Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, 1847

My favorite quote: “If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.”

Notable characters: Heathcliff, the brooding bad boy, Catherine, the obstinate bad girl

Most memorable scene: Mr. Lockwood’s dream about Cathy. Spooky, good stuff

Greatest strengths: Atmosphere. A lot of people (mostly folks who haven’t read it, I’ve noticed) consider this a novel of great romance. Personally, I found it about as romantic as a hard kick in the nuts, but that’s just me. It was all about the atmosphere for me

Standout achievements: Bronte’s ability to create such a timeless conflict among readers for her characters. I can’t help thinking people would like Heathcliff and Catherine better if they accepted that they aren’t necessarily supposed to be liked … if that makes sense

Fun Facts: The content of this book caused the Victorian public to believe it was written by a man, and Emily Bronte wasn’t named as the author until 1850, three years after it was published

Other media: Endless film, TV, and theater  adaptations (most of which cut out the second half of the story). This novel had also made its way onto the music scene, most notably, a Kate Bush song of the same name — which I totally dig, btw

What it taught me: That setting is a character, too

How it inspired me: This book is structurally ambiguous (some will say flawed) revealing seriously ambiguous (and irrefutably flawed) characters and it has me wanting to go brood on the moors. Since there aren’t any moors nearby (and I quickly tire of brooding) I try to inject the same feelings into my own work (where it’s appropriate) that I felt while reading this book

Additional thoughts: There was something ambivalent and, at times, decidedly menacing about Emily Bronte’s imagination. It shows in Wuthering Heights — and I like it. It’s that strange light-in-the-darkness, love-wrapped-in-hate, hope-in-the-depths-of-despair hybridized kind of thinking that draws me into this novel every time I pick it up

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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