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Friday, August 17th, 2007
9:59 am - Hello!


I have to say, I am surprised to see a Count of Monte Cristo community (even if it's not terribly active)! There doesn't seem to be very much Monte Cristo culture on the internet, unless you count that related to the anime.

So, me: at the end of last school year, my school book club voted to order some copies of The Count of Monte Cristo. Well, the books that came were of this edition. Bad mistake. Before I read it, I searched the introduction and the front pages and the cover to make sure it wasn't abridged. Sure of myself, I read all 500-some pages, only to find myself confused and baffled by the plot which made absolutely no sense. So that's when I went on the internet and found out it was abridged--without any sort of note in the book to tell you it was abridged! Believe me, I searched (and then, with the librarians' permission, wrote in huge letters in the fron of all the purchased copies, "ABRIDGED!") And I see I'm not the only one tricked into reading abridged copies.

But despite being furious at having read a 500 page abridgment, I bought the Penguin classics edition, read it, understood the plot that had been so hopelessly butchered in the abridgment, and loved it to death. I have to admit, it's not what I expected; the hype around The Count makes it out as a bit more of an adventure novel, with more swashbuckling and sword fights and... you know the stuff. And there wasn't very much of that. But I have to say, it's definitely one of the most amazing books I've ever read. (And I'm now reading The Three Musketeers, which does have its share of swashbuckling adventure!)

I haven't seen any of the movies. Well, I watched about 5 minutes of the most recent one (I think) on T.V., but I was disgusted by what I saw... I know, I know, they can't remain completely faithful to the book, but... I just couldn't stand it. I've also downloaded & watched 5 episodes of Gankutsuou (the anime) which, while not all too faithful to the book, is very interesting and I love the little references to the book (like Albert, at the end of each episode, shouting, "Wait and hope!"... except in Japanese). 

I do have a few small questions about the book. So, if you haven't read it, 


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Monday, August 6th, 2007
8:34 pm - The Count of Montecristo online reading community

Hi everybody!

For those of you who read Italian, I just opened apuntate, a community where we read and discuss books together chapter by chapter.

The first novel running is The Count of Montecristo, Alexandre Dumas père’s most famous novel (starting today!), an engrossing story of love, betrayal and vengeance… if you’re interested, feel free to join us and spread the word! :)

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
1:32 am - Joining


I'm a professor, and I've done a little scholarly work with The Count of Monte Cristo and its pop culture equivalent Gankutsuou. I'm a fan of Depardieu's mini series as well as the book. I'm afraid I've been warned away from the 2002 movie, although I would like to hear more about it.

My newest project is working on a Monte Cristo told from Mercedes and Haydee's viewpoints. I've started the novel, and I've got about 100 pages of material to work with, but at this point I want to begin amassing research in regard to the Napoleonic conflicts, lives of the Catalans in France, spinning as an occupation, and life in Marseilles during 1815. Later I'll have some similarly preliminary questions about Greece and Turkey.

At any rate, good to be here and find this community, and if you know where I can track any of that information down, thanks in advance.


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Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
7:57 pm

Hey all. Newbie here, but a big fan of both the movies and book.

I'd just like to know: do any of you know where I can find a film script of the newest movie online? I've looked everywhere. I need it for an oral interpretation speech. Any help would be very much welcome. Thank you.

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Friday, September 15th, 2006
12:32 pm - Condensed

I was pointed to a YouTube video on The Count of Monte Cristo, and found a hillarious one while looking though some more of them.

Someone condensed TCMC into about 5 minutes quite funnily. here.

Also, I started reading the unabridged verion over the summer. I didn't get very far, mostly because I only read when I had free time babysitting. I hope I finish it either this winter or before the end of next summer...well, the beginning of next summer. I've got reading plans if a certain book will be finished and published in Summer 2007 :)

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Monday, May 22nd, 2006
7:56 pm - Dagmara Dominczyk

Hey I just joined and I'm a HUGE fan of The Count of Monte Cristo - I first was intrigued by the book and then I watched the movie - which I thought was amazing, by the way. Anyways I hope this is allowed and if it isn't please tell me and I'll delete it right away (my apologies)...Here's an amazing actress who doesn't get enough attention: Dagmara Dominczyk (she played Mercedès Iguanada in the Count). I don't mean to be a bother but if anyone is a fan of hers and has a myspace...please do join:


Thanks a ton for your help...not a lot of people know of her (when she's just such an amazing actress) and I'm trying to spread the word of her...so far it hasn't been a success :-(

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Friday, May 5th, 2006
7:14 pm

While browsing for Czech Les Miserables production pictures, I found a link to a musical on Count of Monte Cristo. From the pictures, it appears that they kept the original ending which makes me squee with joy. Hopefully they'll have it on Broadway some time in the hopefully near future, but I doubt it since it's been out for six years already.


I found a track from it on emule entitled Můj Monte Cristo which is Haydee's solo. If anyone has anymore songs from this, I'd love you long time if you gave them to me (normally I'd by the cast recording, but I can't find a site that sells them to people in the United States).


