St.Valentine’s Day Blog Hop Contest

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Ahhh romance….

What would the world be like without it? And romance novels? I, like thousands if not millions of others, have cut my reading teeth on those heart-fluttering, swoon-worthy paperback heroes. In turn, we were either the helpless damsel in distress or the strong-willed tomboy who brought these dashing men to their knees.

From the Historical to SFR (Science-Fiction Romance), from Inspirational to Paranormal, from Westerns to Fantasy, from the Sweet to the Erotica and from Gothic to Contemporary, Romance has been and will always be the reading staple of those who enjoy a quick getaway from the stresses of everyday life.  With the explosion of LGBTQ Romance and Young Adult, the romance genre is continuing to make evolve.

How many men have you seen reading romance? I’ve been seeing it more and more during my daily commute. These gentlemen I applaud for taking those bold steps into a genre that is routinely maligned by those who lack passion in their lives. Oh and with the rise of the ebook, more people are embracing this genre than ever before.

To celebrate the glorious wonder of St. Valentine’s Day, The Bloghop Spot has put together a hop that will boggle the noodle, guaranteed.

Cupid has surely hit this hop with a golden arrow!

So here’s how the hop goes each of the participating author/blogger is going to run a contest on their blog for the readers to enjoy! Romance a plenty each stop is offering a chance to for each reader to get swept away in love and lust just in time for the Valentines Day. So make sure you stop by all the stops on the hop. I know you won’t be disappointed!

Contest starts February 11, 2012 and ends February 14, 2012 at midnight.

I would love to be able to post all of the participants but at last count, there were over 200 that had signed up. For my part, I am offering a $25.00 gift card to Amazon (either .com or .ca).  My rules are pretty simple. In your opinion, tell me about your favourite love story (fiction or factual) I’m a sucker for either. Please make sure to leave your name and email address.

**The winner will be selected, announced and notified on February 15th**

Since I can’t fit all of the participants on my blog, I will post the link to blog  after mine. You can also click on the banner above to get the complete listing. Good luck!

Author Wendy Zwaduk is your next stop 🙂

*winner will be selected by random.org*

Jane Eyre (2011) – Broke Ass Movie Review

Beautiful, haunting and unforgettable. I’ll get into that in a minute.

Jane Eyre (2011)
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench
Directed by:Cary Fukunaga
Screenplay by: Moira Buffini, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte

Synopsis (courtesy of imb)
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret.

Official trailer:

Review:

I don’t know what the heck was rolling around in Ms. Bronte’s head way back then. This has been referred as one of the first Gothic romances. It is, indeed, a dark and passionate love story.

Jane Eyre tells the story of a young girl who is treated horribly by her father’s family and is sent away to an orphanage by her malicious aunt. While there, young Jane suffers emotional and physical abuse at the hands of the caretakers. She loses her only friend to sickness and vows to become more that what her surroundings have dictated. Upon leaving the orphanage, Jane secures a governess position at Thornfield Hall where she meets the enigmatic Edward Rochester.

I have the 1943 version of Jane Eyre starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine. I remember catching it on late night television and scouting out the dvd section of stores until I could buy it.

Orson Welles & Joan Fontain

Orson Welles’ Mr. Rochester is quite dramatic and intense. Joan Fontaine’s Jane Eyre is the quintessential standard that few can meet.  Its one of my favourite movies. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

Now we have the 2011 rendition of the gothic novel and let me tell you. It is riveting. I am forever thankful that they’ve cast new faces to bring this story to life. Let me start off with the gentleman playing Mr. Edward Rochester.

Michael played the hell out of Mr. Rochester. He was beyond ogre-ish to any and everyone, while literally vibrating with the passionate depth that the character called for. I’ve heard and read many a posting about Michael Fassbender, that he’s so hot and blah blah blah. I mean, seriously people, look beyond the outer shell, this man has staying power. I see an Oscar in this guy’s future. He was simply brilliant.

I didn’t know this but Mia Wasikowska’s been around for a while. I guess you can safely say that her break-out role was as Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Casting her as Jane was an extremely smart move. I would not have guessed at the raw talent this young lady possessed. Coupled with an almost ethereal beauty, Mia’s performance was one of the best that I’ve seen. She digs deep and delivers. You know when someone is over-acting a role. Mia wasn’t, not by a long shot.  She was Jane Eyre. I expect we’ll see more of her in the future.

Michael and Mia have an on-screen chemistry that worked with the internal conflicts that both characters were feeling. There were times where I was sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for something to happen even though I know the story. There were light moments but for the most part, the tone of the movie was exactly the same as the book. Dark, edgy and romantic.

Set against the backdrop of the English countryside with a haunting musical score, this version of Jane Eyre is  breathtaking, raw and emotional. Get it, watch it and watch it again.

I can’t gush enough about it.

5 stars