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Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,795 ratings  ·  403 reviews

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 takes a job as a governess at a country estate, she fall
Paperback, 391 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster Inc. (first published March 27th 2010)
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Särah Nour
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
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
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Johan Haneveld
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I was quite impressed by this weirdly fitting update to the classic. Instead of becoming a parody, or being incoherent, this became a pretty good horror/fantasy novel in itself, while at the same time shedding new light on Jane Eyre. I do think the stars in my review are for the skill of the author of illuminating the five star original work, by tweaking some elements of the setting. And what this book makes abundantly clear is that the original is often mis-interpreted. It is seen as ...more
Sarah Mac
I'm a fan of the original Bronte novel, but that doesn't affect my rating -- in fact, I love the premise of this, & thought it sounded like great fun. But the final product just didn't work. After a strong first couple chapters, it took a turn for the boring (N.B.: I was never bored reading the original Jane), & by the time zombies came into it -- complete with a couple scenes of uber-bland, uber-rushed, & entirely uninvolving zombie slays -- I just didn't care. In fact, I've only read one zombi ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jane Slayre is raised by a family of vampires, and attends a school where the students are turned into zombies. With slayer blood in her veins, she quickly disposes of them with elegance and fury. As she grows up, will she continue on with her destiny as a Slayer or is she for the life of a Victorian housewife? Read this book and find out for yourself.

This was my first ever classic horror mash-up story and I enjoyed reading this. It was worth the 30 cents that I bought it with at my local Big Lo
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have such complicated feelings about Jane Eyre (thanks, Becca), but once I got into this, I found it delightful. Overall, I thought this was a much more successful amalgamation of classic lit and supernatural creatures than P&P&Z (although that movie was fab). ...more
It could be that I went into it with low expectations (I'd just finished a different retelling of Jane Eyre, and... let's just say that was the one that truly merited low expectations), but Jane Slayre surprised me-- in a delightful way. Jane Eyre is one of my very favorite books, and Jane one of my very favorite characters. Her independence, quiet strength, blunt honesty, and unwavering self-respect make her one of the best and strongest female characters I've come across... well... ever. And I ...more
Mia Darien
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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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
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love these types of books! They help bring a wonderful classic to a new audience.

Some very good twists and turns however it also falls pray to the fact that parts of the book are just copied and pasted from the original novel. Going through these parts just make me think that I should have just reread the original novel instead of the book.
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: aa11reqrec
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.
Philip Loyd
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Sherri Browning Erwin’s Jane Slayer is an instant classic—with fangs!” —Philip Loyd, author of You Lucky Bastard.

I knew I was going to love this book when upon first opening the package my daughter saw the cover and said, “Cool!” No better place to hook the reader than with the cover.

Imagine Jane Eyre’s aunt and cousins weren’t just overbearing and cruel, they were vampires as well? Imagine no more. With Sherri Browning Erwin’s new spin on the classic tale, now even today’s readers have somethi
Robert Day
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about a girl who fights against the troubles in her life (cruel guardians, cruel headmaster, vampyres, zombies, werewolves) and ultimately triumphs. She attains all she has ever longed for and has some wicked adventures along the way.

This is, as any fule kno, Jane Eyre with monsters. It's done in a very convincing way. You can't really imagine it working without the monsters, although I'm told the original works very well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and I'm sure you will too if you give it
Rachel Joy
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good fun!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a great read! I love the adaptions of classic novels like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and others and thought this fit pretty well!

I disliked how the novel included only the three "popular" fictional horror creatures but not others. I think the symbolism and theme of what the y represented was interesting and with further study, but I think it would have been beneficial to focus on only one instead of including all three.

I was disappointed that the zombies at Lowood were so ri
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Angie

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
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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:)


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
Sara Pauff
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adaptations
I've long been a fan of monster mash-ups; you get all the fun of rereading the classic, plus the fun of the supernatural twist. This is an especially good one. I love that it includes the whole Jane Eyre story - unlike the erotica mash-up Jane Eyre Laid Bare: The Classic Novel with an Erotic Twist, which disappointingly excludes the St. John Rivers story. In Browning Erwin's telling, St. John is the Daryl Dixon of the tale, slaying vampires and werewolves with a crossbow of his own invention. Zo ...more
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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, zombies, a ...more
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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible
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
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not exactly sure how to review this book. I still want to read "Jane Eyre", but to be honest, the first 120 pages were pure torture. If this is pretty true to the original story, I had to give myself pep talks to keep reading. I mean, it was interesting reading about zombies at Lowood, but the fact that her Aunt & cousins were vampires did nothing to make the beginning interesting for me. It wasn't until she arrived at Thornfield did I really get into the story. I loved the connection betwee ...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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