376: Bronte-Along: Wuthering Heights!

melissa averinos

April 26, 2010

Finally! I finally see why some people like Wuthering Heights!

I haven't read it yet, as I wanted to watch a few adaptations first.

I started with the 1998 Masterpiece Theatre version:

And I was like, "Oh god, what an awful story!"

I hoped I would be intrigued by this one with Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes from 1992:

But it  gave me a stomach ache! Such brutality! I couldn't care for either Cathy or Heathcliff. I just wasn't moved by their passion or invested in either one of them. I hated them!

And finally today, I watched the 2009 version:

Beth told me was the only one to watch, and wouldn't you know it? She was right. It was beautifully shot, great costumes (especially Cathy's when she was still wild), I totally bought their passion and love and cared about them even though they made ridiculous choices repeatedly. Well done!

Of course, I can't talk about Wuthering Heights without immediately thinking of the song Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush. I never knew that Pat Benetar covered this song until now!  There are tons of remakes, most of them terrible. But I do love covers, so I listened to almost all of them to find the good ones.

These, I like:

China Drum (hard n' rough, scroll to the last song in the playlist)

Puppini Sisters (a 40's-ish version!)

Josh Pike (sensitive-indie-guy style)

omg, just found this one: song #4, sensitive irish guy version by Albert Niland!

(Unrelated: for fans of the Boss, here's a beautiful version that guy covering Bruce Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad. Yes, I just said 'The Boss.' Oh, good lord.)

This is my first Bronte-Along Wuthering Heights post. (Hit up that link for resources!) I plan to participate by watching more adaptations, reading the book and doing some related artwork.

We have had so  much fun with Jane Eyre, won't you join us for Wuthering Heights?



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