For you who don't know the story, here's a my little summary: Older guy takes in a young slave boy, the story's main character (MC) When the older guy dies, MC becomes subservient to the old man's dependent, with whom he subsequently develops a somewhat antagonistic relationship. While growing up, MC develops a "forbidden" romance with an upper-class girl. They "roll and fall in green," to quote Bush. Then, stuff happens, tragedy strikes (as they say), and MC's beloved dies of a broken heart (right after giving birth), while MC turns into an evil monster of a man, described in less-than-human terms. Time jump. The second half of the story focuses on MC's and his beloved's offspring, a girl and a boy. MC is now the story's villain. MC's offspring is raised hidden from him. Turns out his son is quite a whiny ninny, especially when he finds out about his parentage. MC "kills" the old man's dependent. The girl meanwhile very slowly develops a romance with a guy whom she initially disliked. At the end, MC finally dies with a smile, leaving the world a better place for the younger generation after all. I'm probably forgetting some stuff. Anyway, this is Emily Brontë's 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, which, I'm sure most of you know, is widely considered one of the most highly regarded novels in the English literature, and I'm sure many of you have read it, probably in high school. So, yeah, there are a few similarities to Star Wars. Questions & comments: Has Lucas ever commented on this? The novel doesn't really strike me as something that Lucas would explicitly seek as an influence, it's very bleak and I'm guessing very far removed from his more "naive," romantic tastes. It's of course possible that it was an implicit (i.e., unconscious) influence. Has anyone else ever commented on this, for that matter? I've seen Anakin and Padme compared to Heathcliff and Cathy, but only in the sense that it's a tragic love story, and that Heathcliff, like Anakin, matches the "Byronic Hero" style template. Yeah, I'm very well aware I'm skipping over some stuff here, and fudging some stuff there. Isn't my use of bullets awesome? What do we think of this similarities?