So I guess it was an Alice Hoffman kind of weekend for me. I read Practical Magic first...I think I was a little taken aback by it because I've seen the movie at least 5 times so the stark differences in the book were kind of jarring to the mental picture I had already formed. I was definitely sucked into the beautiful writing and format of the novel. It's much darker than the movie, which was to be expected, and it was slightly less magical, and the magic that was in it was much more subtly done than that in the movie. In the movie there's lots of mystic, magic, and make believe but there are only mild undertones of the supernatural but it the subtlety made it that much more believable. I enjoyed the book, but on a different level than the movie, but still say it's worth a read.
Here on Earth...completely different story. I confess, I have never read Wuthering Heights. I know that it's a classic and every young girl should read it but really the opening imagery always put me off. Moors and cliffs are romantic? Since when? But, I digress. Apparently Alice Hoffman based her book on the story of Wuthering Heights. If this is the case, I have less of a reason to read it now. The characters in this book seemed completely unrelatable to me. I never understood the appeal of Hollis and March as a couple or why she would leave her very loving husband for an obvious sociopath. As I've mentioned before, my own experience with infidelity makes me a bit biased but truthfully I just couldn't understand why March was constantly drawn into this sick and twisted relationship where she was seen as an object of a desire and he maintained a puppeteer-like control over her. I see no appeal or romance in that type of relationship. Not to say that the story isn't well written because it is. Hoffman has wonderful prose and imagery and I did feel the intense connection between March and Hollis, I just didn't agree with it so I couldn't fully commit. If you've read Wuthering Heights, I say give it a read just to make the comparison, but other than that, it was just so-so and I liked Practical Magic MUCH better!