I just finished reading "Rhett Butler's People" by Daonald McCaig. "RBP" is an authorized novel based on Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind". McCaig supposedly worked on it for 12 years. This book, as you might imagine from the title, focuses on Rhett Bulter and his family and friends. It tells you about Rhett's childhood, his teen years, and carries you through the war, reconstruction, to the day of Melanie's death (where GWTW left off) and even gives you a story about what happened after he left Scarlett on that day.
I really enjoyed this book and while reading about Rhett and Scarlett, I started thinking about another famous literary duo... Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Women readers all over the world swoon at the thought of Mr. Darcy, and while I'm usually guilty of that too, after being re-introduced to Rhett Butler, this southern girl will swoon for Rhett any day over Darcy. Rhett is like Darcy only better... like Darcy, we read that he is tall and good looking, but in addition, Rhett has humor, humanity, is a rebel and a renegade. What southern girl wouldn't choose Rhett over Darcy?
P.S. In addition to reading about Rhett's relations, there are all the GWTW favorite characters as well... Mammy, Prissy, Old Sam, Pork, Suellen, Frank Kennedy, Ashley Wilkes, Melanie Wilkes, Scarlett (of course), Bonnie Blue, Wade, Ella, Gerald O'Hara, Aunt Pitty, and Belle Watling just to name a few.