When I read Les Miserables on my iPad, I found that there was a lot more to it than the basic plot that had been reworked in movies and musicals. There was a lot of philosphy, poetry, and opinions of the author about the famous Paris sewers. Hugo was of the opinion that all waste should be collected for application to farms outside the city. Then the spread of diseases would have been catastropic, so a good thing the builders decided to make large sewers instead.
Betty Friedan helped with the women’s lberation, but now we have books advising women to be more assertive and fight for the right to manage big companies, and develope stress like all the A type men. Welcome to the corporate world!
Diane Gabaldon is one of my favorite writers, and she takes so long to produce a book because she fact checks, grammar checks and spell checks the heck out of each word!
I especially like her medical history plot lines, and can do with less gratuitous sex in the latest book.
We love our escapism, and time traveling romantics fill the bill.