From Twilight to Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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Like the Harry Potter stories there have been added bonuses to the publication of the Twilight Series by Stehenie Meyer. It has captured the imagination of younger (and older) readers and there have been spin offs, some expected and some unexpected. One of the unexpected bonus is that the classic, Wuthering Heights,  has become popular in France.

The Guardian reports that French teenagers are discovering Wuthering Heightsafter picking up on Bella’s references to Emily Bronte’s classic in Eclipse.

The article,  “Twilight’s teen vampires boost French sales of Wuthering Heights“, is interesting to read and documents how some of the French bookstores are helping the link along.

“Sales went up 50% last year and since the start of 2009 they have continued to rise,” said a spokeswoman for the book’s French publisher Le Livre de Poche. She added that French bookshops have been selling Wuthering Heights alongside Meyer’s Eclipse, which has helped to drive sales.

And in another section of the article

Not all readers were impressed by Brontë’s masterpiece, however. One Amazon.fr reviewer said she decided to buy the book because of Meyer’s references, but found it was “very heavy to read and digest”, and that it was “written in the language of my great grandmother”. She continued: “The more the pages go on, the less you feel that the story is advancing,” deigning nonetheless to give it three stars.

I like the fact that young people are reading, and commenting about, a classic novel. It is fine if they don’t like it and can articulate why. I have listened to some great and lively discussions about what is a “good” book. One class of year 7 students. in particular, I wish I had recorded. 

I often use ties between novels on similar themes, to television programs, films, on-line games, in fact anything to create a link to the student’s interests/world – To involve our students’ imaginations in their reading matter at our school. Long live these unexpected coincidences.

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