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My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies) de Cynthia…
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My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies) (edició 2019)

de Cynthia Hand (Autor)

Sèrie: The Lady Janies (2)

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Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times bestselling My Lady Jane are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre--a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester--and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.… (més)
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Títol:My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies)
Autors:Cynthia Hand (Autor)
Informació:HarperTeen (2019), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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After the delight that was reading My Lady Jane, I was very excited to read this book because it’s a retelling of Jane Eyre and I certainly know more about the classic than English history. Maybe my expectations were too high or the book itself has issues, but I couldn’t help but compare the story here to both the original and its predecessor, and find that it fell short.

Our heroine Jane is definitely the biggest disappointment for me. Her story follows almost the same path as the original, so it’s a tad bit predictable, but she is also not what we would expect from a titular character. She felt quite irrational and lacking of common sense a lot of times. Her feelings for Mr. Rochester were unreasonable and borderline obsessive – she wouldn’t listen to anyone advising her that he seemed like a shady person. It wasn’t until the end that she actually showed some spirit and decided to work with others for a good cause, but I think it was too little too late.

The addition of author Charlotte Brontë herself as a character is very intriguing and I think it made the story more interesting. She seems so sure of wanting to be a writer and I loved that she always carries a notebook with her, and starts writing down stuff at random intervals. She’s also always changing her story, and even the genre and it was hilarious to see her go through so many ideas. I especially enjoyed her descriptions of people. However, she can be quite selfish and tries to rope in Jane and Alexander into her schemes, just to satisfy her curiosity or to fulfill her desires, and that didn’t endear me to her completely. But she can be very resourceful and strategic and I loved her confidence.

Alexander Blackwood, the star agent of Royal Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits is the highlight of the book. He is earnest and dedicated to his job, just wants the Society to thrive and hopefully, wants to find out the truth about his father’s murder. He is also very sweet and compassionate and adorably clueless and I really loved his character.

There are not a lot of memorable side characters but few of them do leave a great impression on the reader. Jane’s ghost best friend Helen is very sassy but a supportive friend and I loved their friendship. It’s the most impactful relationship in this story and was the reason I cried while reading. Charlotte’s brother Bran is naive, clumsy and clueless but also just a nice guy who’ll do anything for his sister and friends. Mr. Rochester is far more broody here and not very likable, but I really did not see that twist coming….

The best parts of My Lady Jane were the amazing characters and the wonderful humor that kept me laughing all throughout. And that magic was missing here. The characters felt slightly boring and the romances didn’t evoke that swoony feeling in me. The humor also felt toned down, so there were fewer laugh out loud moments. The pop culture references are still spot on and I especially can’t forget the “Red Room” 😂😂😂. There are also a lot of instances of Charlotte dreaming of Mr. Darcy and I thought it was hilarious. The authors are also quite satirical about Jane’s feelings for the brooding Mr. Rochester and I think it was fun to read. However, the best part of the book is certainly the addition of ghosts. Not only does it add a spooky supernatural vibe to the story, I think it’s perfect for the gothic setting and the mystery surrounding Thornfield Hall. The actual villain is so predictable that I guessed when we first meet them, and that never happens to me. I just wish it was all a little more mysterious.

This book is entertaining enough, but can get slightly predictable and boring. I think it’ll work better if you don’t expect the same level of humor as the first book. I’m however, unsure of how the fans of Jane Eyre will feel about this. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
2.5

Not the worse book ever, but I was severely let down by how bad it was in comparison to My Lady Jane. The plot did not get interesting until chapter 23 and I didn't laugh until page 318. And even then it was more of an "I'd never thought of that before/I can't believe they actually did that!" instead of an oh so funny. Also, I don't feel like they did [b: Jane Eyre|10210|Jane Eyre|Charlotte Brontë|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327867269s/10210.jpg|2977639] much justice. The classic has a special place in my heart and this was just not the retelling I was hoping for. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
It is really hard to not compare this to My Lady Jane, which I loved and adored. With My Plain Jane, I felt like the authors were trying a bit too hard to capture the humor they had achieved with their first book.

I liked the new twist to Jane Eyre, and thought it was rather clever. I think if this had been a serious book, I would have liked it a lot better. For me, much of humor either didn't do much for me, or just plain fell flat.

There was also that weird cameo of Jane and Gifford that was really out of place since it was obvious that the two books existed in two different worlds, despite being in the same series. Ghosts here, instead of animal shape shifters. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
Almost just as good as book 1 - I was super partial to Gifford so I guess I liked it less, but it was funny and cute and the ghost hunting was cool to read - their "history" was great too - I guess is the only way that I get my history lessons lol - I can't wait for the next Janie story.

I was actually shocked at one point in this book (I bet you know which) like, I didn't see that coming at all - so interesting and intriguing - I felt it did have some repeat scenes/excessive talk sometimes which I found to be "filler material" but it wasn't overdone - though I felt the book could have been streamlined a bit ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
Certainly liked it better than the source material! Perhaps not quite as fun as My Lady Jane, but still a great listen. And I'm so excited for the third installment! ( )
  mmsmcetc | Sep 17, 2020 |
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And for England (again). We're really sorry for what we're about to do to your literature.
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Oh, heard that one have you? Well, we say again: you may think you know the story. By all accounts it's a good one: a penniless, orphaned young woman becomes a governess in a wealthy household, catches the eye of the rich and stern master, and (sigh) falls deeply in love.
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Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times bestselling My Lady Jane are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre--a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester--and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

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