Oh Mammy!

Mammy, the faithful slave in "Gone With the Wind," is getting her own book and a real name. "Ruth's Journey" a prequel to the best-selling novel, will be published in October.

Brilliant! I can't wait!! So much potential for a great film adaptation...my imagination is running wild with possibility. Does the role automatically go to Octavia Butler? Is Gabourey Sidibe too young? Would they actually look to make a star of a new heavyset actress of color (and would that woman then be pigeonholed into Mammy roles forever?)

So many questions!

But perhaps the most important is: do I need to go ahead and read Gone with the Wind between now and October?