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Scarlett Rules is the product of Lisa Bertagnoli’s lifelong fascination with Scarlett O’Hara, the deeply flawed, admirably resilient and thoroughly intriguing heroine of Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel, Gone with the Wind.
Lisa first read Gone with the Wind when she was 16 years old. She picked it up again in college, and has re-read it many more times as an adult. (That’s more than 24 times, cover-to-cover, in all.) Each time, Lisa found a new reason to admire Scarlett, one of the most complicated characters in 20th-century American literature.
Scarlett is street-smart, resourceful, and down to earth. She is also stubborn, self-serving, and impulsive. Like most women, Scarlett is a jumble of compelling qualities, with a few flaws thrown in to make the mix interesting. Based on her study of the book, Lisa drew up twenty-four “Scarlett Rules” that present Tara’s most famous resident as a warts-and-all role model for contemporary women.
For example, Rule #1, “Pretty Is as Pretty Does,” advises that looks are important, but charm nearly always seals the deal. Rule #7, “When Life Gives You Green Velvet Curtains, Make a Green Velvet Dress,” urges readers to be as resourceful and determined as Scarlett. Rule #24, “Tomorrow is Another Day,” shows readers that sometimes, procrastination can be a girl’s best friend.