Haunt Me

Wait a minute, explain!
Okay, so what is this book? Wuthering Heights was written by Emily Brontë in 1847. Emily wrote it under a pseudonym, Ellis Bell, to conceal the fact that it was written by a woman. Not the best of times, right?

Right, and what is it about? It tells the story of two different generations of two families and the love and hate they have for each other. Heathcliff, adopted as a young boy by the Earnshaw family, obsessively loves Catherine, but Catherine goes on to marry another man, Edgar of the Linton family.

Well, that sounds like a boring love story. It's really not! Actually, it isn't a love story at all. It is a story full of hatred, of physical and emotional abuse, of the foulness of character. The vast majority of characters in this book are absolutely terrible people. Heathcliff's "love" for Catherine isn't healthy; it is pure obsession.

Okay, cool, so lots of death? Yes, you could say that. No cruel murder, but lots of death. And ghosts.

Ghosts! Yes! This is a Gothic novel, and it hints at the existence of ghosts. It isn't really spooky, but it creates a certain atmosphere that is very unique. The novel is set in the beautiful Yorkshire moors, where all of the action takes place.

Really? All of the action? Yes. The eponymous Wuthering Heights and its closest neighbour Thrushcross Grange are the homes of the Earnshaw and Linton families, and all the arguing and bickering takes place between them.

So, who's the best character? For me, it would be Heathcliff. Not because he is a good person--not at all!--but because he's a very interesting and complex character. We have little insight into his mind, and much of his background is concealed. You never quite know how he's going to act or what to expect of him. Personally, I love to read about dark, complex characters. Then again, if you're looking for good-natured, happy characters, this probably isn't the book for you.

Awesome! I think I'll go read it now! Please do! If you think I've missed anything important here, or if you'd just like to chat about the book in general, please do email me!