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She Was Not Lying…Tomorrow Really IS Another Day

Alicia Dean
Alicia lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, a long-divorced mother of three grown children. She loves to read the same kind of books she likes to write; intense, somewhat creepy, suspenseful stories. She also loves to watch the same type of shows, especially true crime, or what her and her family members affectionately refer to as ‘murder shows.’ She tempers all the mayhem with a few sitcoms mixed in. Her favorite authors are Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, and Lee Child. Her favorite shows are (were) Dexter, Justified, New Girl, The Middle, Friends, Schitt’s Creek, and Haven. She hopes you enjoy her tales of love and danger, and if you have a little trouble sleeping at night because of them…well, she will feel she’s done her job. Amazon Page:

I have read tons and tons of books over the years, and I have found many heroines that I admire and enjoyed getting to know. But, hands down, the heroine I love the most is Scarlett O’Hara. Yes, I know, she’s almost a cliché, but there has never been a heroine who has made the impact on me that Scarlett made. On the surface, she’s not all that admirable. She’s a simpering, self-centered, southern belle, who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. But even early on, she exhibits a few good qualities in her love for her parents and for Mammy. However, her true character is revealed as the story unfolds. Yes, she will still do whatever it takes to get what she wants, but she will also fiercely protect those she loves and fight to the death for survival.

Talk about character growth…here are some of the things this coddled, self-involved, delicate southern belle did as the story progressed…

  • She nursed wounded soldiers and helped hold down a man while his leg was amputated
  • When the Yankees were invading Atlanta, she stayed behind to help her arch nemesis instead of fleeing to safety
  • She delivered the baby of her arch nemesis
  • She took the baby and her arch nemesis with her when she fled burning Atlanta, when she could have left them behind.
  • She dealt with the loss of her parents and became head of the family
  • She worked her fingers raw to feed her family and bring Tara back to life
  • She ran a business and made it a huge success
  • She shot and killed a marauding Yankee and then helped bury his dead body

She proves herself to be resilient, smart, strong, brave, and tough. A survivor. And she never lost hope, as evidenced by the last lines of the book:

“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

I would love to write a character with all the complexities and admirable traits of Scarlett O’Hara, but I can’t see me ever having the talent to pull that off. She was most definitely one of a kind.

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  • Maureen

    I never thought about Scarlett as a hero, but you are so right! Such a strong woman.

  • Kara O'Neal

    I admired O’Hara’s strength and will, too. She is definitely a memorable character and is important to our literary history. I enjoyed the post!

  • Alicia Dean

    Yes, she was! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Alicia Dean

    I agree, Kara. And Vivien Leigh was the PERFECT Scarlett. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Alina K.

    I forgot so much of Scarlet’s story but you are so right! I just wish she’d ended up with Rhett at the end.

  • Marissa Garner

    Scarlett is a great one. I also admired Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Also very strong.

  • Susan Coryell

    Reading GWTW for the first time as an eighth grader, I could only dwell on the tragedy of Margaret Mitchell’s demise before she could write the sequel. Scarlett was certainly a genius character–complex, vexing, endearing all at the same time.

  • Pamela S Thibodeaux

    Great post Alicia.
    I never thought of Scarlet as a strong heroine either…you’ve made me rethink
    Good luck and God’s blessings

  • Amy Donahue

    I also love Scarlett, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve grown to appreciate Melanie more; she was really Scarlett’s ride or die girlfriend.

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