R.I.P. Reading Challenge: Peril on the Screen – Happy Halloween! #WutheringHeights x 4

PerilScreenPeril On the Screen: “This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious Gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows or Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film.” ~ The Estella Society

Happy Halloween! For the “Screen” part of the R.I.P. challenge, I watched four movie versions of Wuthering Heights. Yep, four, from 1939, 1992, 2009, and 2011. Luckily the library had a copy of each one. Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite classics, but I’d never seen a movie adaptation of it. Here’s how they stacked up:

Wuthering1939Wuthering Heights (1939)
Starring: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier
Grade: B

Despite the over-dramatic acting popular at the time, the 1939 version was good. Definitely full of passion! It was odd that the costumes were reminiscent of the U.S. Civil War era, instead of when the story takes place, English Moors, late 1700s. I guess that was due to the popularity of the Gone With the Wind movie, which came out about the same time.

Wuthering1992Wuthering Heights (1992)
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes
Grade: C

The 1992 version was okay, though unfortunately not too memorable. I never quite bought the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff in this one, plus it’s hard to accept Ralph Fiennes as a dark and brooding anti-hero. Should I nitpick some more? Why not! Juliette Binoche’s French accent kept slipping in — not suitable for Cathy of the Moors!! I did like that they included the second generation of Earnshaw-Linton-Heathcliffs, which the 1939 version left out.

Wuthering2009Wuthering Heights (2009)
Starring: Charlotte Riley, Tom Hardy
Grade: A

The 2009 version is by far my favorite. Loved this one so much!! The entire cast was perfect for the role they played. Lots of angst, passion, cruelty, yet they never stepped over the melodrama line. I liked how Nelly Dean (Earnshaw servant/Catherine’s caretaker) played such a big role, which goes along with the book. Tom Hardy, yep, he is the Heathcliff that I picture in my mind.

Wuthering2011Wuthering Heights (2011)
Starring: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson
Grade: F

I hate to give it a failing grade, but I have no choice! I watched about an hour and had to give up. I never made it past Heathcliff and Cathy as children. They completely forgot the dialogue. Painful and awkward. Maybe it got better, though I’ll never know…

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So that’s my Wuthering Heights movie wrap-up. Let me know if there are other versions I should check out! Here are the books I finished reading for the R.I.P Challenge:

    1. THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
    2. WITHIN THESE WALLS by Ania Ahlborn
    3. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë
    4. REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
    5. BROTHER by Ania Ahlborn
    6. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
    7. DARK RENDEZVOUS AT DUNGARIFF by Lois Stewart
    8. THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER & OTHER TALES by Edgar Allan Poe
    9. THE NIGHT SISTER by Jennifer McMahon

Have fun trick-or-treating tonight! 🙂

Reading Wrap-Up {1}

Hey, there! So, some changes are coming to my blog. Book of Secrets is at a crossroads, should I quit or do something different? I love reading and books more than ever, but writing reviews – not so much.

I’ve decided that most of the books I read will just get a super-quick mention in a “Reading Wrap-Up” post every few weeks, monthly, or longer. Books I’ve received for review will probably get a separate post, though there will probably be fewer of those in the future. I’ve been utilizing the library more and more for new releases, as opposed to requesting them from NetGalley, etc. (Though I still have plenty of NetGalley & Edelweiss books to get through!) Anyway, I hope this new system works. I’d hate to give up 5½ years of blog work!!

Without further ado, here is my reading wrap-up (for non-review books) for the past several weeks (click on the title to find on Goodreads):

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Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
★★★★★

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Now that’s my kind of love story. A tad melodramatic, sure, but dang. Haunting, haunting.

 

MagicAndMacaroonsMagic and Macaroons
by Bailey Cates
★★★★½

This is book five in the Magical Bakery series, and it was just as wonderful as the previous ones. I loved meeting the infamous voodoo queens of Savannah. A strong mystery with a dash of witchy woo-woo.

 

WhereTheyFoundHerWhere They Found Her
by Kimberly McCreight
★★★★★

One of my favorites this year. It’s told from the point of view of three women, Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, who become entangled in the mysterious death of an infant. Strong characters, intriguing psychological suspense, and a fantastic ending. Loved it!

 

BonesOfYouThe Bones of You
by Debbie Howells
★★★★

This was a dark and chilling tale, partially narrated by the murder victim postmortem. Fast paced and multi-layered mystery. I enjoyed the small English village setting too.

 

JaneEmilyJane-Emily
by Patricia Clapp
★★★½

The malevolent ghost of a hateful girl haunts young Jane and her Aunt Louisa. This is a Gothic classic first published in 1969. The story is set in Massachusetts around the turn of the last century. Spooky in parts, but nothing too scary. Lots of drama, and some romance too.

 

RuinFallsRuin Falls
by Jenny Milchman
★★★★½

I swear I had a knot in my stomach the whole time I was reading this book. So suspenseful!! While on a family vacation, Liz Daniels wakes up to find her children are missing. Many layers to this mystery, and Liz is reluctant to trust anyone. Milchman’s first book was okay, while this one was great.