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Member No.: 245
Joined: 22-June 07
Right, so, amongst my NUMEROUS plot-bunnies and other pet-projects, this one ahs now fallen into the great pot of unfinished stories. My major players at the moment are really only my DW fic, but I have a genuinely original romance that I do plan to publish one day... when I finish it, and don't forget I promised to rewrite BD, which I'll do someday, and the countless other lesser fics I've made up.
Anyway, I'm starting a thread here because I want to know what all of you think and I can't think of a better romantically educated group, quite possibly, ever. And Rochester IS in the Guest Room, so my being here does agree with the Rules.
Now I'm just going to be really lazy and cut/edit what I said on facebook (many of you were tagged in that note, so GO READ IT or post here).
I LOVE the book, it's my all-time favorite classic romantic novel, tops everything, and you all know me, I'm a pretty big fan of period romances, so this is saying something. I'm in a Jane Eyre-tastic mood though because I just watched the 2006 miniseries for the first time, it was also much love and I definitely prefer it to the the other versions I've seen.
After I watched it, actually, while watching it, I decided I would do a modern version, like the Bridget Jones or You've Got Mail of Pride & Prejudice.
Reasons for doing this are: A. Jane Eyre is the story of my life, I firmly believe this. So, I'm really just updating my own biography and turning it into an autobiography at the same time. Yay me.
B. I really think it would be awesome updated and that more people would like it. I can't understand why anyone wouldn't, well... men who hate to share their feelings wouldn't, but when I say 'people' you know I'm talking about women only, right?
C. I've already kinda started... yeah.
I haven't actually started the writing portion yet, but I have character profiles set-up and you would not believe how much I've already re-written in my head, I mean the plotbunnies are consuming any other mental process. This is such a BAD THING it's a code mauve, seriously, because I have a DW-fic I should be working on.
Anyway, I've also started a soundtrack/playlist thing going, and I need some recommendations, other opinions, etc. on it, especially for Rochester's Theme because I just can't decide on it! So, if you have any ideas on any of it, really, or if there are any important scenes that should have music to them that I don't have listed, please let me know. This is in chronological order.
Intro: “Un Cuento” – Javier Navarrete (Pan’s Labyrinth) Jane’s Theme: “Existentialism on Prom Night” – Straylight Run (electric) School: “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol Rochester’s Theme: “Set Fire to the Third Bar” – Snow Patrol Love Theme: “Yellow” – Coldplay Jealousy/Fanny’s Theme: “I’m Not that Girl” – Idina Menzel (Wicked, possibly Kerry Ellis cover) **Mother’s Theme**: “Pale” – Within Temptation (Jane’s Theme, acoustic) Proposal: “Open Your Eyes” – Snow Patrol Wedding*: “You Are Loved” – Josh Groban (Rochester's Theme, instrumental) Epiphany**: “The Freshman” – Verve Pipe Separation: “Apologize” – One Republic (PRE-Timbaland) New Life/Saint-John’s Theme: “Love Song” – Sara Bareilles Epiphany Reprise/Going Home: “Fall for You” – Secondhand Serenade Reunion: “Glasgow Love Theme” – Craig Armstrong (Love Actually) Happily Ever After: “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz End Credits: “Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
Alternates: “Stolen” – Dashboard Confessional (Love Theme/Proposal/Reunion) “From Yesterday” – 30 Seconds to Mars (Rochester’s Theme) “Was it a Dream?” – 30 Seconds to Mars (Rochester’s Theme) “Both Sides Now” – Joni Mitchell (Jane’s Theme/Jealousy/Epiphany) “Monster” – Meg & Dia (Mother’s Theme) “Run” – Snow Patrol (Rochester’s Theme, possibly Leona Lewis cover) “Angels” – Within Temptation (Mother’s Theme) “Bittersweet Symphony” – The Verve (Saint-John’s Theme) “Colors” – Amos Lee (Epiphany)
* - I mean the wedding prep, not the wedding itself, as it rather... didn't go well. So I was really looking for just a gloriously happy song... Josh was the best thing I could think of .
** - Epiphany is not the right term, I'm aware of this, but I love the word and believe every soundtrack should have a song called Epiphany. The 'epiphany' is really the explanation of Rochester's wife, Rochester begging Jane to stay, and all that stuff. I'd also like to do some kind of reprise style thing later, as seen above, so is there are two songs by the same band that kinda go together, one happy, one sad, that'd be great.
**...** - AUGH! I can't believe I forgot that I changed this! Okay, in my new version, Jane's mom is alive. She's an alcoholic though and hates Jane because she blames Jane for her father's suicide (Jane's father's suicide, not her mom's father's suicide... he didn't committ suicide, died from emphazima if you must know). So... yes. Other than that, same as in the book, although Jane doesn't have siblings, rather really cruel aunts who live close by.
The '/' marks are only to indicate where they will be used really, not to indicate a medley, although, if you can think of any medleys, that would be fantastic as well.
Please give opinions on alternates as well.
I really want to make Snow Patrol the main band as well, but that's not necessary, but if it were possible to emphasize them, that'd be lovely.
Member No.: 16
Joined: 6-August 05
What a brilliant idea! You know, I had a similar idea rattling about in my over-full brain, but it sort of slipped away when a much darker character stormed in with her story.
JE is also MY favourite all-time classic (and, to top that, my all-time favourite book overall.) And I love the mini-series. Toby Stephens is one of my favourite actors, the BEST EVER choice for Rochester and (how awesome is this) the son of Maggie Smith. And I loved Ruth, too. Ruth Wilson just WAS Jane.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who playlists everything! I didn't used to. It's a recent(ish) habit.You know I'm going to have to hunt through my music collection for a Rochester's theme now... I've got a couple of classical pieces in mind...
Once you start writing, I'd love to beta or something if you'd let me! I just love the idea of updating a book that's been overlooked by the process. I mean, even Shakespeare had more than his fair share of updatings!
Member No.: 245
Joined: 22-June 07
Is Toby Stephens really Maggie Smith's son? That's awesome! And... yeah, he is pretty Rochester-y, the hair was perfect. He's a bit too good looking though, but I'm not complaining . I hated the '96 version... BLEHK! I mean, John Hurt's a great actor and all that, but... NO.
For Rochester's Theme I kept coming up with instrumental too, but I really want to stick with lyrics. I'm only using instrumental for scenes. I want the themes especially to have lyrics.
Sure, you can beta... I can't promise you my updates will be soon or regular or even in chronological order (right now I have part of Jane's first metting Rochester and Jane returning to Thornfield typed) so you'd have to bear with me on that, but since you've read the book, it shouldn't be too big of a problem. Also, please don't crucify for devitaing from cannon, mostly for taking certain liberties with the characters. Mostly, I sharpened the wit of Jane, and of Rochester too a little because... I like funny characters, but their humor will still be in character, you know what I mean? Like, Jane never uses innuendo and Rochester is very harsh and cynical in his humor.
Member No.: 16
Joined: 6-August 05
That's the beauty of updating a classic- you can deviate for canon all you like! I won't criticise or comment on stuff like that. I'm not that sort of beta.
I came up with two posibilities for Rochester's theme- Iris, by the Goo Goo Dolls (which is one of my Trystan themes) and Feel, by Robbie Williams (which is sort of a personal theme)
Also, if you were looking for a song for just after the failed wedding, Move Along by The All-American Rejects makes me think of that when I'm on the topic of Jane Eyre, and for some reason I think Unintended by Muse would work as a romantic theme of some sort.