Hearing that one of your favorite classic novels or plays is going to be adapted for the big screen can be an emotional roller coaster, ranging from "Yay! I can't wait to see how they interpret the story!" to "Oh my God, I can't believe they're casting her [or him] in the leading role!"

This week marks the release of 'Jane Eyre,' based on the beloved novel by Charlotte Bronte. The book holds a dear place in the hearts of legions of women who related to the plucky heroine so passionately during their youth. That means there's undoubtedly a lot of pressure on relative newcomer Mia Wasikowska to deliver. She has a decent track record, with 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Kids Are All Right' already under her belt. Here's hoping she lives up to the great expectations.

Of course, adaptations run the gamut from amazing (pretty much anything starring Kate Winslet) to meh (Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Emma') to the downright awful (ahem, Demi Moore in 'The Scarlet Letter'). But when the adaptations are done right, the actor who does your favorite character justice can earn enough goodwill to forgive several stinkers going forward. A halo effect, if you will.
Little Women
Not Yet Rated1933
In Theaters on November 16th, 1933

With her husband away at war, a woman raises four daughters in 19th-century New England. Read More

Sense And Sensibility
Based on 21 critics

Men romance and abandon sisters (Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) in 1800s England. Read More

Pride & Prejudice
Based on 37 critics

A man (Matthew MacFadyen) begins a convoluted courtship with a young woman (Keira Knightley). Read More

Jane Eyre
Based on 35 critics

A governess (Mia Wasikowska) learns that her employer (Michael Fassbender) has a terrible secret. Read More

The Wings Of The Dove
Based on 18 critics

A Briton (Helena Bonham Carter) schemes to raise her beau's (Linus Roache) social standing. Read More