Good morning everyone! I hope that the week has gotten off to a great start! I want to do something a little bit different today and do a casual “book talk”. I have recently started reading a new book and can’t help but find myself comparing and contrasting to another book. I shouldn’t do it because two different authors, but I just wanted to have a little chat moment about it. There isn’t going to be any sort of review because I’m not done, but I wanted to share my thoughts at this moment.
I recently decided that I wanted to pick up Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I have heard very different reviews on this book, people either loved or hated it. There aren’t a lot of reviews that are “middle of the road” type of reviews. In almost every review (probably 75-80%) I have heard the reviewer mention Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I read and loved Jane Eyre in high school. Loved it so much I did a Senior Thesis paper on it with some analysis. As I started down the Wuthering Heights road, I couldn’t help but think of Jane Eyre. This wasn’t because I had seen all the reviews, but simply the wording and the fact that the authors were sisters.
Now, I can’t really compare/contrast too much as I am not that far into Wuthering Heights, but what I am seeing so far is striking. I found Jane Eyre to be dark and intense at times with the themes that it dealt with (as any Victorian Novel) would be, but Wuthering Heights really takes that to a new level. At this point, I am not finding too much to really like about the characters nor the story. I know it is still early and I’m hoping that my thoughts will change, but it is striking how dark the storyline can get. While Jane Eyre characters had some redeaming qualities and worked on their struggles, it seems that Wuthering Heights does not (at this moment) have those same qualities with their characters.
With the difference in the themes/nature of the story, the one thing that I find similar in a way is the writing style. Both Charlotte and Emily have a way with words and, for lack of better phrasing, certainly write using many of those words. Some of it is the time period and style of writing, but I think a bit of it is being related and following along as sisters. I really enjoyed the writing of Jane Eyre, so I’m hoping that even if I don’t truly like the characters, or balk at the dark nature of the story in Wuthering Heights, I can at least enjoy the writing.
I have had to put Wuthering Heights down for a little bit as I wanted to read something a little bit more light hearted (Alice In Wonderland anyone?), but I am hopeful that when I do pick it back up shortly I will have a little more enjoyment in the story and writing.