Title: Heathcliffs I Have Known
Author: Louisa Young
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Horror, Twisted romance
Dates read: 17th April 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
5th sentence, 74th page: “Get off.”
Who are the Heathcliffs have you known? Are your relationships about love? Or is it something far more sinister?
This made me so damn uncomfortable that I just wanted to put the whole book down. Multiple times. Possibly set it on fire. And the reason that it made me so uncomfortable? It wasn’t fantasy. It wasn’t some far off time. It wasn’t something that I couldn’t quite conceive of. It was about men who take a twisted view on romance and attack us. It is something that happens to everyone. At any time. And it is so damn uncomfortable that I honestly don’t have the words for it. Disgustingly uncomfortable is the closest I can come.
What I hated most about Wuthering Heights was the fact that it is often considered a romance. And some of Heathcliffs actions (if not all) are excused because he was “in love”. Which is bullshit. Complete, total and utter bullshit. And apparently Young agrees with this. After making you squirm more and more and more as you read about the different “Heathcliffs” that have been known, you come to her take on Wuthering Heights. And it is exactly how I felt, making this a not so uncomfortable ending to a story that I don’t think I necessarily want to read again.
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