Have you heard of The Wind Done Gone?

The Wind Done Gone was a novel written by Alice Randall which tells the story of Gone With the Wind from the point of view of Cynara, Scarlett O’hara’s half sister, Mammy’s daughter. She’s a slave too. The names of all major characters, other than Mammy, have been changed. Tara becomes Tata, Scarlett becomes Other, her father, Gerald O Hara becomes Planter, her mom becomes Lady and Ashley becomes The Dreamy Gentleman. Like Scarlett she also falls in love with ‘R’ and after he leaves her, Cynara becomes his mistress.

We all know what happened after the book was published. Margaret Mitchell’s estate sued the author and after much litigation a settlement was reached. The book was branded a ‘parody’ and all but disappeared from public memory.

There are other spin offs to Gone With the Wind. There’s Rhett Butler’s People, which traces Rhett’s journey and there’s Scarlett, the official sequel to the book. None of them could come close to Gone With the Wind.

While spin offs, sequels and series have almost become a norm, I haven’t come across many novels that have tried to tackle a story from a different perspective. Of course copyright issues might be a deterrent.

Some authors like Chitra Banerjee and Kavita Kane have explored other POVs in Indian epics and I’ve loved most of them.

I find different POVs fascinating. For instance, I’d love to read a book from the point of view of an upperclass wife in The Handmaid’s Tale. What did she feel as she watched her husband bed another woman? Did she, even for one small moment, feel a pang of sympathy for the Handmaid? Or did jealousy and insecurity chase away all other feelings?

I’d love to read Rebecca from Maxim’s point of view. The backstory leading up to her murder and then his encounter with the new Mrs de Winter would have been quite a roller-coaster.

So tell me, which popular book would you like to read from an alternate point of view?

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30 thoughts on “Have you heard of The Wind Done Gone?

    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Isn’t it? I always wanted to know more about Rebecca – from someone who had interacted with her first hand.

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Have you read Carthick’s Unfairy Tales? That’s exactly what the author has done.

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        1. Obsessivemom Post author

          Yes I have. Some of them were really good some didn’t leave an impact. But the idea was nice. We did it once in our book club and the kids had a ball talking from varied POVs.

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  1. Tarang

    No, I haven’t heard of this book. I have read Scarlett though. I’d love to read Me Before You from Will’s point of view. 🙂

    Thanks for writing this post.

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Oh yes. Though that might be depressing. Lou was the one who brought light into his life.

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      1. Tarang

        Yes, but I wanted to know how he felt for her. If she ever made him rethink about life. Can’t think of any book. I’m looking forward to reading both Amish’s and Chitra’s Sita.

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  2. Ramya Abhinand

    Oh wow… Didnt know there was a Mammys daughter version… Would ove to read about it. I vaguely recollect SCarlett’s frequent irritation with Mammy, and Mammy’s constant support to her… I have often wondered what ever Happened to R after he leaves Scarlett . In fact I do have the sequel on TBR too for a long time

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Apparently, Mammy’s daughter resented Scarlett because Mammy loved her more!
      I read the sequel long ago and it wasn’t too great.

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  3. writershilpa

    I haven’t read any of the books you have mentioned, Tulika. Sigh. I really need to work on my reading habits!
    But, I would love to read different POVs of our epics. I liked reading Karna’s wife. I think there’s a book on Karna’s POV about Mahabharata in Marathi which my mum has read and keeps urging me to read too. It’s too heavy!

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      You could begin with Chitra Banerjee’s Palace of Illusions if you haven’t read it. I think you’ll like it.

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  4. Soumya Prasad

    Oh this one sounds interesting! GWTW is one of my favorite classics and another POV would be quite something.

    I’d love to read Rebecca from Maxim’s or even Rebecca’s POV, Lolita from Dolores’ POV, Anna Karenina from Vronsky’s POV to state a few. I found The Handmaid’s Tale dull because of its terribly slow narration. Reading the tale from the wives’ POV would have probably made it more interesting.

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Rebecca from Rebecca’s view sounds really interesting.
      I wonder what Dolores would have thought. Perhaps all of it would have seemed like an adventure to her. It’s an intriguing thought.
      Handmaid’s Tale was slow sure, but it blew me away with the idea of that kind of a society.

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  5. JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)

    Just like Shilpa said, I haven’t read any of the books mentioned here, but I am eyeing Chitra’s books since I loved her book covers since release. I guess I’ll start with that. I have read Devdutt Patnaik’s view on Hindu Gods and Goddesses, similarly I loved Amish Tripathi’s view on Shiva! In case you count these as POV’s! 😀 I have a lot on my TBR including GWTE, though the rest will take a while for me to read. I like POV’s too.

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      If you like mythological re-tellings you might like Kavita Kane’s books. She’s written from the POV of Urmila, and Surpanakha among a host of others.

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  6. Rajlakshmi

    The ending of Gone with the wind was more than enough. I don’t think my heart would let me read more. As fpr perspective, I have always wondered how Ginny Weasley felt as Harry went on adventure with Hermione. Did she feel left out? Did she feel a pang of jealousy has Harry bonded more with Hermione and Ron, than with her?

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Ah ha..now that’s a thought. I somehow assumed that she, like all others, would accept Harry, Ron and Hermione almost as a single unit. But you’re right she might have felt left out. That she was Ron’s sister might have further complicated things. It’s an interesting idea.

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  7. kalaravi16

    This sounds like an interesting read! But if I remember right, the sequel to Gone with the Wind written by another author was a disaster. It would be a pity to mar classics with different POV’s just for the sake of it! My view.

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Yes. That was Scarlett and it wasn’t really good. You’re right. Writing just for the sake of it or because it’s a bit of a novelty doesn’t serve any purpose.

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  8. Shilpa Garg

    Books from alternate POVs, I havent read any from the ones mentioned in your post. I recently read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. In this, the story is told in a third-person point of view, focusing on what Eleanor and Park do and think. So there are alternate chapters sharing the same incident/experience from perspective of both these characters. Would like to read GWTW again (had read it ages ago) and then The Wind Done Gone.

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      I’ve read Eleanor and Park and it’s a beautiful book. I like multiple POVs too. I’m sure you would have read some mythological retellings Shilpa.

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  9. Sanch @ Sanch Writes

    I was never able to get through GWTW so I haven’t heard of this one, nor have I read any spin-offs. I think it is always intriguing though to think of books from others’ perspectives. Would love to think of Harry Potter from Ron’s, Hermione’s or even Voldermort’s POV

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      All Harry Potter variants are intriguing. I’d love to see Ron’s POV. He’s such an underdog and yet a faithful friend.

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  10. Shalzmojo

    I havent read any alternate POV books so far and must confess it does sound intriguing to explore. For instance I would love to read Harry Potter from Draco Malfoy’s POV – now wont that be be interesting?

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    1. Obsessivemom Post author

      Oh yes Draco would be interesting. Specially the later books – where he realises his weakness but is pushed ahead by others. Very interesting.

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