CBC launched a pretty popular hashtag event today called #prequelthisbook to ostensibly celebrate the upcoming release of…this. It just makes me sad.
“The indelible character Mammy, Scarlett O’Hara’s maid from Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel Gone With the Wind, will star in a prequel book that follows her arrival in Georgia.
Simon & Schuster imprint Atria will publish Donald McCaig’s book Ruth’s Journey in October.
McCaig previously wrote a followup book about Rhett Butler authorized by the Mitchell estate.
Gone With the Wind was adapted into a hugely popular Hollywood movie that featured Hattie McDaniel in the role of Mammy. McDaniel’s performance as the no-nonsense servant led to her becoming the first black performer to win an Oscar.”
Noooooo……Why can’t we leave our classic fiction alone…is there no originality left?