This is literally bc I regret my decision to read The Count of Monte Cristo for school and I need to make it worth something. I was unsatisfied, okay? It’s a long book, I’ve got better things to do, and I don’t have time for Dumas’s casual, not-so-subtle misogyny.
Plot can go a couple of different ways. Either what happens to the other characters after the events of the book, or maybe something to do with what happens while Dantès is stuck in prison.
If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s totally fine, I’m giving some info on the characters I want to focus on and what happens to them. They will be partially described by their relationship to Dantès, since he is the mc of the book. Btw all of the characters are French, if you don’t know.
Mercédès de Morcerf: originally Dantès beautiful fiancée, a kind woman who ends up marrying Dantès rival (and her cousin-) Fernand Mondego due to Dantès being, ah, absent. Due to Monte Cristo’s schemes for revenge, she and her son eventually leave her husband and his ill-gotten fortune, and now, almost penniless, tries to make a life for herself.
Albert de Morcerf: Mercédès’s son. Originally encounters Monte Cristo in Italy and is saved by him a couple of times. A brave, honest man, and by the end of the book is enlisted into the army.
Valentine d’Villefort: the angelic daughter of Villefort, the prosecutor who sentenced Dantès to a life in prison. She is also saved by Monte Cristo from her murderous stepmother, and eventually marries Maximilian.
Maximilian Morrel: the son of Monsieur Morrel, who was a good friend of Dantès and attempted to get him out of prison. Like his father, Maximilian is honorable and humble, and his favored by Monte Cristo throughout the novel. He becomes Monte Cristo’s beneficiary along with Valentine.
Eugénie Danglars: the daughter of Baron Danglars, the man who originally plotted Dantès’s downfall. Described as bold, independent, and rather masculine. A talented musician who detests men. After almost being forced into marriage by her parents in order to get them richer than they already were, she flees to Italy with her true love.
Louise d’Armilly: Eugénie’s companion (some would say lover, and that someone is me) and music teacher. She goes with Eugénie to Italy, both disguised as sister and brother.
Questions, comments, and concerns are all appreciated! The Count of Monte Cristo is long and convoluted, and there’s a lot more to the characters than what I put here!
@dumpster-slime here it is! @Icefire you can join too if you’d like ^^ we can do this like we did with league, revamp the characters a little bit and y’know, make the women into something other than passive angelic beings who are always idealistically pretty.