I’m a bit conflicted about the arrest scene… It’s weird how Fantine is so quiet while Valjean does all the talking when in the manga she had the huge monologue. And how the hell did he manage to find out ALL that information on his own in such a short time? xD; Idk, to me it makes more sense to have Fantine herself tell him.

On the other hand it is nice that he corrects himself after asking her why she didn’t come to him for help. Because how should she have known? That’s a nice change.

Btw, I had to re-read that scene just to compare and I just realised that I totally imagine their voices as the actors from the 1972 miniseries now. I can’t unhear it. (Probably because it’s almost word for word the same dialogue? Just a little cut for length. And maybe slightly modernised occasionally.)

Oh and hey, am I imagining things or are all Javert’s speech bubbles square? 😀 Another metaphor? (It kinda makes them look like narration boxes, though.)

Anyway my complaints about this manga are still ridiculously minor. It’s pretty much just that little arrest scene thing and Javert being blond. (Idk, blond Javert just bothers me! I don’t mind blonde Cosette. I’m used to that.)

Oh and in vol 2 I found it a bit weird how Tholomyès asks Fantine what she thinks about the dead horse? I know this is such a tiny thing but it annoyed me because it was so unnecessary and silly. I mean, why would he care what she thinks about the horse?

But yeah, really minor complaints. As you can tell.

A summary of my reactions to volume 2:

“Oh no, baby Fantine…”

“Nooo she’s so happy and she doesn’t know

“Noooooooooooooo”

“Fuck you, Tholomyès”

“Oh my god did they just reference Cosette?”

“Fuck you Tholomyès, you fucking fuck”

“FUCK YOU THOLOMYÈS”

“No. I can’t.”

“Omg BABY COSETTE!”

“OMG BABY PONINE AND BABY ZELMA”

“NOOO I CAN’T TAKE THEM HAVING FUN TOGETHER MY POOR HEART”

“No no no no”

“No nono”

“NO. NOT FAIR. NO. YOU CAN’T.”

“Oh Valjean is okay. Thank god something isn’t wrong.”

“NO MYRIEL AND BAPTISTINE. I WASN’T READY FOR THIS. THEY NEVER SHOW THIS IN ANY ADAPTATION. OH GOD WHY ARE THEY SO SERENE AND BEAUTIFUL AND OH NO”

“Oh no more Fantine. I’m not ready.”

“No”

“No no no”

“No no no no no no no no”

“Nononononononononononononono!”

“NO PLEASE NO”

“NO”

“NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOO”

“…………”

“……………..”

“kgölaskgjgkhklöagjk WHY?!!! THAT IMAGINED FAMILY PORTRAIT WHY NO NOT FAIR”

“ALSO FUCK YOU THOLOMYÈS”

“I can’t. I need a break.”

“And a good Fantine survives AU.”

pilferingapples:

 vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

So I ordered the manga by Takahiro Arai. I was planning to read the sort-of-scanlations by bobcatmoran first but somehow I ended up just ordering it after just reading a couple of random chapters. I’m done with the first volume and starting the second now.

I’m reading it the lazy way, though, I’m not really bothering to check the words I don’t know unless it’s something really puzzling me. So I’m probably missing something here but I just don’t have the energy to keep stopping and checking everything.

Anyway this really is good. I’d heard good things about this adaptation and I definitely agree so far. Any adaptation that just makes you feel all the pain again like it was fresh like the first time must be doing something right. This thing is heartbreaking. I’m glad it included Valjean’s family and all the kids… But also… well holy shit, this is depressing.

So far it really seems like it’s taking the exact right parts from the book too. I haven’t felt like anything important was missing. (Okay then again it’s been a while since I read it from the beginning… I really should fix that.) And I like the pacing and the scene order or whatever you should call that. The art is great too. Some of these scenes are absolutely gorgeous.

Okay so blond Javert is going to take some getting used to, though. Wtf. But I love the characters so far and their interpretations. I love Mademoiselle Baptistine! Idk why but somehow she was the biggest positive surprise for me? Aside from just generally being positively surprised by everything.

Of course some of the stylistic choices are… interesting. 😀 Omg this is so overdramatic. And all the metaphorical images! I kinda like it though. It fits. I mean, it’s kind of silly in a way but sometimes Hugo is kind of silly and overdramatic too. In fact a lot of the time. So it works.

… I think this might be my new favourite adaptation already.

Oh and of course then volume one ends with a picture of baby Fantine. Oh my heart.

