Wuthering Heights: Romance or Not?

15 Feb

I usually just do one blog post a week now — especially as I’m nearing the end of these revisions and am down to the hmmm things, but after yesterday, I thought I’d put one more up!

So, Special Agent MacLeod (otherwise known as my awesome agent @bostonbookgirl) did a hashtag on twitter yesterday (#mostromanticbooks –which I keep wanting to put “ev-ah” on the end of) and got a ton of great responses!!!

And made me think: How the heck have I not read The Princess Bride yet???

Oh, wait, wrong made-me-think. It made me think: Why do people consider Wuthering Heights a romance. To me, it’s just well…abusive people using the word “love” to act badly and hurt one another as a defense.

And yet, a commenter yesterday was really shocked that I don’t consider WH a romance.

And so, I leave it to you: Wuthering Heights — Romance or Not… AND WHY? WHY? I NEED TO KNOW WHY? … I mean, please share your reasoning.

9 Responses to “Wuthering Heights: Romance or Not?”

  1. sharla February 15, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Not that it is the greatest example of romance in the best sense…but the entire book is about them and their relationship and pining (from what I can remember from high school), so I guess with that definition it would be a romance.

    I can certainly think of better!

  2. Special Agent MacLeod February 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I think it is less about the book itself and more about when you read it. If you read WUTHERING HEIGHTS as a freshman in high school I think you are a lot more likely to see it as a romance then if you read it as an adult or go back to it with adult sensibilities.

    Sort of like TWILIGHT– at 14 a boy breaking into your house and watching you sleep while he struggles not to eat you is romantic, but as an adult woman it can seem super freakin’ creepy.

  3. briaq February 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Sharla – that’s a great point you (kinda-i-read-between-the-lines-whether-you-meant-it-or-not) brought up… Is a romance a love story? Does a “romance” that isn’t a “romance genre” book need to have a “happy and full-filling ending?”

    Special Agent LacLeod – this is totally why I love you…..actually, that seems creepy to 14 yo Me also, but hey, what do I know?

  4. Laura K Curtis February 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I tend to think it fits in with the whole “Gone With The Wind” romantic-but-not-a-romance thing. I read them both in high school and thought they were highly romantic in sensibility, but as an adult I find them both irritating. (There a great discussion about the GWTW thing at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2011/02/splain-it-to-me-lucywhy-is-gone-with-the-wind-romantic )

  5. briaq February 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Great article – I’m about to dive into the comments – I’m sure they’ll be varied 😉 But, basically, she nailed how I feel about GWTW

  6. Amanda Brice February 16, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Bria, I’m with you. I don’t consider Wuthering Heights to be a romance, either, although Special Agent MacLeod’s comment is kind of interesting about how it depends when you read it. But even 14-year-old me didn’t consider Wuthering Heights romantic.

  7. briaq February 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    AMANDA!!!! I was just asking someone if you were going to nationals – I figured the New Mom Timeline might not allow it…. And, why am I not surprised you’re in the “No” boat too 😉

  8. eseckman February 17, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I have always wondered why it was a romance. Heathcliff and Catherine are sociopaths. It’s a great read, but NOT a romance. But then again…people see Sid and Nancy as a love story too. Me? Unless love is uplifting, it is simple co-dependance.

  9. briaq February 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I agree – Love should be a positive thing… even if it brings pain bc of life, love *itself* should be positive.

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