Saturday, September 29, 2012

Immortality and Heights

Somehow over the course of two English degrees (and four years of high school classes), I never read Wuthering Heights. It is one of those books that has been on my "To-Read" list since high school, but it has never happened. Now, on October 8th, a film adaptation is being released here in the States. I can't see the movie before I read the book. Therefore it has just moved up on my list.

But, since I have a baby at home, and I'm not sure I could convince Beau that our big date night should involve 19th century British romance, I probably won't see it in the theatres. At least that gives me a little more time to read the novel. It is rather lengthy.

The trailer makes it look dark and mysterious. Sultry, too.

Apparently, this is the first time that Heathcliff has been portrayed as a black man in a film. From articles and such that I've read, the text supports it. In this day and age, I wonder why that distinction/rationalization even needs to be made. Funny that we--modern 21st century Americans--might be more uptight than 19th century Brits. Imagine that. (And to my non-American readers, feel free to choose to be lumped in that "we" or not. Totally your call.)
Here's James Howson as Heathcliff.
(photo from here)
Masterpiece Theatre made a miniseries a few years ago. They cast Tom Hardy.

(photo from Masterpiece)
And really, who cares what Bronte said he looked like when you can cast him... (No disrespect to Howson who is handsome as well. Not quite Hardy handsome, but who is, right?)
I may have to also watch this version. To, um, compare the versions. Yeah.

Before I pick up some Bronte, I need to finish The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

This is another title that has been on my list for some time. It is what my book club is reading this month. My choice! Whoo hoo.
I always get a little nervous when it is my choice. I don't want people to hate it and think I have terrible taste in books. I'm hoping this book is well received.
I'm about 15% done (Amazon destroyed page numbers for Kindle owners!) and liking it so far. I need to get cracking before Friday. I find, though, that if I read it too early, I forget the good stuff because I've read other books and then I don't participate in the discussion much. Nerd problems, right?
What are you reading? Is there anything on your list that has been camped there for ages?


  1. HeLa cells! Such an awesome book. I had to read it for my emerging diseases class last semester and it's so interesting. I'm super obsessed with that kind of life-sciencey stuff though so it might be just my taste, but either way it's a good read.

    1. Julie- I'm really liking it so far! Emerging diseases, huh? Sounds like a healthy balance of terrifying and fascinating!

  2. Just read that...AMAZING book! It didn't feel like nonfiction at all. I totally blew through it!

    1. Isn't that your m.o. for most books?


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