Something I thought of today: Gone With the Wind is usually labeled as “romance” because of Rhett and Scarlett. But here is the thing. The movie came out in 1939, (and the book was super popular too before the movie) when America had been in the throws of The Great Depression. People couldn’t find jobs, half of them were homeless, the other half were starving. Scarlett finds herself at one point in the movie with her property in the gutter, she lets out the declarative statement, “As god is my witness, I’ll never go hungry again!” Think about what an affect that must have had on the people watching in movie houses half of whom couldn’t really even afford to be there. And that statement is what sums up Scarlett and the movie as a whole. She’ll do what it takes to survive even if it isn’t always pretty. That’s what Gone With the Wind is about, survival, and if the story were about Rhett you know it wouldn’t be written off as romance. End movie rant.