The old saying goes that you are what you eat, but is it possible to become what you read?
You are what you read?
I'm currently reading Wuthering Heights on my Kindle, (I know I've become a slave to tecno!) having never read the book before (being a rare one who didn't have it rammed down my throat in English Lit) I love it, which was a little unexpected seeing as most people groan when you mention the title.
I've always been team Austen, give me Mr Darcy any day of the week. A lot of people say your either a Bronte girl or an Austen girl, favouring the more dramatic goings on to the more reserved or vice versa.
I'd like to to think that I can enjoy and fall in love with both.
Anyway to get to my point, you are what you read, in Wuthering Heights everybody seems to become ill, whether it's the flu, a fever or some other illness:
Mr and Mrs Earnshaw
Mr and Mrs Linton
Some of the characters die from their sickness (or generally old age), but others become quite well again.
Whilst I've been reading Wuthering Heights I've became sick with the flu.
I don't live on the moors, although it is pretty windy and wild here at the moment, and I'm not running after a man named Heathcliff, but it's certainly adding something to the story that I'm feeling just as rough as some of the characters.
Let's hope I'm one of the 'lucky' characters who becomes quite well again.