pro_patria_mortuus: (Default)
If you only know the musical, then the additions from the book are too numerous to go into, but mostly not worth bothering to enumerate in a post like this. It's more that there's greater specificity about Enjolras's character and friends, and the historical background and context, than the musical can fit in. The biggest difference is that the Amis de l'ABC are just one of a great many underground revolutionary groups, and Enjolras does not personally decide that now is the time to revolt.

Also, Enjolras will be talking like a Victor Hugo character. So there's that.

If you know the book, here are details I'm pulling from the stage musical and/or 2012 movie, or otherwise millicanoning:

details, mostly very minor )

- In general, I am defaulting to book canon on all particulars, but I'm willing to work with other muns! If you're playing a character from the musical, and you want to discuss Enjolras's relationship with your character or a plot point, come talk to me! (Email, message, or in the comments of this post, if you like.) We'll see if we can figure out something that works for everyone.

Also, a note on canon puncture! Victor Hugo was already a fairly well-known writer at the time of Enjolras's death, and there's no particular reason to think that isn't true in the world of Les Misérables as well as in the real world. Enjolras died as a martyr intending to give his death to posterity and republican inspiration, so he would not be remotely upset to learn that his life and death had been fictionalized in a famous novel of social criticism, or that that novel was adapted into a play later. However, if your character would bring up very specific details of the novel, or say "Yeah, you look exactly like the actor in that movie!" or whatever, then please talk to me first. (It may well still be workable, but I'd like to make sure we're on the same page.)
pro_patria_mortuus: (je ne comprends pas)
They're succulent plants.

...Seriously, that's the AU. There's plenty of symbolism in each choice! They're youthful, healthy, variably attractive plants. I'm not sure if they're Milliways-style dead yet or not.

They don't talk. Or write notes or anything like that.

They're plants.

(If you take one up to your room, you're gonna end up with a very confused Frenchman falling off your windowsill in a few days, though.)
pro_patria_mortuus: (les amis de l'abaissé)
The Amis this year are from the same daemonverse AU as last time.

Before, they were coming from the uprising of 1830, which for them was defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Now, it's a year later, in 1831. They've had a year of continuing to work secretly against the government -- and, thanks to Milliways resources, to work towards things like public health (clean water! washing hands! basic understanding of germ theory!) and education and so forth with rather more knowledge and resources than they had in canon. Accordingly, the group is somewhat more central to the revolutionary scene and somewhat more focused on science and public health than it was in canon.

As before, they're all alive. It's about a year before they die in canon -- but, since this is an AU with some things going differently, there's no guarantee that'll go down the same way either.

Other than that, they're all pretty much the same as the versions you're used to, except that each of them has their soul as an external bird of some sort that hangs around, talks, etc. They've been coming to Milliways for quite a while now. But it's up to you whether they've met your character before.
pro_patria_mortuus: (les amis de l'abaissé)
Only the Amis are getting presents, because Enjolras is not that much of a gift-giver even in a place where everybody can't just get what they want for the asking from a magical bar.

Each one of them is getting a book. I tried to come up with the subjects without great success, so -- they're something Enjolras would think your character would like! Either something that he thinks they maybe haven't run into yet, or something that was an old beloved book they reread a billion times at home, or something they've read but really enjoyed and would probably like a copy of their own to scribble marginalia in the way you can't with a library book. Feel completely free to come up with the book on your own, or to make me try to narrow it down some. (He polled Joly and Bossuet for help with Grantaire's.)

There's a sappy note on the flyleaf about how much he appreciates you, specifically, friend, and [non-exhaustive list of your good qualities]. It's extremely Enjolraic. I haven't bothered to come up with them specifically but I can certainly write them out if anyone wants to see a specific one. Grantaire's is less effusive and took a lot more thinking about careful wording, but all the same he gets an earnest Enjolraic note too. MERRY CHRISTMAS GRANTAIRE.

Gavroche is getting a book too -- it's some foundational text, The Social Contract or a collection of republican writings from their day or something -- and a note which is also less effusively sappy than the older Amis get, but still earnest. You've found yourself a new home and a family who cares for you as you deserve, says part of the note, but here is a piece of your old home, which remains yours just as truly. There's a great deal of wisdom in these pages, and a great deal which bears disputing as well.

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