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The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde When I originally read this in 2010 I absolutely loved [b:The Eyre Affair|27003|The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)|Jasper Fforde|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309201183s/27003.jpg|3436605]. I reread this a year later and still liked it, and while I haven't read it in its entirety since (though I had started reading it and could barely get through), I decided to dock a few stars and remove it from my favorites. The first reason is partly due to my disillusionment with the rest of the series, when everything starts to become too wacky, too confusing, too complicated, and it loses the charm I originally saw. Usually I can still acknowledge the good books in a series where the enjoyment starts to fade but in this case I couldn't.Second is in terms of the ending. It really rubs me the wrong way how [b:Jane Eyre|10210|Jane Eyre|Charlotte Brontë|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327867269s/10210.jpg|2977639] gets treated. MAJOR SPOILERS! In [b:The Eyre Affair|27003|The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)|Jasper Fforde|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309201183s/27003.jpg|3436605], the original ending is that after Jane leaves Mr. Rochester, she ends up going with St. John to India, leaving all the readers disappointed in what was otherwise a fantastic book written by Charlotte Bronte. But fear not! Thursday has the magical ability to appear in books and interact with Mr. Rochester, who is helping her defeat the bad guy. When a fight between them goes bad and the house is set on fire and Mr. Rochester is injured, Jane hears his voice, and the original ending that we all know and love is back, only instead of being to the credit of Charlotte Bronte, it's due to the meddling of Thursday Next. The people obsessed with Charlotte Bronte are disappointed with the change since it's not her doing, but everyone else is very pleased with Thursday Next.I am not usually much of a purist when it comes to literature, I don't mind when things get changed in adaptations. In this case, though, there's just something very arrogant about that change and just doesn't seem quite right to me. Looking back, there's just something so smug about this series. [b:The Eyre Affair|27003|The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)|Jasper Fforde|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309201183s/27003.jpg|3436605] is certainly a fun book and, for a series that takes often uses other people's works or characters, fairly original. I would recommend at least some knowledge of [b:Jane Eyre|10210|Jane Eyre|Charlotte Brontë|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327867269s/10210.jpg|2977639], whether through reading the book or watching one of the movies. Fforde does explain some of it but there are some things (especially jokes!) that readers might not understand without some prior knowledge. His humor and style is not for everyone, however.