I first borrowed the novel from my classroom library in eighth grade, and because the copy was battered, and the cover was torn, my teacher let me keep the book after I'd read it. It was then and has remained one of my favorite novels of all time, despite the fact that Cathy and Heathcliff's love story is, well, certainly no fairy tale.
Adapting the book for film has proved a tough nut to crack, for a variety of reasons. Fans of the novel generally get a little aggro when it comes to depicting Heathcliff properly, and many film versions fail to get it right.
The last film version I watched was courtesy of Masterpiece Theater in 2009. Tom Hardy (whom I adore, but not necessarily for this role) played Heathcliff. Frankly, I'm not sure any actor can ever live up to my imagination, though Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Dalton and Laurence Olivier have all given it a shot. Still, I'm more-than-thrilled to keep watching new versions in the hopes that one might finally get it right. Could this one succeed? If you've already seen it, let us know!