Monday, May 16, 2011

Giveaway, Jane Eyre.

If you follow me on tumblr or twitter (both of which have devolved, for me, into a caps-lock infested place for flailing about all manner of things usually having very little to do with this blog) or even picked up from my writings here or there in the past few posts, I've become absorbed by the new adaptation of Jane Eyre. I know the movie has it's detractors, it's critics, people who swear their lives by the book and who are irked by the movie but I am fiendishly preoccupied by it at the moment. The book, which I had read but totally forgotten about from many years ago, suddenly seems fresh to me with the movie. I'm sure people will be bent on throwing things at me for that, but, you know. I am, as I've confessed, a Harry Potter fan, and so my expectations when it comes to book-to-movie are particularly different, I think. In any case, I don't care, I love this movie with reckless abandon.

Three of five ticket stubs--I don't know into which pocket the others have gone.

It's about capturing a feeling, a sensation, rather than attempting the impossible task of transposing text to screen, and it's something I find this movie does beautifully.

In fact, I have been so transfixed (I couldn't not use that word) that I've been to see it five times (in my defense, three of those times was with other people who wanted to see it and I tagged along). When it comes to movies like these, I know they'll never be in theaters again. Harry Potter probably will, and so will Lord of the Rings because of course re-releasing those in theaters is too lucrative an opportunity to pass up. But this beautiful little movie will probably not be on a big screen again, and I cannot bear the thought of being chained to it on a TV. Those big, fleshy close ups of strange faces and moors are something I want emblazoned on my brain.

I love it so much that I ventured to ask about a poster at my local theater (on their website it says posters can be ordered through the box office for $15). When I dropped off my form a kind person working that day told me they had a poster on hand so I would not have to wait for it! It turns out that there were extras, and to my delight I soon found myself with several of these gorgeous, thick, double-sided, and large posters.

I plan on keeping an extra for myself (framing one, and then keeping another as back up) but I thought, I ought to give one away!

And so, here we are! If you would like, please comment on this post for a chance to win a Jane Eyre 2011 poster.

The only requirements are that you must leave an e-mail where I might reach you, and in order to make this something fun to read, I ask that you leave a favorite quotation or passage from a beloved book. I will pick a winner at random one week from today, on Monday May 23, 2010.


  1. I don't think I've ever seen a film in the theatre more then twice. I would see favorites more than that if I could afford it.

    "A vaportrail gashed the sky.
    But the sky healed itself. Without fuss." --Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

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  3. Thanks for hosting this. That poster is absolutely gorgeous.

    "They walked on, without knowing in what direction. There was too much to be thought, and felt, and said, for attention to any other objects."
    - Pride & Prejudice


  4. "My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees — my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath — a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff — he's always, always in my mind — not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself — but as my own being — so, don't talk of our separation again — it is impracticable."
    -Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

    I'd post the whole passage if I could! I tremble everytime I read it!

    What a lovely giveway, for some bizarre reason the adaption is not being released here in the uK until september.

    Also, I recommend Fish Tank and Hunger, both vastly different from Jane Eyre but Fassbender is incredible in both.

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  6. I just spent entirely too much time trying to decide which quote to leave you. I'll go with this sentence from "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss, which, based on your blog, I think you'd really love.

    "Holding hands, for example, is a way to remember how it feels to say nothing together."

    storiesblog at yahoo dot com

  7. Holy moly, five times! I feel like the only lady on earth who hasn't seen it. I'm just so broke lately. :(

    No need to enter me, I have no wall space for a poster, but my oh my it's lovely and some gal will be awfully lucky.

  8. I loved both the movie and the book. Beautiful poster.

    "Everybody's different, and everybody thinks everybody else is the same and they're the only one different." -Homecoming, Cynthia Voigt

  9. Oh, what a wonderful poster!
    "Parting is such sweet sorrow." -R&J
    This isn't my favorite quote from any book, but it's been on my mind.

