Wondering Heights

There are more.... there's always more; like Highlander
There are more…. there’s always more; like Highlander

Latimer: Recently I did a post about my reading-list, and how it’s never-ending.


The list keeps getting diverted, or side-tracked. During Halloween, I came across a free download of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on amazon. I had never read it, so I put Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Private Life aside (again) to read something else (I feel like I’ll never finish that book, even though it’s so good!).

I spent about a week reading Dracula. I was so taken with the story that for a while all I could see was Stoker and vampires. Every time I passed Kildare Street, on the way to work in Dublin, I would look up transfixed as the bus zipped past Stoker’s house. It looks odd – the door is very small, and painted a faint lilac colour; there doesn’t seem to be anything inside; the windows are small and dark, covered by white shutters… what goes on inside that strange little house?!


Well, after reading Dracula, I was spun off into Wuthering Heights – a book I often return to from time-to-time, but have mixed feelings about. I’m a hopeless romantic, but I never could take to the Heathcliff and Cathy romance. They aren’t easy characters to like and because I can’t like them, I don’t care much about their feelings.  

But, if I don’t like them, why do I always sneak back to the moors?

Ah, well…! That would be for the half-story of Catherine Linton and Hareton Earnshaw!

The growth of that sweet little relationship is so lovely. She’s a spoilt princess, but she has a heart. And Hareton – ! He is such a wonderful character, he makes my heart bled that boy. He was the ‘most wronged’ but the one with the greatest capacity for forgiveness and love (the hero of the story).

That part where Hareton is transfixed by Catherine and reaches out to touch her hair... *squee*
Fan-art of that part where Hareton is transfixed by Catherine’s hair and reaches out to touch it… *squee*

When I finish the book, I always put it aside wishing that there was more about Catherine and Hareton (always). I feel so bereft for being denied that story… I know the book isn’t supposed to be about them, and probably the only reason their story exists in the story at all is to contrast the destructive nature of Cathy and Heathcliff’s relationship.

But, oh, I know Emily Brontë could have written that beautiful book. Even though Wuthering Heights has always been stuck in my head, I think the story of the spoilt princess and the gruff uneducated farm boy, wronged by his adopted father and scorned by everyone, would have been one of my favourite books!

Is it okay for me to mourn that non-existent story :(?

Does anyone else have a half-story that they wished was the main story?

7 thoughts on “Wondering Heights

    1. Dracula was sooooo bloody (ha) good! I shouldn’t say I was surprised by how good it was, but it was one of those; ‘damn, this is good, why have I not read this before now!’ moments!! I really loved how Dracula was just evil, you know? Refreshing in this day and age!
      And I really wanted to be friends with Van Helsing and have him call me Friend Latimer 🙂

  1. No one can come close to Stoker’s Dracula. I couldn’t get into Wuthering Heights at all. One I go to often when I should be reading something else is Pride & Prejusdice. Oh, that Mr. Darcy:)
    There is a side character in Ella Medler’s Blood series that I would love to have her own story. Her name is Tequila and I’ve begged Ella to write her story and she’s going to! I’ll wait however long I have to. She is so well written and her character steals the show.

    1. Dracula really is brilliant – so gory too, I was surprised about that! I wish I could go back in time and get Emily Bronte to write the full story of Hareton and Catherine! Other than that, Heathcliff and Cathy? Yeaaah, that’s a rough relationship, I couldn’t take to it at all!!
      Pride and Prejudice though, I am totally with you on that one Laura! That is the king of period romances, I won’t have anyone say otherwise – Darcy is the best of men 🙂

  2. Your book reading woe is the same as mine! This year, I actually made it a new year’s resolution of mine to read a few books that I own but haven’t finished. …I’ve finished one. I’m still determined to finish that goal before the end of the year, but oh, it will take some doing! Good luck with your goal 🙂

    1. I remember I vowed to myself I would finish my Bill Bryson book before the end of October – it came and went, and I was only 50% through! That was heartbreaking! But, I’m determined to finish it before the end of the year and somehow read though some of the mass of books – it’s really hard though isn’t it! I don’t want to be addicted to buying and not reading!!
      I think we can do it though Michelle… hopefully… how many more weeks left until New Years? Ah…crumbs…

      1. It’s totally doable! I’m going to post my resolutions progress (and failures!) at the end of the year. I’m going to try to not be too hard on myself if I don’t get all my reading done. After all, there’s always next year, right? Latimer, let’s vow to, if anything, be gentle to ourselves 🙂 I look forward to seeing your reading progress!

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