A Thousand Good Excuses: LGBTQ representation in Gankutsuou vs. The Count of Monte Cristo

If all representation is good representation, then Gankutsuou’s two LGBTQ characters should win out against Dumas’ one. But if we are to examine representation with a more critical eye, it is difficult to conclude that the later reimagining of the story does any more for queer people than does the story as first told some hundred and sixty years before.