Today the Guardian posted a provocative essay by Imogen Williams about “how the Brontës divide humanity”–claiming that people love either Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, but not both. As Williams puts it:
If you want to be particularly contentious, you can divide those who satisfy the basic entry criteria into two types – those drawn to demure, bookish Miss Eyre and those for whom the pyrotechnical hanky-panky between Cathy Earnshaw and black-browed Heathcliff is paramount – and call them Librarians and Rock Stars.
The article is quite amusing, but as someone who admires both books, I’ll have to be counted among the exceptions who prove her rule—although if I had to choose between the two, I’d take Jane Eyre. (So perhaps, in Williams’ scheme of things, that makes me a Librarian with Rock Star leanings?) But if we’re talking fave Brontë novel, the winner would be The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by neglected third sister Anne. Which gives me a great excuse to post one of my favorite literary comics of all time, from the fantastic Canadian cartoonist K. Beaton:
Which Brontë classic is your favorite? Do you agree or disagree with Williams’ thesis? And why can’t Anne Brontë get any love?