I think this is honestly the best adaptation— the most faithful and the best at capturing the spirit of the novel— that I’ve seen so far. And I mean, I’ve read the book a bit, you know? And I haven’t seen anything missing yet. I’ve been amazed at how many little incidents get included, and I mean that’s IMPORTANT, because Les Mis is ABOUT little incidents, the not-Great people and events that don’t get into history. 

And I LOVE that Arai never flinches from going just as OTT as Hugo. WORK that symbolism! HERE IS AN ENTIRE PAGE OF GLOWING LIGHT. THE CANDLESTICKS ARE A CROSS. DEAL WITH IT. 

Argh, I cannot WAIT to get my hand on Vol. 4! 

😀 Yess. I was so so positively surprised about all the little incidents, like you said. I love that it’s not trying to go too fast, as if the reader would get bored unless everything happens right away. Instead it takes time to dwell on the story and the characters and the mood. Of course that’s the huge advantage of this format and how you can go much longer than in a movie or a miniseries. But on the other hand aren’t required to fill a set number of episodes either, like in a tv-series. So the pacing can be exactly right.

Oh and yes to the little incidents being important.

About the symbolism and overdramatics: Haha, yeah! At first it felt weird and silly but now I’m starting to embrase it. 😀 I love how it adds “colour” to the manga too. And honestly that lion!Valjean is kinda cool. In a creepy way. (And snake!Thénardier is even creepier. Brrr)

I got my vol. 4 already! o/ Although I’m still reading vol. 2. And I needed a break because my head started to hurt from all the kanji… (Or the furigana since they’re so tiiiny.)

Oh my god M. Thénardier is a giant snake*. xD This manga is awesome. (Although I kinda hate the whole thing about how snakes symbolise evil. Snakes are cool.)

* Okay, okay, it’s just another visual metaphor.

So I ordered the manga by Takahiro Arai. I was planning to read the sort-of-scanlations by bobcatmoran first but somehow I ended up just ordering it after just reading a couple of random chapters. I’m done with the first volume and starting the second now.

I’m reading it the lazy way, though, I’m not really bothering to check the words I don’t know unless it’s something really puzzling me. So I’m probably missing something here but I just don’t have the energy to keep stopping and checking everything.

Anyway this really is good. I’d heard good things about this adaptation and I definitely agree so far. Any adaptation that just makes you feel all the pain again like it was fresh like the first time must be doing something right. This thing is heartbreaking. I’m glad it included Valjean’s family and all the kids… But also… well holy shit, this is depressing.

So far it really seems like it’s taking the exact right parts from the book too. I haven’t felt like anything important was missing. (Okay then again it’s been a while since I read it from the beginning… I really should fix that.) And I like the pacing and the scene order or whatever you should call that. The art is great too. Some of these scenes are absolutely gorgeous.

Okay so blond Javert is going to take some getting used to, though. Wtf. But I love the characters so far and their interpretations. I love Mademoiselle Baptistine! Idk why but somehow she was the biggest positive surprise for me? Aside from just generally being positively surprised by everything.

Of course some of the stylistic choices are… interesting. 😀 Omg this is so overdramatic. And all the metaphorical images! I kinda like it though. It fits. I mean, it’s kind of silly in a way but sometimes Hugo is kind of silly and overdramatic too. In fact a lot of the time. So it works.

… I think this might be my new favourite adaptation already.

Oh and of course then volume one ends with a picture of baby Fantine. Oh my heart.

Les Amis Supernatural AU Chapter 4

pilferingapples:

vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

Okay this took way too long. :p And after a cliffhanger too! It ended up being the longest chapter so far too, actually. This is like over 4000 words. That’s a lot for me because usually I’m way too impatient to write long chapters. But I’ve been hit by a sudden productivity thing now! At least for the last few days. Heres hoping it’ll last.

In this chapter: Bahorel is possessed by a spirit and Jehan is badly wounded. The others need to deal with the situation. Holy crap, there’s actually some action in this? And lot’s of supernatural elements.

Thank you all so much for your support so far, btw. 

Also, I should probably come up with a title for this story… The problem is that I suck at titles. I’d probably end up just calling it “The ABC Supernatural Detective Agency”. But then again that’s better than Les Amis Supernatural AU. So maybe I should.

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I feel like anything I talk about with this section of the story will be Spoilers, but: YAY, new chapter! I continue to love this AU, and I’m really looking forward to  seeing how it resolves— alves! 

Thanks! 😀 Now I’m so curious about what you would have said… But then again you have a point there about spoilers.