If you haven't read it, do. I read it once as a teenager, and bawled my eyes out. It was the first book that made me cry. Now I'm in a book club with some friends in LA; we discuss the book via email, no jet-setting for me. I was behind for awhile since I couldn't find my copy of the book. But I finally broke down and went to the library to pick up a copy. And once I cracked the cover I have been one foot in Georgia ever since. I can't stop thinking about it, can't stop sneaking little paragraphs whenever I get a moment. The characters are so fascinating, so real. It's an amazing voyeuristic glimpse into a time and culture that is completely foreign. I've always loved books about the South, and this is the queen of all southern themed novels. Scarlett O'Hara is the most fascinating character, you're torn between liking her and being utterly appalled. And don't be intimidated by the large size; you'll only wish it were longer by the time you get to the end. It's an absolutely delicious read, completely worth reading again even if you also cried your eyes out over it as a girl.