Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist
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“ READER, I BURIED HIM . ”

A timeless tale of love,  devotion . . . and the undead.

 

Jane Slayre, our plucky demon-slaying heroine, a courageous orphan who spurns the detestable vampyre kin who raised her, sets out on the advice of her ghostly uncle to hone her skills as the fearless slayer she’s meant to be. When she...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster Inc. (first published March 27th 2010)
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Misfit
Aug 17, 2012 Misfit marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: monster-mash
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Särah Nour
I must confess, I have often done Google searches to look for T-shirts that say “Team Bronte” and “Team Austen.” I’ve been a fan of Charlotte Bronte since I read Jane Eyre in high school. I immediately fell in love with the book and became quite the Bronte enthusiast. On the other hand, Jane Austen and I have never really clicked, and I was very amused when I read that Charlotte was actually one of Jane Austen’s biggest critics back in the day—hence my desire to declare my membership of Team Bro...more
Cheryl
Jane Slayre has just obtained a job as the new governess to Mr. Rochester’s daughter, Adele. Once Jane arrives, she realizes that it might have been a mistake to agree to be the new governess. There is something strange about Mr. Rochester. Most of the time he hides behind closed doors. Though, whenever Jane does get to spend time with Mr. Rochester, she feels a connection with him.

Mr. Rochester is not the only person, Jane has to worry about. His former wife is locked up in the attic. She is a...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
Leslie's Review:
Before I begin my review, let me first say that I don't read the English classics. They bore me and I have a hard time with the language as it's not something I'm used to. However, after reading this book I really, really want to read the original Jane Eyre. Also, this was my first "twisted classic" book and I didn't know what to expect when I first began. Anyway, to sum this book up: Jane Eyre + paranormal creatures = Jane Slayre. And wow, this book was really good!

Jane was awes...more
Cinnamon
First thing’s first. If you are a Charlotte Brontë purist, you may not like or appreciate JANE SLAYRE by Charlotte Brontë and Sherri Browning Erwin. This story is similar to the original in the way 10 Things I Hate About You was similar to Taming of the Shrew; close enough to recognize the story, but that's about it. If you've ever read and liked these kind of adaptations before, I'm fairly certain you'll love this book. If you would rather keep Ms. Brontë's the story the way it is in your mind...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City.

It's no secret that I have a love of the classics. The Brontës reaching the top of my favourites list. In fact, I did my final project for my English Degree on the novels of the three Brontë sisters.

I've seen the trend for horror rewrites in my local bookshop and I've warily avoided them. Odd seeing as I love classics, romance and horror alike, it should have been a great mashing of worlds for me.

So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I picked u...more
Bridget
Being raised by vampyres doesn't change Jane's destiny as a slayer. She has a duty to rid the world of these creatures but it becomes a problem when she falls in love with a man who whose first wife is not only a werewolf, but also living in his home. In the end will love conquer all or will Jane be forced to live alone because of her responsibilities with the paranormal world?

I thought this book was fantastic! I really loved the twists and turns, it was almost like a roller coaster ride. Two th...more
Stewart
No matter how many monsters and vampires and werewolves you put into Bronte's Jane Eyre, it doesn't make it any more interesting or readable. I found this adaptation just as uninteresting as the original. I wish I would have stopped reading it right as soon as I started to get bored (about 1/3 of the way in).

Skip this one.
Beleth
Jan 05, 2014 Beleth rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Vaya decepción de libro. La historia es prácticamente idéntica a la original, todos los diálogos y momentos más conocidos son calcados y hay tres o cuatro escenas mal puestas con vampiros y hombres lobo metidas con calzador. Para leer la historia de Jane Eyre, mejor leerse la novela original que esta cutre copia.
Meghan
Jane Slayre is an extremely fun read and the perfect example of how the new classic mash-up genre can be done well. Browning Erwin weaves vampires, werewolves, and zombies into Jane Eyre deftly and without losing the essence of the story itself. For the well-read vampire nut.
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Jane Slayer is a sweet and wonderful love story of a woman who finds herself falling in love with a man not her equal in societal status. She can’t believe he would ever be able to return her feelings. And just when she thinks that all is as it should be, fate takes him away from her. Jane must decide if she is going to follow the path that fate has chosen for her, of if she’ll defy her roots and take what she wants.

