A Bad Romance…Wuthering Heights

The first time I read Wuthering Heights (to clarify, it is Wuthering as in a wind that blows fiercely, not Weathering as to erode or decompose) by Emily Bronte was around the same time Lady Gaga’s famous song, “Bad Romance” was released. So you can imagine my disappointment when the music video came out and there was practically nothing Gothic about it.

This is about as gothic as it gets...

But don’t get me wrong, I really like Lady Gaga’s music and even went to her Monster Ball concert this past summer. I’ll just take this as evidence for why Wuthering Heights rocks (and will still imagine the theme song for this book to be “A Bad Romance” – I can only see Sofia Coppola directing such a movie).

So, why does this comparison show Wuthering Heights as a great novel? Because the reason any classical work of fiction persists is because it can still be made relevant and relatable to readers of the present. A similar love triangle that can be compared to Heathcliff, Catherine and Edgar (or the subsequent love triangle between all their children) is Meyer’s Twilight series. (This comparison has helped sales for the classic novel).

And if you think Twilight had passion, you’ve experienced nothing yet. Wuthering Heights literally left me breathless at moments. The tension, romance and cruelty in this book are stunning. Bronte’s words bring emotion to life for her readers. This novel is one of my all-time favourite love stories and a recommended read to all (just make sure you keep a copy of the family tree with you when you read this, because names and generations in this novel can get confusing).

The 1992 version of Wuthering Heights: (look forward to a new version of this movie in 2011!)

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From the page to the life’s stage: week 4

Penguin Classics Hardcover Books

Penguin and their fabulous classic cover re-designs…again!

To the left is an image of two cloth bound series of Classic Literature books released by Penguin in 2008, and designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  The concept behind these covers is pattern design and each cover follows a different geometrical pattern. In turn, every pattern speaks to the novel’s atmosphere, themes, or period that it was written.

Coralie Bickford-Smith’s favourite design: Crime and Punishment (the third last book on the second row, red and beige).

Check out Coralie‘s website for other stunning cover re-designs, or stay tuned to my blog for more of her work coming soon!

See the From the Page to the Life’s Stage tab for a list of titles available in this series.

These books are available in Chapters/Indigo/Coles stores for $12.99.

Click here to find a cool desktop background using these books!

From the Page to the Life’s Stage: Week 2

(Check out, From the Page to the Life’s Stage link above, to see previous posts)

Week 2: Penguin’s new covers


Most of you have probably noticed the interesting new cover designs on classic literature books in bookstores. We have Penguin Classics to thank for creating contemporary covers that will hopefully draw in a younger generation of readers. These new covers are a part of Penguins Classic Deluxe editions, which feature 3 graphic covers by artist Ruben Toledo (The Scarlet Letter, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice). His art work is reminiscent of Salvador Dali and includes sculpture, illustrations, paintings and drawings, that have been featured in art galleries, fashion shows, and exhibits around the world. Married to the famed Isabel Toledo, both originally from Cuba, Ruben has given these books a face-lift by adding his touch of artsy glamour. With regards to the books, Ruben said he loved that the heroin of The Scarlett Letter was a seamstress, but his favourite was Wuthering Heights due to its “twisted and perverse story.” If you like these covers, check out some of these links below to see where his art has been featured elsewhere:

A Marriage of Art and Fashion (15 year collaboration with his wife).

Fashion (his art complimenting fashion)