Stephenie Meyer Inspires Reading Classics

It’s no secret that Stephenie had a loose inspiration for each of her books from classic literature.

Twilight: Pride and Prejudice

New Moon: Romeo and Juliet

Eclipse: Wuthering Heights

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

Well now it seems that sales for Wuthering Heights are up to record highs in France, and booksellers are attributing the success to Stephenie Meyer.

“We have sold as many copies of Wuthering Heights in the first two months of 2009 as we usually sell in a whole year,” said a spokeswoman for Le Livre de Poche, the publisher of the French translation…We are on course to sell several tens of thousands of copies this year, which is exceptional. The enthusiasm has prompted a lot of bookshops to put Brontë on display next to Stephenie Meyer, and that has obviously encouraged people to buy both of them.”

See the full article here.

Have any of you picked up a classic novel because of Stephenie Meyer?


  1. I had read Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Jane Eyre, and Romeo & Juliet in the past. Somehow, I missed Wuthering Heights; I guess I need to read it because in the Ralph Fiennes/Juliette Binoche film, I saw no similiarity whatsoever to Edward & Bella or Eclipse. If you’re looking for a character who is beautiful, romantic, brooding, etc.–all those qualities we love in Edward–check out Pride & Prejudice. Mr. Darcy runs a very close second to Edward for me. Also, either the BBC version (with Colin Firth) or the more recent (with Keira Knightly & Matthew Macfadyen) are wonderful movie versions of Pride & Prejudice.

    • You have to read the books. They are way better than the movies. Yes in the movie Mr. Darcey is close but he is not as comtroling as Edward and Elizabeth is more head strong than Bella. So pick up the books and read them first instead of watching the movie. The book is always better.

  2. Zookie Monster says:

    Wuthering Heights most definately, and I loved it! 🙂
    I’ve been TRYING to read Pride&Prejudice…I’m still in the middle of it…
    Last year I was in a play that was A Midsummer Night’s Dream (I was a girl playing Peter Quince, bleh), and that’s got to be the best Shakespeare ever 🙂
    Romeo and Juliet I’ve read a little, and are going to be reading next quarter in school! 🙂
    But I’ve seen the movies of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

  3. Nightswimming says:

    This article totally cracks me up!! I thought I was crazy because I read Wuthering Heights only because Bella loves it so much! (I didn’t love it as much as her. Nelly is an evil, evil lady–far worse than Cathy or Heathcliff.) I also read Romeo and Juliet and am currently re-reading Pride & Prejudice (which I have always loved) in response to the Twilight books. Merchant of Venice is next on the list.

    I like being able to read things with a connection to Bella and Edward without the annoying comments I get from friends and family when I re-read the Twilight books. Do you guys get those comments too?

  4. princesskimmy says:

    I read all of the Jane Austen novels after getting hooked on Twilight. Partly because I love both movie versions of Pride and Prejudice and partly because of the Twilight saga. I still can’t get through Wuthering Heights all the way. It is just too sad. I watched on of the film version recently though. I had read the Shakespeare classics in High School but when I heard that B.D. was going to be similar to A Midsummer Nights Dream I got it and re-read it because I was freaked out that Bella may not get to be with Bella. But, all is well….. Stephenie definately did spark my interest in the classics though…and I appreciate it!

  5. I picked up both Pride and Prejudice & Wuthering Heights. Although I did pick up Pride and Prejudice because of Meyer’s approval I must admit that although Eclipse had some input into me buying Withering Heights it was mainly down to THAT song by Kate Bush!
    I must admit, I thought they would be boring, stuffy, overrated “classics” but they really are great especially Wuthering Heights…one of those rare original pieces of literature.

  6. Yes! I thought I might be the only one but I’m glad to see I’m not 😉 I finished Sense & Sensibility recently and I just bought Wuthering Heights and Pride & Prejudice yesterday. I started P & P and really like it so far (more than S & S). Shakespeare is such a struggle for me but I might tackle it after I’m done with these. I saw the movie for P & P (Keira K version) but based on that alone didn’t really see similarities between Darcy & Edward..? Maybe after I finish the book I’ll see some similarities then.

  7. I already had all of these books, but I am currently rereading Wuthering Heights. For me, both S & S and P & P are more enjoyable reads. It is difficult to top Darcy, but, at the moment Edward does it for me.

  8. I posted a comment here that was neither off-topic or insulting and did not use any profanity. I just voiced my opinion on the above article about the classic books so why did my comment have to wait for moderation and then get removed. I’m not angry, I just want to know why so as I can prevent myself from making that same mistake in future commenting!

    Your IP tripped the filter. Evidently we had problems with someone using that IP before. Pel

  9. Okay. Thanks for the info Pel 😀

  10. xI-MustBeDreamingx says:

    I read Wuthering Heights awhile back because it was at Barnes and Noble under a heading that said Books Stephenie Meyer recommends :3

  11. I read Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and I’m reading Romeo and Juliet right now. All because Stephenie based her books off of them, and I’m really thankful for it. I probably wouldn’t have picked them up otherwise, and they’re such great reads.

  12. Nicole-ee-olee says:

    I just got Pride and Prejudice. I saw the movie and heard about it in Twilight so I really want to read it.

  13. I was a huge Shakespeare buff before Twilight, and I got really excited when I saw references in New Moon and especially in Breaking Dawn. I also really enjoy reading the classics, but I hadn’t yet read Pride and Prejudice until Twilight…I read it right after I first read Twilight in 2005 and loved it.

  14. Haha that made me smile… Except for Merchant of Venice, I have read all of those, and guess who inspired me to? Steph, of course! The only one that I read for school was Midsummer Night’s Dream, but other than that, Steph’s references made me read them, and I’m so glad I did! They’re all amazing…

  15. Haha. I read all but the Merchant of Venice. I need a dictionary sometimes, but on the whole they’re really good!

  16. sreneerc says:

    I have Wuthering Heights and have always loved that! Shakespeare, too. However, I ordered Jane Austen’s complete works because of Stephenie Meyer!

  17. Stephenie motivated me to read classics.I read Wuthering Heights and Pride & Prejudice and I just loved them! I’ll be reading Romeo and Juliet soon enough.Stephenie is the perfect person whom we can ask recommendations for books.

  18. I had already read all the books mentioned in the series. Yay me! My fave was definitely The Merchant of Venice. Least favorite? Bella’s favorite, Wuthering Heights. Hmmm…

  19. Afraid for Literature says:

    Okay, that annoys me to now uncertain end. Sorry folks, but there is absolutely no similarities between Wuthering Heights and that Pathetic vampire smaltz you seem to enjoy! Heathcliff was wild, and dark and romantic. He followed Cathy, he worshipped her! Edward is an obnoxious, condescending, abusive putz. He spends most of his time controlling Bella, and the rest of it seducing her to the point where she can’t see past the glow to what he really is. Cathy was a stron-willed, powerful woman. She was a spoiled, selfish, spiteful bith, yeah, but she had a mind of her own at least. Bella is a submissive, whiney, bone-dead stupid little girl who can’t look beyond her boyfriend to see the damage she’s causing everyone else. So, please, Stop referencing this absolutely beautiful classic to this (mostly plagarized) tween fic. It’s insulting.

  20. Wuthering Heights is a literature classic. It will remain on the first spot of my favorite novels list. Sorry, but I didn’t find Eclipse as inspiring as Wuthering Heights. Bella, Edward and Jacob can’t replace Catherine, Linton and Heathcliff. Eclipse lacks depth and passion.


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