It's not selling out...It's using what you've got!

There has been some anger out there over these new covers of Wuthering Heights. I can see that side of the argument of course, but it's not like they're changing the end of a classic. *glares at the stupid Scarlet Letter movie* I mean sometimes I don't like the ending of a book either, but a movie is not the place for fan fic style changes to a classic book! Whew...sorry I veered off for a moment there.

I do have to say that I've never read Wuthering Heights. *hangs head in uber shame* I know! I should have to return my English degree, but it's on my GIANT TBR list. Perhaps I should move it up to the top so I don't seem like such a tool... Anyway, maybe I would feel differently about these covers if I'd read the book, but I just don't think there is anything wrong with them. I mean I typed in Wuthering Heights into Amazon and there are four pages of versions of Wuthering Heights with different covers.

I'm for anything that is going to get a classic book into the hands of a teenager outside of the realm of a class. I don't know about the rest of you, but something about being told I have to read a book sucks the fun right out of it. It could be my favorite book in the history of time, but if I HAVE to read it then it just sucks. (No vampire pun intended there. Okay, maybe a litttle one.)

So maybe a lot of them will read the first couple of chapters and then put it down because it's clearly not Twilight-like in the least, but maybe some of them will enjoy it and that will lead them to pick up other classics like *sighs happily* Jane Austen. Which will maybe lead them to a love of history too, and who knows maybe the girl whose biggest goal in life was to be a personal shopper (not that I'm knocking it, cause I'd like to have a personal shopper) will be the next great research historian.

So anyway, I don't see anything wrong with this particular marketing technique, and I sincerely hope that it inspires young readers to love Wuthering Heights too.


Jennifer Shirk said…
I don't see anything wrong with it either.

I've seen some new more contempriary covers to Nora Robert's old books and Susan Elizabeth Phillips' too.

Wuthering Heights is good. Kind of dark, though.
Julia said…
Dont bother with this one... Jane Austen rules. WH is just a torturous novel with a no good ending.

No guilt necessary PLEASE believe me!!!
MsSnarkyPants said…
You ladies are making me feel much less guilty. I hate unhappy endings! I'm glad I didn't find it today and buy it!
Anonymous said…
I was going to comment with my head hung in shame also, that I had never read it either. But after reading the comments, I think I will keep it on my TBR list for now.
MsSnarkyPants said…
hehehe Me too, Vickie! Life is hard enough, I need levity in my fiction.
I LOVE and adore Wuthering Heights - but I'm the sort of person who loves tragic heartbreaky stories. I would avoid it if you like happily-ever-afters.
MsSnarkyPants said…
I really am! I just don't like having tragedy foisted on me during my leisure time. hehe There is enough tragedy in real life.
Jenn said…
I currently have all the Jane Austen movies in my queue from Blockbuster at home, hehe. Watched Pride and Prejudice first, and just finished Sense and Sensibility. :)
Lesley Speller said…
I love them so! I can watch them and read them over and over!

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