75 Years Later, Scarlett Is Still Annoying
The book, not the movie, turns 75 this month. The Margaret Mitchell House in my old hometown of Atlanta is, of course, celebrating by showcasing the original manuscript.
When I read Gone With The Wind last fall, my 5th book on the list if you are keeping score at home, it was my first experience with this book or movie. Growing up as a southerner and not having some experience with Gone With The Wind is kind of like growing up in Florida and never going to the beach. Or something like that.
But I read it–and, to my surprise, relatively enjoyed it. Scarlett and Ashley were two of the more intolerable characters in the history of fiction, but I managed to get through their nonsense.
The book (and the movie, of course) is truly iconic. Everyone seems to have a Gone With The Wind story–the first time they read the book or watched the movie, how they hated Scarlett and loved Rhett, how they felt when it finally ended. The story definitely people in all sorts of ways.
So…what’s your Gone With The Wind Story?