My name is KJ/Kerry-Jean.
I’m a 24 year old trying to make it in the exciting world of teaching high school history. Due to the complete lack of available education jobs right now, I’m currently stuck working as a substitute teacher. The only highlight of this situation is that I had ample time to complete my Master’s Degree in History.
Reading has always been a passion of mine. What started as an interest in classic mythology and fairy tales as a kid has now blossomed into a fairly substantial obsession with building up my personal library. I don’t read for escapism, but rather to push my mind to new limits, so I’ll admit to being a bit of snob when it comes to literature. I will always read a book before criticizing it, but I have difficulty taking some of my friends seriously when they gush over the newest romances or vampire trends.
This blog is my love note to literature. I use it to explore many different genres at once, discuss some of my favorite authors, and highlight books that I feel deserve more credit from the general audience. If you ever have suggestions or are looking for recommendations, I’m all ears.
To be fair, the characters ARE all horrible people, and you DO want bad things to happen to many of them. Reviews have been saying this since the book was first published.
Context is everything. ;)
What we have here are a group of people who believe that hating a character is an insult to the novel. They are having a strong emotional reaction to Bronte’s writing and interpreting that as boredom, dismissing the novel because they didn’t like the feelings it evoked in them. “Bad” characters are automatically equated with bad writing. In all, they see these problems (that were put into the storyline deliberately) and think that merits a one-star review.
On the other hand, you have people who hate the characters and wish for their death while recognizing that it takes an extremely skilled author to push them to that point. When the book was first published, many reviewers marveled that someone could pen such a plot without spinning into depression and suicide. They saw it as wild, savage, brutal, and so new that it was impossible not to feel awe towards it. Even those who hated it admitted to desperately needing to finish the book and being struck by the sheer power of each character.
Are you allowed to hate Catherine and Heathcliffe? Oh god yes. Should you want them to die? Probably. But does all that mean your reading experience was wasted, that this is therefore an awful book? Absolutely not. If someone hates Wuthering Heights, I’d hope for a better reason than “stupid characters.” I’d take you more seriously if you felt nothing towards them.
- Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (via chamaeri)
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte