Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Scarlett O'Hara

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Scarlett O'Hara

From: Gone With The Wind

Known For: Drama, Tenacity

Oh, Scarlett. I love complicated characters, especially women. Often Hollywood/media/people? are quick to categorize female characters into either likeable or unlikeable, but what if they're both? Scarlett O'hara begins as entitled and jealous, lusting after Ashley Wilkes (who I personally always thought was rather lame), and weasles her way into his life despite his intentions toward sweet 'ole Melaine. And even when Ashley weds Melanie, Scarlett keeps trying for him. Oh, what a wicked Scarlett! we are expected to think. Only we keep following Scarlett through one tragedy after another, through the war, through her going hungry and working her land to save her home, and starting again. Her weasling ways save her, turning her into the real hero of the story. A woman who will fight for her name and her land. She's only sweet when she wants to be, and demure when it suits her. And that's what makes her so memorable.

Have you seen or read Gone With The Wind? Who is your favorite character?


  1. Scarlett, definitely, because she knos what she wants and isn't afraid to go for it.

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  2. loving your character choices!
    what cracked me up most - johnny depp using angela lansbury (i remember her in pirates of penzance with kevin klein! hilarious!)
    scarlett, katniss - awesome! but my fave is luna lovegood - so appropriately named as she finds the good in dark situations
    happy o day!

  3. She was so beautiful. During this A to Z blog challenge, I've learned Vivian Leigh was bipolar. I had no idea!

  4. Confession: No. Neither. I have neither seen nor read "Gone with the Wind." I've seen all the famous clips from the movie, and I know what it's basically about... but I've yet to see or read the whole thing. There again, I watched "It's a Wonderful Life" through from beginning to end for the first time only a couple of years ago! :)

  5. She's one of my favorites. I think because you like her even though she's a pretty terrible person at times.

  6. I always wonder what would have happened to Scarlett if the Civil War never happened. It made her so much stronger, and she was strong before.

    Thanks for reminding me how unforgettable she is. Great post.

    Leanne Ross ( & @LeanneRossRF )

  7. Carol Burnett did a Gone With The Wind parody, and I can't help but think of the scene with her in the "dress made from the curtains" every time I see a photo or clip from the real movie. The quality on YouTube isn't the best, but in case you've never seen that scene:

    Love your theme for the A to Z Challenge! I'll have to work my way back through more of your posts!


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