Shelf Candy Saturday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Five Alarm Book Reviews where each Saturday bloggers defy the saying "never judge a book by its cover" and showcase one that really catches their eye. Covers play a huge role in the books I choose so it's great to have the opportunity to showcase the pretties :)
One of the greatest love stories ever told, beautifully repackaged for a modern teen audience.
Cathy and Heathcliff, childhood friends, are cruelly separated by class, fate and the actions of others. But uniting them is something even stronger: an all-consuming passion that sweeps away everything that comes between them. Even death.
"My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks," said Cathy. "I am Heathcliff."
My shelf candy this week was inspired by The Windy Pages who featured the Twilight series as their shelf candy last week. I absolutely adore the Twilight inspired covers for classic novels, and I've picked out the Wuthering Heights cover as my overall fave. I love the dramatic lily on the cover with the creepy shadowy stairs behind, and the cover is the reason I've actually read Wuthering Heights.
The other Twilight-esque covers are:
I usually loathe the covers for classics as they are generally a case of find a painting from a somewhat accurate time period and just stick it on the front. A lot of the time the paintings aren't a good match and are frequently irrelevant to the storyline.
These on the other hand might be simple but they actually feature tiny details from the books themselves. Tess (from Tess of the D'Urbevilles) is a strawberry picker and a fire is caused by the careless use of a candle in Jane Eyre.
These are the first time I looked at a classic and thought "cool cover - I'd read that" and I can't be the only person. Strangely if you look at reviews on amazon a lot of people hate these covers due to the association with Twilight, and most of them claim you can't like Twilight and be capable of reading classics! Talk about judging people!
But I think classics need to be repackaged to make them look accessible to people and I adore these. The only one I don't own is Pride & Prejudice, and that is only because I have a gorgeous set of matching Austens which I'm hoping to feature in another Shelf Candy post.
So what's your shelf candy this week?