I seem to have been going through a serious BBC-type-period-piece phase lately, so I threw Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre into my Netflix queue (upon the recommendation of Jen, who deemed Rochester "more broody" than that Austen lot) to give it a shot, though I wasn't terribly familiar with the book (only with sister Emily's Wuthering Heights, which I sorta read in high school and hated).
Oooh….I LOVED this adaptation from Masterpiece Theatre. I was going to watch for just one hour before getting up to pack and get organized for the house move, and ended up spending four hours on the couch, mesmerized by the telling of Jane and Rochester's story.
I initially didn't like the actor playing Rochester, but by the end, I found him completely endearing, and I thought the actress playing Jane Eyre was spot on – my heart was aching during the bad bits, and rooting during the good bits. The story, the setting, the characters…all of it captivated me until the very end. Since then, I've watched it several times (I had to BUY a copy, of course!) and still hold my breath until the very end to see how the story will resolve...
I'm a convert – this is my new pet period piece…at least until the next one. ;-)