Today's topic: Most Romantic book/movie ever.
Book and movie:
Gone With the Wind: This is really a stealth romance. There's not the usual meeting, misunderstanding, getting back together, blah blah blah. The romance in the love between Ashley and Melanie Wilkes.
They are cousins and as is traditional they were expected to get married and keep the family wealth in the family.
Through thick and thin, wealth, war, poverty, after their son and Melanie can't have more children--loss of consortium, the scandal of Ashley and Scarlett found in an embrace... Their love endured to the end.
Rhett and Scarlett is not about love or romance! They are self absorbed. Scarlet is in love with the idea of Ashley Wilkes, but when he is finally available realizes he didn't love her and she was a fool. Rhett is in lust with Scarlet and wants to treat her like a child. When he finally gets her love he spurns it.
All the wealth in the world didn't make them happy or provide a basis for love. All they knew was how to take, not give. They had lust, not love.