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what the actual F... [Jan. 15th, 2015|10:20 pm]
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From IMBD on the upcoming BBC War and Peace miniseries:

"A story that revolves around five aristocratic families, set during the reign of Alexander I, and centered on the love triangle between Natasha Rostova, Pierre Bezukhov, and Andrei Bolkonsky."

That's their storyline summary. I really REALLY hope IMBD are just being fuck ups and that that's really NOT how the writers/producers/directors are seeing/treating the book.

War and Peace is NOT centered on a "love triangle." Pierre is NOT part of a love triangle. He only realizes that he has a thing for Natasha AFTER everything has ended between her and Bolkonski. If there IS a triangle it's Bolkonski/Natasha/Anatole. But the book isn't centered around that EITHER. Yes, love stories and other relationships play large parts in the book. But it isn't centered around any of them. AND THERE IS NO PIERRE/NATASHA/ANDREI LOVE TRIANGLE.

I know, I know. I care WAY too much about this. Sorry. I just...really want this series to be good? But the more I hear about it, the lower my expectations drop.

I hate-hate-hate this idea that some Russians like to perpetuate that Europeans can't make good adaptations of classic Russian lit. I think that's bullshit. There are also lots of things about the old Soviet miniseries that I don't like. BUT it's the version that is more true to canon. And it makes me think that I would REALLY love to see a modern Russian miniseries adaptation.
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[User Picture]From: evelyn_b
2015-01-16 08:34 am (UTC)
Ugh, a love triangle, really? That's what this story is about, of all things?

I mean, sometimes promotional materials are terrible and misleading and the thing itself is still great! I don't know that much about IMBD, but I'm going to assume this is just sloppy fuckuppery on their end. Optimism!
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-01-16 08:54 am (UTC)
I mean, the Andrei/Natasha thing is kinda overplayed in all the adaptations, but a LOVE TRIANGLE? On the other hand, it IS totally possible that they're just trying to be titillating and sound exciting and whatnot.

As a side note on adaptations: if you want to see a true-to-canon adaption, that would be the Soviet one. For the most "fun" adaptation (the downside of which is some weird plot/characterization fuckery) I would suggest the 2007 European miniseries. The one thing the 2007 adaptation manages to do that the other ones don't is a STUNNING Helene. They're Helene is basically my Helene. (It's even better that nothing in the adaptation's characterization actually contradicts the book.)

Edited at 2015-01-16 08:57 am (UTC)
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