"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

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Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I Should Feel Guilty

Every so often--like just now--I recommend (to those poor reading-hating high school students who are given classics I know they won't enjoy at all because they just aren't up to that, yet) watching the movie over reading the book.

Especially if they've gone 2 months and have only read 50 pages of a 300 page novel and have a paper due on it in a week.

More especially if that movie version is a good adaptation, entertaining, and absolutely fantastic.

And even more especially if that movie is the 2006 Jane Eyre.

Yes. I should feel guilty.

But I don't.


~Mary said...


There for awhile Amy and I had to watch it every night before we went to bed, well the 2nd dvd at least...

It is fantastic!!! AMAZING! When I want a good girl movie, I am sure to put that version on! It definitely hits the spot!

Phillip H. Tang said...

As a teacher I should lecture you and that student about how wrong this is, but I can't bring myself to do it.

Heidi said...

Ha ha!

What would you think to hear that my AP English teacher prepared us for the AP test by having us watch as many film adaptations of books so that we'd at least be aware of plots and characters in case we encountered them in the essay questions?