I saw 'Gone with the Wind' when I was young. I got swept away by the grandeur of it all and the wide sweep of emotions and action that turned it into something far bigger than anything I'd ever seen before. Between you and me I got rather tired of Scarlett O'Hara. I'm ducking already as I know she has a legion of fans. Yes, I admired her strength and purpose, but I didn't find myself identifying with her as much as I'd hoped.
On the other hand there was Rhett Butler, the only man capable of taking on Scarlett and surviving. Now there was a character I wanted to see lots more of. I knew from the first that this was a man who'd be more than a match for the spoiled, bossy, wilful but beautiful and fascinating Scarlett. I didn't know it then but I must have had a secret weakness for a sexy alpha hero.
That's right. If you're seeking inspiration for your alpha hero, I'd recommend having a close look at Rhett Butler. Here (above) is the classic Rhett - Clark Gable playing against Vivien Leigh. Because I haven't read the book, the movie Rhett is the one I imprinted on when young.
|Timothy Dalton as Rhett Butler|
|Daniel Danesh as Rhett Butler|
|Clark Gable as Rhett Butler|
He's real hero material - he has a softer side and you can see his emotions, despite the fact that he's such a strong character and doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve. Personally, I love the fact that he stands up to Scarlett and doesn't let her ride roughshod over him.
How about you? Are you a Rhett Butler fan? Who is your current favourite hero on screen or in literature?
Annie will give away a signed copy of her current release CAPTIVE IN THE SPOTLIGHT (tomorrow is release day in North America) to one person who leaves a comment. Check by tomorrow to see whose name she drew as the winner.
CAPTIVE IN THE SPOTLIGHT is a March release in the UK and Australia and is on sale in North America on 19 February. Romantic Times gave it a 4 star review, describing it as a 'passionate star-crossed romance". Here's a taste:
Out of the limelight...
Domenico Volpe has been a paparazzi target for years with his rugged Roman looks, glamorous lifestyle and, most recently, a family tragedy. Now that the woman at the center of it all is released from prison, he'll do whatever it takes to keep her quiet.
And into the fire!Domenico ensures that Lucy Knight "accepts" his offer of refuge on his well-guarded offshore estate. While the media furor abates on the mainland, things are heating up on the island! Domenico is beginning to doubt Lucy's guilt as he uncovers the innocent, sensual woman behind the tough facade....
You can read an excerpt at Annie's website and here are a couple of links to buy it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository.