Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Let Me In'a Your Window

This news burst was in the British papers: sales of Wuthering Heights have quadrupled in the past year.

After 150 years of steady sales, the romance between Heathcliff and Cathy has started flying off the shelves thanks to a generation of teenagers discovering the book through the Twilight saga – a trilogy of books by Stephanie Meyer, which have been turned into hugely popular films, staring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

One publisher even released a Twilight'd up edition of the book:

This burst right here? In the business we call this "marketing' :

I dunno how I feel. It's still one of my favorite books, so I'm glad more people are reading it. Still, I discovered Wuthering Heights in high school through Kate Bush, as one should.

Those socks!

Somehow it seems the youths of today are being shortchanged. I mean, what if they never discover this?

It's like discovering Camus not by way of an explanatary burst on a Cure album, or learning about Buñuel not from the Pixies. We didn't even know how good we had it.


ALH said...

Did you see that Genius stuck "Wuthering Heights" in my current playlist over on my sidebar? I now understand why.

ALH said...

I had never seen this alternative, later, somehow less creepy version.