Lest you remain unaware, Jane Eyre has a vlog. And though I would fain speak well of it, the truth must out. I prefer my Jane with bonnet strings knotted firmly beneath her chin. This Jane, as embodied by project co-creator, Alysson Hall, often seems like a fan putting together a homemade audition tape for Girls.
I suspect that’s the demographic most likely to appreciate Charlotte Brontë’s reinvented heroine. Like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a self-declared “online modernized adaptation” of Pride and Prejudice, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre takes a transmedia approach, serializing across multiple digital platforms.
In addition to the YouTube channel, Jane tweets to over 1500 followers, and uploads photos to Instagram. Her video diary might not be my cup of tea, but I must confess, I do rather enjoy her tumblr. Perhaps not as much as I’d enjoy rereading the novel (find it in our collection Free eBooks and Free Audio Books collections), but it’s not a bad way to while away a minute or two.
Put another way, anyone who likes reading Brontë is probably amenable to pictures of tea cups, dead trees, and Tim Burton’s animated dolls.
Jane’s embrace of social media is shared by many in her orbit, including Mr. Rochester’s employee, Grace Poole, and his 8‑year-old daughter, Adele, whose (illegal) Twitter feed will appeal to any precocious little smartypants eager for random facts regarding Bernese Mountain Dogs and Uranus’ moons.
The veil is lifted somewhat on the series’ Facebook page, where the creators interact with fans out-of-character and address modern technical difficulties, such as software issues and audio glitches.
Ayun Halliday was gobsmacked to learn that her second book, No Touch Monkey! has been made available in ebook form. Follow her @AyunHalliday