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|So much hate for Wuthering Heights
Written by Nina RG
(9/1/2013 10:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Disagree with some of the selections, including, penned by AnnetteJ
It's one of my favourite books and the only one I started rereading the moment I first finished it. I agree that it is grim and dark and full of horrible, unlikable, selfish, greedy, nasty characters. I cared for none of them, and yet I couldn't stop reading. It pulled me in.
I don't think a book has to have likable characters or a happy ending to be good (not that anyone here said so). I liked the writing, the themes, the structure, and I think it is better crafted than Jane Eyre (unpopular opinion, I know.) Jane Eyre relied on some lucky circumstances, and those "Well, isn't that a coincidence!" moments annoyed more than they probably should. And just for the record, I don't dislike Jane Eyre. Not at all. But I like Wuthering Heights better, and all the hate for it here makes me kind of sad.
I think you are right, though, that people have been influenced by movie versions of the book. WH is not a romance, never has been, and I am always baffled when I see someone put Heathcliff on lists of best romantic heroes where he obviously doesn't belong. I can see why you would be disappointed if you approached the book thinking it would be a romantic story. In fact, your description of it as a novel of obsession full of nasty characters is spot on. It's exactly what it is, but somehow it got the epithet "Romantic" attached to it. I didn't know anything about it when I first read it, and as I said, I loved it and still do. But it seems to be one of those Love/Hate books. You can't read it and be indifferent:)
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