Absolutely start with the Woman in White. Moonstone is a great mystery, but the Woman in White is classic victorian melodrama. I loved every bit of both of them.
You might as well read "The Moonstone" if you have it. "Woman In White" is the better of the two, IMHO. But "The Moonstone" is one of the first, if not the first, detective novel.
In the same genre, I can also recommend anything by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, particularly "Lady Audley's Secret" and "Aurora Floyd".
Anyone seen the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on "Woman In White"? What a concept!
The Moonstone is the best. If you like saving the best for last, read "The Woman in White" first.
I LOVED The Moonstone, and I have Woman in White ready to read. I read The Dead Secret as a kid, and all I remember was that I loved it. The only thing I'd say, is that The Moonstone is said to be his best. Maybe best to start with others and then work up to Moonstone. But it depends on what you're looking for. I think The Moonstone is probably his best literary work, rather than mystery. The writing and characters are completely amazing. I put it on my top 10. If you're looking for a good mystery, maybe Woman in White is better.
Read them both. Woman in White is a little easier to follow, but the Moonstone is one of my favorites.
read the moonstone first as it is a mystery and you will begin to find wilkie collins depths. but if you love jane Austen, the Bronte's read woman in white, brilliant. two genres from the same author and both excellent
I'm a little afraid of this musical . . . I am not a fan of turning classic literature into pop opera, but who knows. It's sure full of enough drama and great characters to be dramatized in some way, but I'd rather see a movie. (And I'm a big musical fan.)
Both are excellent - The Woman in White has a gothic feel to it - but don't be fooled by that description. The Moonstone was quite good - but I preferred the characters in The Woman in White.
Wilkie Collins -- where to start?
I've never read any Wilkie Collins and I've always meant to. I recently picked up a used copy of "The Moonstone", but I'd always meant to start with "The Woman in White". Maybe this is a silly question, but does anybody have an opinion on where to start with WIlkie Collins? Does it matter?
i'd go 'moonstone' to 'lady in white' but it doesn't matter, really. i love 'em both...don't agree about the characters in moonstone being inferior (although the 'gothic' thing is very true). moonstone is just more light-hearted. some of the characters (betteredge, abblethwaite(sp?), and specially ms. thack (think that's her name) are hysterically funny.
Forgot this book...I'm going to add it to my shelf!!