A while ago I watched a few episodes of the new BBC adaption of 3M. There are times like this when I feel really frustrated about the lack of swear words in my vocabulary...I'd be running out of them before I could properly describe how terrible this so-called adaption is.
Anyway, I then decided to do a reread to remind myself of the good stuff, which somehow didn't really work.
3M was the very first work of "classic literature" that I loved. I read it when I was like 9 or 10 and got helplessly obsessed with it. But, rereading it ten years later (...
), I realized that the book is not as good as I used to think it is. The story is still fun to read even though I know the plot, but an interesting story is really all that there is in Dumas novels. One thing I find quite puzzling about Dumas is how he managed to write such intriguing stories with such lame characterization. Seriously, there are few characters with well-defined, complex personality in 3M and Monte Cristo. In fact I HATE the protagonists in both novels. I like Edmond when he's still Edmond, but there's hardly anything likeable about the Count. D'Artagnan on the other hand is simply annoyingly cliched, a young, brave, hot-headed hero blessed with all the good luck in this universe.
Athos and Aramis have interesting backgrounds that could have been better developed but are somewhat underused. I think Noirtier is probably the best written character in these two novels. I'm so in love with that cool old man and all the Villefort family drama.
I've been debating for a long time whether I should read the sequels of 3M. The plot seems quite promising according to wikipedia. It's interesting to see the four friends become sort of enemies, though in fact it all depends on how well Dumas writes it...it could be huge surprise or epic fail. So are the sequels worth reading? Are they any better than 3M? I may give them a try one day if they are.
Btw, for those who are curious about the crimes of that BBC adaption, here's some highlights. Consider yourselves warned.- No Rochefort. No recommendation letter incident. At the beginning D'Artagnan is going to find the murderer of his father.
- D'Artagnan duels with the others because he thinks Athos kills his father.
- D'Artagnan meets Constance when he's running away from someone. He randomly kisses her on the street.
- No Duke of Buckingham. Apparently, BBC think it's better to let Aramis do that part because book-Aramis looks so like the Duke and it's a perfect excuse to cut a character...
- ...while they are still busy inventing a ton of others that don't exist in the book at all, like some random bandits planning to blow up the palace