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It’s a classic Gothic romance, the story of a passionate teenage girl and the outsider she falls for, even though their love is doomed. Sound familiar? We’re talking, of course, about Emily Bronte’s 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, read under duress by high school students everywhere. If you see similarities to Twilight, you’re not the alone; Stephenie Meyer quotes the novel in Eclipse, and a recent paperback edition of Wuthering Heights was even made to resemble the Twilight books. Now the filmmakers behind an upcoming movie adaptation of Wuthering Heights say they’re hoping it becomes the next Twilight Saga. Let’s see how the two stack up against each other:
- Both are love stories told from a woman’s perspective. (Although since Emily Bronte lived in a less enlightened age then Stephenie Meyer, she used a male pseudonym, Ellis Bell, to publish her work. )
- Both take place in gray, lonely, rainy places: Wuthering Heights in the moors of England, Twilight in the Pacific Northwest town of Forks.
- Both are about obsessive love, although in the case of Wuthering Heights, it’s all in the family: society girl Catherine and her adopted brother Heathcliff fall in love as teenagers, and must deny their forbidden passion for the rest of their lives.
- Like Edward Cullen, Heathcliff is a bad boy with a good-guy rival – but while Bella ultimately rejects Jacob, Wuthering Heights’ Catherine marries the nice guy she doesn’t love. (Think they had “Team Edgar” shirts back in 1847?)
- Wuthering Heights has no vampires or werewolves, but the characters are a little obsessed with death and ghosts. Hey, it’s called Gothic literature for a reason!
Casting is about to start to find two unknown teens for the roles of Catherine and Heathcliff. Time will tell if they’ll be the next Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
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