am not saying it is the worst book of all time or anything like that. Just the most overrated. What is it that so many people love about this story?
The characters drive me crazy! Jane is whiny and over-obsessed with her plainness. Mr. Rochester is the hero? Really? His behavior is despicable in my opinion. Why in the world would you marry someone who had such a recent terrible track record? Not to mention that the whole older “single” man marrying a governess quite young enough to be his child is sketch anyway. I don’t get it. I think I have read it three times trying to understand why people like it. It is kind of boring. It is hard to believe that the same person wrote it and Shirley. Regardless of the romance, the settings in the two books could not be more opposite. There are things happening in Shirley. One does not have to spend an inordinate amount of time lost in the thoughts of a rather depressing heroine.