Teachable moment: How to ruin Wuthering Heights and fix your story

I sat in a dark theater tonight horrified at what I was seeing. One of the story lines of my favorite novels of all time was ruined. What story?

Wuthering Heights.

Yes, that novel has been around longer than all of us have been alive and has been translated to film a dozen times. How can you ruin that story line? Story structure and lazy characterization. I decided to make this a teachable moment on characterization, investment and pay off, etc. Here’s my take.

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