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I’m sure everyone has that one book which, for one reason or another, sticks in their craw. For me, it’s Wuthering Heights. It’s not just that I think it’s poorly written (which I do) or because none of the characters are likeable (which they aren’t) or even that it holds a revered place in the literary canon where better books should be (which it does). It’s mostly to do with how the Heathcliff/Cathy dynamic has somehow become a template for a desirable relationship to young women. Which, what. Heathcliff is the poster guy for “oh, he’s terrible, BUT I CAN CHANGE HIM”. He’s an utterly abhorrent character and yet generations of young women have sighed over this brooding figure who snarls and hurls abuse, just as they sigh over a man who keeps his wife locked in an attic and a man who treats people like shit because of his ~inner pain~.
I’m pretty sure there’s a bit in Twilight where Bella is reading Wuthering Heights and I laughed out loud because yeah, of course that’s where she got her taste in men.
(interestingly enough I have seen one or two adaptations that were okay, but invariably I am more likely to enjoy the adaptation the more it diverges from the source material)
Whoops this came out really angry, I apologise. People have a lot of different opinions about that book. It just happens that mine are all resoundingly negative, sorry.
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- obsessedwriter said: I cannot tell you how utterly relieved I am that I am not the only person in the world with these feels about stupid Wuthering Heights, right down to smirking at Bella. Thank you for helping me feel less alone :)
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- daughteroctober said: Thank you for pointing out that Rochester has major problems too.
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