Although, I have to admit: Stephen King’s The Stand has a lot to answer for. More accurately, the expanded version does. The problem was not so much in the fact that King’s book about medieval Christianity (I’ve seen him cop to that, in those words) set in a post-apocalyptic America was reissued with all the previously-cut bits put back in. It’s that the book sold like even more hotcakes afterward, convincing the world that expanded versions of previous best-sellers were just what American literature needed. Alas, this was not true.
Still, the book itself is fantastic. In both versions. And, I suppose, in both meanings of the word.
And so, adieu to Lords and Ladies.