I think my favourite thing about book!Marius is that Victor Hugo is entirely aware of how completely absurd this boy is. At one point the narration essentially says “Yeah, Marius is being ridiculous, he’s a young man in love for the first time, it happens.”
I really loved @lesmiserablol‘s brilliant headcanons about Les Amis as movie theatre
workers, so here’s my contribution (of course I take no credit for
none of the characters).
MODERN AU IN WHICH LES
AMIS GO TO THE MOVIES TO SEE… LES MISERABLES. (sorrynotsorry)
One day Enjolras and
Cosette hear about this new musical movie coming out in their
theatre… What was the title? Les Misérsomething??
Enjolras heard it’s about a huge revolution, so of course he’s all
for it, and Cosette heard there’s also some love story in it, and
both of them want to see it SO BAD that they basically settle on the
first available date and drag all of the Amis along with them.
up weeping through the whole thing, because she loves the main
character so. much. Like, he’s literally made one small mistake in
his whole life (it wasn’t
even a real mistake, c'mon, he was just trying to feed his poor
family some bread, for God’s sake!)
and yet that awful policeman keeps giving him hell?? Instead
of chasing those horrible
innkeepers who steal things and abuse children?? Whoa, way to go Mr.
Lawful! And in the end, when the old man reunites with his adopted
daughter, she barely keeps it together cause at least he’s had a tiny
spark of joy in his life and
can finally die in peace.
has a sarcastic comment for
whatever decision the
Naive-But-Quite-Hot Blond Revolutionary Boss ever
yeah, a barricade, great idea, that will definitely keep the whole
national guard away! What could ever go wrong?” “Are you sure
that singing that your little lives don’t count at all is the proper
way to encourage your friends, Apollo?”
“Oh, well, you’ve
accomplished nothing and you’re about to die a very heroic death,
this revolution was not a bad idea at all.” (Never
mind that he actually finds quite charming the
passion and dedication that
Blond Revolutionary Boss puts in everything he does. Sarcastic
comments are much more likely to elicit a reaction from Enjolras than
any kind of compliment, so
he’ll go for them.)
political part of the story and follows the whole revolution with
eyes wide open. What he does
NOT appreciate is
Grantaire’s sarcasm, and he
can’t keep himself from retorting
to every. single. one. of his comments. Obviously.
“What should he
do then? Sit in a corner and drink himself to sleep like that dark
haired boy in the
background? You think that’s a
to get things done?” Cue
long rants on how it’s better to do little than to do nothing. Cue
a not impressed Grantaire answering
with even more
sarcastic comments. Cue
have to be so
and Combeferre sitting in the row behind them and placing bets on how long will
it take for those two idiots to finally stop arguing and
admit that they have the
most ridiculous crush
on each other.
agree that, judging from the way they get closer and closer as the
discussion goes on, they will be making out before the movie even
Bahorel, Bossuet and Joly
loudly for the revolutionaries, get
excited for every fighting scene and make fun of that
Shy Revolutionary Boy on screen for being soooooo
madly in love with Pretty Blonde Girl and almost dropping out of the
revolution just to follow her.
tries to laugh with them at first (“Ahah
yeah that boy is such
a booby right?”),
but he can’t help shedding one small tear when Shy Revolutionary Boy
and Pretty Blonde Girl are separated and sing that sad, beautiful
song to each other. (He
also likes the part when they first talk. When the characters on
that beautiful song about hearts full of love and romantic stuff, he
pretends to yawn, lifts his right arm and lets it slide over
Cosette’s shoulders, blushing like a twelve years old kid on his
first date. He
also unintentionally scratches Bossuet’s arm, but Cosette seems to
appreciate his gesture anyways, so no problem.)
Jehan adores the soundtrack. All of it. He has a small notebook with him and he takes notes of all his favourite verses and rhymes in case he finds a way to use them in one of his poems. When the movie finishes and they get home, he hums the tunes all the way to his place. It takes almost a week for him to stop randomly bursting into songs when someone mentions the words ‘France’, ‘students’ or ‘revolution’ in a sentence.
Marius had been living on his own for only a short time and was already experiencing the harsh realities of life in occupied Paris. Without his grandfather’s name to protect him, he now was at the mercy of the broken ration system, the curfew, shortages on nearly everything… On one hand the city still seemed normal, but on the other hand it just wasn’t…
At least his papers identified him as a German citizen, lessening the amount of questions and sideways stares he got from soldiers and police. His aimless presence was already suspicious enough as it was. Marius felt like one of the only people in this city who wasn’t doing anything of purpose. And of course the papers left out the part about his true parentage, protecting him much further.
It was no wonder the people of this country were fighting so hard against the Germans. And now knowing what he knew, it made Marius want to join in just as much. But first he needed to find food. And money somehow, as a job was likely never to be found and he would quickly run out of the sum he’d brought from home- no, it wasn’t home anymore. Especially not if he wanted to keep his head down.
It was on his fifth time aimlessly wandering around the block when he saw a familiar face. Nobody he knew incredibly well- just seen at events for the Party, in his grandfather’s social circles, but still someone who might help him orient himself in this city. “De Courfeyrac, isn’t it?” Marius called to get the other’s attention, “What on earth are you doing over here on this side of town?”
I was thinking of Les Mis and then I had a realization
that hit me in the face like a brick. (Ha, get it? *cough cough* *gathers what’s
left of my dignity*)
Cosette is the most important character in the entire
Let me explain. People say that she’s just there for
Valjean to have a simulacra of character development and to be Marius’ love
interest. But it’s so much more than that.
Remember that at the very end, Valjean gives Cosette
the story of his life, of her mother, and probably his account of what happened
at the barricade. Addition that to what Marius has told Cosette, so she
basically knows about the whole story.
And what is Cosette going to do with that? Transmit that
story to her children.
You’ll probably tell me: “Yeah, but Marius will do
that too.” I personally don’t think so. Now, it’s not that I don’t like Marius –
I love that dweeb, I really do. But Marius seems to me like the kind of guy who
doesn’t like to talk about painful memories. But on the other side, I think
Cosette is really going to take this whole transmitting thing really seriously
and will make sure the stories of her father, of her mother, and in addition, of
the people who surrounded Marius are never forgotten.
And since they will never be forgotten, someday, a new
world will rise.
All that thanks to Cosette never forgetting, and
telling the story of those who fought for liberty.
me @ 2:22pm EST: david and gillian probably slept together like once back in the 90s. maybe a handful of times. they probably tried to make something happen and realized it couldn’t and that’s probably what led to their estrangement in 1998. i doubt they sleep together now though, they’re just really happy to be in each others’ lives and supportive of each other.