I’m glad you found us here this month as we discuss Emily Brontë’s book, Wuthering Heights. In case you’ve never joined us before, I’ll explain a little bit about the Online Book Club. Each month, we discuss a book, and each week of the month, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book. You can comment on the blog posts and let me and others know what you think. If you want to contribute to the discussion but aren’t interested in reading along with us, you can always watch the movie version of the book and still comment on the blog posts! The book and movie are available at our local libraries, and the book is available on our digital services, OverDrive Digital Downloads and Hoopla.
This story revolves around the characters Heathcliff and Catherine. Heathcliff is an orphan who is adopted by Catherine’s family. Heathcliff eventually falls in love with Catherine, and she falls in love with Heathcliff, but their love is never fulfilled. After Catherine chooses to marry another man, Heathcliff falls into despair, and the majority of the book deals with the man Heathcliff becomes after Catherine spurns him.
I have to confess that I am not usually a big fan of nineteenth century British literature. I have never been a huge Jane Austen fan, and most of the other British literature I have read was assigned to me in school. So I was a little nervous to read this book. But after I got past my initial nervousness, I did enjoy the story. I will warn you, however, that I was under the impression that this was a really romantic story, but I did not find it to be romantic at all. Creepy, yes, but not romantic.
I hope you’ll join us this month. Feel free to watch one of the many movie adaptations if you want to interact with our discussion but don’t want to read along. I’ll talk about the first eleven chapters starting January 16th, so come prepared with your thoughts about this first section.
I hope to hear from you in the comments soon!