It's a truism in the publishing business that novels are where readers live out their fantasies.
"Atlas Shrugged" tells the story of Dagny Taggart, a hard-driving businesswoman (and thinly-veiled avatar of the author) who gets involved in ultra-libertarian politics in order to change the world.
"Gone With The Wind," of course, is about Scarlett O'Hara's quest for the just-so-totally-wrong-for-her Ashley Wilkes and her inability to see that the dashing Rhett Butler is the true love of her life.
Not that Scarlett is a slouch as when it comes to business. By the last third of the book, she's built her own construction empire. Scarlett is smart, savvy and she still gets the huge engagement ring and Clark Gable.
All Rand's heroine gets is some schlump named Hank Rearden.
In other words, Scarlett successfully manages to "have it all": brains, beauty, wealth, friends, family, a nanny, a city mansion, a country home, a career, and two sexy men who are madly in love with her. She encounters her share of heartache, sure, but still...
No wonder most women would rather be Scarlett.
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