les amis as stuff the students who live next door to me have done
Grantaire – tried to build a replica of the houses of parliament out of empty beer cans and laughed til they cried when it fell over (structural issues) “It’s symbolic!”
Jehan – wore leggings to graduation bc they didn’t like the cut of their suit trousers “Leggings are gender neutral, just ask Shakespeare.”
Bahorel – came round to get a parcel addressed to them that I’d signed for in their pyjamas “I heard the doorbell but I couldn’t answer because I was naked.” when I asked why they were naked “It’s Friday.”
Joly – leaned out of the 2nd floor bedroom window to throw a handful of condoms down to their friend stood in the street (I won’t repeat what they said)
Courfeyrac – ‘rescued’ (read: stole) my other neighbours dog when it got out. overheard making a 6 point argument for why they should keep the dog, despite barely being able to feed themselves
Combeferre – ran into a fellow student while leaving the house with a crate of energy drinks balanced on one shoulder and a bottle of vodka in their coat pocket. when asked where they were going? “The library.”
Bossuet – got really high and walked into the back door bc they thought it was open
Feuilly – set fire to a bunch of liberated UKIP signs in the back garden and roasted marshmallows over the flames
Marius - walked home one of the girls who lives in the house across the street then sat outside with her on the doorstep for hours talking despite it being below freezing (why did neither of them invite the other inside?? who knows)
Enjolras – overheard drunk under my window at 3am “Did you know about this? Did you know about the patriarchy? It’s a fucking disgrace man, what the fuck. We gotta, we gotta do something. Fuck. Fuck the patriarchy. Smash the- oh shit-” *falling over noises* “I’m fine the hedge broke my fall.”
Bonus Gavroche - spotted being carried along inside a wheelie bin by their friend to escape the rain
-the beginnings of the barricade songs
-“EVEN A WHORE WHO HAS GONE TO THE BAD WON’T BE HAD BY A RAT!!!”
-Thenardier calling Cosette by the wrong name
-“Little he knows, little he sees”
-the three part counterpoint at the end of a heart full of love
-the three part counterpoint at the end of a heart full of love reprise/everyday
-“Thinks he’s quite a lover, but there’s not much there”
-when the “JAVERT!"s match up in the confrontation
-the feeling in your chest when everyone starts singing in the finale
-gavroche singing the women’s part of drink with me in the les mis movie
Amis and co. as things customers at my (fast food) job have done
Bahorel: tipped me 10$ on a 9$ meal because I made “the best fucking fries in history”
Joly: ordered our largest size (which is enough food for two-three people) with extra gravy but then added peas on top because “I’m trying to eat healthy”
Feuilly: ordered, paid, and then just. Fell asleep. Right there at the till.
Enjolras: got legitimately angry when our card machine didn’t have a tip option and got even angrier when I said I was working through New Year’s eve until 5 am. Offered to call head office and complain about it.
Cosette: also on New Year’s eve, gave all of the staff chocolate bars and thanked us for working so hard and so late
Montparnasse: came in to the shop twice a week in the summer while we had a limited time meal called the Mac Daddy and only ever ordered that. Never came in again after we got rid of it.
Combeferre: lives in the flat above the shop, comes in every week with a ceramic bowl and asks me to make his meal in it (instead of our paper boxes) to reduce waste
Jehan: reads, considers, and takes a picture of every single quote I write on the blackboard. Always asks for extra pickles.
Gavroche: had an actual laughing fit when I squeezed the cheese sauce bottle and it made farting noises
Courfeyrac: came in around 3 am on the weekend before Halloween dressed as David Bowie. Picked up a feather boa a customer had left behind, put it on and kept it
Éponine: started yelling at some idiot who was catcalling another customer. It got so heated they had to take it outside
Musichetta: nice regular who just comes in to write Instagram handles on the board, chats with us for a few minutes and leaves
Marius: apologized like five times even though I was the one who messed up the order. Tried to pay with Euros (in Canada)??
