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Jane Eyre
updated 5.21.2007

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I truly loved this version of Jane Eyre. It's a great book and I have to say that the actors are absolutely terrific! I think that the little changes the writers made are appropriate and great! I hope to see these actors in more Masterpiece Theatre productions.

Rosemary Kelty
Long Island City, NY




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Thank you for making a wonderful rendition of Jane Eyre. I thought no one could do the novel justice, but I was amazed at how well it was scripted, directed and cast. This will be one of my all time favorites!

Gretchen Bucher
Delaware, OH




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I have watched many movie versions of Jane Eyre trying to find one that seems to at least come close to capturing the essence of this wonderful book. Masterpiece Theatre has done it! I loved the show. The chemistry between Rochester and Jane is great. The series is very well done; I was not surprised to find out that the director of Bleak House also directed Jane Eyre.

Nancy Tibbitts
Centennial, CO




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Until your version of Jane Eyre, I had never really been able to get into this story. It is brilliant! I love Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens; one's heart just breaks for them. The whole production is amazing. I ended up reading the book after watching the show. Now I understand why it's a classic and I can't wait to get my hands on the DVD!

Heather Gamble
Ear Falls, ON




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
My mom and I watched Jane Eyre and we both loved it! I went out and read the book shortly after. I feel you did a wonderful job turning the book into a movie. I'd really like to buy it. I hope you will play it again very soon.

Briana McNair
Tennille, GA




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I thoroughly enjoyed director Susanna White's (Bleak House) new adaptation of Jane Eyre. Toby Stephens as Rochester, and Ruth Wilson as Jane are not to be missed. The DVD has been released for those of you who didn't have a chance to watch!

Nancy Spooner
Washington, DC




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
It's nice to see a Jane Eyre where the relationship and pull between Jane and Mr. Rochester is feasible. Usually both characters are portrayed as so glum and grumpy you wonder why they even bother. Jane is adorable and Rochester is both charming and a teensy bit devious. Great job!

Kelly Cunningham



Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Let me begin by saying I will absolutely not disclose how many times I've watched the new Jane Eyre movie with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens!

Not only do I not mind the license taken with the dialogue, but also I absolutely love the script. Each time I see the film I am transfixed by Stephens's sincere facial expressions and by the change in restraint and expression masterfully carried out by Wilson. I keep trying to catch either of them in a moment where they might betray that this is after all a film, but with such flawless and beautiful performances I am left feeling that I have been one very lucky fly on the wall to have witnessed one of the most captivating romances of all time. Bravo!

Sonja Mushahid
Madison, AL




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I am a man, a strong, virile handsome man. I am not the type to sit and read a book or watch Masterpiece Theatre. One night, however, just a few weeks ago, I was sitting up late at night flipping through the television channels. I came across something I had never seen the likes of before. I don't know how to explain it but Jane Eyre captivated me. I didn't get to see all of the episodes as they were on very late. I hope they come on again; I will be looking forward to them. My wife told me it was a book, after I excitedly woke her up in the very early morning hours. She said that I should read the book and so, incapable of waiting till this gem of a series aired again, and overwhelmed with curiosity and love for the plot and characters, I got a copy of the book Jane Eyre. I finished it and I feel it has changed me forever. I hope this series re-airs soon (hint, hint!)

Masterpiece Theatre's Jane Eyre, though I did not see all the episodes, is priceless. It inspired me not only to get into reading after a long absence from the sport, but also to tell others about it. Jane Eyre has changed me for the better. I think I have turned away from Hollywood movies; they are revolting drivel compared to this intelligent, brilliant work of art. I have got to say I go to the movies like the next guy and I usually like movies like Superman, X-Men and Lord of The Rings. Jane Eyre tops them all. Jane Eyre is not full of CGI effects or explosions or light sabers but it needs none of those things. Simply put, this is superior entertainment from superior actors, superior acting, superior quality and greater brilliance. Bravo to you all at the Jane Eyre camp! I now look forward to Masterpiece Theatre; I had never seen any productions before.

Leonard Radley
Dickson, TN




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I've written to you previously about how much I enjoyed Jane Eyre. It has really become an obsession with me for not only have I re-read the book (which I must have read in my adolescence), but I searched further online for some literary criticism. I know that when I originally read it, some sixty years ago, I had no great interest in mid-19th century literature, for it was the sheer romance of the thing that captured my adolescent attention, but now that I am much older and wiser, I want to know more about what was happening in England, the class system and the place of women in society. I cannot wait to receive the DVD, which I have ordered from PBS. I probably won't come up for air for a month! Please, please more of this caliber television! PBS is the only worthwhile channel on the air!

Florence Gardner
Bethesda, MD




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
If you have read negative reviews of this miniseries, and are considering not watching, I would say ignore them! This program has already aired in the UK and it is a wonderful version of Bront‘'s classic story, infinitely better than the most recent film versions. Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens give superlative performances as the leads, a veritable master class in restrained but entirely convincing acting. Toby IS Rochester. The rest of the cast is excellent too, as are the locations, scenery and music. Don't miss it!

Patricia Rich
Lancashire, UK




Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Why, oh why, has Masterpiece Theatre chosen to re-do this tired book? Just so it can add it to its archive -- as the promo announces Jane Eyre has "finally comes to Masterpiece Theatre")? It's a sexist, classist story in the guise of "Victorian feminism." Much more interesting and daring would be an adaptation of Jean Rhys' prequel to Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea.

Susan Neill
Alexandria, VA



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