Brooke's Reviews > Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist

Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin
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Mar 23, 2011

** 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 writing is original. All writing is based on the author’s experiences. One cannot write what one does not know, and to know, one must have experienced.
Jane Slayre is the story of an orphaned girl who is living with the Reed family, a family of vampyres. She is despised by the family, yet only kept alive because the Reeds refuse to drink the blood of such a low-class girl. However, Jane’s purpose is revealed to her when her deceased uncle tells her she is from a line of slayers and that is to be her vocation. After being sent away to school, Jane unexpectedly has to brandish her skills as a slayer to save her classmates from an outrageous outbreak of zombies.
The next chapter of Jane’s life revolves around her newest career endeavor as a governess. Jane begins to fall in love with the master of the household, Mr. Rochester; however, it soon becomes apparent Jane is not the only one in the house carrying paranormal secrets. As Jane and Rochester fall in love, Jane also falls deeper and deeper into a tangle of violence and mystery. Sherri Browning Erwin adds zombies, vampyres, and werewolves to a timeless classic creating a twist of both horror and comedy in a romantic nineteenth century novel.
While some remixes branch farther away from the original text, Jane Slayre oftentimes cites quotes from Bronte’s original work. However, in staying close to the text, the novel establishes its uniqueness. By adding guts and gore to the romantic drama of Jane Eyre, Jane Slayre becomes a complicated remix that can be categorized in several genres, thus targeting a variety of readers. However, although the novel has its own uniqueness and originality, the book can be a bit repetitive to read shortly after reading Jane Eyre. One may become bored reading the same passages so quickly after finishing the original text.
Although one can thoroughly enjoy this remix without having read Jane Eyre, I would recommend reading the classic version first. The idea of a little girl slaying zombies and vampyres is quite comical in itself; however, imagining Bronte’s Jane Eyre becoming a monster slayer is even more hilarious. In creating a nineteenth century character who slays monsters, the audience may lose the rich history that is provided in Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre’s character seems to stay more true to the time period than that of Jane Slayre. Jane Slayre is told her purpose as a child; therefore, her growth as a person is far different than that of Jane Eyre. Jane Slayre is an entertaining read; however, it is not to be mistaken as a replacement for the original text of Jane Eyre. Jane Slayre may have both comedy and horror; however, with these additions it loses the essence of a true nineteenth century character trying to find happiness in a doubting world.

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