It sounds like another academic slapfight coming on, but no—Alison Owen, the producer of yet another Jane Eyre adaptation, explains:
As period costume dramas go, Jane [Eyre] is relatively cheap to make. It’s set in a house in the middle of a moor. Jane Austen can be quite expensive. You need horses, carriages, houses, gowns. But on the whole Jane Eyre is much more starkly peopled than most period movies. You don’t need swaths of costumes. And scenery costs nothing.
Is it just me that finds this hilarious? Lady Catherine and Mrs. Elton would be so pleased! And Marianne Dashwood, in estimating her income, certainly agreed that one needs a house, a carriage, some horses, and of course some gowns! (We are not making a porno here.) Surely a fire costs something, though I hear supernatural voices in the bushes come very cheap. Poor Jane Eyre! She never gets any fun.Alison Owen, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Marianne Dashwood, Mrs. Elton, The New York Times on Monday, March 7, 2011 · 1 Comment »