  10. I don't want the poster-- it's beautiful but I'm in one of those simplify-my-life modes these days.

    Two quotes that I love, though, are: "Reader, I married him." (from Jane Eyre)
    and the "I am Heathcliff" quote that another of your readers posted. And of course, "yes I said yes I will Yes." from Ulysses.

    How is it that you're managing to see that movie in May? I tried to see it in April and it had long been out of theaters in my area which makes me so sad!! Go see it again for me:)

  11. Oh wow, this is awesome. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I loved the book!


  12. Love Jane Eyre! "Things always change. Things would be changing now if your father were alive, Edgar. That's just life. You can fight it or you can accept it. The only difference is, if you accept it, you get to do other things. If you fight it, you're stuck in the same spot forever."--The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

  13. Oh! I adored this movie! I thought it was breathtakingly beautiful and melancholy at the same time.

    My favorite literary quote of the moment,

    "Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and
    never forget that until the day when God shall deign to
    reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in
    these two words, -- `Wait and hope.' Your friend, Edmond Dantes, Count of Monte Cristo."

  14. Jane Eyre has been my favorite novel ever since I read it on my late teens and I would scribble down my favorite quotes and dog ear the pages to my favorite, longer passages. The quote that has always stayed with me and I'm having engraved in my husband-to-be's wedding ring next June is: "Wherever you are is my home - my only home."

  15. I read the book a million times as a teenager and a few since and I LOVED the movie. And I usually have trouble with book to movie translations. Also, I saw it at the Spectrum as well :) gosh I love that place :)

  16. I loved the movie, thanks for the giveaway!

    "My bride is here... because my equal is here, and my likeness."
    -Jane Eyre

  17. I don't know if this is open to all readers, but just in case, I can give you a US address if I win. Teehee

    "It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace." - Diary, Chuck Palahniuk

    He is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of my most remembered quotes from any book I've ever read.


  18. "life is both sad and solemn. we are led into a wonderful world, we meet one another here, greet each other---and wander together for a brief moment. then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived." - jostein gaarder. "sophie's world."

    ♥ ~ michelle.f

  19. I love this & I would love to win!

    "Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another!"
    — Jane Austen (Emma)


  20. i saw this film (rightly so) in the theater with my two sisters and niece and it was ... perfect.

    "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." -- Hamlet*

    *and i recommend either the kenneth branaugh for the beyond brilliant adaptation (and for the bleach blonde hair) or ethan hawke's version for his i-wanna-run-my-fingers-thru-that-mane 24/7 version. whatever you choose, you can't go wrong.


  21. I too felt that the movie transfixed me. I saw the movie once and alone. It was nice being immersed in that world all by myself.

    My email is lecitroen at

  22. Oh, I can't wait to see that film! Here is a qoute from one of my favourite all time books 'Anne of Green Gables.'

    "My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes."


  23. I'm also decluttering to I'll bow out of the poster competition, but wanted to contribute:

    "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking."
    from Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin

  24. Hm, well now I'll have to go see it. I just wish I'd read the book, I hate seeing films before reading the book. And I'm already up to my eyeballs in books to read!

    I have a little notebook at home filled with some of my favourite quotations, I wish I had that here. Here's the first passage in Wordsworth's poem To the Daisy instead!

    "In youth from rock to rock I went,
    From hill to hill in discontent
    Of pleasure high and turbulent,
    Most pleased when most uneasy;
    But now my own delights I make, -
    My thirst at every rill can slake,
    And gladly Nature's love partake
    Of Thee, sweet Daisy!"

  25. i FINALLY saw jane eyre this weekend and could not be more in love with it! basically, everything you said rings true for me as well. i just can't get beyond how strange and beautiful the landscape and clothing and styling and EVERYTHING was.

    so, of course, i'd really really love to win this poster :)

    my email:

    and here are two quotes from one of my favorites books, "west with the night" by beryl markham, because one is not nearly enough:

    "To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told -- that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks."


