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message 1: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I just have to say, this group is PURE GENIOUS!!! Thank you so much for opening a forum to bash some of the most God-awful books (in my opinion!)

OK, so I am probably committing some cardinal sin of reading but I HATED Wuthering Heights. With a passion! I even thought if I read it now as an adult I might appreciate it. I couldn't get further than 50 pages, and I feel like a bad person!

message 2: by Holly (new)

Holly | 40 comments While I don't hate it nearly as much as Anna Karenina and Moby Dick, it did take me three tries to get through Wuthering Heights. I think I made it to 50 pages as well, the first two times.

I found it tedious and whiny. And not nearly as haunting as I was lead to believe it would be. So Kristen, I'm with you. Such a disappointment after I read and loved Jane Eyre. I only made it through because I loved the Kate Bush song so much and thought there had to be SOMETHING about the book.

message 3: by Susan (new)

Susan Lantz (SusanLantz) | 4 comments Kate Bush based the song on the movie, not the book.

message 4: by Judy (new)

Judy (Judy5cents) | 26 comments It's been 40 years since "Wuthering Heights" was assigned in my 8th grade English class and I remember thinking "Where's the story here?"

Bronte tells the story through the housekeeper, who relates this tale of doomed love to the new tenant of the manor house. That really bugged me, because it placed a distance between the reader and the characters. Also, I couldn't understand how the housekeeper knew about things that happened between the Earnshaws and the Lintons when she coudn't have been there.

It's just a couple of wealthy families with stately homes out in the middle of nowhere. They have to fall in love with each other because there's no one else around.

But it wasn't as bad as "The Scarlet Leter."

message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura | 29 comments Susan, where did you get that Kate based the song on the movie and not the book? Just because she's telling it from the point-of-view of Cathy's ghost doesn't mean she wasn't using the book as a guide.

One teacher I know said that there are two types of Bronte readers, those that like Jane Eyre and those that like Wuthering Heights. Of the two, I'll take WH over JE any day.

message 6: by Charles (new)

Charles Well, I think they're both wonderful, and I even like The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, so what kind of Bronte reader does that make me?

message 7: by Skylar (new)

Skylar Burris (skylarburris) | 32 comments I like both, but JE considerably more. My understanding of WH has changed over time.

message 8: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I agree with Kristen. I read this book and thought "What is the big deal?" I just wanted Heathcliff to stop moping around the moors. Much ado about nothing. The book should have been 10 pages long. But I disagree with Judy - I LOVED the Scarlett Letter!

message 9: by Holly (new)

Holly | 40 comments Lazygal, Susan is right. Kate even said she didn't read the book for a very long time after writing the song.

But I only meant that I loved the song and thus thought the story itself (no matter what media) would be just as haunting--it wasn't.

message 10: by Michelle (last edited May 27, 2008 03:15PM) (new)

Michelle (mcd724) | 4 comments I ended up writing a paper on the Brontes in high school and was highly amused to find that critics at the time believed that Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were written by the same person but that JE had corrected the previous errors of WH. I am sure that made family dinners interesting...

I have to say my real problem with this novel is that they tell you Heathcliff and Catherine are in love but you never really get a sense of that with the way they treat one another. I also disliked the way the narrator's perspective shifted from paragraph to paragraph. It was like EB had too many characters and instead of giving me a good clear picture, the one she described was fuzzy and unfocused because of the number of characters. She wasn't really able to do any of them justice.

message 11: by Maria (new)

Maria Elmvang (Kiwiria) | 72 comments I loved WH the first time I read it (when I was 17'ish) and loathed it when I reread it 10 years later. I just wanted to pick up one character and hit the other.

message 12: by Tara (new)

Tara (Born_of_Frustration) I'll always love WH. It's certainly not without flaws, and it will never be JE, but I actually LIKED that the characters were so unlikeable. To me, it was a story about the sometimes close relationship between true love and true hate. It's hard to take or enjoy, I guess, but I've always been attached to it.

message 13: by Tom (new)

Tom I remember well reading this book in school. I struggled with it for a long time, and then suddenly found myself reading like the wind: I read the second half of the book in an afternoon, I just couldn't put it down.

The reason: that miserable slag bitch Catherine Earnshaw. When that slimesucking c*nt does English Literature a favor and dies a not-nearly painful enough death, leaving Heathcliff to wreak some of the most deserved and delicious revenge ever wreaked, the book took off like gangbusters.

I remember that I referred to Catherine as a cock-teasing bitch in my high school English class. The boys in class laughed, the girls in class were outraged, the teacher grinned from ear to ear.

message 14: by Leigh (new)

Leigh (LeighB) wow! I didn't like this book either and thought both lead characters were self indulgent jerks. Glad others feel the same way.

message 15: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 9 comments The first time I read it I HATED it. Didn't see at all why it was a classic.

however I actually watched a movie adaption which was much more light hearted than the book, and although I do not normally advocate movies over books, it helped give me a new appreciation for the book. I saw a different side of the characters than before.

I reread the book and LOVED it. seriously, one of my all time favorites.

a complete 180 turn when I was able to see a new side of the characters and appreciate the subtleties of the narration!

message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 42 comments I have never been able to finish this book. Healthclif and Cathy drive me up the wall so many times, it drives me insane and I can't picture the man anything but a terrible beast holding Cathy too tight and killing her. I can't do it. I have tried five times with no avail.

message 17: by Jimbo (last edited Jan 10, 2012 07:56AM) (new)

Jimbo I love this book. Nothing is as it seems. Consider: it is told, not by one, but by two highly unreliable narrators, Lockwood and Nelly Dean. Dean, in particular, has a huge ax to grind against both Heathcliff and Cathy.

Sabrina (UnderseaBooktuber) (Sassybooktuber) Im one of those people that will finish a boom. I matter how horrible or slow it is but in my 21 years of lifer there were 2 books I could NOT finish. Wuthering Heights and youth in revolt ( which was a good movie I thought). I dislike Wuthering heights soooo much!

Sabrina (UnderseaBooktuber) (Sassybooktuber) I meant book*

message 20: by Erin (last edited May 17, 2012 06:00AM) (new)

Erin W | 6 comments I have to say my real problem with this novel is that they tell you Heathcliff and Catherine are in love but you never really get a sense of that with the way they treat one another.

I disagree completely. Isn't the entire first part of the book all about the two kids running around together, being inseparable? And what about the "he is my flesh" speech that Catherine gives? That, to me, is a very clear picture of their relationship: they are soul mates, but the tragedy is that they can only destroy what they love.

You are not supposed to "like" the characters or even relate to them. It's more like an opera, high passion and high tragedy being acted out in front of you. It's a really difficult book but it's dazzlingly brilliant and totally worthwhile.

Also, Tom, I know you think you're being funny, but your sexist language is offensive.

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