Immitation, they say, is the highest form of flattery. That may be, but it sure isn't always flattering. And in case of artworks like Mandingo it smells more of desperation.
Still the vast number of more or less direct, and varyingly original or talented, quotes and imitations of the famous Gone with the wind motiv certainly underlines its continuing importance as a cultural pop icon.
In case you want to point out that it was just my personal lack of inspiration that led to this post let me just say: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"
"When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown."— Rebecca Solnit