Catalina: That’s all right. Was just curious about why anyone would suggest Gone With The Wind be required reading anywhere other than for a class in how to write bad fiction.
I agree with Roger. While I did appreciate the movie, especially as an historical artifact, Margaret Mitchell’s novel was a slog that I wasn’t able to will myself through. A lot of people may disagree; to each one’s own.
One example of a movie that far outshines its source is one of my all-time favorites — 1946’s “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Based on an unexpected free verse treatment by MacKinlay Kantor, the source material is like Beat poetry many years ahead of its time. Director William Wyler and his team fashioned an absolute classic holding to the general themes but not much else.
Brendan: Bette Davis said The Best Years of Our Lives is as good as Hollywood gets. Cant’t argue with that. Great actors. A flawless movie.
Love the story about Inkling and the mouse, and the detail of you tossing a few Cherrios behind the fridge for the mouse is priceless.