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YMMV / War and Peace

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  • Anvilicious: No, Leo, tell us how you really feel about "great man" history...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Even though he's actually a minor character, Dolokhov seems to fit an unusual number of tropes, and makes enough of an impact on main characters' lives to merit distinction.
  • Hollywood Homely: Princess Marya is as butt-ugly in the book, but adaptations rarely cast someone unattractive while still singling her out as plain.
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  • Ho Yay: It gets hilarious (and slightly worrying) whenever Rostov sees the tsar.
  • Inferred Holocaust: While arguing with Pierre, a character who disagrees with him acknowledges that he does have a point, referencing the story of Napoleon's giving aid to the plague-stricken. To those who know what happened in Real Life, however, this line is considerably more ironic and chilling...
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Usually remembered for how long it is.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • It's the early 1800s in czarist Russia: men and women aren't exactly on equal standing. The women are fully-realized characters with understandable motivations, and their parts of the story are equally long and important as those concerning men. However, it's not unfair to say War belongs to the men and Peace belongs to the women.
    • The fate of Natasha, as shown and explained in the epilogue, is especially outrageous in this respect. She's totally invested in first her marriage and then her children, which is fair enough, but she completely lets herself go in appearance and behaviour, abandons all the things she was good at like singing, and withdraws from polite society. Denisov, when he comes to visit, is appalled at the difference between the young and spirited Natasha and the plump, placid housewife she is at the end of the book.
  • The Woobie:
    • Princess Marya Bolkonskaya is abused by her father, mocked by her brother, her sister-in-law dies, her only friend Mademoiselle Bourrienne is constantly hooking up with the men in her life, first Anatole, then Old Prince Bolkonsky himself! and her only company are random hitchhiker pilgrims.
    • Pierre is a bastard who no one really respects, is in a crappy marriage, his wife gets married to two other guys while still married to him, and all his efforts to improve things just make everything worse.
    • One could argue that Sonya is also a Woobie, considering that she lives in a household where her aunt despises her for no fault of her own, her closest friend Natasha doesn't really care for her, and she ends up becoming a "sterile flower" after her fiancé ditches her for a rich heiress.


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