I have four self-published novels available for sale on Amazon: Jane Eyre Gets Real, The Grace of the Hunchback, A Cure for Cecily, and Hansel & Gretel Inside the House of Candy. My contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the link below to purchase Jane Eyre Gets Real:
Jane Eyre wakes up in an apartment in present-day New York City and finds herself on a TV reality show called Fiction Gets Real. She is on the show with eight other literary characters: Mr. Darcy, Emma Bovary, Alice in Wonderland, Heidi, Hester Prynne, Dorian Grey, David Copperfield, and Sherlock Holmes. A mysterious Announcer explains to them that each week one character will be voted off the show by their fellow cast members. The only way Jane or the others in the cast can return to their books is to get enough people to read them. There is a third option–if any of the characters prefer their present life to fiction, they can elect to remain “real” and then the book they came out of will disappear, as if it had never been written. Jane must learn how to do the simplest things, such as hail a cab and turn on a sink. Wishing to earn her own money, she begins a career as a children’s birthday party planner. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy falls in love with Emma Bovary–who has fallen into credit card debt. (Other subplots involve Alice in Wonderland becoming a teen model and David Copperfield realizing he is gay.) Though she pines for Mr. Rochester, Jane finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to bad boy Jack, the TV’s show production assistant. Ultimately Jane must decide whether to build a turbulent but exciting life with Jack or return to Thornfield Hall and resume her old life with Rochester. Which option will she choose? Only the dear reader knows for sure!
Jane Eyre Gets Real is a mash-up, combining references to traditional literature with pop culture. Mash-ups are especially popular now, as evidenced by the success of such Broadway musicals as Hamilton and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the book and the film). Other satirical takes on classic themes include Shannon Hale’s Austenland, and the Michael Thomas Ford series Jane Bites Back and Jane Goes Batty. Jane Eyre Gets Real can also be taken seriously as a love story–that of a woman torn between two different types of men.
I hope you enjoy it!
For blog posts “written” by the characters in Jane Eyre Gets Real, visit my original website, https://cicily17.wordpress.com/. Each week a new theme is given a fresh slant by Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Darcy, Emma Bovary or Jane herself.