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Monday, March 13th, 2006
11:48 pm

I've already seen the 1998 French Miniseries and 2002 Film, but I still have to ask...

Is there a single film that stays true to the books original ending?

current mood: confused

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Sunday, January 8th, 2006
3:43 pm - Icons

I love the movie the count of monte cristo more then words can express! So of course I had to make just a few icons.

11 The Count of Monte Cristo

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I'm a priest, not a saint.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
4:47 pm - Looking for more to read...

I just finished the unabridged The Count of Monte Cristo and am dying for more! Does anyone have any suggestions for books similar to this which they enjoyed? I read an abridged The Three Musketeers quite a few years back, but didn't find it very captivating (maybe it was the abridgment), though am willing to try it again.

Also, much to my distress, I seem unable to find any fanfiction... does it exist and could anyone please point me in the right direction?

Thanks much!

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Sunday, September 4th, 2005
6:04 pm


i just read the book for my english class this summer and now i'm writing an essay..

would anyone tell me if this is a good answer to "in thematic terms, what is this book about?"

In thematic terms, this story is about revenge. Edmond will stop at nothing to make the people that have hurt him in such a violent way, pay in an equally awful way. It is also a story of perseverance. Edmond states both his rage and his ability to go on when he says, “I’ll go on to the end, till my arms are exhausted, till I’m seized with cramps, and then I’ll sink to the bottom” (Dumas 81). Edmond continues to work with the “strength and drive of despair” (Dumas 81). He stops at nothing to bring those that have hurt him to their fate, sometimes going too far. The Count has been so bitterly hurt and abused and has over come so many struggles, that he will hurt the innocent on his journey to revenge. He says, to the woman he once loved, “Mercedes, I must have vengeance!” (Dumas 377). Even though he loved Mercedes more than anything when he left for the Chateau D’if, he came back a changed man. He came back as someone who would take revenge to the extreme, having been to the extremes of life already.

also..what are the central conflicts presented in this novel? any other ideas to spice up my essay?

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
2:10 pm - Hello-Bonjour

I'm still getting used to using livejournal, so I was happy to find the communities. I, like amusingly, began to read to abridged version, and didn't realize what was wrong until I read that post. So now I desperatly want to go to the bookstore. I haven't finished the book yet. But have watched the movie countless times sense last summer when I first saw it on an airplane. So, I will proably post again when I get the right version!

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
8:57 pm

hello everyone. I'm about to read the Count of Monte Cristo as a school project and I need a little help. Perhaps you all can help? All I need is some questions answered.

-What are the events that happen after Danglars and Morcef talking about the marriage?

- what are the circumstances surrounding Barrio's death, the implications, and the ramifications for Valentine?

- Describe the circumstances surrounding Morcef's trial.

No need for too much info, just a little summary and possibly where to find the answers would be great.

Thanks so much!


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Saturday, March 12th, 2005
3:25 pm - Just a little visually-enhanced reminder...

In one hour (16:20, GMT) on Channel 4...

Indulge me...

current mood: chipper

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Thursday, March 10th, 2005
1:50 am - Just a heads-up for UK members...

Hello, there. The Richard Chamberlain film version (1974) is being screened on Channel 4, next Saturday (12th of March) at 16:20, ending at 18:15.

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Thursday, January 13th, 2005
12:36 pm


I can't say how thrilled I am to have found this community! I am a most avid fan of the book. For the past five years, I've read it at least once a summer and also once during the school year. It never gets old! :)

Have to say I enjoyed most of the film and even excused a few artistic licences... but as a purist, I did disagree with some aspects!

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Saturday, December 4th, 2004
2:37 pm

Never expected to find this community heh. The count of monte cristo is one of my favorite books I must have read it at least 5 times action, adventure, love and most of all revenge is what makes this book so gooood lol. I liked the recent movie it wasn't exactly like the book but I think they had to modernize it for the audience. After all its not the 1800's anymore. I seen an older version of the movie on TCM once long time ago but sadly I cant seem to find it on video anywhere around here. My sister loves the movie in reality she never wanted to see it with me in theaters but I made her watch it on DVD when it came out now she watches it all the time claiming its a REALLY GOOD MOVIE! I can't get her to read the book but at least she likes the movie @-<--
So I just wanted to say hi to everyone in the community and ya its a good book AND movie =D

current mood: happy

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Sunday, November 28th, 2004
4:03 am - icons?

anyone know where i could find some "count of monte cristo" icons or mood themes?

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
1:50 am - the movie

Anyone else feel that the movie was better seen in french? I think so. :/

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
10:21 am

Wow. When I listed the Count of Monte Cristo as one of my interests, I wasn't expecting to find a whole community dedicated to it.

I've read the book at least 3 times. I thought the most recent movie did a decent job. It of course wasn't as good as the book, but movies rarely are. They had to modernize it to make it appealing to audiences after all.

I really want to see some of the older movies. I've read that one particular version is really good, but I haven't been able to find anywhere to buy them at a reasonable price.

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