I’m super excited to take part in the 14 Days of Fictional Swooning Blog Hop hosted by FictionFare and Swoony Boys Podcast. Over the course of the next 12 days, there will be scavenger hunts and loads of giveaways! There are over 25 blogs participating and each are posting hidden phrases that you’ll need in order to enter the master giveaway (each blog is hosting their own giveaway too). For more information about how this blog hop works, check out this post over at Swoony Boys Podcast.
Today, I’m hosting day 2 of the blog hop and I’m giving away a $15 gift card to Barnes and Noble (or the Book Depository if you’re an international winner). Giveaway details for both my own giveaway and the master giveaway are posted the end of this post as well as the blog hop schedule.
Do you remember your first fictional crush? I do and he’s pretty special because I first met him via my grandmother and he was suave, unapologetic, and not afraid of a challenge. So who am I talking about? Rhett Butler of course!
I was about four years old or so when I first saw Gone With the Wind and I was twelve when I read it for the first time (and have reread it a dozen or so times since then). My heart still flutters when I think about the very first time we see Rhett (and even off screen while reading). Our heroine, Scarlett O’Hara, is at a barbeque at Twelve Oaks where she’s planning to declare her love to Ashley Wilkes (and she secretly hopes he’ll return her love). Scarlett is walking up the stairs with Cathleen Calvert (another Southern belle) when someone catches her eye:
Scarlett: Cathleen, who’s that?
Cathleen Calvert: Who?
Scarlett: That man looking at us and smiling. The nasty, dark one.
Cathleen Calvert: My dear, don’t you know? That’s Rhett Butler. He’s from Charleston. He has the most terrible reputation.
Scarlett: He looks as if… as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy.
But it’s the library scene that really sets things in motion and we’re in for a real treat! Scarlett has managed to get Ashley alone, but she doesn’t realize they really aren’t alone.
It’s here in the library that Rhett realizes he’s met a woman he can truly appreciate. Sadly, he’ll have to compete with the saint like Ashley for years to come. While Ashley may love Scarlett in his own way (let’s be real, had Scarlett married Ashley, she would have been miserable especially if you take into account how life changed after the war), it’s Rhett who truly understands her. He waits patiently for her and he thinks he’s finally managed to capture Scarlett’s attention, but she only wants one thing from him…money. Money to pay taxes on her beloved Tara.
And yet, even when Rhett finally leaves jail he’s not surprised to find that Scarlett remarried. He continues on with his life until fate delivers him what he’s been wanting for several years: Scarlett. With her second husband dead, he knows it’s now or never. He proposes to Scarlett and tells her, “I can’t go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands.” Ah, but Scarlett misunderstands him and questions his love for her. It’s here where many fans of the book and film differ. I’ve always believed that Rhett loved her and he knew if he admitted it, Scarlett would have something to hold over him the rest of her life. Hence the reason he says to her, “No, my dear, I’m not in love with you, no more than you are with me, and if I were, you would be the last person I’d ever tell. God help the man who ever really loves you. You’d break his heart, my darling, cruel, destructive little cat who is so careless and confident she doesn’t even trouble to sheathe her claws.”
But let’s step back for a moment and discuss the green hat scene that leaves me weak in the knees and it’s important because it says a lot with regards to Rhett telling Scarlett he doesn’t love her. Rhett brings Scarlett a French bonnet during the blockade (this was set up in place by the Union forces to prevent the export of cotton and war materials to be smuggled into Confederate ports). Scarlett proclaims she won’t kiss him as a thank you for the bonnet and he responds, “No, I don’t think I’ll kiss you, although you need kissing badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” Yes, that’s Rhett telling Scarlett who’s the boss and he won’t be led by her.
If we look at the proposal scene when Rhett finally kisses Scarlett she’s weak in the knees:
Scarlett: Rhett, don’t. I shall faint.
Rhett Butler: I want you to faint. This is what you were meant for. None of the fools you’ve ever know have kissed you like this, have they? Your Charles, or your Frank, or your stupid Ashley.
Swoon! Yes, that’s a man who take charge and ah kiss. And yet, he’s trying to establish his authority over her. If you’ve read the book or seen the film, you know how well that turns out. Even after they marry, Rhett hopes that Scarlett will grow up and realize who she truly loves. And yet…she does and it’s too late.
As a child, I used to think that Scarlett and Rhett would wind up together despite Rhett walking out. As an adult, I have to agree with what Margret Mitchell said about them. I can’t remember where I read it, but I was devastated to read that she thought they wouldn’t be together. She felt that if Rhett returned it was to keep tongues from wagging and he’d be home a couple of months per year, but that they would live mostly apart; and that he might let her back into his bed, but never again in his heart. Honestly, this devastated me at first! I want them happily together, but let’s be real-in real life not everyone is meant to have a happily after.
Who was your first fictional crush? Was it by chance Rhett too? 😉
Giveaway One: I’m giving away ONE (1) $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble (if you’re located in the US) OR if you’re located internationally, your choice of books (up to $15) from The Book Depository (as long as they ship to your country). Good luck!
• No purchase necessary and void where prohibited by law.
• Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received.
• You must be 18 years or older to participate.
• Giveaway is open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you).
• Your entry will be disqualified if you cheat (this includes saying you completed tasks & haven’t).
• I’m not responsible for items lost in shipping.
• Winners have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
• Giveaway begins February 02, 2015 and ends on February 14, 2015 (Midnight Mountain)
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Giveaway Two: A tourwide Amazon giftcard ($20) is up for grabs as well as a bracelet, and Valentine’s Day swag is up for grabs! You do have to visit each blog listed on the schedule below in order to get the phrase and unscramble it. Good luck!
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14 Days of Fictional Swooning Schedule
- February 1st- Fiction Fare
- February 1st- Swoony Boys Podcast
- February 2nd- Literary, etc.
- February 3rd- Adventures in YA Publishing
- February 3rd- A Soul Unsung: Book Gossip for the Soul
- February 4th- Bookish Things & More
- February 5th- Books and Swoons
- February 5th- Love at First Page
- February 6th- Awesome Book Nuts
- February 6th- Mainstream Passionista
- February 6th- The Book Sphere
- February 7th- I Turn the Pages
- February 7th- Andi’s ABCs
- February 8th- Na’s Not So Newsworthy Thoughts
- February 8th- WhoRUBlog
- February 9th- Gun in Act One
- February 9th- We So Nerdy
- February 10th- What Sarah Read
- February 10th- Flutters and Flails
- February 11th- The Book Addict’s Guide
- February 11th- Effortlessly Reading
- February 11th- Lostbraincell’s Bookish Blog
- February 12th- GReads!
- February 12th- Books Equal Awesomeness
- February 13th- My Friends Are Fiction
- February 13th- Lee Kelly: New Write City
- February 14th- Fiction Fare
- February 14th- Swoony Boys Podcast