This has to be in my top 3 favorite books of all time. I know the movie is held in such high regard, but the book blows it out of the water... it is so complex and deep, and the storyline is so incredibly captivating, I don't see how anyone could read this and not love it. In my opinion the movie portrays Scarlett as too mean and selfish, which she is, but it doesn't get to the depth of her determination and drive, or show how she single handedly kept everything together. It's hard to compete with the love story of Scarlett and Rhett, I absolutely adore them together even when it infuriates me that they mess it up so much. The book is very long, but when you finish you wish it would keep going. I read it enough to make the pages start falling out if that tells you anything.