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One of the loveliest additions screenwriter Sandy Welch made to Jane Eyre was a play on the colour red and the description of the firebird, Rochester’s metaphor for Jane.

So when I came to write a song inspired by the series (something I had wanted to do for sometime, only my damned muse always lets me down) I thought it would be wonderful to base it on this scene.

Firebird, do you cry?
Firebird, do you dream
To spread your wings
And soar into the sky
Into the heart of things?

You little thing,
Quiet and calm,
Caged inside yourself,
I sit and stare and wonder
What’s underneath that mask:
Firebird, dare to fly.

A flash of red
Your lightning smile
Reveals the soul within:
I am mesmerised.
And those who catch
A glimpse will say
They’d caught a glimpse
Of heaven.

When days are dark
Do not fear;
Nestle in this nest
I have made for you;
And rest your tired wings
Until the day
You set the sky
On fire.

The song is here.


The sister of fanfic is of course the fanvid, and the advent of You Tube has boosted this art form. The quality of course is variable, but when they are inspired they are truly awesome. I haven’t figured out how to do fanvids so thank gawd for You Tube! Since I am well and truly obsessed with Jane Eyre and Toby Stephens, here are some of my favourites.

The Scientist and Far Away are lovely videos that focus on Jane and Rochester’s relationship.

Friends is a great video that focuses on Jane’s journey.

If you like the best of Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice and North & South in one place then Some People is a bit of heaven.

But my favourite relationship videos are:
Sophia, an absolutely perfect Jane Eyre relationship video (and Yorkshirewench has many brilliant Richard Armitage-based videos as well).
Heaven on Earth, a really lovely Toby Stephens vid featuring some absolutely magical scenes.

Lastly, these two come with a health warning – I’m warning you, watch at these your own risk (hahaha):
The Seduction of Jane Eyre – you’ll never watch Jane Eyre in the same way again after this one.
Turn me On – a rather risque but scorching look at ‘Tobes’!

Puddles, Puddles Everywhere

Oh dear, I’m a puddle this week because I have fallen in love… with Mr. Rochester! Or is it with Toby Stephens? I’m not exactly sure, but Toby as Rochester is a very, very lethal combination.

I’ve been anticipating the arrival of the Jane Eyre DVD for weeks now, and last Friday it came. Squeeeee…

Of course I had to view it in one sitting, and never had 4 hours gone so fast. I was entranced by Jane, could wholly empathise why she fell in love with Mr. Rochester because – bloody obvious really – because he’s HOT. Irresistibly hot (not just mildly so). I’ve never had the hots for a screen Mr. Rochester before, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

The Rochester StareReally, the whole series was beautiful. What made this version by far the best version of JE I’ve ever seen? Well, aside from Mr. R being hotter than a thousand suns, it was also because Jane was portrayed as being much more his equal. Sure, that’s how it was in the book and what the majority of versions probably attempted to portray, but strangely enough only this version succeeded. In the versions I’ve seen, Jane was too annoying or too insipid to the point where I couldn’t see how Rochester could ever fall for her the way he did. And since this is Jane’s story, if I didn’t like her then the whole story didn’t ring true.

That’s why Ruth Wilson was an absolute genius. Being just out of drama school and then pulling off a performance like that was incredible. She had a knack of being able to communicate what Jane was feeling just by her expression, and with great subtlety. She gave Jane real strength, so that I could definitely see what attracts Rochester to her.

As for ‘Tobes’, did I see anything beyond the hotness? Of course I did, I’m not so shallow! His Rochester seemed more real to me too, perhaps due to the starker, pared-down dialogue, perhaps because he truly showed Rochester in all his complexity – strong, damaged, humorous, stern, and passionate. You can see him gradually opening up to Jane, see how he really grew to love her. My favourite scenes of course involved the two of them – their first two interviews when Rochester was so stern and cynical, and yet you could see his vulnerability, and how he empathised with Jane when she told him of her childhood. They empathised with each other even then and it was great introduction for things to come. I was so inspired by these early scenes that I’m writing a little vignette about it.

Then of course there’s the fire scene that I wrote about before, but the most touching for me was the reunion, when Jane returned to find Rochester wasn’t, well, the man he used to be. That scene never failed to make me cry when I read it, and its effect on screen was exactly the same.

Making me a virtual puddle…