No matter how many contemporary books I read, nothing compares to my love of literary classics. I enjoy reading and studying these great works.
One of them is Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Her masterful storytelling easily takes me away to a place where I can imagine. This is helpful, especially after you are working on your own writing. As writer Nora Ephron once stated,
“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.”
Bronte’s writing style is intriguing and incorporates fantasy with elements all within a love story, something that can be difficult to write. She is a master at setting the mood in her stories. After re-reading Jane Eyre, I couldn’t help myself and had to dig further into the life of this particular author. Turns out, her life is just as intriguing as her characters.
There is a wonderful book out in the market written by John Pfordresher. In it, there are details and backstories of Charlotte’s life. I’ve been immersing myself with this rich history and I highly recommend you checking out his book if you can. It’s very insightful to discover how Charlotte Bronte wrote her classic literary piece.
I also discovered this wonderful short video narrated by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With A Pearl Earring. Chevalier takes us on a quick journey at Wycoller. Wycoller Hall is believed to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. If you ‘re curious like me and looking for a classic to revisit, I suggest taking a look at Charlotte Bronte’s work.
Enjoy this short video and imagine yourself as Charlotte Bronte, immersing herself in her work and writing a future classic story such as Jane Eyre.