Jane Slayer is an orphaned infant...more
Mia Darien
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that doesn't always mean that it works.

This was my first classic and horror "mash-up" that wasn't from Quirk Classics, and now I'm regretting it. What I loved so much about "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" as well as "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" was that it took the whole of Austen's text and just added fun absurd things to it, only altering the original as necessary to fit the crazy additions.

Not so with "Jane Slayre," I'm afraid. I...more
Christina
Quick P.S.: Make sure to read the book discussion questions at the end, if your copy has them. Definitely more tongue-in-cheek than any guide I've ever read:)

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OK, so quickly I have to say that this is the first of the literary/supernatural mashups I've read, so I can't compare this with the others.

That being said ... I absolutely adored this:) I don't know how someone who's not a "Jane Eyre" fan would feel, but "Jane Eyre" is at the top of my all-time favorite books. I don't know why such...more
Theresa
Apr 19, 2010 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens through adult
I adore reading "The Classics" with a paranormal twist. I find them refreshing and fun. Jane Slayre, unlike those done by the Quirk Classics, has a more serious tone to it, and took these books to a totally different level for me. To say I loved this book, would be a gross understatement!

Sherri Browning Erwin took Jane Eyre and made it "hers". The incorporation of vampires and other paranormal creatures, was flawless and brilliantly done. Had I not known about Jane Eyre, I would have sworn that...more
Tina
Dec 02, 2010 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who love horror and Victorian novels
This was an absolutely hilarious adaptation/modification of Jane Eyre. This was way better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the one that started all these macabre versions of classics?), because all the original text was included, but with either slight modifications or additions - it was a seamless blend of old and new, whereas P&P&Z omitted a lot and changed the rest. Slayre was still romantic and I did feel as if I were still reading a Victorian domestic fiction. The vampires, zo...more
Julia
I think I read about the first 10 pages of this. Even that was too much. I love Jane Eyre too much not to have been curious about this. But this work is outright sickening. I am absolutely disgusted by the author. I suppose if one has not read Jane Eyre it might be tolerable but as someone who can cite whole passages of the original I am at a loss for words. I cannot believe Sherri Erwin had the audacity to use full sentences from the original book, and pervert them to such a gross degree. I mus...more
Christy
I'm torn between two and three stars on this. Ultimately, this book primarily functioned to make me want to go back and re-read Jane Eyre (a far superior book). I got a couple of very brief snortlaughs out of Jane Slayre, but there wasn't nearly enough meat to the additions to make this worth reading and, in the meantime, the heart of the original text - the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester, Jane's internal drama, etc. - is either missing or seriously weakened in the update.

It is inte...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Werewolves and Vampires and Zombies and Ghosts, OH MY! Jane Eyre takes on a whole new twist with the most recent mash up of classic novels done with a paranormal twist. I thought this book was really well written and a pleasure to read. It has been a long time since I read Jane Eyre but from what I remember, this version stick pretty close to the original, well if Jane was raised by vampires, Rochester turns out to be a werewolf and the school Jane ends up at produces zombies for household help....more
rhea
Since I was asked in real life I figured I should come back and say something. This wasn't my favorite mash-up book, I think Seth Grahame-Smith is a better writer of these types. I like Jane Eyre's story, so in turn I liked this story. Maybe I should've given it 3 stars? I'm not sure, so I clicked 4 because it once again fell into a needing a half star. I supposed when I'm sure I should back it up with a reason, but I don't really have a fun one. It's just a book that I enjoyed while working and...more
Carole
Read the original. The author threw every monster but Godzilla in this book. I read Abrahma Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and loved it. This is nothing like that. You really have to suspend reality, even fantasy reality. She would have you believe just throwing a stake at a vampire while you're doing something else is going to work. Or an inexperienced 18 year old can outsmart and outmove vampires. This is just the beginning of all the outlandish things we are suppose to get our heads around. Take a p...more
D
Jane Eyre as vampire slayer? Why not? It's summertime and Jane needs a sense of humor. This mashup keeps much of the original's dialogue and plot while giving Jane a physical strength to match her moral one.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I have this strong suspicion that Rochester is a vampire!
Kat
It's difficult to stay away from all these mash-ups of classic novels on the market today. Everywhere you look, you see yet another beloved piece of classic literature turned into a monster-filled novel. I'd read several of the Jane Austen-inspired mash-ups, e.g., Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, but they weren't that great. Perhaps I'm too much of a Jane Austen purist to appreciate what the authors tried to do there — or maybe I know a mediocre book wh...more
Melissa
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë has to be one of my all time favorites classic books. So, I was excited to learn that someone took that book and made a paranormal out of it. Sherri Browning Erwin has made what I believe as a successful adaptation of the Jane Eyre. I enjoyed this book a lot.

