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Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's…

Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" (1991)

by Alexandra Ripley

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A great original. A disappointed sequel.

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http://onerightword.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/scarlett-alexandra-ripley.html ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
Yuck. Yuck. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
I have not yet read this book.
  LynneQuan | Oct 16, 2017 |
If you want 800 pages of Gone with the Wind fanfic, this is probably the book for you. It is also really interesting to read a 'sequel by someone who wasn’t the original author' from before fanfic was common, and see that the main fanfic flaws are still pretty timeless. Sorry, that sounds cruel, but it really did feel like someone was playing with the original characters without getting the feel of the original book. The author avoided most of the opportunities to spend time with old characters in favour of new original characters, and I found it very hard to care about them.

In order to spare you from having to read it, I will tell you what I remember of the plot. Melly has died, Ashley is distraught, Scarlett stops him from throwing himself on the coffin and breaking his neck, which apparently a) saves his life, and b) causes Huge Scandal. She doesn't want Ashley now, she wants Rhett, so she goes back to his home town where he is, and hangs out trying to win him back in a not hugely interesting way, while also trying to buy back Tara from some nuns. (Rhett's sister is Cool, but doesn’t get a lot of screen time.) For reasons that I can't remember she ends up going sailing with Rhett, which is Totally Awesome, and then they Nearly Drown in a Storm, and then he Saves Her Life, and they Make Love and she conceives. And then she runs away to Ireland? I never really got why, she meets some random poor relatives and enjoys learning to dance a reel with them (I mean, the Doylian reason is that the author wants to write a Scarlett O Hara in Ireland story). There is some plot where someone who doesn't like her (maybe Rhett's sister) burns a letter, so Rhett doesn't know where she's gone or why, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Anyway he marries someone else, she decides that she's staying in Ireland, and thus begins the most crack-fic adventure where Scarlett O Hara is Rich and builds a Grand Country House in Ireland, and rides around hunting with the English lords and ladies, while accidently making a village for the Fenian Brotherhood to plot in, and becoming The O Hara of Clan O Hara. She is the Richest, the Prettiest, rises to the top of Society... but not really very interesting, the 'I have infinite money and infinite charm' doesn't make for very good plot. She has her baby in a Dramatic Caesarean Scene, everyone thinks the baby is a changeling and throws stones at her, and then there is one final grand glorious silly scene where her terrorists attack the English, everyone is shot, everything is set on fire, and then Rhett is magically there (his inconvenient other wife having died in childbirth) and they run away and hide in a tower together and then sail off into the sunset.

But if you want to imagine Scarlett O Hara in Irish Peasant Bright Striped Stockings dancing a reel, then, err, this is the book for you. ( )
  atreic | Sep 22, 2017 |
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Come back to Tara...to Scarlett and Rhett...and to the greatest love story in all fiction. This is the book whose initial publication was an instant sensation: selling out immediately, setting new records, and enthralling readers all over the world. This is the book everyone wants to read, savor, and enjoy...

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After Rhett leaves Scarlett, she searches for a new life in Charleston and Ireland still secretly hoping one day he'll come back to her.

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