Freda Warrington chooses for The Huffington Post her favourite Gothic romance novels, among which is
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily BrontëThe Peninsula Pulse also selects the novel as one of 'Three Fantastic Fall Reads'.
What is there left to say about "Wuthering Heights"? We studied this in school and I loved it, despite the convoluted structure: Instead of a straight narrative, we have a visitor being told the story by a housekeeper. (Does anyone else feel like screaming at Victorian novels, “Oh, please get on with it?”) But what a story – the wonder of "Wuthering Heights" is that the characters are so scandalously horrible, selfish, even violent. Cathy and Heathcliff demonstrate their love by being as vile as possible to each other. Jane Austen this isn’t. And we love them for it.
• Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
This book has captivated me since it was assigned in a sophomore English class. Heathcliff! "What a hottie?" I thought, "I hope someday somebody loves me like that." I've since changed my mind…he's a bit too clingy and goes a bit crazy, like digging-up-dead-bodies crazy.
The famous novel is set in 1801, in the barren, stormy landscape of the Yorkshire Moors. Young Heathcliff, an orphan boy, and Catherine, the daughter of the wealthy Mr. Earnshaw, are inseparable, in love.
But class, jealousy, and selfishness keep them apart and what ensues is a dark, sinister and tragic drama that has nearly every character experiencing despair at the hand of Catherine and Heathcliff's passion for one another – that continues beyond the grave. (Sally Slattery)
“Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Brontë
No one does bleak like a Brontë sister, especially Emily. “Wuthering Heights” is not so much a love story as a passionate one. This book has a great atmosphere to read about, yet not inhabit — wild and fraught and crazed. It’s full of characters you don’t want to meet, moors you don’t want to roam and houses you don’t want to enter. “Wuthering Heights” is great to curl up with not just because of its intense characters, but the intense emotions it spurs in readers. Most people love or hate this book, and it’s easy to see why: Heathcliff, Cathy and the rest of the Earnshaws and Lintons themselves stagger along the thin line between love and hate, taking readers along for the ride. Like the wind that rattles the treetops and the whirling snow, Heathcliff is himself a chaotic force and nature — fun to watch, not to experience. (Suzanne Wardle)