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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Different Versions Of Les Miserables


Most of my family (including me) is sick right now.  I'm not sick enough to be bedridden, but I'm too sick to really want to do anything productive :P  I've had this post idea knocking around in my head for a long time and I decided to do it today because 1) I don't feel like writing my novel, but I want to get something accomplished, 2) we're almost to Barricade Boys Week so this should get everyone in the right mood :) and 3) it's going to be an easy/quick post to write.

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There are several different versions/adaptions of Les Miserables on Youtube, both musical and non-musical.  I'm going to be talking about four different musical versions (there are so many highschool productions out there - I only picked two...the best and the worst) and three different non-musical adaptions.  In order from worst to best (IMO)...
  • Blacklick High School - There are so many bad points about this, I can't even think of a good one.  Everyone's singing is wretched, the orchestra is even worse (after Javert's 'There's no way to go on', there is no emphatic music).  I'll be talking more about their version of Red & Black during Barricade Boys Week, but let's just say it's less than inspiring.  At best.  Marius is the worst singer.  I seriously think 'Empty Chairs' was three minutes of torture for the audience.  Rating - 1/10
  • Les Miserables 1957 - At three hours and forty minutes, this is easily the longest version of Les Mis (besides the miniseries).  Terrible casting, horrible acting, just overall leaving you with a sense of 'ugh'. There are a few good points, though.  It's quite accurate to the brick (with that length, it should be!), Thenardier is actually pretty good casting (although, really, who cares?) and Marius is the closest to Marius-in-my-head-when-I-read-the-brick.  Rating - 3/10
  • Les Miserables 1978 - I first watched this at my grandparents' house (it was the first non-musical version of the story I'd seen).  Its spends wayyyyyyy too much time on Valjean in prison...blah, blah, blah.  It dragged on and on until we got to 1832 where it zipped along to the end (at breakneck speed) - it ends at Marius and Cosette's wedding.  The only thing that made it higher than the 1957 version is Enjolras.  When he came on, I sat up and took notice.  Even though he only has a teeny part (and a fake French accent), he was pretty epic.  Which is big praise from me :)  Rating - 4/10
  • Lincoln High School (Act I & Act 2) - Best. highschool. production. EVAH.  I'm not kidding.  It's fantastic.  Enjolras and Valjean are the two highlights.  Enjolras is one of the best musical Enjolrai I've ever seen and Valjean's version of BHH never falls to blow me away.  Eponine's great (boy, can she belt!), Cosette and Fantine are both good as well and the ensemble is just...wow (the orchestra is great, too).  Drink With Me (the ensemble/echo part) is gorgeous.  As good as the 25th DWM.  Now, the downside is - Marius is almost as bad as Nick Jonas and Javert is...meh.  But overall, it's an amazing production.  Rating - 7 and a half/10
  • Les Miserables 2000 (miniseries) - This is without a doubt the best, non-musical version of Les Mis.  Even though Valjean is so-so, Javert is a creeper, Marius is a creeper, Enjolras is blah and totally out of character (okay...he talks about hiding if things go down in the revolution and hanging out with girls - WHAAAAAAT?!) and it doesn't follow the brick as much as I would like.  But.  Fantine is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. (almost as good as Anne Hathaway) - one thing I liked it that it showed some of her backstory :)  Eponine is the most brick accurate Eponine, ever, Gavroche is awesome and Cosette is great.  And the Thenardiers are pretty good as well.  Now, it's all in French, but the person who uploaded it on Youtube put English subtitles for all the episodes...go for it!  Rating - 8/10
  • 25th Anniversary Concert - YES.  The 25thAC is back on Youtube!  I'm sure you all know about its pros and cons but for those of you who don't...everyone except Marius is good.  At least to some degree.  The end.  Rating - 9/10
  • 10th Anniversary Concert - The one version of Les Mis that everyone knows about.  The one that really started the fandom up.  The Dream Cast In Concert.  In this one, everyone is good.  At least to some degree (the slightly less inspiring ones, IMO, are Fantine, Enjolras and Cosette).  However, I basically have nothing bad to say about this one.  It has been, and always will be, my favorite Les Mis.  Rating 10/10
Have you seen any of these versions?  Do you plan on watching any of them?



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Little Things {26-50}


~ instrumental Celtic music
~ words (up to 5,299 in my novel)
~ finding the perfect title for a novel
~ libraries
~ the secret life of daydreams
~ searching for beach glass
~ re-reading books from when you were little
~ period dramas
~ long posts that make me smile/cry
~ enjonine
~ fresh notebooks
~ reminisces 
~ ideas that seem to come out of the blue
~ mom wanting to read les mis fan-fiction
~ bucket lists
~ chillin' on Pinterest ;)
~ books on writing
~ being a fangirl
~ lists and plans
~ finishing up school
~ quotes
~ some days...
~ planning my wedding - even though I'm not even engaged
~ scribbling down inspiration
~ lost internet connection (you appreciate it more when it comes back)



Monday, May 20, 2013

Announcing...


A few months ago I thought to myself that I hadn't had a blog event in a looooong time and that I should probably do one.  And since 2013 is the 181st anniversary of the barricades, I thought, "Why not do a barricade boys week?"  I started planning it, gathering guest bloggers, getting giveaway prizes (from amazing Etsy sponsors), and writing a few posts myself.  And now the day is [almost] here :)  I'll be changing my blog design sometime soon.  Here are a list of things to look forward to...
  • A mini-tournament
  • Several guest bloggers
  • A fantastic giveaway
  • My favorite barricade boy themed videos
  • Lots of pictures :)
And there's going to be lots of other things as well.  Here's the button...please put it up on your blog or pin it to a Pinterest board (or both).  Anyway, who wouldn't want such an amazing button on their blog? ;)

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Are you excited? :)


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