Explaining some of my favourite books badly

Raven Cycle: A bunch of teenagers repeatedly accidentally stumble upon bizarre magic in rural Virginia.

The Hexslinger Series: A Pinkerton agent meets gay cowboy wizards and it’s all downhill from there.

Watership Down: Bunnies are waaaayyyy more complicated than you think.

Jane Eyre: Strong independent woman routinely gets fucked over by rich people, broody men, and life.

Wuthering Heights: Everyone is horrible.

Frankenstein: What part of this was a good idea?!

Dracula: Vampires are sexy.

Captive Prince: Royal gay smut.

Carry On: Canon drarry fanfiction.

Warm Bodies: Zombie Romeo and Juliet with a surprising amount of philosophy.

The Iliad: Gods play god.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Children kill gods.


as an english lit student i understand how difficult it can be to learn quotes and to effectively take notes whilst annotating a book, so here’s a little guide on how i structure my a level english literature notes. 

1. before you start make sure you have the right stationary, you definitely need a light coloured highlighter ( i personally use yellow ) and a sharp pencil or a biro pen ( inkier pens will probably smudge ) and you can also use some small post it notes ( find ones which fit within the pages of your book so they don’t all stick out ).

2. as you go through the book - either at home or in class - highlight any interesting or relevant quotes. if you are reading a large book ( e.g. Wuthering Heights ) try to highlight at least 2-3 quotes per page, ( obviously some pages won’t hold any relevance ) however if you’re reading a short story or a play ( e.g othello ) try and highlight as much as you can on the page so that it is filled with highlighter.

3. next to each quote you highlight use your pen or sharp pencil to write a short explanation as to why you highlighted the quote, you only need to write a couple of words such as ‘status’ or ‘patriarchal control’ but make sure you write enough so that you can understand it when you look back. 

4. this is a tip i don’t personally use but can be very useful. for any points regarding context use your small post it notes to write a short note on the relevance of context to the quote you highlighted. by using post it notes this will really stand out in the book as well as separating itself from your other notes. 

5. now this is the part where people often get stuck with english revision and tend to just read through their notes in the book however merely re-reading isn’t the best method of revision. instead, when it comes to revision i make a word document and add heading of each of the major characters, relationships and themes throughout the novel. then as a re read through the text i add each of my highlighted quotes under the relevant headings with a little note afterwards explaining it perhaps in more detail than my original note. this method allows for all your quotes to be categorised and split into topics and themes at the same time as making you re read the text with precision. 

6. i then also add to this document any context, critical material or other relevant information to the text and to your exam criteria. 

i hope this was useful, if you have any questions feel free to ask or if you want to see my notes just send me a message xx

So honestly I don’t think Heathcliff is Mr Earnshaw’s child. It wasn’t something I had ever even considered until someone asked me on here ages ago now. I think Heathcliff is honestly just a child that Mr Earnshaw found and took pity on.

I can see this happening. He lost a child, a son and there aren’t words for what that can do to a person. In a messed up part of his mind he probably thought that loss would subside if he had another child and he was given the same name.

Added to this it explains why Mr Earnshaw favours Heathcliff so much. He almost coddles him and this could easily be for two reason. 1) he’s lost his Heathcliff once he won’t let it happen again and 2) heathcliff had a horrific start to life and Mr Earnshaw wants to fix that.

No it does not justify putting the other children second but I don’t think it has to mean Heathcliff is Mr Earnshaw’s biological son