Thursday, 10 July 2014

Philosophy, love and the art of being Scarlett OR The Gone with the Wind Blog.

Gone with the Wind is one of my top 5 favourite movies.

Okay, so if you haven't seen it, here is the story in a nutshell: Scarlett O'Hara is a beautiful Southern belle who is madly in love with Ashley Wilkes, her neighbour at Twelve Oaks. She lives with her sisters and doting parents at Tara, a cotton plantation which is really run by slaves who do the majority of the work. Tara is pretty much self sufficient and the O'Haras are quite well off.

Ashley is engaged to be married to his cousin Melanie, and although Scarlett tries to persuade him to do otherwise, he declares that he cares for Scarlett, but he must marry Melanie. The rather scandalous Rhett Butler overhears this conversation and becomes enamoured with Scarlett himself. Within a few hours, war is declared and Scarlett hastily marries a young man who she doesn't care for. He is killed in action and Scarlett asks to be sent to Atlanta to spend more time with Melanie, just so she can be closer to Ashley.

Scarlett and Melanie flee a rioting Atlanta with some help from Rhett and return to Tara which is sadly a dark shadow of what it used to be. Scarlett basically runs the plantation herself and then marries her sister's beau to secure a financial future for Tara and her family. He is also killed, and Scarlett and Rhett agree to get married, basically because Rhett is loaded. I don't want to ruin the ending, but let's just say that you have heard some of the below quotes from the movie, and if you haven't, where have you been your entire life?

Why love Gone with the Wind? It's an amazing awesome cinematography feat. And although I haven't read the novel - probably because I'll get it on an e-reader at some stage, I relate to Scarlett. She's not a bad person, just incredibly flawed, despite her best intentions. Plus, she does a good bitchface. Here's some of my thoughts about Gone with the Wind, with a little help from some quotey quotes.

Well fiddle-dee-dee. This is the reason why I am like Scarlett (at least according to Mum): being a big princess. or wearing my heart on my sleeve. And sulking a lot. Of course this means that Melanie is a much better person than Scarlett, but then again, she choose not to see that her BFF keeps making plays for her husband, and that makes her somewhat disappointing.

I'll be honest. I actually kind of hate Ashley. I mean, look at him:

Okay, so maybe that is an attractive photo of him. Apologies. Why doesn't Ashley just be honest with Scarlett? Oh, that's right because he's nice. It's often said that nice guys finish last. But really, oh Ashley has two ladies pining after him, making him sashes (or something) to wear with his Civil War uniform and promising to do things for him. He's got it pretty good. But I still don't like him.

The annoying thing about the movie is that there is no back story to Scarlett and Ashley's story. Was it an actual thing or was it just a crush? It probably doesn't matter, she loves him the entire movie, even if he doesn't do anything worth loving him for, except maybe kissing Melanie while sitting on a horse. That's pretty cool. Okay, not for Scarlett. See, I've got nothing.

I laughed when I heard this one, as so often in these past few years I've been told that we can't always have what we want. Growing up isn't about everything being fun. Or full of colour, or food (or something.) Scarlett is right though, she was so used to the good life and when it was taken away, of course she pined for it. Don't worry Scarlett, I feel ya.

This is the best quote from the film. Why? Not just because Rhett is completely attractive, even if he is a cad, he gets Scarlett better than her husbands and even her 'stupid Ashley' (Rhett's words, not mine). Scarlett's romances have never been romantic and she hasn't been loved - no, Ashley doesn't count.

But, true.

This is what happened at the end of the movie.

Why does it matter? because every day is a new one. Tomorrow Scarlett will sort out her crazy stupid mess - though hitting on your BFF's grieving husband is probably not the way to do it, especially with Rhett in the room. Still though, I like to think she worked it out. Because, if she didn't, there goes all my belief in other days, new opportunities and the actual existence of the reset button.