Today we welcome author IJ Miller to Urban Girl Reader. IJ is the author of four erotic works of fiction: SEESAW, WHIPPED, SEX AND LOVE, and CLIMBING THE STAIRS. IJ’s newest release Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights is a retelling of the classic Wuthering Heights. Ginny recently reviewed it and gave it 4 flowers (click here to see her review). Ginny was also able to interview IJ about Wuthering Nights for UGR, and asked some pointed questions. :-).
Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte and I.J. Miller
Grand Central Publishing
Published April 23rd 2013 (first published January 29th 2013)
Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Brontë’s classic novel of the tragic love between beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw and dark, brooding Heathcliff. The restrained desire between these two star-crossed lovers has always smoldered on the page. And now it ignites into an uncontrollable blaze. In WUTHERING NIGHTS, writer I.J. Miller reimagines this timeless story to reveal the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff – in all its forbidden glory.
Set against the stark, raw beauty of the English moors, Heathcliff, an abandoned orphan, recognizes his soul mate in wild, impulsive Catherine, the only woman who can tame his self-destructive nature. And Catherine cannot deny the all-consuming desire she feels for him, despite his low birth. Together they engage in a fiery affair – one that will possess them, enslave them, and change their destinies forever…
UGR: Why re-write this particular classic?
IJ: It is perhaps the greatest love story ever told. Catherine and Heathcliff’s passion is so intense that it transcended mortal life. Also, Heathcliff is really the original tragic, alpha-male hero andthe model for the likes of Edward in Twilight and Christian in Fifty Shades.
UGR: While I agree with the darker side of Heathcliff, what were your reasons for writing him so dark?
IJ: There was a temptation to soften him to make him more palatable for the modern reader, but, ultimately, I thought it would be an injustice to the original. Bronte seemed to have written thebook without self-censorship and before the unwritten rules of perfect, only slightly flawed romantic heroes were in place. She just laid Heathcliff out there and I think the reader has to appreciate how bare he is portrayed.
UGR: Are there any other classic novels (English Literature, Fairy Tales, etc?) that you would like to re-write?
IJ: I have a proposal for Dickens’ Great Expectations. I would write it from both Pip and Estella’s point of view. The original was more focused on the class issues and Pip’s struggles, but I think by fleshing out Estella’s story there is a great love story there.
UGR: Out of any other books you’ve seen re-written, which have been your favorites?
IJ: Most of the mashups I have seen have a lot of verbatim text with some sex thrown in, or zombies, or vampires. What I tried to do was stay true to the original language, themes, and characters, but added a number of new plot twists and turns that make the eroticism more organic and heightens the romance.
UGR: While writing the characters, did you, too, want to slap them?
IJ: Of course Heathcliff and his brutality, Catherine and her narcissism make you want to give them a stern talking to, but when you stick with them and see their full character arc the rawness and openness of their emotions make them unforgettable.
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