My mom decided she should see Les Mis again and I ended up seeing it with her. For one it’s incredible she didn’t kick me out of the room considering just how negative my commentary was, and second, when Enjolras and Grantaire die, I asked her if that scene made any sense to her, she said no and during the credits I then explained their dynamic and death in the Brick - what really happened. She then went on and said, a direct quote: “I thought they died together because they were boyfriends”… She has never read the book, and god I really want to redo that movie. Make sure those kinds of mistakes aren’t made again (yes yes, people ship e/R, so what, shouldn’t interfere with a “normal” watch
do you ever wonder what the les mis fandom must look like to outsiders?
we cry over 19th century literature and we’re hugely in denial over the characters dying and we ship characters that didn’t even speak to one another in the book nor the musical and we have so many different aus based on one group of men who actually weren’t really even a main part of the story
I mean we’re a pretty incredible fandom, but others must think we’re freakin’ strange
one thing I find hilarious is when Shakespeare quotes are used out of context
like, people are always saying "some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them" as if it’s all deep and meaningful when actually it comes from a prank letter in Twelfth Night
and "This above all: to thine own self be true" comes from Polonius in Hamlet wherein the joke is that he’s an old pompous dude giving a long and rambling speech full of contradictory pointless advice to his son
"Brevity is the soul of wit" is another joke, because again, it’s made by Polonius who will just not shut up
it’s “we are such stuff as dreams are made on” not “of “, as in, “such stuff as dreams are built on”
"wherefore art thou, Romeo" doesn’t mean “where are you, Romeo” it means “why the fuck are you called Romeo, shit, I wanted to bang you but I can’t because you’re a goddamn Montague”
all these lines have acquired a kind of dignity in text that they never had in performance or are constantly misinterpreted
It’s not necessarily bad but it is kind of funny, sometimes.
I have to laugh.
People constantly portray Hades in new age media as this totes evil bad guy, yet Zeus and Poseidon have fathered more monsters and people than he has and have raped women
while Hades is just there in the underworld with the one girl he kidnapped and agreed to let her free in the summer months with no children of his own, probably rolling his eyes and going ‘Guys, can we have a normal family dinner for once? Please?’
A request: can anyone link me to videos of different performances and stagings of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables you might know of? Broadway performances, tour performances (both original production and post 25th anniversary productions), whatever you have. I need this for ~reasons~.
The reasons are meta.
you already have los mis, which is basically how the tours work so…
- 2000 us tour - the amis get pretty close to marius
- 2008 hollywood bowl - with josh lloyd young, err… minimum furniture since stage reasons
- 2008 walnut st. theatre - you gotta love that felt blanket
- 2008 london - how it’s traditionally done
- 2011 uk tour - same as los mis, but in english! XD
- 2013 us tour - same as above, but no candles. marius really gets a good look at all the amis
- 2010 a life of love charity show - the amis are behind a screen and only appear when there’s light behind them. this is in french.
- 2009 lausanne beaulieu theatre - marius sings amidst the turning women, red carpet/blanket on floor and he ‘plays’ with it like feuilly does in dyhtps. french.
- 2008 tv show - weird angles idk. french.
woot! there are some links there that i just discovered myself. thanks for the prompt, cheese!