Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 1:58 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Ten years ago (oh, my... time is ruthless), we posted about Erin McCole-Cupp's Jane_E, Friendless Orphan, a kind of cyberpunk retelling of the Charlotte Brontë novel. Now, the author has republished digitally the book, but in three parts. This is the first one:
Unclaimed (The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan Book 1) 
by Erin McCole Cupp
Publication Date: July 1, 2016
The next dates and installments will be October 7 for Nameless (Book 2) and December 6 for Runaway (Book 3).

Marianne Sciucco - Adventures in Publishing interviews the author who explains the reasons of this new edition:
Q: So what made you think you could get away with rewriting Jane EyreEMC: I never expected to get away with it! I think of it as more of a translation than a rewrite, anyway, and when you're reading a translation, you must always keep in mind that it is but a pale image of the original. (...) A few chapters into Jane Eyre, my mind kept throwing up these weird parallels between the character of Helen Burns as Jane's spirit guide and the character of Molly as Case's spirit guide in Gibson's Neuromancer. I remember thinking, "Wow, Jane Eyre would've made great cyberpunk." [beat] "Oh, crap, now I have to write it!"
Q: That was sixteen years ago, and the first edition of Jane_E dropped a decade ago. What made you decide to revisit your first novel and rerelease it electronically? EMC: I just think ("hope" might be a better word) that the audience might be ready for it a bit more now compared to ten years ago. I'd already been thinking of re-releasing it as a single book and getting a fresh cover, having it available in hard copy as well as electronic format. However... it's a long book when taken all in one slice! Jane's story (mine as well as the Brontë version) also divides itself naturally into three parts: her early years, her developing relationship with her employer, and then everything that happens after that relationship catches fire, for lack of a better term (and those of you who've read Jane Eyre know of which I speak). I figured that by breaking it down into smaller portions, a reader could take a chance on Book 1 (Unclaimed) without the commitment to some giant tome. Of course if you want the giant tome, that's still available.


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