I read it. Finally.
I’ve started “Wuthering Heights” many times and found the old English hard to get past when I’m not in a very good mood. However, I’ve become determined to read different and interesting things, as well as books in the genre of my works in progress. After I was able to get through the first couple chapters I found I’d gotten used to the long speech pattern and understanding the text wasn’t nearly as taxing. Overall, I liked the book. I felt the setting enchanting, the people complicated, and the story that stands up even after so many years have passed. Who doesn’t love a ‘I-love-him-so-much-but-this-guy-has-more-money’ story? I know I do!
I didn’t the find the book a study in romantic love as it was the study of character. Bronte was a mastermind of creating the sour characters that are truly unhappy and tend to take frustration out on the people around them. They live in their own little universe with very little regular interaction from the outside world. I suspect that this enhances the peculiarity of the characters than anything else. Enemies are doomed to remain key enemies and the wedding of cousins is common place. They react harshly and proudly to anyone who crosses them and they are not quick to forgive. Everyone has lost a loved one too early to illness and this might be why most of the children become self taught and slightly wild with emotion. All the characters were fascinating to me in one aspect or another and I kept turning the page despite thinking I’d like to smack all the characters myself. At any rate, it taught me that I should consider ALL the aspects of a characters life when I go to present them and have them interact with other characters. Oh, and that apparently everyone dies of consumption, mania or the common cold. A combination of all 3 is also possible.
So far Echoes is coming slowly. I’m not being too careful in the rewrite because I plan another round of editing after this. However, I’m finding scenes that I don’t like and I’m having to replace or things that just don’t fit altogether. I’m working on it daily, save for the weekends. I hope to have it all re-written by the time school lets out and I’m forced to share my desktop computer with Terraria fiends. I’ll have a much better update on this coming soon.
Thanks for reading!