The only accurate review I ever found of Wuthering Heights:

How a human being could have attempted such a book as the present without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters, is a mystery. It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors.

Graham’s Lady Magazine


Romantic Comedy

So this is from my examination notes for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I plan to apply to the comic I was planning to write a few months back. Is it possible to write with such a mechanical plot? I find that my favourite m/m novelist is able to write with a formulaic plot. She chalks out the details obsessively. Georgette Heyer does the same. I must read her more.

(I should try it out in June after my papers, but who will remind me?)


• Entertain not correct

• Emphasise accepted social values: Love that results in marriage and not Adulterous/Obsessive Love

• Eliminate the threat to harmony


• Court (obstruct love)—>Pastoral (Fertile/encourages love)—> Court (healthier now)


• Aristocratic Couple fall in love

• Can not marry -family feud/social incompatible/do not know they’re in love(Twelfth Night)

• Come together by external agencies-secret revealed/trick of others

• Story always ends in marriage in the final act


• Characters of lower social class/or act as such

• Parody of main plot

• Sort problems of main characters wittingly or unwittingly