Beating off stiff competition from Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice, Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey will go head to head for the Man Booker Prize’s coveted one-off award of The Greatest Love Story Of All Time.
Booker judges are reportedly unable to separate the vampire-themed romance classic and the erotic, BDSM masterpiece.
Lead judge Amanda Foreman explained the difficulties that the panel face.
“On the one hand, you have a love so wild and passionate it needs a non-disclosure contract. If only Heathcliff and Cathy had been able to formalize their tainted love in such a way, Heights could have been so much better.
“But on the other you have a hundred-year-old man breaking into a seventeen-year-old girl’s house to watch her sleep. Such love and devotion is the stuff that dreams are made of.
“It will be a tough choice,” admitted the grimacing judge, “but literature is the real winner here.”