This contains mad spoilers, so if you haven’t read Gone with the Wind yet, or you don’t know what happens in Twilight, then this post will likely not be very interesting to you, and may ruin what fun you might have had reading Gone with the Wind. Seriously, it is more amazing that I ever could have anticipated. (As in, I was left amazed.)
I picked up Gone with the Wind (er, downloaded the pdf – link above!) a few weeks ago because I was reading a thread on the history subreddit (an internet forum, don’t look it up! major time sink) about post-US Civil War Reconstruction, and someone recommended Gone with the Wind as a source (albeit a fictional one written way after the fact) of some relevance to the topic. That suggestion, coupled with the fact that I apparently never want to graduate, led me to reading what turned out to be the fascinatingly epic tale of an Irish-immigrant-turned-plantation-owner’s self-interested Southern belle daughter.
It was quite engaging and I can’t encourage you enough to go read it.
PS If you finish it, you can go look up GWTW (yes, there’s an acronym used by those in the know) fanfic, spinoffs, movies… and really never graduate ever if you want to become proficient in all the extraneous and sometimes wikipedia-based lore that exists around the book.
However, the focus of today’s post will be about the striking (if sometimes a bit of a stretch) overlaps that I noticed between GWTW and Twilight. In the comments, feel free to add any similarities that you noticed but I didn’t list.
Second warning: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
This post will make a lot more sense if you have read or have passing familiarity with both books, and will RUIN THE SURPRISES of GWTW (at least, they were surprising to me when I read it!). Also, I don’t actually explain anything that happens, so reading this list will be less entertaining if you don’t know the characters I am mentioning.
You have been warned. Here we go!
Both GWTW and Twilight feature manipulation and sexual power struggles between the female and male protagonists. They are both super long books, widely popular, vaguely about romance, totally about sex, and take place in the United States.
Like Bella Swann in Twilight, Scarlett O’Hara (GWTW) is incredibly self-interested and interested in appearances. Both of them wind up injured and hospitalized or on bed rest due to some incident sparked or exacerbated by their lovers (Edward Cullen in T and Rhett Butler in GWTW).
Both books feature a very strong emphasis on how pregnancy is going to end up with the mother, the baby, or both dead (or, in Bella’s case, undead forever). In GWTW, Scarlett miscarries, but lives, and Melly miscarries and dies. In T, Bella’s half-vamp baby EATS ITS WAY OUT OF HER BODY, necessitating her transformation to a vampire. (At any rate, her human mortality is killed off. Yeah, it makes no sense, but I still said it.)
Both main lady characters are in love with pale (this is mentioned repeatedly), sappy thinker dudes – Ashley in GWTW and Edward in T. Wikipedia even tells us that Ashley metaphorically represents the death of the south because he is so damn pale, and we all know Edward is already dead because he’s a vampire and we have left our houses in the past few years and we respected the spoiler alert up there. Both main lady characters totally ignore the hottest guy in the book (Rhett in GWTW and Jacob in T), leaving the hot guys to fall for their daughters (Bonnie Butler in GWTW – I know, Rhett’s not in LOVE love with her, but he displaces his affection for Scarlett onto their daughter, fo’ sho’ – and Renesmee Cullen in T).
This parts a little more loosey goosey: The Old Guard of the south is arguably as tightly knit as a werewolf pack, and voice their disapproval of the main lady characters and their choices of husband (Rhett, the pirate, and Edward, the vampire). Both are about fights and fighting (Civil War IRL and Civil War between vampires and more vampires and the werewolves are there being hot, keeping Bella warm under the covers).
There are near rapes in both (Bella with those guys where Edward picks her up in his car, and Scarlett when she is driving her carriage alone in the Reconstruction-ing South to pick up Old Sam and then Frank gets SHOT when the KKK tries to get together a revenge killing – seriously, are you going to read it yet?), and rape rapes in both (Rosalie Hale by her fiancé and Scarlett by her husband, Rhett, who gets her pregnant only then she falls down the stairs and MISCARRIES – major spoilers, I am not lying).
This completes today’s really silly and unnecessary, but entertaining (to me) tangent from Stuff I Am Supposed To Be Doing.
Hope you enjoyed reading and didn’t get the books spoiled for you, but why would you have kept reading after I said SPOILERS so many times? Seriously, get it together!
See you cats later.