So I was watching Gone with the Wind on cable the other night, and it struck me that it seemed to greatly resemble Han and Leia's romance, specifically Empire Strikes Back. Would anyone happen to know if it was ever directly stated if GWTW was an influence in the relationship development? I found some evidence with a quick perusal of the internet, but I was wondering if anyone had anything conclusive. The posters for instance: They definitely share similarities. Then there's the fact that both Han and Rhett are rogues and smugglers. And then, of course, there are dialogue similarities: Han – Come on, admit it. Sometimes you think I’m all right.Leia – Occasionally, maybe… when you aren’t acting like a scoundrel.Han (grabs her hand) – Scoundrel? Scoundrel! I like the sound of that.Leia (meaning the fact that he is caressing her hands) – Stop that.Han – Stop what?Leia – Stop that. My hands are dirty.Han – My hands are dirty too. What are you afraid of?Leia – Afraid?Han – You’re trembling.Leia – I’m not trembling.Han (leaning towards her) – You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.Leia – I happen to like nice men.Han (closer) – I am a nice man.Leia (just before they kiss) – No, you’re not. Compared to:“Don’t giggle,” he said, and taking her hand, he turned it over and pressed his lips into the palm. Something vital, electric, leaped from him to her at the touch of his warm mouth, something that caressed her whole body thrillingly. His lips traveled to her wrist and she knew he must feel the leap of her pulse as her heart quickened and she tried to draw back her hand. She had not bargained on this -this treacherous warm tide of feeling that made her want to run her hands through his hair, to feel his lips upon her mouth. She wasn’t in love with him, she told herself confusedly. She was in love with Ashley. But how to explain this feeling that made her hands shake and the pit of her stomach grow cold? He laughed softly. “Don’t pull away! I won’t hurt you!“ “Hurt me? I’m not afraid of you, Rhett Butler, or of any man in shoe leather!” she cried, furious that her voice shook as well as her hands. “An admirable sentiment, but do lower your voice. Mrs. Wilkes might hear you. And pray compose yourself.” He sounded as though delighted at her flurry. “Scarlett, you do like me, don’t you?” That was more like what she was expecting. “Well, sometimes,” she answered cautiously. “When you aren’t acting like a varmint.“ He laughed again and held the palm of her hand against his hard cheek. “I think you like me because I am a varmint. You’ve known so few dyed-in-the-wool varmints in your sheltered life that my very difference holds a quaint charm for you.“ This was not the turn she had anticipated and she tried again without success to pull her hand free. “That’s not true! I like nice men -men you can depend on to always be gentlemanly.” Then, of course, there's actions -- both Han and Rhett are rather forceful in their pursuit of romance. I was hoping someone might have some official word on the subject. Are there any interviews or official statements? I think it, in part, might explain some of my dissatisfaction with the way the Han/Leia romance was handled (besides Han's lack of respect for Leia's boundaries). The thing is, I can't imagine why they would have chosen to use Gone with the Wind as a model romance because the romance between Scarlett and Rhett, while very passionate, dramatic, and entertaining, is also deeply unhealthy. Time and time again, it's demonstrated that theirs is a dysfunctional relationship and it expectedly, ends poorly, with Rhett walking out on Scarlett after they've abused each other for years. I am at a loss, then, as to why such a relationship would have been used as a template for Han and Leia given how destructive it is. Perhaps Anakin and Padmé, I could understand to a degree, but it just strikes me as disingenuous to try to portray such a relationship as concluding with a "happily ever after." Thoughts?