Between Jane Eyre and Jane Steele, there was another take on this story that is worth mentioning- Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist.
Did you know I was a fan of vampire novels? Even more so, did you know I love vampire slayer stories?
Jane Slayre came from the same world as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. It is a mashup of modern vampire horror and Jane Eyre. It tried to do much of what Jane Steele did, but did not do it as well.
To be fair, Jane Eyre was perfect for the set-up. With the ghost of Jane’s uncle and the mysterious thing/crazy wife in Rochester’s attic, this should have worked far better than it did. I think the problem was that few of these mashups worked as well as they could have (I am looking at you Sense & Sensability & Sea Monsters). By the time Jane Slayre came out, people were burnt out. Also, this was not published by Quirk, who had a method to their madness.
I didn’t dislike it. I read it, read it quickly, and enjoyed it. It just didn’t WOW me. Then again, I love Jane Eyre, but it doesn’t hold a special place in my heart the way Austen books do.
Should you read it? If you like vampire stories you will probably read it. It works really well. Just read it before you read Jane Steele…