Without a doubt this is one of my all time favorite movies, and despite its length I can darn near mouth right along with the entire script while watching it. Once a year I will get it out and watch it and every few years re-read the book.
I grew up with a fascination about the pre-Civil War south, and into the war itself. I loved the dresses of that time, the way women were true divas in the south, and I especially loved the Scarlet types that didn’t mind being at the heart of a good scandal now and then or bucking the ‘system’. My favorite romance novels are often historical fiction from that same time in history.
When I was growing up my parents took us camping a lot, and one of the places we visited was My Old Kentucky Home. I still remember it and just loved it!
In high school I took a literature course, Mind Of The South, where we studied various southern authors. I came to really embrace the spirit of the character of Scarlet O’Hara. She IS/WAS the ultimate Diva. Her favorite reality show was definitely her own! She also was certain it was all about her, always was and would be. While that is a selfish attitude, it was that same out look that held her together through the worst times in her life and enabled her to do whatever she had to do to care for herself and her family. She was a steel magnolia if ever there was one. Okay, so not her directly, but her character was modeled after women who had come from the old South, through the war, and managed to pull themselves up and survive after the war ended. Margaret Mitchell fashioned the character after women in her family and stories of women who had done just that.
I’ve had a tendency over the years to look at situations and think, what would Scarlet do? She wasn’t afraid to go for her goal, seek whatever it was that made her happy, and she was more than willing to go against tradition if it was in her best interest to do so, all while not give a flying frog’s ass what anyone thought of her. She didn’t waste time fretting over what she couldn’t change, because she could “think about it tomorrow, because tomorrow is another day”. She even accepted a marriage proposal to a known rake, because he suggested they get married just for the pure fun of it. Now, if the right rogue were to come along even I might consider it again, IF it was strictly for fun and nothing more. Assuming he can afford to keep me in Princess splendor as I so deserve! Lord knows Captain Butler was more than able to do it for Scarlet so why not make that the next bar of standard for myself? Yeah, I like that.
This blog was written as an assignment from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop