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Dear Reader,

Welcome to my blog, a look and analysis into the most recent film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.  Directed by Cary Fukunaga in 2011, Jane Eyre features Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester.  While, focusing on the adaptation as a whole, this blog is specifically concerned with the portrayal of Edward Rochester on screen.  As I find the Byronic hero to be one of the most interesting, complicated, and..awesome literary figures, I was excited to discover more about the Byronic hero and how he translates unto film.

Being a complete newbie to film analysis and an even more so to adaptation theory, I initially found my project extremely difficult.  To be able to watch a film and not take it’s techniques–camera angles, scores, lighting–for granted, was something I had and still have trouble with.  I find myself having to actively keep an open mind about the film in question, constantly looking for new things within the film that didn’t just pertain to plot or dialogue.

Throughout my continuing and progressive investigation of Jane Eyre however, I did begin to grow in terms of film study and now feel I have a comfortable grasp on the study of film adaptations.  One of my major strengths I think is my Self-Guided Conference Presentation which turned out to be the most difficult for me, as I had trouble deciphering Robert Stam’s “Introduction: The Theory and Practice of Adaptation”.

Revision has also been a large part of my process.  It is sometimes hard for me to communicate my intentions so that the Investigative Proposal turned out to be a constant process of revision.  I’ve also been continually changing my blog, tweeking and improving things as my technological aptitude widened.

I have always enjoyed reading, and more recently got into writing.  One thing that I have learned about myself as a writer is that it is hard to start and more difficult to finish.

Xiomara Capera

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