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16 December 2011 @ 11:30 pm
Romantic heroes  
I did an assignment on Jane Eyre last week and whilst researching for it, I came across this fun quote in an essay ('Rochester and Heathcliff as Romantic Heroes') by Dr Patsy Stoneman of Hull:

Heathcliff is the Romantic hero (with a big ‘R’) who takes us to the limits of experience, but he has not founded a dynasty of imitators. While Rochester, romantic with a small ‘r’, is the father of Mills and Boon romances, Heathcliff offers a pattern so lonely that few people wish to repeat it. While we read, we may revel in Heathcliff’s glorious egotism, but the life-story we imagine for ourselves is more likely to involve a Rochester, who promises the adult connection of expanded minds and throbbing bodies.

Mmmm, expanded minds and throbbing bodies. What a fun way of putting it! This is indeed what many of my literary crushes are made of. Rochester has now been added to my list of literary crushes, of course, and I can certainly see how he has influenced other romantic heroes.

Are you a fan of Rochester, or other heroes that promise the adult connection of expanded minds and throbbing bodies? XD
Current Mood: geeky
Who fears lunacy?: Luthienlunarkissed on December 17th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
I tried reading Wuthering Heights and after about 150 pages I wanted to beat Heathcliff with a stick so badly, or the nearest frying pan if I may take a page from Tangled. (And Catherine too if truth be told...) I never finished the book, but I still couldn't understand why everyone likes it so well. I seen some of the old black and white film so I have an idea of how the rest of the story goes... and I still don't see it. Is there something I am missing?

However, I adore Rochester and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books.
c l e o d o r acleodora on December 17th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm exactly the same with Wuthering Heights! Actually, I've tried to read it THREE times and I can never get very far, because both Catherine and Heathcliff are so irritating. I always assumed Jane Eyre would be the same, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying that right from the start! Jane and Rochester are such interesting, deep characters and I loved the intensity of their relationship. I'm so glad that Jane Eyre was one of my set books this year!
meredith cait: readingmabith on December 17th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Going back through my past few months of reading records I realized I read almost no books with even semi-conventional love stories. Looking at my bookshelves there are pretty much no books with a love relationship as the central tenet.

I loved the various relationships in Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. They're just so realistic! Everyone is flawed and perfect and horrible and scared all at the same time, just like people are. They make mistakes which can only be remedied half of the time. Those are my favorite books.

I do always love the gentlemen in Juliet Marillier's books. I think I've told you before but the relationship in Son of the Shadows is the most perfect thing ever. It's how I always imagined love when I was a kid. It starts off with hate, then respect, then love, because I am 10 years old and show love through violence and teasing. When I was 14 I completely baffled my first boyfriend before we started dating because I teased and mocked him *constantly* and he thought I hated him.

Gaskell's North and South is another one with that "dislike, respect, love" pattern. I am such a fangirl for her books (thank god for Netflix and boredom making me watch the mini-series of North and South, which is so super perfect fabulous.)
Who fears lunacy?: Readinglunarkissed on December 17th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
It's been so long since I read the Sevenwaters trilogy... although I guess we could call the books part of a saga now, right? I really need to read them again.
meredith caitmabith on December 17th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
The Sevenwaters trilogy are pretty much my favorite fantasy books ever (that's how I like my fantasy - set in a real place, during a real time, just with the characters beliefs all being true).

The second trilogy about the daughters is interesting. I really liked the first of them but the second was really predictable (and I'm not sure why that daughter, forget her name, was so blindly stupid for most of it, it seemed so unlike Marillier's characters).

Did you read her Bridei trilogy? I absolutely adored The Dark Mirror but the second and third books were big let downs. So maybe Marillier was secretly replaced with a robot-writer who's just not as good. :)
Who fears lunacy?: Sirenalunarkissed on December 31st, 2011 09:42 am (UTC)
I didn't much care for The Dark Mirror, and I had hope for book 2 until Ana started ogling the pretty boy and seemed to be set on the guy's good looks. I tried reading book 3 and even though I really like Faolan, when I lost my place and started reading close to where I thought I left off I realized I'd missed this big event and I just didn't care anymore.
meredith cait: reading over your shouldermabith on December 31st, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I think most of her recent books have been a lot weaker. Not as imaginative, not as unique. I liked Heart's Blood (currently a stand-alone) pretty well though.

It was also just really odd (and seemed a bit out of character) that she focused on Faolan for two books of the Bridei trilogy. Hopefully she'll get back on track soon!