Everything I Know About Revenge I Learned From Alexandre Dumas

I can't tell you how excited I was when I first saw the trailer for ABC's Revenge. As I watched it, saw the girl with the secret identity, the bucketloads of money, the complicated scenarios, I thought to myself, "This sounds so familiar." And then I had it, Revenge is The Count of Monte Cristo! It turns out that Revenge is a retelling of the Dumas story with a modern twist: Edmond Dantes is a woman.

If you haven't seen Revenge yet I'll give you the run down. Amanda (Emily Van Camp) is a troubled girl. She's been in an institution since her Dad was convicted of treason for funding a terrorist group. He was sent to jail where he died. On Amanda's 18th birthday, she is given a box containing her father's diary. In it, he explains how he was set up by the people he thought were his friends, friends who benefited from his incarceration. Even his loving girlfriend, Victoria (Madeline Stowe) was in on the betrayal. Although he wants Amanda to know the truth, he begs her to find it in her heart to forgive those who ruined their lives.

However, Amanda cannot forgive and she transforms herself into wealthy, orphan heiress Emily Thorne. She buys back her old house, the one right next door to the present home of Victoria, her husband, and charming young son, in the Hamptons. Emily/Amanda has big plans for them.

I'm liking Revenge so far. It's pretty melodramatic but I love seeing how Amanda sets up each of the people on her revenge list. I have the feeling she's saving Victoria for last. The setting of the Hamptons is beautiful with scenes on the beach, and those big houses. Maybe you'll check it on Wednesday evenings.

Alexandre Dumas isn't a one hit wonder, not even today. His novel The Three Musketeers will once again be on the big screen. When I saw the trailer for this one, I thought, "Good grief! Are they serious?!" It looks over the top, "let's blow things up real good" silly! Then I remembered trying to read the book and how it was all about drinking and fighting. It was a ridiculous story but not boring. I think Dumas would approve of this latest version. 

It looks like it might be fun to see anyway. Lots of action. And handsome men.

Here's the trailer if you want to see for yourself.

Will you go see it?


  1. I haven't been paying attention to Revenge (since I don't have cable or satellite service and can't view it) but, wow. Sure enough. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my old favorite books, so I have to wonder if I would have figured that out if I'd watched it.

    ANOTHER Three Musketeers movie? Good grief. Will they never stop? I'll probably watch it, eventually, but I almost never make it to the theater. My husband is a stick-in-the-mud. He likes old B-flicks but not much else appeals to him, so he won't go with me to the theater!! Boo, hiss.

  2. Just like you, when I saw the trailer on ABC I also went "hey, that looks like Count". I have yet to see the show but after reading your post perhaps I will make an effort to do so.
    I've always been a fan of that particular kind of revenge formula that Dumas laid down so many years ago. As a kid I remember watching a version of Count on TV one night. Years later I would end up being friends with the director's son. Small world !!
    Nice blog you have ! I will try visit more often !

  3. I'm so glad you did a post on this because I was thinking the same exact thing! I love and have read Monte Cristo a few times and it's my all-time favorite book. I love the revenge theme and how sometimes (most of the time) revenge just doesn't end up making you happy.

    I just read for the first time a couple months ago The Three Musketeers and I totally agree that it's not a book that takes itself insanely seriously. So I too agree that Dumas would have fun watching the remakes. That said - I will always love the older Disney version w/ Keifer Sutherland as Athos. Athos will always and forever be Keifer in my eyes. Which reminds me - how insanely evil is Milady de Winter in the book? I was so surprised that she really had no redemption to her at all. EVIL! Can't wait to see Mila play her.

  4. I have been watching Revenge, and I love that it's an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. The only thing I don't get is why everyone hates Nolan.

  5. Bookfool- I thought my husband would like to see it since it's an action movie but he said, "It looks kinda stupid." So much for that.

    maphead- Thanks for visiting!

    Amanda- The movie has an interesting cast. Orlando Bloom is the villain! I have to watch the Keifer version again. It's been a long time.

    Heidenkind- I don't know why either. Maybe it's because he's a self-made man or new money.

  6. Heck yes I'll go see it.

    I'm a big fan of Dumas - love his books. When I see the movies, with all the cheesieness I keep in mind that Dumas would have probably loved them. His stories were, after all, serials for newspapers (that's why every chapter ends with you wanting to find out what happens next). Dumas didn't set out to write "classics", they were fun and still are.

    Thanks for the heads up on the movie. By the way, did you know that in The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan only has two fights?


  7. I'm a big fan of Emily VanCamp so I knew I wanted to check this one out from the beginning, but the premise sounded great as well. Thankfully I've really been enjoying it so far! It's so dramatic, but awesome. All of the actors are really good, I think.

  8. Being a huge fan of Orlando Bloom, I am definitely going to see this latest version of The Three Musketeers. Not too crazy about the air ships, but to see Orlando on the big screen again, I'll watch it. :-)

  9. I have been seeing commercials about Revenge. I might have to check it out. I know a couple other people that have enjoyed it.

  10. I haven't seen revenge, but now you've definitely caught my attention. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all-time favorites.

  11. I haven't watched Revenge, but I do want to see the new Three Musketeers movie! I caught a commercial for it a couple of weeks ago and decided immediately that I want to see the movie. It looks like they've given it a bit of a steampunk feel almost like the Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. a couple of years ago.

    Yes the book is a lot of drinking and fighting and a ridiculous story. I read the Richard Pevear translation a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I said at the time that "These guys are kind of like a Frat Party that wants to have a moral purpose." and that's exactly the feel I got from the movie trailer,

  12. OOooo....did you see episode 4 of Revenge? At the shrink's office she see's a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. Thought that was a cool addition.

  13. Why haven't I heard of this series before? I definitely have to check it out, And, yes, the new The Three Musketeers movie does look ridiculous, but Logan Lerman's in it...


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