All thanks to Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair, the first in his Thursday Next Series which I read last year.
Don't get me wrong: I liked The Eyre Affair - the wit, the humor, the ingenuity with which it was created and written. If you don't know what it's about, here's a short summary from Goodreads. Please take note of the last sentence:
Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.
Essentially, therefore, the plot of The Eyre Affair, as evident from its title, is somehow built around the story of Jane Eyre herself. Unwittingly, too, crucial parts of this wonderfully written classic were divulged in order to construct the part of The Eyre Affair where its protagonist, Thursday Next, literally "enters" the pages of Jane Eyre.
Take a look at the following text from the photo of my copy. If you can afford a bit of a spoiler, that is.
|I purposely took a blurred picture. Yes I did.|
Which beautifully ruined my reading of Jane Eyre, presently.
Which I didn't realize would happen when I read The Eyre Affair.
It feels like I'm merely
And it kills me, too, because I'm loving the book so far, and it would have been a more enjoyable experience had I not known beforehand about certain parts of the plot.
Oh well. I can't un-know what I already know now, right? But I learned my lesson well: I will be more careful and circumspect in reading books that have reference to other books next time!