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Wuthering Heights

I'm thinking about reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I just watched the first half of a tele-movie adaption thing of it. What does everyone think about it? Is it worth reading it? Did you like the characters... or feel any sympathy or kind emotion towards them? I'm planning on borrowing it tomorrow... I'd just like to know what people think. Thanks!

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madeleinestjust
Oct. 25th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
I read it again recently, and was quite surprised by how enjoyable it is. Most people come to this book through English literature classes, and dissecting a story is never a good introduction, but read whole, and for pleasure, it's a dramatic, evocative novel.

I think two important warnings before reading Wuthering Heights should be: 1, Heathcliff is not a romantic hero, don't expect Mr Darcy on the moors; and 2, the other characters are not very sympathetic, either. That said, what I admired most about Emily Bronte's writing is that she doesn't 'tame' her hero and heroine to conform to romantic standards. There is no happy ending for Heathcliff and Cathy, and they don't really deserve one. I find that refreshing, but most reviews I've come across are full of, 'I hated these characters! They are awful human beings! Why is this called a romance?', etc.

Then again, I live near 'Bronte country', so I could be biased!
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
That was exactly what I was thinking from what I saw the other night - that I didn't feel that they deserved a happy ending. The fact that they don't get a happy ending is what intrigues me most about the novel :) Can't say I'm in the mood for love stories where everyone lives happily ever after. Thanks!!!
eire_endellion
Oct. 25th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
I loved it! It took me a little while to get in to, as it was basically my introduction to Classics, but once I got going I couldn't put it down. The way the characters are presented are different from your usual romance, and can make you feel both sympathy and hate (well, for me anyway) towards them.

The ending is very cute too.
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
I've read a few other classics, but I never wanted to read it because it sounded quite... well, dark. But the bit that I saw really interested me. I couldn't seem to like the characters either - I felt like saying, well, it's actually all your fault. Thanks!
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hopeleslove
Oct. 26th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
This. I didn't care at all about the characters, other than hoping they would just shut the eff up.
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need_tea
Oct. 25th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
I loved it! Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite classic novels. The characters aren't really ones that you could feel sympathy for. It's to show how destructive passion and passionate romances are.
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC)
It's good to know that I wasn't being a heartless bitch for not being able to feel sorry for them! Thanks!!
ciuva
Oct. 25th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
I think the first comment said it well.
Personally I wouldn't count it among my favourite books, simply because there's nobody I actually like in it. I struggled a bit with that. I spent the first half of the book wondering why I bothered reading it, but I really enjoyed the second half. Despite my mixed feelings I'm definitely happy I read it, and it's definitely great literature. It's a must-read really.

Actually I think I'm going to read it again now, to see if it might be more enjoyable the second time around...
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it the second time round :) I'll definitely read it! Thanks!
anotherplay
Oct. 25th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
I simply love Emily Bronte's writing style. It is so vivid and alive - you should read it if only for the beautiful descriptions of nature! I remember than when I read it, I was very much confused because there are characters who share the same name (I honestly do not remember how spoilerish-y this is, so I shall mention no names).

Anyway, it never hurts to try!
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
It sounds very interesting! I definitely will try, thanks!
nightcamedown
Oct. 25th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
I personally love Wuthering Heights precisely
because
it's not easy. There is no single character that you can latch on to and say, "Aha! Here is the person I'm supposed to support and agree with!" It's an epic tale of passion, drama, and tragedy - if you go into it expecting that, I think you will probably like it :-)
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
That's what I'm in the mood for lately, so I think it sounds like a book I would like! Thankyou!
amarra_jade
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hated it. There wasn't a single character I liked. I know (as others have pointed out) you're not really supposed to like them, but I just can't enjoy a book where I don't like any of the characters.
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever read a novel where I've hated all of the characters... I guess I'll have to wait and see about this one! Thanks!
ruby_shards
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I had to read this book for an English class recently, and I really did enjoy it. I would have liked it more if I didn't have to analyze it for two and a half hours every day, but it was interesting, I enjoyed it despite this fact.

It's better than Jane Eyre, at least, which is the book we're reading in that class now. It's taking all my flu-ridden will power to get through this book. :|
amarra_jade
Oct. 25th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
I think it's interesting that you hardly ever find someone who likes both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. It's way more common to like one and dislike the other. Personally, I love Jane Eyre and hate Wuthering Heights.
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margotheangel
Oct. 25th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I didn't like Wuthering Heights, but it's considered such a classic that I suppose I'm still glad I read it.
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
Fair enough - I own a few books simply because they're classics. And you can buy them really cheap :D Thanks!
meggers123
Oct. 25th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this book. I read it first in high school for a class, and I've read it many times since then for pleasure. Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a tragic, dreary story. It's one of my favorites!
dulce_violeta
Oct. 26th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
This. I think it's because I really understand the love story, er, at least Catherine and Heathcliff. At the time I read it first in high school, I had serious shit going on with my boyfriend. And it was serious shit, not just teenage drama stuff, haha. So the book was a comfort.
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im_writing
Oct. 25th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I really dislike this book. I had to read it three times and each time I couldn't bring myself to like it. I think it's one of those books that you're either going to absolutely love or completely hate.

After reading it so often, I've learned to at least appreciate it but I definitely wouldn't read it willingly.
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
I hope that I appreciate it even if I don't like it :) Thanks!
admnaismith
Oct. 25th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)

I couldn't stand it. Your mileage may vary.
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm glad I'm not one of those people who HAVE to finish a book! I'll have to see what happens! Thanks!
shlafe
Oct. 25th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Add me to the "hated it" column. I read it in high school and often thought I should read it again (it was 20 years ago), but I just can't bring myself to do it.
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Haha, fair enough! I'll see how I go. Thanks!
dazelnut
Oct. 25th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I watched half of the tele adaption last night too. I came in late and really had difficulty trying to remember who was who and what the story was about - finally I worked it out.

Some people talk about the book as though it were "the greatest tale of love" but I never really understand that perspective. Certainly I got a different feeling for the story from the tele series than I did when I read the book - Probably the tele adaption is a poor one; nevertheless I find myself thinking that maybe I should re-read the book - I feel that I have kind of "read it wrong".

I did like the book though. (Didn't like Jane Eyre)
masobelle
Oct. 26th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
That's one of the reasons I really want to read it now - the movie/tv show or whatever is never as good as the book, usually. I watched it from the very start, and I had no clue what was going on (or who was related to who!) until part way through. Am guessing you live in Aus then? Thanks!
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