If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it
- Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights is a gothic tale of love, both obsessive and destructive, that grips the two main characters and slowly consumes them. Heathcliff and Catherine's contorted passion for each other makes the relationship between Edward and Bella look very straightforward.
Interestingly, there may be a hidden vampire theme in Wuthering Heights. Towards the end, Nelly wonders of Heathcliff, "Is he a ghoul, or a vampire?" Clifton Snider has written about the possibility in his paper The Vampire Archetype in Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Would Emily Brontë, in a different age, have written something more like Twilight?