Sequels

dianesterling asked:

I personally would not recommend Rhett Butler's People to anyone who enjoyed Gone with the Wind. It erased a lot of the romantic mystery about Rhett, but it did a poor job of keeping with his original characterization. I think it was written to "forgive" or "explain" Rhett's faults instead of upholding the aura that he was generally slightly dangerous, and a very masculine, brutal man of the era. I didn't like it at all, and I thought the ending betrayed the reader. Just a different opinion!

I can see where you’re coming from, and I feel the same way to a point. It casts him in a more modern light and tries to explain his later behavior, when probably in Mitchell’s mind (just my guess), he didn’t have these just reasons for his behavior. He really was just a cad most of the time, and as you said, a man of his times and position in life. I think your comment is definitely a reflection on the contrasting eras in which these two books were written. Good food for thought. When people ask for recs, though, I still recommend it over Scarlett, because Scarlett commits even greater sins in my opinion.

velociraptorfeathers asked:

I saw that someone else was asking about the ending because they just finished gwtw and honestly if you're like me and can't get enough of the story, Rhett Butlers people by I can't remember who is really good. The characterization was way better than in Scarlett and it's been a while since I read it but I think it gives his back story as well as going a little bit past the end of gwtw

Absolutely! I should have mentioned it, but my distaste for Scarlett overwhelmed me, haha.

Rhett Butler’s People, by Donald McCaig, is a much better “continuation”/further read in the GWTW universe. It doesn’t go too far past GWTW, but there is more closure, and a lot of Rhett’s backstory that is only hinted at in GWTW. I enjoyed it much more than Scarlett. A lot more.

Also - a few people asked me about this a while back but I hadn’t read it yet - Ruth’s Journey is Mammy’s backstory, also by Donald McCaig. I enjoyed it. It’s not really GWTW-focused (more of a “prequel”), but towards the end we do see Mammy in her life with Scarlett. It’s a decent historical novel in itself, if you are interested in that kind of thing. I wouldn’t read it looking for a GWTW fix, but it is loosely connected.

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Today is Final Order Cutoff for WE(L)COME BACK #1.

Every week, comics shops put in their orders for how many copies they’re going to get of each upcoming book. Ongoing series as well as brand new ones fall under the gun. Retailers operate under tight margins that factor in a buttload of things, but one of the best indicators for them are pre-orders. 

A pre-order scores you your copy of the book, but it also lets shops know that there’s an interest there, and maybe they order a few extra copies. That’s a few more people who’ll buy it off the shelf. That’s good news for a book you want to read for a long time.

We have a lot of big ideas for the book, so we want to keep doing WE(L)COME BACK, so we need people to pre-order the book. If you’re near your local comics shop today or you find yourself with a second to call them, tell them you want to add WE(L)COME BACK to your pull list or order a copy this book (we’ve also provided the order code if you’re into secret codes: JUN151070).

Thanks.

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With all the sequels being released these days, it’s easy to complain that Hollywood is finally creatively bankrupt.  I would argue the opposite: when any given month finds the marquee overflowing with 2s and 3s, you’ve got to get creative to ensure your movie stands out in the crowd. This simple guide to sequel names will help you become an informed consumer.

Guide to Interpreting Sequel Names [Click to finish reading]