I can also see why some people may not like it. The purists who hate to have a classic “messed” with might not have the same fun that I had with this book. The main story of Jane was altered a bit and not just...more
Brooke Kuehn
** this review was a required assignment for our EL 309 Lit class
Jane Slayre is a bloody yet somewhat comical remix of Charlotte Bronte’s classic, Jane Eyre. This style of adding horror to a classic coincides with other popular remixes such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Some critics of remixing believe one day in the future this “fad” will be laughed at, while others say remixes are not original. To say a remix is not original is to say no writ...more
Sierra
Apr 05, 2011 Sierra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Yes, I know the 'classic plus vampires/werewolves/zombies' has been over done at this point. But for some reason, some of them suck me in and I cannot help but read them. I'm weak!

I have to admit, it was a fun book. It wasn't over the top when it came to the supernatural add-ons, it was just enough that it made sense with the original story and yet not too much so that I couldn't enjoy it. The thing I was dreading was that Jane's original character and personality was going to be pushed aside fo...more
Beth N
After reading this book I found a whole new respect and perspective on Jane Eyre. I read the original work in high school for Advanced Placement Literature for a summer reading assignment. [Yes, I actually did the assignment. Sue me, I like to read!:] When I first read Jane Eyre it was a chore and I was fearful this book would be the same, and boy! I have never been so glad to be wrong! This book gives this classic work a fresh light and a chance at meeting a whole new audience. Jane Eyre as a c...more
Sara Pauff
I never thought I'd say this, but I think zombies fit better with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that they do with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

Basic premise of this novel: Insert zombies, werewolves and vampires into Jane Eyre, turn Jane into a monster slayer and turn Bronte's dramatic novel into a comedy.

Except that -- unlike Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Eyre isn't naturally comedic. There are few funny lines in the original work and some strange moments (Rochester cross-dressing as a gyps...more
Carien
The first part of this retelling of Jane Eyre is the best part of the book.
There's zombie mayhem, zombie slaughtering and more zombies!

With a start like that I was sure I'd be delighted by this book all through, but then Jane went to work for Rochester and the thrills died down.

Don't get me wrong: the story is very cool. Anyone who has ever read the original will know that. It's just that the added vampires, werewolves and other stuff were too little to be able to compete with the original sto...more
Penny Watson
Jane Slayre by Sherri Erwin and Charlotte Brontë


First, let me say that attempting to do a mash-up of a well-beloved classic takes a ton of guts. Blood and guts and green goo, too. It is a huge undertaking for several reasons. One, folks don't like authors messing with their favorite classic books. Two, seamlessly blending the old text with new text is quite a challenge. Not only does the author need to adopt a new "voice" (that of Charlotte Brontë), but the new material must be incorporated into...more
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Sherri Browning Erwin, best known for critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations, also writes paranormal romance and historical romance as Sherri Browning. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in Massachusetts and Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Watch for her return to historical romance with the upcoming Thornbr...more
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