Favourite writers (in no particular order)
2/50 Emily Bronte 30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848
Wuthering Heights haters are entitled to their opinions, but they’re wrong. Emily is the best Bronte, and Wuthering Heights is flawless. My mother read it to me as a bed-time story when I was 9, and since then, I think I’ve read it more times than any other book. It manages to be completely over the top, and yet utterly convincing. I believe in Heathcliff. I don’t know why, but I do. And I think a sign of the novel’s power is the way in which I keep re-reading it to discover that that are passages I thought existed, which I actually imagined. Like there was a whole conversation between Cathy and Linton that I remember, but it never happened. Obviously I’d been so sucked into the world of the book that I kept filling in the blanks myself, and imagining all kinds of things.
So yeah, you don’t have to like Heathcliff and Cathy, and you certainly shouldn’t think of it as a great love story, because it’s not - it’s more of a great hate story than anything else. But if you don’t appreciate it as a classic novel, read it again. And again.