teenporpoise asked: So, I am a fan of yours, and will always remember you as the lady who got me into feminism. From my enlightenment from reading TDL and your words, I took my school's feminist literature class and went onto giving a graded speech comparing identical characters Rachel and Richard, ending with the phrase 'Why does Dick come out on top?' But enough flattery. I have a random question; was Seb based on Hareton Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights? Even Cathy 2 resembles Jamie a little.
Aw, thank you! I always like to corrupt the youths with my wild ideas and I am certain your speech was excellent. ;)
At first my answer to the question was going to be a startled ‘no what? Totally not, I never thought of such a thing.’ Which meant I was like: I must not answer this! I have done it a few times in person and I always feel super bad about it.
READER: So you were doing this cool thing?
SARAH: Whaaa…? Cool… thing? Doesn’t seem like me…
READER: I imagined her differently. Less vacant staring into space.
(THANK YOU CLEVER READERS FOR YOUR EXCELLENT THEORIES! I always enjoy hearing them and am working on my poker face and ability to slyly and knowingly murmur ‘You noticed that, did you?’)
But THEN, I thought, well, this is a nice question to get just after the Seb/Jamie fanmix. Plus, I do believe that characters are made up from a million different things layered on top of each other, and some of those things are unconscious.
I like Wuthering Heights. I like Hareton Earnshaw: I always liked how he was the only person who loved Heathcliff in the end, even though he’d been wronged by him, and I liked that he was furious at the world, uneducated and terribly aware of it, and that he has a big crush on a cute blonde. I didn’t consciously base Seb on him, but I can see points of similarity between him and Seb even though there are also many differences—his dynamic with his love interest being one.