By Emily Brontë
Last night I was watching the new Fright Night movie (it’s okay—a fun, distracting movie; nothing mind-blowing or anything), and there is a scene where the female love interest is sitting on the hero’s bed, reading Wuthering Heights, when he comes in. She starts the conversation by saying, “You know, this book is actually really sexy, in a frustrated, unconsummated kind of way.” And it made me laugh and laugh.
It also reminded me of the stories from several years ago, when publishing companies were trying to sell Wuthering Heights to Twilight fans. (Apparently, Wuthering Heights is mentioned in Twilight as Bella’s favorite book? I read Twilight, but I don’t actually remember that.) And, I was so curious as to what those poor, bamboozled teenage girls thought of it.
Now, I haven’t actually read Wuthering Heights since high school, but I absolutely hated it then. I get that they are selling it now as a tragic romance for the new goth teen, but I think of tragic romances as people who are kept apart due to circumstances beyond their control á la Romeo and Juliet, not situations where the people are so hateful that they bring upon themselves every terrible thing that happens to them (no spoilers, though!).
So, what do you guys think of Wuthering Heights?
You know that I love the Brontes and Jane Austen and George Eliot and all those books–I mean, I have read Vanity Fair!–but I have never been able to make it all the way through either the book or the movie of Wuthering Heights. I actually don’t even know how the story ends, but I have a feeling it doesn’t go well for Cathy and Heathcliff.
That is actually saying a lot about the book if you couldn’t get through it! That also seems to be the most common story—when I started reading it, one of my friends told me that she’d read it, and described the end, which was not actually accurate once I finished the book. So, when I asked her about it, she said that she hadn’t actually finished the whole book, but figured that it probably ended the same way the rest of the book went on, which wasn’t entirely accurate. I’m happy to spoil it for you, if you’d like.