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Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
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Mar 05, 10

bookshelves: 1-star, rrrrromance-novels

One of the worst books ever. (Horatio Alger was a more convincing author.) I like Gone With The Wind - like, not love. What? Don't look at me like that. It's a damn engaging story. The writing is vivid and engaging, the love affairs are tumultuous, and all of the major players are a pain-in-the-ass. But it works. When Rhett dumps Scarlett, it's the perfect, inevitable culmination of their respective characters. Aaaaaannnnnddddddd ... Ripley takes a dump on all that. The ending goes like this:

"Rhett! Oh, Rhett! Won't you come back to me?!"
(Rhett mysteriously appears)
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn about anything but you."
"Oh, Rhett! I knew you were lying."
"Oh, Scarlett. You are my one true love and not at all a Mary Sue created by the author's incomprehensible need to give a happy ending to the best tragic ending in trashy literature."
(Since they are already on a beach, they strip naked and proceed to get it on.)
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