14 Days of Fictional Swooning: Day 2 and Rhett Butler + Giveaway

February 2, 2015 books, giveaways 37

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.

And it’s this look that gets my heart going. As an adult, I squee with delight with anticipation because Rhett is smitten at first sight.

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!

The rules:
• 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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37 Responses to “14 Days of Fictional Swooning: Day 2 and Rhett Butler + Giveaway”

  1. Linda

    My first crush would have to be Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables *swoon* Imagine me when the tv show came to Sweden? LOL Oh, but Ned Nickerson from Nancy Drew, he was another crush.
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Monday!

  2. Christina R.

    Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables because he was awesome!

    I have a US address but rafflecopter might show my location outside US because I’m doing a semester abroad

    thank you so very much 🙂

  3. Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

    My first fiction crush… that’s super hard! I did not read much as a kid (actually, I didn’t read at all… whoops!). So I think it’s have to be Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell. Haha! My first book crush that I remember was Derrick St. John from Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins. The book is part of the old Avon True Romance for Teens series, and Derrick was a swoony pirate that I fell madly in love with as a sophomore in high school.
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    • Cali W.

      I forgot to put the word “even” in the answer form and I can’t correct it. Hopefully that won’t mess up my chances. :/

  4. Lakin

    Hmm, I think my very first fictional crush was Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables followed by Ned Nickerson from Nancy Drew, and Almonzo from Little House on the Prairie! I have never read or seen Gone With the Wind, but I kind of want to now, though I need a happy ending so I’m a little caught in the middle.
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  5. celeste c

    My first crush would have to be Bones from the books of Jeaniene Forst 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. BookLady

    Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was my first fictional crush, but I also loved Rhett Butler.

  7. Anita H.

    My first fictional crush was Captain Von Trapp from the Sound of Music. He had me when he picked up his guitar and sang “Edelweiss”. *sigh*

  8. Zulfa B

    Draco Malfoy, I remember this and Dramione was my first ship. Omg, I still have a crush on Draco :3

  9. Arlinda

    Love Ada’s comment! I can’t remember my first fictional crush but right now my crush is Lennox Gates from dangerous creatures

  10. Yun-a

    I don’t know which character was my first fictional crush, but the first one that I remember would be Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables.

    • Oscarito Oni

      And my fictional crush… could it be a magic wand from Harry Potter? I like power more than love.

  11. Cameran

    My first fictional crush was Prince Char from Ella Enchanted, then Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series. But oh would I be lying if I did not say that Rhett Butler continues to be the man of my dreams!

    Gone With the Wind was on TCM just last Friday, and of course I watched it for the fiftieth time, and mhm Rhett <#

  12. Berenice

    Would it be weird if I said my first fictional crush was Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre?!? Ahhh! I first read Jane Eyre back in high school. I love, love, love Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester in the 2011 film of Jane Eyre. Sigh…

  13. Roxana Z.

    My first fictional crush was Wrath from Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. Michelle Lee

    Oh wow, I don’t remember who my first ever fictional crush was… but right now it’s Travis from Beautiful Disasters! 🙂

  15. Amanda D

    Rhett Butler was one of my first fictional crushes as well. I saw the movie and read the book when I was in 7th grade.

  16. jaime

    I loooooved Rhett Butler! I had the biggest crush on him too, although, admittedly I only met him when I saw the movie!

    Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop!!


  17. Emma A

    My first fictional crush was Little Foot from The Land Before Time when I was 3 years old. Thank you!

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