Bossuet: came in slightly drunk at 2 am on a snowy day so the shop floor was wet, fell down literally more than ten times even after I mopped
Grantaire: stared at the menu of poutines for 10 minutes, gave up and asked me “which one’s the most dank”
ok so has anyone ever considered stage actor enjolras and techie grantaire???
some important points
- grantaire most definitely plans his lighting cues exactly when they make enjolras’ hair glow like a halo
- enjolras always playing the leading man/love interest characters because he’s just so beautiful and has the voice of an angel
- because of all the women that he very convincingly kisses on stage, grantaire is so sure he’s straight
- this doesn’t stop grantaire from flirting with him whenever possible (and most definitely missing sound and light cues because of it)
- when costumer jehan tells grantaire that enj is gay as hell, he couldn’t be happier
- stage manger combeferre is definitely done with all of the pining and shit like come on guys its distracting from the show
- enjolras’ fellow actors cosette, courfeyrac, musichetta, and marius keep trying to tell enj that grantaire likes him, dammit, but enj is having none of it. theres just no way, and besides, itd distract from the show
- the very small pit of éponine, joly, bossuet, montparnasse, and floreal (who i really should talk about more)
- feuilly is the set designer and he builds them with the help of his boyfriend bahorel and they are killing it
- valjean is the director
- no, cosette got in on pure talent
- valjean aint about that favoritism life yes he is
(I wrote this two days ago but anxiety made me delete it #ironic. Attempt No.2)
I feel like the Les Mis fandom needs to address how it approaches mental illness, as I’ve been a part of it for two years and some of the ways in which it’s presented is… Well, to be honest, gross. There are a lot of examples I could use, but I’m going to focus on Joly for now.
Health Anxiety (or hypochondria, as it’s commonly known) is where a person continually obsesses about their health, and usually derives from a ‘larger’ mental health disorder; for example, my health anxiety comes from my GAD.
Joly is canonically a hypochondriac, in a time where there was little to no understanding of how mental health disorders work. Maybe because the source material isn’t particularly detailed, or even flippant about it, the fandom therefore responds the same and thinks that it isn’t a serious condition. Too often, I’ve seen fics and headcanons along the lines of:
“Oh, he’s diagnosed himself with mono, so he’s quarantined himself.”
The problem with hypochondria is that, to people who don’t have it, it can seem irrational, or even ridiculous. I have taken infinite amounts of pregnancy tests in the past few months alone, despite being celibate for half a year, because my tummy hurts a bit and my periods stopped from the pill. My friends this in itself is ridiculous; they don’t know that, once I ruled out pregnancy, I began to convince myself that I had IBS or colon cancer.
Health anxiety is debilitating. I cry myself to sleep because I think I’m dying and I can’t afford to pay for the doctors (even though, more often than not, I don’t need to go). I check my entire body at least once a day for any changes. I get so stressed that my body physically responds, which therefore scares me and makes me think something’s wrong, and the cycle continues. It goes beyond panic attacks; it can make me not leave my house, or think extremely dark things.
Obviously medication and therapy is available nowadays, as understanding has developed. If you have Joly in a Modern AU and you’re writing him with health anxiety, make sure that he is accessing these things, or realises he needs them if his anxiety is somehow important to the plot. Take time to research the ways in which we counter the anxiety, and ways in which it manifests, particularly if you don’t have anxiety and hypochondria yourself.
This goes for a lot of things; from Grantaire’s depression and alcoholism, to Bahorel’s anger issues. You have to be considerate that these are real things people suffer from and have to be approached with sensitivity. Representation doesn’t count if it’s treated as a punchline.
This isn’t me trying to attack any specific person; like I said, I think that most of the time genuine naivety is the cause of the offending material. But it is upsetting to see something that genuinely does damage my way of living treated so flippantly, especially in a fandom that I have been in for two years and am extremely invested in.
This is a pretty hard topic for me to talk about, but it needs to be said. Thanks for reading X
bossuet has some small waves of luck that go unnoticed by most people, but that are actually how he manages to always stay positive (since he prefers holding on to them and always looking on the bright side of life); like:
whenever he has to leave somewhere to go home and it’s raining the rain gradually stops until it’s 100% over or it’s almost imperceptible and it only starts again when he’s home;
whenever he forgets his wallet home and has to catch the bus he always has the exact amount it will cost him to catch the bus as many times he needs that day in his pockets;
he ALWAYS crosses ways with a dog when he’s mildly upset. ALWAYS;
he finds random, and to most people absolutely worthless, objects on the street (never money) that always have to do with one of his friends so he takes them home to wash them or whatever and give them to his friend as a gift;
when he wants to buy people gifts for birthdays or holidays or anything he always finds the perfect thing very quickly (and a few times it was the last one in store!!)