2. After every episode, there is a preview for the next. The people who talk through these previews are little shits.
3. Little Cosette, Azelma and Eponine are adorable.
4. Enjolras is an inspiration.
5. Quality moments of classic Pontmercy.
6. Courfeyrac’s lack of boundaries.
7. ExR, baby.
8. The insightful introspection of the main characters.
9. There are some communication breakdowns when it comes to French names.
If that hasn’t convinced you, consider the following: Gavroche has a dog sidekick (that’s bigger than him) for some reason, you get to see Enjolras’ reaction to fangirls, Montparnasse is involved, and, oh yeah, it’s Les Mis.
I really like Enjolras’ characterisation in Shoujo Cosette.
He’s this intense but quiet guy who only really voices his opinions when he can’t stand it anymore, but when he does he’s eloquent and passionate. He’s not as cold or harsh as Brickjolras though and gets all awkward around fangirls. He wants to look at Combeferre’s apples and doesn’t afraid of anything.
Don’t get me started on the heartbreaking sweetheart that is Shoujo Cosette Grantaire.
He’s just this gentle, big nosed sweetheart who thinks love is super important and the only thing that makes life less crap outside drink. He has a soft spot for Marius because Bros before Unattainable blond/es. He just sleeps a lot and makes people laugh between being cute.
His ‘I have faith in you. You should have a little faith in me, too’ speech will destroy you and the way he makes Enjolras smile when they’re about to die by telling him not to worry, because future generations will finish what they all started.
"real feminists" don’t hate men" though. really, wow, people telling women their struggles and feelings are illegitimate if they show their full resentment towards the oppressors? man that’s NEVER happened before
Okay I know how everyone says that if Enjolras ever got a dog, it’d be a Golden Retriever. But imagine this:
The first time Enjolras brings his new dog with him to the Musain Courfeyrac loudly exclaims “What the fuck? What is that?!”
"That is my new dog Patric. I told you I got him at the shelter last week…?" Courf just wordlessly drags Enjolras off into a corner. “I’ll ask again, what the fuck?” "I have no idea what you’re on about. I saw him at the shelter and I knew I had to take him in. He’s so cute, don’t you think he’s adorable?"
the whole concept of flirting is just lost on me most of the time really. whenever someone is like “oh they were flirting with you” i’m just like. what. whenever someone is like “were you flirting with them?” i’m just like. what. whenever someone is like “oh you totally were flirting with them!” i’m just like. what. what is flirting. what is going on. what. i have no idea what’s going on. what
The fact George Blagden, a presumably heterosexual young man, openly talks about the fact he ships Enjolras and Grantaire with a kind of burning that’s usually only attributed to urinary tract infections, and then posts his own dorky version of fanart calligraphy on the internet without being embarrassed, feeling emasculated or even acting up as if it’s something shameful that he’s doing; it just makes me sit and stare at a corner quietly for a minute because the colours of the world are changing and they’re taking the form of small elven-faun-like men.
We will profit greatly from experiences of subjugation and loss of autonomy. We will have major motion pictures, even some big ass summer blockbusters, about slavery. Only it will be told from the perspective of a white dude being captured by dark-skinned dudes, set hundreds of years into the future and be about mind control. Hell, we’ll even make movies about actual racism so we can position white people as good guys time and time again. Have you seen the Help?
We will sell you back the white women we want you to believe in. We’ll placate you with Cate Blanchett getting sassy about misogyny so she can stand up for the pedophile filmmaker we profit from. We’ll loosen Jennifer Lawrence’s leash so she can act quirky enough to whip you dumb shits into a fan girl frenzy so you’ll be happy when we can cast her in a role written for a woc. Bonus for us: She constantly undermines LGBT and fat people. We’ll let Scarlett Johanssen mouth off to sexist reporters so you’ll still think she’s a hero when we cast her in a racist action movie. You’ll think these three women are feminists. We steal your empowerment and sell it back to you, repackaged as a girl power we’re more comfortable with.
We reduce your identity because you mean nothing to us. You are a negative space to us. You are the samurai statue in our neighbor’s yard. You are the Asian fusion restaurant. You are the Native headdress at Coachella. You are the thug we cast as the bad guy so the white dude can execute you onscreen. You are the Indigenous population we use as the wild savage in our narrative. You are the rape victim we write so we can hear you scream. We need you to scream so the good guy can save you. Alternatively, you are the rape victim who uses rape as an inciting incident inside a revenge narrative, like Kill Bill or Girl with A Dragon Tattoo. We don’t need you to act in the roles we write about you- we’ll cast Jared Leto as a trans woman or heck, so many straight white dudes as a gay men.
We don’t care about your representation because none of you matter to us, we’ll scavenge what we need from your identities and abandon the parts that make you whole. We don’t need those.”