Wuthering Heights – A book review from my fourteen year old self

Wuthering Heights

In my childhood and teenage years I was an avid reader. I would put my thirty five year old self to shame. On the 10th of May 1994, I wrote a review of the book Wuthering Heights. I remember very little of it now, but the book make enough of an impression on me back then to write a review, and it must have amused my mother enough to fold it and place it inside the cover of the book which now sits gathering dust in my hallway book shelf.

I pull no punches, calling Hindley Earnshaw ‘selfish, cruel, and rude’, and Linton Heathcliff a ‘whimp’, saying, ‘although some people may feel sorry for him, I did not in the slightest’. I also could not understand why the author made everyone ‘so miserable all the time, or just about dying all the time, or actually dying’.

Reading over it has made me want to read the book again so it is being added to the ever growing ‘to read list’.

I have included photos of my original review, complete with mistakes, below. Have a read and see if you agree with any of the statements made by my fourteen year old self.

Thinking of Covers

Well with the first draft of Girl Beneath Stars complete and into the editing process, my thoughts are turning towards the cover.

For Girl Behind Glass I had attempted cover designs before the first word was written. I spent hours playing with various designs, only to discard them all and hire someone to do it. Covers are important. Even with the saying ‘Never judge a book on it’s cover’ rolling about my head, I often pick a book based solely on it’s cover.

But since I haven’t posted a blog in a while, and since my thoughts are turning to the cover for Girl Beneath Stars, I thought I would share those first cover designs concepts with you.

For some reason, the literal interpretation of the title was stuck in my mind from the beginning.

Here is a selection of the concepts I was toying with.

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In the end I chose to go with a professional approach and hired someone else to design the cover. By this stage I was at a complete loss to know exactly what I wanted, so I used a website where multiple designers submit a design based on a supplied brief. Considering the garbled and vague description I gave to them, the concepts were amazing. Narrowing it down to the top choices was difficult, and then selecting the final design was enough to keep me awake for hours at night. I chose a simple, clean design, because when looking over shop shelves those are the covers I will most likely pick up.

With the cover design of Girl Beneath Stars looming ever closer, I feel that this time it will be easier to select what I want. I like themes, so no doubt this cover will also be simple and clean, and fingers crossed another direct interpretation of the title.

And just in case you’ve forgotten, here is what the cover of Girl Behind Glass ended up as (Cover design by Juliane Schneeweiss)

GBG Cover