Wuthering Heights a Bestseller Again Due to Eclipse

Awhile back we reported that the covers of the Emily Bronte novel were being redone to give them a more modern feel. Additionally references to Eclipse were on the cover, pointing out that the novel was one read by Bella.

Stephenie Meyer has made no secret of the fact that she was a voracious reader. She used to go through a book a week. When asked on The Host Tour what were some of the negatives she was experiencing with her new-found fame, part of her answer was that she no longer had the time to read the way that used to.

Stephenie has featured classic literature and plays in each of her novels by either referencing them directly in the storyline by having Bella and Edward reading them for a class assignment, or by talking about them in book tours, such as Pride and Prejudice, having influenced character interaction.

Well according to the UK paper, The Telegraph, Wuthering Heights, largely due to a Twilight Saga influence, has now topped the classic bestseller chart for the first time since records were kept.

“It [Wuthering Heights] has sold more than 10,000 copies in Waterstone’s booksellers stores since May, more than twice as many as the traditional Penguin Classics edition (see cover comparison to the left).

A spokesman for the chain said it was the first time Wuthering Heights had topped its classic books chart since it started compiling such figures in 1998. It has been number one in the classics chart for four months.

Simon Robertson, the company’s classics buyer, said: “I don’t think a vampire’s recommendation has ever sent a book to number one before.”

Here are the books referenced by Stephenie Meyer:

-Twilight: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

-New Moon: Romeo and Juliet

-Eclipse: Wuthering Heights

Breaking Dawn: The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummers Night Dream

Comments

  1. Wuthering Heights is a great read.

    I did read it because of its reference in Eclipse and I think it’s good that people are picking up classics again.

  2. Admittadly, I did read Wuthering Heights because of Eclipse, although I probably would have read it anyway.

    But Eclipse may not be the only factor in this rise in sales. There is an upcoming TV adaptation of Wuthering Heights in the UK and when classic novels are adapted for either TV or film, there is always a rise in sales in the paperbacks. Although undoubtably Eclipse has had an effect.

    I thought it was a bit of a cheap advertising ploy though to actually print a Twilight reference on the cover but it seems to be working.

  3. I picked up a copy of Wuthering Heights.I read some of it and had to put it down because I’m still reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

  4. the cover has a flower like New Moon a red ribbon for Eclipse and stairs like Breaking Dawn

  5. Yeah, the cover was really cheap, even a person who just have heard about twilight can recognize that very not subtle cover. Maybe I would’ve liked it if it matched the story, but black/red cover with a very modern sharp picture for a CLASSIC book?
    I love that people are reading the classics (I read pride and prejudice like forever ago and have loved it ever since) and that twilight can make them more popular but the cover is just a no-no.

  6. Carol Berry says:

    Also mentioned in Twilight are Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park (Bella: “…so I started into Sense and Sensibility, only to remember after I began the chapter three that the hero of the story happened to be named Edward. Angrily, I turned to Mansfield Park, but the hero of that piece was named Edmund…”)

  7. I actually read P&P before I read Twilight. I’d heard of R&J but never actually touched a copy. I had before Twilight, Wuthering Heights, but I never read it. And I’ve avoided Shakespeare. xD

  8. whatever91 says:

    Even I finished reading Wuthering Heights after I was done with the twilight series.

  9. I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. And it’s the Twilight Saga that got me into reading them. I always used to think that classics were boring, but after having read a few, I’ve been proved completely wrong and it’s all thanks to Stephenie Meyer.

  10. Also mentioned in Eclipse is “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery

  11. Pride and Prejudice is actually my favorite Austen novel. Wuthering Heights has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. I’m going to read it once I’m done with Charlotte Bronte.

  12. i bought wuthering heights because i had to read it for ap english last year

  13. When does this edition come out?! I’m LOVING Wuthering Heights so far!

  14. This story was released a week or so ago, they link to this if anyone is interested…(http://bellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2008/12/twilight-and-wuthering-heights.html)

  15. And altho’ it’s not mentioned in the books, Stephenie’s inspiration for our vampire hero’s name came from another classic…Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Emily’s sister).
    Incidentally, JE’s a GREAT read too! :)

  16. Elizabeth says:

    The Bronte sisters are just downright awesome. Check out Charlotte’s Jane Erye if you’re into Wuthering Heights.

    • You’re so right, Elizabeth!

      I’m forever grateful to my mother for introducing me to the classics and Jane Eyre’s always been one of my favourites (and it’s not because I’m a Jane as well…altho’ now that I know Mr Cullen’s name was inspired by Mr Rochester, it makes it so much sweeter…LOL!).
      Truly awesome characters (even the not-so-nice ones!) and great writing find me re-reading it time and again…much like the books of a certain Saga…

      Btw, your namesake in Pride and Prejudice is pretty awesome too!! ;)

  17. Honestly, i really doubt it’s just Eclipse. There’s a movie being produced.

  18. ILoveAliceCullen says:

    I just finished Pride and Prejudice, I’m starting Wuthering Heights today.
    I read P&P because Bella did, of course.

    And my English teacher want to borrow me his A midsummernight’s dream.

    But Stephenie is referring to Sense and sensebility too in Twilight, so why isn’t that one on this list? ^^’

  19. Even though I must amit that it was twilight which propelled me to read Wuthering Heights, I now absolutely detest the series. Bella as the protagonist is Excruciatingly annoying as is Edward. There whole love triangle is pathetic god I want kill myself but them first. It pains me to see the cover of Wuthering heights embellished with such garbage. I sincerely hope that by allude by alluding to the heights in her novel stephanie meyer wasn’t trying to assert that her romantic leads resembled in anyway Heathcliff and Catherine’s tortured relationship. Because I would be deeply offended. Bronte’s work is prose at perfection her characters although hateful and selfish are remarkably endearing. I am most certain that the overrated trash that is the twilight series will soon be forgotten.

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