Thursday, July 25, 2013
Black Spring by Alison Croggon
It was Wuthering Heights. And there really isn't much more to say. In Alison Croggon's author blurb it says, "This book is my love letter to Emily Bronte, whom I've adored since I was a child." So her love letter was rewriting Emily Bronte's book. Plus wizards.
I did not like the original Wuthering Heights. I am not a fan of Gothic romances, and had no patience for a book full of unpleasant people making their lives, and everyone else's, unpleasant. They all came to a tragic end, and it's your own damn fault! Ugh. Couldn't stand it. So knowing this was a retelling of Wuthering Heights, I was skeptical going in, but it might be good, you know, if the author decides to do something with it.
But Croggon did not do anything with it. She just rewrote it. Exactly as it was. Only with a slight magic aspect. A magic aspect, I might add, that added absolutely nothing. What was the point of Lina being a witch, or there being wizards that wanted to kill her? Nothing came of it. It was just the Wuthering Heights story retold, with nothing original added.
So that was disappointing, and also made me wonder, could I do this? Can I take a book in the public domain, essentially rewrite it, as it is, maybe throw a slight fantastical element in, and get it published? Why aren't I doing that?
Black Spring comes out August 27, 2013.