YMMV / Wuthering Heights

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A few readers have laid the blame for this tragedy at Nelly's feet, claiming that she is actually a very prejudiced person who only really cares about securing for herself a peaceful, comfortable existence and is consequently unable to relate to the intense passions of Heathcliff or Cathy. May be justified if one considers her complicity in failing to reveal to Cathy that Heathcliff was present when she was discussing who to marry, not telling Edgar Linton that his own wife was ill and dying, and keeping Cathy II and Linton's relationship hidden until it was too late.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many female readers insist that Heathcliff is a dashing hero, despite his many, many shortcomings (even to the point where they thought his digging up Catherine's body was romantic). The author herself makes fun of this sentiment among her readers by making 18-year-old Isabella Linton idolize him. Catherine admonishes Isabella that "He's not a rough diamond—a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man" and Heathcliff comments on Isabella's naivety and romanticism regarding him, mocking it later in the book. It is very amusing that Twilight tries so hard to compare itself to this story, when it is in fact denouncing the kind of relationship Stephenie Meyer tries to glorify.
    • The famous quote "I am Heathcliff!" is actually very misleading if you just read the back cover. The line from Nelly right after it is: "If I can make any sense of your nonsense, Miss, it only goes to show me that you are ignorant of the duties you undertake in marrying; or else that you are a wicked, unprincipled girl." This pretty much brings the whole thing full circle. The love between Heathcliff and Cathy is a love between two people that a lot would call downright sociopathic. Isabella's "love" is full of naivety without fully thinking. So the real meaty question is more than likely when this trope comes up on a character like Heathcliff, is the person thinking like a "Cathy" or an "Isabella"? As, if they were thinking like a "Nelly", they'd be questioning why we are even having this conversation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In complete fairness, given Isabella Linton-Heathcliff's fate, it is difficult to imagine why anyone would constantly compare a book to Wuthering Heights and name the heroine of said book Isabella...
    • As Heathcliff begins his descent into suicidal madness, Nelly ponders the mysteries of his origins and wonders if he truly might be part goblin, demon, or vampire... But quickly dismisses such theories as "absurd nonsense."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Heathcliff is practically the Trope Codifier.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Heathcliff, who manages to gain ownership of both the Heights and the Grange despite being neither an Earnshaw nor a Linton, or even a member of the gentry, through a combination of seduction (of Isabella and indirectly of Cathy Linton) and manipulation of the legal system.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Despite Brontë pulling absolutely no punches in her description of Heathcliff, despite Catherine herself stating that he has no hidden depths of love and tenderness, despite Heathcliff's own statement that he hopes Catherine wakes up in torment in the next world for rejecting him... Teenage girls will insist on seeing him as a romantic hero!
  • Narm: The name "Heathcliff" may make some readers think of... Well... Just watch this.