    “Night flying over charted country by the aid of instruments and radio guidance can still be a lonely business, but to fly in unbroken darkness without even the cold companionship of a pair of ear phones or the knowledge that somewhere ahead are lights and life and a well-marked airport is something more than just lonely. It is at times unreal to the point where the existence of other people seems not even a reasonable probability. The hills, the forests, the rocks, and the plains are one with the darkness, and the darkness is infinite. The Earth is no more your planet than is a distant star – if a star is shining; the plane is your planet and you are its sole inhabitant."

  26. ah, i loved that movie. i even thought of you when i watched it. i should see it in theatres one more time before it its gone.

    my favorite is from the mayor of casterbridge:

    "the time piece in the bedroom ticking frantically against the clock on the stairs; ticking harder and harder till it seemed to clang like a gong; and all this while the subtle-souled girl asking herself why she was born, why sitting in a room, and blinking at the candle; why things around her had taken the shape they wore in preference to every other possible shape; why they stared at her so helplessly, as if waiting for the touch of some wand that should release them from terrestrial constraint; what that chaos called consciousness, which spun in her at this moment like a top, tended to, and began in. Her eyes fell together; she was awake, yet she was asleep."

  27. I have to admit that I havent seen the movie yet as it has not made its way onto our brit screens yet, but if you like Jane Eyre you must see the BBC version if you havent already. It came out a couple of years ago and is AMAZING! Do you guys get all the BBC period dramas?
    I have been trying so hard to think of a book quote. . . . .its a difficult one.
    One of my favourites though is The Shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
    'Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.'

    Thanks for such a great giveaway by the way! :)

  28. i am so much looking forward to this movie, i think it will be released here in norway in a month or so.

    also, i don't want to win the poster, but hope the person who wins will live it and cherish it!

  29. I've seen it twice so far. Gorgeous poster for a gorgeous film.

    " do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless. We are living in a time where flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam."
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  30. No entry for me just want to leave a few favorites:
    "All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."
    Leo Tolstoy

    "Out on the Safaris, I had seen a herd of Buffalo, one hundred and twenty-nine of them, come out of the morning mist under a copper sky, one by one, as if the dark and massive, iron-like animals with the mighty horizontally swung horns were not approaching, but were being created before my eyes and sent out as they were finished."
    Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa

    "She was not in the library; I mounted to her room, but she was not there. I paused by her laden dressing table wondering if she would come. Then through the open window, as the light streamed out across the terrace into the dusk, to the fountain which in that house seemed always to draw us to itself for comfort and refreshment I caught the glimpse of a white skirt against the stones."
    Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

  31. I have not seen the movie yet, because I was so scared of how it might turn out. I am one of those people who swears my the original movie. Its really rare to find a new version of a movie that really respects the old movie, and captures the book so well, but I have loved your blog for so long and I trust you to say what you mean! I will check the movie out! Thank you so much for this wonderful post.

  32. Oh no :( I forgot the quote. Well this is actually not from a narrative sort of book, its from the Diary of Virginia Woolf.


    "All her generation use their brains too scrupulously upon books, seeking meaning rather than letting themselves run on for pleasure which is more or less my way, & thus naturally richest & best."
    – Virginia Woolf, Diaries

  33. I loved the film to pieces too!

    "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me" - Jane Eyre

  34. love your blog! I just saw the Mr. Rippley pics!LOVE that movie!!hughs Anja

  35. I can see Zoe has the same quote as me!

    "If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it."
    - Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

    Give the poster to someone else though, I just wanted to join in with the quotes :)

  36. With Fassbender in it, it can't be a bad movie. Can't wait to see it !

    See U !

  37. Someone who loves this movie just as much as I did! I've seen it three times now and it leaves me speechless each time.

    My favorite quote from the book:
    "I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered--yet while I breath and think, I must love him."


