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  1. I can’t stand the film because of Scarlett. I put it on my classics list after reading what Pat Conroy thoughts from his book A Reading Life. Now I’m having serious doubts! Maybe I should just go read it now and get it over with.

  2. That’s one that I have just never had any desire to read – I think I’ve only seen the movie once and was so put off by Scarlett that I’ve never seen it again! I’ll use the excuse that I’m waiting to watch it (or read it?) with my girls when they get older and that will help me out for a few years. : )

  3. Oddly enough, I read this multiple times in elementary school (starting around 10 years, I think.) I can’t say for sure why I loved it so much, but I did. I’ve had absolutely no desire to go back to it as an adult.

  4. My teenage-self loved this book, and Scarlett, although not very likable, felt like a REAL character to me, a teenager with poor impulse control and someone I could picture at my high school. I’m not sure what my adult-self would think. I’ve developed better impulse control over the years, and less patience for the bad decisions of others. I’m not even sure whether that’s good or bad.

  5. I’ve always loved this book. I think it helped that I read it first as a young teenager so I was blind to its faults. But even re-reading it more recently as an adult, I could see what appealed to me. Scarlett is a selfish person, but I admired her nevertheless. She wanted to be better. I admired her strength and how she never abandoned the people dependent on her. And there were other characters to admire even when Scarlett got too annoying!

  6. Goodness! I never thought I’d meet anyone else who didn’t enjoy this book. It’s on so many people’s lists of favorites. I felt morally destitute after reading it and it’s not what could be called a “dirty” book.

  7. I never liked Scarlet in the film version – she seemed so spoiled and selfish – though I did like the grand sweep of the historical aspect of the film. I’ve never had any desire to read the book and feel better about that after seeing so many other people feel the same way. 🙂

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