I could go on for a pretty long time about how Jane Eyre is probably my favorite book, for many reasons. One of which, admittedly, is the smoldering passion between Jane and Rochester that melts me every time.
However, how constrained their relationship is is extremely important. This constraint sets Jane, as a character, apart from the preconceived notions of ‘woman’ which dominated Bronte’s time. Some of these notions carry into modern day. How Jane chooses to balance her head and her heart moves the plot forward AND makes Jane the first proto-feminist heroine.
I wrote a full paper on a similar topic for my Lit class, so I won’t bore the internet with more of my ideas. I simply want to say that “Jane Eyre Laid Bare” will alter Jane’s character in such a way that she will be unrecognizable from the heroine of the original, superb novel.
I know that Bronte hints at Jane and Rochester’s sexual activity in the epilogue, and I know I am no expert. But please, if you have to undermine a character’s integrity and character traits to make a novel more “steamy”, then isn’t it time to stop?