As I mentioned yesterday, I was out of college before I finally had the time and energy to read Gone With the Wind from cover to cover. Not that I had’t tried to read it a few times before then. And I am so glad I finally did make it to the end. At that time once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down. I would love to do it again, but I have to find the time and energy again. Hopefully within the next year I can make that happen again. My love of all things Gone With the Wind extended into research papers in high school about Margret Mitchell annd one year for vacation, Atlanta so I could go to the Margret Mitchell house. As for sequals to Gone With the Wind don’t get me started on them. Granted there have not been many, two that I am aware of. I have had this discussion with my friend before, I really don’t feel like the book Scarlett is how the great Scarlett O’Hara would pick up and move on after the love of her life Rhett Butler walked out on her, especially after she just finally realized he was the love of her life. And Rhett Butler would never and I mean never marry another woman. Now Rhett Butler’s People I found that a little more believeable. To me Gone With the Wind will always be one of my favorite books and Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara will always be one of my favorite literary couples. Not to mention Rhett Butler has given me false hope for finding the perfect man.
When it comes to Gone With the Wind it makes more sence to start with the movie since I saw it before I read the book. I will never forget the first time I saw the movie Gone With the Wind (if I have shared this story with you before sorry). I was probably in the sixth or seven grade. By this point in my life I had heard about this epic movie called Gone With the Wind but that was it. One night while flipping channels at home with my mom, I discovered it was one tv, and it had just really started, it was net yet to the scene where Rhett is standing at the bottom of the staris staring up at Scarlett. I was told if I wanted to watch it I had to go upstairs to watch it, and since I did not have cable in my room at this time I had to go to my parents room to watch it. I was a goner the first time I saw Rhett Butler standing there at the bottom of the stairs. My mom came later in the movie, I am sure expecting to find me asleep, but I was not my eyes were glued to Rhett Butler and Gone With the Wind. And I can still remember to this day her asking my in shock “are you still watching this?” and my answer being “I love this movie. It wasn’t until I finished college that I was finally able to find the time and attention needed to read the book and learn that the movie and book had a lot of differences. More on the book tomorrow. I think Gone With the Wind is one of those classics that does not get enough air time and part of me wishes in this age of remakes that someone would remake Gone With the Wind but another part of me does not because I know it would not be as good as the original. There will never be another man who could play Rhett Butler like Clark Gable did.