The ridiculous were often as much fun as the sublime--I'm thinking of Poldark, Winston Graham's long, tumultuous soap opera where the bloodlines, rivalries and betrayals got so confused that you could hear dialogue like:
ROSS: Yes, Francis, the embrocation given to Aunt Agatha was so that Elizabeth would not see George take the title deeds from your secretaire.I mean, come on. I was a teenager from Long Island, and even I knew this is bloody ridiculous.
FRANCIS (in astonishment): Ecod!
ROSS: You may well say ecod, Francis.
And let's not forget the opening sequence, which is maybe one step up from the original Dark Shadows:
I mention this because Amazon.com would like me to know that the first three novels are available in e-book form.
Which means I can read them without anybody ever knowing...
(edited to put past tense observations in the, yknow, past tense)