Every time I watch War and Peace (whether it is the 1956 version with Audrey Hepburn or the new TV-mini series) I can't help but long for some nice fan fiction with alternate ending for Andrei and Natasha. I like Pierre alright but he just doesn't have it in him and Andrei needs to be written as someone more than killing machine/alpha male/turned Christian.
2007 version: Alessio Boni was very good as Andrei. A bit like Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice, and you know what I mean by that;-) He was the best when he went into the "romantic hero" mode, I really couldn't stop falling for him - but then he would start going on and on about the war and serving one's country. Oh well. And then about the art of forgiveness which was wonderful when applied to Natasha, but a bit worse when he started about the whole mankind. But that's Tolstoy for you;-)
Just a major irk. But I guess War and Peace isn't popular enough to have an English-speaking fandom... *sigh*
Alright, alright, coming back to the male/male stuff;-)
BTW - has anyone else besides me simply adored Septimus in Stardust? For many reasons, not the least of them being his resemblance to the one and only SS:) And his morbidness! Ah. The film is really worth watching, by the way - I can't say how serious it was intended to be but I had so much fun watching it (OMG, Robert DeNiro as bent Captain Shakespeare! And Jason Flemyng! Dexter Fletcher!) yesterday. I was like *you've got to be kidding me* all the time. And interior design was very much like Harry Potter, don't you think?
ETA: Oh my GOD. Oh my FUCKING God. I found an Andrei/Pierre War and Peace slash fic on ff.net. This is sooo wrong.
Still no Andrei/Natasha anywhere, though.
But I guess War and Peace isn't popular enough to have an English-speaking fandom... *sigh*
But I assume you have looked. I have yet to be disappointed when I did searches, I have found fanfiction on even relatively obscure new fiction, seems like somewhere there would be something for "War and Peace". But since not, you might want to request one at Yuletide next year - it is an lj for the "Obscure Fandom Fanfic Exchange" and a really charming idea. I have found some wonderful nuggets there.
So, how is the diss coming?
One day I will read War & Peace. Is it hard going/depressing/political? I know nothing about it (and I did English lit. Woe!).
Septimus rules! Stardust was such a wonderful film. I'll definately be buying it on DVD when it's out.
I was too young to watch the TV miniseries (70s version) of War and Peace with my family when it was first broadcast, but I remember there was a family tradition of groans all around and much arguing with the TV set whenever Andrei showed up. Why, exactly, I don't remember, but he really got their backs up.
When I saw the rerun in the 80s, I fell in love with Pierre. He's still my favorite. I also continued the tradition of yelling "Oh, for God's sake, Andrei!" at random moments.
I must say I'm not the biggest fan of Pierre - I like him, but he leaves me luke-warm. But I'm not really all for Andrei either - he annoys me to no end, as many super-male romantic heroes that need to be rewritten so badly.
What I don't like about War and Peace is that it's so much anti-women in the general take (and you can easily see how Tolstoy imagines the perfect woman, meek and sacrificing, of course; Natasha is very ambivalent at times) and that in men such as Andrei there are two extremes, really: war and Christianity, which all in all is sooo boring & simplified.
Hence my need for fics;-)
I'll write you an Andrei/Natasha in exchange for a Dolokhov/Sonya :p
Um *cough* sorry...I'm kind of butting in out of nowhere. We haven't been introduced but I write W&P and I have alwas been frustrated to no end that no one else does :(