The first book I fell in love with

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I had been reading books since I was 5.  I had also read many books before this.  But it was the classic ‘Gone With the Wind’ that really blew my mind.  Its 1000+ pages of  storytelling heaven.  It was also one of the first historical fictions I had read.  I was amazed by the vast canvas of the book.  It starts from the fields of Georgia and follows the lives of Scarlett O’Hara and her family through the civil war.  It details each landscape beautifully.  

The protagonist, Scarlett O’Hara, was completely different from the sacrificing, sweet as saccharine heroines we read in books or watch in movies.  Scarlett was as selfish and vain as she can be.  She is ready to wreck Melanie’s marriage to Ashley Wilkes.  The reason being Ashley didn’t fall for her charms and loved Melanie. She impulsively marries Melanie’s brother Charles just to get close to Melanie and Ashley.

She loves being the center of all male attention.  But she is stumped by Rhett Butler, an equally grey-black character.  Rhett loves Scarlett’s directness.   He also loves her because she is straight forward and speaks her mind unlike other females who are trying to get his attention.  Scarlett knows this and tries her very best to use it to her advantage.

With so much turbulence in their internal and external lives,  the drama engrosses you right till the end.

I had read the book when I was a teenager.  The book was very much in sync with my own feelings at that time.  I loved Scarlett and her selfish behaviour.  Perhaps it was the rebellion of the teenager in me.  And Rhett Butler is a man you dream about.  Someone who loves you unconditionally and lets you be as you are.

So, which was the first book you fell in love with?

25 thoughts on “The first book I fell in love with

  1. Gone with the wind is special for me too. My aunt had bought it for me for Rs 60/- It had seemed such a princely sum and I had been so embarrassed that I asked for the book and it and turned out so expensive. I remember reading it in two days flat – which was quite an accomplishment for me. It was a captivating read.

    1. Oh! I can imagine. I had also pestered my parents to buy me the book at a book stall right away. Now, that I think about it, it must have been tough for them to spend on something so irrelevant to them. But, I still have the book and read it at times.
      Thank you.

  2. I was heartbroken … and I am still not over it. The ending was too much for my teenage heart. Scarlett’s character was so strong that I still remember being in awe and confused at the same time. Far from the madding crowd was the first classic I absolutely fell in love with.

    1. The end is a bit sad. I was ready to do anything to get Rhett back to love Scarlett again. As you said, my heart was broken too at the end.

      Thank you.

  3. I somehow have always skipped reading this. Couple of times, I’ve borrowed it from friends and returned it, without turning a page. And yet, I go through each line of anythingwritten about it. I guess, I should just sit down with it now.

  4. Oh,. I loved Gone with the wind too… What a dramatic romance… My big hero in books was Nancy Drew- the girl detective.., always wanted to be like her… Otherwise I liked Western books&films with cowboys….. 🙂

    1. Thanks Eli. I have also read a lot of Nancy Drew books and I love her too. I did read a Western cowboy novel long time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I dont remember the book name but it had a woman character called Felicity who was as good as the cowboys..

  5. Your blog was another place where my comment was lost. You know this is such a tough ask. I think it must have been one of the Enid Blyton books. About the book you’ve mentioned, I haven’t read it but I have seen the movie and I absolutely loved that.

  6. I’ll be honest…I couldn’t get into this book. I tried many years ago but couldn’t get past 10 pages. I think when I was younger, apart from Enid Blyton, Anne of the Green Gables was one of my favourites. Later it was Little Women and Harry Potter, and as an adult, there have been many! A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult are in my top 3. 🙂

    1. Sanch, I know many avid readers who were not impressed with Gone with the Wind. Maybe I read it at the time when the heroine was my age and was a very confident woman with a devil may care attitude. I started on A Fine Balance and Little Women and will get back to it and complete it. Thank you.

  7. Mine was a 3 Investigators mystery. 🙂
    I still haven’t fallen out of love of mysteries all these years later!
    Gone with the Wind was beautiful – and one of the few movies that I enjoyed as much as the book 🙂

  8. The very first books were of Enid Blyton, but as a teenager Gone with the Wind was a favourite, and still remains one of my many favourites.

    1. Me too started off with Enid Blyton and even M&B, thrillers. But, then I read GWTW and was blown over. It is a beautifully written story of grit and survival. Thanks Aditi.

  9. I’ve read many Enid Blyton books and Hardy Boys series books..And of course, the Harry Potter series! Read it nine times till date! 😀
    But the book that touched my heart is “the Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I still reread it on my Kindle if I get the time..
    But I wanna read “Gone With the Wind”. I’ll try getting my hands on the real book not the pdf version!

  10. Wow! Tough one to answer, Lata. I guess it must have been the Enid Blyton books though I am not sure. I haven’t read this book but enjoyed the movie immensely.

  11. As a child, Little Women, then as a teenager it was A Tale of Two Cities. I was stunned by it. The first time I tried to read it I got lost, but a teacher brought it to life for us.

  12. True, it’s one of the best books offered by literature – a tale of ambition, grit and above all survival during tough times. The characterization of Scarlett and Melanie is excellent and beyond words. As for the story – line few works even come close.

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