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Gone with the Vampires


Alright, so I just watched Gone with the Wind. I know, I know, it’s pathetic to not have seen it already. But I had the overwhelming urge to watch an old movie and I saw it at my cousin’s house so I borrowed it. The movie gave me some pretty crazy ideas that tied in nicely with the Southern Vampire Mysteries. I’ll try and make them all clear.

First off, Sookie Stackhouse loves Gone with the Wind. I can’t remember which book she first states this, but it was mentioned nevertheless. At some point (I think it was Club Dead) she refers to Eric and herself as Rhett and Scarlett. I remembered this while watching the movie. I could only assume, if I played by that comparison, that Ashley was Bill – they were both Southern gentleman, cool, hid their emotions, honourable (in some ways), leads Scarlett (Sookie) on and is her first romantic interest. The scene in the beginning where Scarlett yells at Ashley for leading her on, he just walks out and she is left to be confronted by Rhett who just happened to overhear. Immediately, he plays it much like a vampire favourite (Eric). He insists he isn’t the marrying kind, he only looks out for himself, he rolls around in cash, he’s a manipulator, he only does things when he expects something in return he saves Scarlett when she gets herself into sticky situations, he waits for her to get over two husbands, he jokes with her, he is “no gentleman” and Scarlett is “no lady” although she pretends to be, he teases her, he helps her financially, he’s powerful, he’s respected, he’s successful and he ultimately loves her.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XKyXEe5Mfc&feature=related 

 The comparisons between Sookie and Scarlett are there, but honestly, I think our favourite barmaid has more tact than Scarlett. For the most part, the overarching story is similar. (Do I even have to mention the intruder in Scarlett’s beloved home – what does Scarlett do? She blasts his face off with a gun (that Rhett gave her). Debbie/Sookie anyone?) First there is Ashley (Bill), then there is Rhett (Eric). Some of the conversations between Rhett and Scarlett are almost identical to ones between Eric and Sookie. 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nACj50uq6_s&feature=related

Eventually, Rhett sort of tricks Scarlett into marrying him. She insists she does not love him. He has told her he loves her. They marry and Scarlett is very happy, although she won’t admit it. They live the kind of life Scarlett only dreamed about. Rhett’s love for Scarlett is immense and he’s willing to do anything to make her happy even though she’s pretty much a spoiled brat.

Scarlett has Rhett’s baby and Rhett treasures it.

I saw this as the equivalent to Eric and Sookie’s blood bond. They can’t have a baby, but they have this bond that connects them. Scarlett distances herself from the baby, just as Sookie tries to do so with the bond. Rhett adores his daughter and treats her with so much care and love, much like Eric claiming he loves the bond. After a particularly difficult argument with Scarlett, Rhett leaves his wife with his daughter, but eventually returns back to Scarlett when their daughter begs to see her mother again. The bond between Eric and Sookie keeps bringing them together when they may prefer to be apart.

This is where things get tricky. Rhett and Scarlett’s daughter dies. They have no real connection anymore and they are devastated to the point where there seems to be no hope of repair.

After pining for Ashley for years, Scarlett finally comes to the realization when Ashley’s wife dies, that she doesn’t really love him. She kept Rhett at a distance because she held out hope for Ashley. Rhett, sees her with Ashley and storms off, clearly fed up with Scarlett after years and years of her hijinks. When Scarlett means to tell Rhett that she also loves him, he is gone. She chases after him home, crying for him. He’s packing his things and announces to her he’s had enough and he’s leaving her. She begs for him to let her come and he refuses. She tells him over and over that she loves him and has always loved him but he says it’s basically too little too late. She cries and asks what will she do without him? He leaves her with his parting words, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ7z6hpO57c

Scarlett is heartbroken, she lost the only thing she ever truly loved (besides her childhood home) and ends the move with returning to her old house and pledging that she will find away to win Rhett back if it’s the last thing she does.

Okay.

Charlaine has said she does not like happy endings. She likes hopeful ones. But not full on happily ever after. This could play in. The movie was depressing and the ending was aggravating but also gave you hope that Rhett and Scarlett worked their shit out. Charlaine has also stated that not everyone will be happy with how it’ll end. She planned out the story when she was writing Living Dead in Dallas, which is when Eric’s Rhett-style personality really turned into play and Bill got pushed back.

For a while, I always thought Sookie would end up with Sam. Now, I disagree.

Like in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, Eric and Sookie were played up for 9 books now. Their relationship has been the focal point of the series, much like in Gone with the Wind Rhett and Scarlett’s romance was built up while Scarlett had other men until eventually they ended up together.

Maybe this theory is completely flawed, but I see some real potential in it being a parallel to the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

 

Stray thoughts

-          “I don’t want to think about that now, I’ll think about it tomorrow.” How many times has Sookie done that? -____-

-          Scarlett will stop at nothing to live and survive, much like Sookie – they are survivalists.

-          Ashley is supposed to be the hero – but he is incredibly unheroic in everything he does.

-          Rhett is very dominating, much like Eric, although Rhett lost control one night while he was drunk and we haven’t seen anything like that yet from Eric. Maybe if you compared it to one of his small lapses in bloodlust and fairy-smell?

-          Rhett pursues Scarlett for YEARS since she was sixteen. The amount of years that pass makes it unsure but it’s quite a bit. Much like Eric pursuing Sookie for a while now too.


 

 

 

Comments

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bradeatspeeps
Feb. 16th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
First, I'm not sure if you were trying to embed, but your videos aren't showing up, just the links. :D

Second, HI YES ZOMG. I thought I was ALONE in this line of thinking, but now I see that I AM NOT. I am bonkers for GWTW, so I immediately saw the parallels, and I AM SO HAPPY THAT SOMEONE ELSE DOES, TOO.
aaine73
Feb. 17th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Great post!
There are totally parallels between these two stories, and in my darker moments I have definitely entertained the idea that SVM will end with Eric telling Sookie fair where to get off and just walking away.

I actually think this would be quite in character and if we're not going to get our HEA I'd rather see this happen than having him killed off, or whatever else.

I'm really hopeful though from what we've seen in the beginning of DITF that she is about to grow up and get her head on straight.

Not buying Bill or Sam. But you already know all about my crackpot theories on this subject!
sosanguine
Feb. 18th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Gone With the wind
You know I think I am the only other person now who hasn't seen GwtW as well. I have been meaning to see it, but just haven't been able to commit the time for it. Isn't it like 3+ hours? Your comparison really makes me think I need to see it though. I think your analyzation makes sense though.
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