This series is often solicited as “the greatest love story ever told” and sounds more like something my wife would have mixed in with her Jane Austen books, except also with a lot of lesbians. Oh boy, lesbian love stories, my favorite and most relatable kind of story! I don’t remember exactly when I first read this series or how I ended up reading it. I just heard a lot of good things about it, I guess, and checked it out despite it not being at all something I would typically be reading or interested in, but it turned out that it’s the kind of story that’s hard to put down once you’ve started. This is a pretty long read too. The complete series has around 2200 pages all together, many of which are very text heavy and at times just flat out switches to full prose. The original mini-series that kicks off the story is a little rougher and more wacky and cartoonish than the rest of the series generally is, and may give kind of a false impression of what this tale will be like, but it quickly becomes a highly emotional drama that, while still retaining some moments of screwball humor, is more often incredibly serious, surprisingly dark, and really, pretty depressing a lot of the time.