All for one and one for all!
The Three Musketeers was a 19th century novel about 18th century French soldiers running around Paris, getting into duels, tripping over sex scandals and occasionally rescuing noble ladies from ruin and embarrassment. Thanks to cinema and TV, very generation has their own version of D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, Milady, Rochefort and the sinister Cardinal Richelieu.
SF author Tansy Rayner Roberts (author of Musketeer Space) explores various adaptations of the swashbuckling story, including the most recent BBC series, Richard Lester's famous two-film epic, the Golden Age of Hollywood, a Russian musical, a K-drama combining French and Korean history, and multiple animated versions where the characters are played by dogs, or Mickey Mouse, or Barbie.
Will Constance always die? Will Rochefort always live? Do you have to like D'Artagnan to appreciate this story? Is the Cardinal actually a villain? Is Racquel Welsh a comic genius? Why can't they all be musicals? Learn about Angst Hats, the absence of muskets, and the undeniable fact that Milady De Winter will always be better dressed than everyone, except maybe the Queen of France.
Four Musketeers. Thirteen D'Artagnans. Twenty-one essays.