External image@flo-nelja replied to your post: Random Thoughts brought on by watching Many…
I like the idea but it’s bad for Cosette and Marius’ romance. Here they get married when they have basically never talked.
I mean that could be a problem, but
-the time given to the romance is always EXTREMELY variable. I think the musical’s “ we met a whole eight hours ago but they were VERY MEANINGFUL hours” movement is the shortest (and works only because it trusts the conventions of a musical), but there’s others that cut it down to a few weeks or days or “ montage, unclear” .
-it’s easy enough to have them start talking at some other point. Many adaptations have done it, and well! It’s even easy enough to just bump the canon series of events that gets them talking to earlier, if you want to keep Eponine’s involvement, since Marius’ Moment Of Emotional Crisis comes from finding out that his dad’s savior is the guy holding his sweetheart’s dad hostage–it only requires that Marius not have really talked to Valjean or paid much attention to Eponine’s dad beforehand, which is super easy.
- if your next protest is going to be that it sort of screws Eponine out of her grand moment of Awesome at the Rue Plumet, well…yeah. It does. So does being Marius’ frigging secretary. There might be a way to save that moment for her here, but…it weirdly seems to be something a lot of adaptations are willing to ditch? ….As is Eponine’s entire character. Sigh.
- This certainly isn’t meant to be a single one-stroke cut to a complete and perfect adaptation– I mean, it cuts out my favorite thematic arc, obviously I am aware important things are going missing! It’s just one thing that I think could easily shift for those adaptations that don’t really want to deal with all that Revolution and Social Unrest business.