Jane Eyre was the overwhelming favorite Bronte Original work on the poll held on this blog this past month. The favorites in order are as follows:
1. Jane Eyre, 60.7%
2. Wuthering Heights, 25%
3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, 8.9%
4. The Professor, 3.6%
5. Agnes Grey, 1.8%
Villette, Shirley, Poems, and Juvenilia did not receive any votes. I must say that I agree. Jane Eyre is my favorite Bronte original work. What about Jane Eyre makes it such a great book? Please sound off below in the comments. I know that to me, I love how Charlotte Bronte incorporated so much of her life story into the novel. The terrible trials of Lowood School and being a governess come through loud and clear. The love story of Jane and Rochester is passionate without the sex scenes of modern day works. Rochester sees through the “dowdy” exterior of Jane Eyre to the fiery soul within. The gothic elements and mystery make this book hard to put down. Overall though, it is Jane herself that keeps me rereading this novel. Jane grows into a woman with a mind of her own and her love story with Rochester is a story where she does not bend her morals or beliefs. Indeed, she comes to Rochester on her own terms at the end.
A new poll of this month is again about the Brontes, but to honor Valentine’s Day, let’s select our favorite Bronte romantic couples. Although there are great couples in all of the Bronte’s works, two are iconic – Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester versus Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.