    "Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs."
    - Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

  39. I love Jane Eyre it's one of my top 5 books.
    I cannot believe the cinema sell their posters! Crazy! At the cinema I work at, it's one of our perks to get the posters for free or for a charity donation! I used to have loads but now I only have (500)Days of Summer because the poster is so cool

  40. Cool! I've always wanted to see Jane Eyre. :)

  41. From a kids book, but I love it dearly:

    "And...I see. I hear. But not with eyes and ears. I'm not outside my world anymore, and I'm not really inside it either. The thing is, there's no difference anymore between me and the universe anymore. The boundary is gone. I am it and it is me. I am a stone, a cactus thorn. I am rain." She smiled dreamily. "I like that most of all, being rain."
    -Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

  42. i actually hadn't read the book before i saw the movie, but the previews and pictures made it impossible to resist!!

    my favorite harry potter quote (since i'm a fellow fanatic): "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." j.k. rowling- the prisoner of azkaban
    and my over all favorite quote!!
    "So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone." Roald Dahl- Matilda

  43. forgot my e-mail (HP and Matilda qutoe)... rvm404(at)gmail(dot)com

  44. This makes me want to see Jane Eyre so much more! To see it five times. It must be lovely :)

    How sweet of you to give away one of your posters.

    “Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
    “After all this time?”
    “Always,” said Snape.”
    —Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

    I'm too big a Snape fan not to use this quote. :)

  45. Please enter me! My e-mail address is

    "I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet." The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


  46. Sadly, no theatres in my area are showing this movie. I know I'll have to see it, though.

    My favourite quote: "Mostly, I'm just trying to get it right. Whatever that means." From Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever.

  47. I totally, totally agree with you about film adaptations being about capturing a feeling, not transcribing word for word. It would be ridiculous to expect to fit all the dialogue and detail of a novel into a two hour feature! More importantly though, books and films are impossible to compare (or I think they shoudn't be anyway!) because they are completely different mediums; the senses are being stimulated in thoroughly different ways by film, and you have a whole different language of sound and visuals to get your message accross. Adapting is all about capturing a mood, and really shouldn't be expected to be anything else, they should be appreciated as individual texts... so yeah essentially I AM WITH YOU. ;)
    "And what are you reading, Miss—?" "Oh! it is only a novel!" replies the young lady…in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language."
    - Northanger Abbey

  48. I didn't even know they had made a new Jane Eyre movie until last weekend when a friend mentioned it. I so want to see it! But I'm afraid I may have to wait until it's out on DVD. :(

    "If you can sit in silence with anyone for half an hour and feel 'comfortable,' you and that person can be friends. If not, friends you'll never be and you needn't waste time trying." --Old Grandmother, Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery


  49. Oh my gosh, Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time and I have not gotten a chance to see the new movie yet, as it has not come to theaters near where I am. But this is a wonderful, wonderful giveaway!

  50. "...perhaps a robin, all but one of his fires out." A very small excerpt from A Child's Christmas In Wales, which comes to my mind absolutely all the time and is strangely comforting to me.

    The last movie I saw more than once was Sherlock Holmes, or maybe Half-Blood Prince. Love 'em! But nothing has ever racked up the stubs like Pirates of the Caribbean did.


  51. I just wanted you to know that I went to say Jane Eyre again today. I'm gifted with a pretty good memory, so I posted most of the lines I remembered from the movie. This includes the fireside conversations, the proposal, the leaving scene, and the reunion. :) I thought you might like them if you want to use any quotes from the movie or if you just want to revisit the script a little...

  52. "It's the wanting to know that makes us matter"
    from Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

  53. "“Here’s to seasonal madness, part-time relatives, and substitutes for love.”-Crank by Ellen Hopkins.

  54. Just checking to see if there is a problem with comments!

  55. Entering on behalf of someone who is having problems commenting! If this is happening to you, please feel free to send me a message on tumblr or e-mail me at allthishappiness at and I'll post a comment for you!

    And how could one of my favorite book quotes not be from Jane Eyre! It gives me chills just reading it:
    o you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!

  56. Ah the new Jane Eyre film, I can't wait to see it. It was filmed around where I live - the cast were staying in a hotel just 10 minutes away from my house - all very exciting! Feel as though I have to go see it. Love love love your blog!

    Lydia x