In Praise of Unsung Characters

September 12, 2007 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Books, Film, Reading, Unsung Characters | 2 Comments

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing about some of those characters that really shape a novel or a movie that just don’t seem to get the recognition they deserve.  Take Gone with the Wind for example.  Could there be a Scarlett without a Melanie?  Of course not.  Still, Scarlett gets all the air play.  Characters like Melanie need to be brought out into the open for a fresh look, don’t you think?


No, really, I don’t mind if we talk a little more about my dear Scarlett.

Look for installments in my new series coming out hopefully within the next few days.  If you have some unsung characters you’d like to discuss, please let me know.  I’d love to do a little research to bring these characters out into the forefront.


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  1. I loved Melanie. While Scarlett was the one everyone thought was the strong one, Melanie had that quiet strenth – the type reserved for woman who are friends with the woman who covets her (weak-willed) husband, for the type of woman who quietly stands up to the police to protect those same woman, who quietly shoots a man dead and then helps to roll his body up for burial.

    Scarlett was highly overrated.

    And I loved Olivia de Havilland.

  2. Isn’t Olivia de Havilland beautiful? I feel bad that she was made to be dowdy in so many of her pictures. She’s one person I would love to meet in person.

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