We’ve been waiting months to hear more about Dame Darcy’s illustrated Jane Eyre, and now we have a new interview and a few illustrations. The interview itself is really very odd:
Darcy was first exposed to “Jane Eyre” while in art school where it had an immediate impact on her. “It’s just so gothic and awesome. I really like how all this surreal weird stuff goes down, while the rest of the time is spent drinking tea and staring out the window – which I think is actually kind of cool. I enjoy doing that, too! [laughs]”
Penguin gave Darcy a lot of room to play with in working on “The Illustrated Jane Eyre” and every illustration she created for the book will see print. “What’s really great is they asked me to do the cover and it could have been any image from the entire book, but I thought the way to make it really kind of punk rock for the new generation of goth girls that it’ll appeal to was to take the scene where Jane Eyre is freaking out while the giant mansion is burning behind and Jane Eyre is written in bloody red letters. That’s how hard core Jane Eyre gets! People think it’s this classic about a governess, but it’s not necessarily about that – I mean, she gets called a witch about 7000 times and everything demented and tragic goes down during the book. I thought that should be portrayed. Plus, she’s seriously Catholic-damaged, which is probably true for most of my fan base. [laughs]”
So much for overtones. ‘Catholic-damaged?’ And Jane is a witch? She’s also called a skylark, a linet but they’re not in fashion at the moment. I wonder what the last half of the book’s illustrations will be like.