The characters were also unbearably stupid and mostly caused their own misery, but hey, maybe that really is how people thought back then... who am I to judge.
Still enjoyed parts of it though, so not a complete waste of time.
I'm a lover of fiction in all shapes and forms, but my first love is reading. Give me a good book and I can get completely sucked into that world. I'm a very emotional reader, and I often get attached to characters. It's not unusual to come across me laughing or crying while reading.