For all those interested in the May ‘68 riots: this album has the best collection of photographs I’ve found so far!



okay so. Les Mis AUs I wish I were smart enough to write:

#Paris; May 11; 1968: la Sorbonne: sous les pavés; la plage #Paris; revolution of 1848: another revolution but still. same ideologies #Haitian revolution: if you write this I will love you forever #Paris Commune: la semaine sanglante: more alternative revolutions please and thank you #WWII SPIES IN PARIS OKAY I know the least about this scenario but I know enough to say /damn/ please give me this #basically any ‘other’ revolution that took place in Paris (there are. a lot.) #the Sorbonne 1968 one is the most pressing right now tbh
#enough with college aus: a memoir by mochi #why coffee shops when you could have actual revolutions: the thrilling sequel #enough modern day fics; write historical revolutionaries during actual historical revolutions: the stunning conclusion

yes good all of these

(here is a very good WW2 au, I know there are more)



@pilferingapples I’m on mobile so I can’t do anything, BUT

A Paris 1968 AU would be perfect (in my opinion at least) for loads of reasons, including

– some of the leaders of the protests/riots were students at l’École des Beaux-Arts/Sorbonne/Nanterre, any of which would work well with Les Amis

– the political views demonstrated by the protestors were very similar to those mentioned in the brick re: Les Amis! There were many different political groups that came together, i.e., socialist, communist, Marxist, anarchist, republican, Gaullist, etc.

– it was an actual revolution: the violence isn’t exaggerated.

– another component besides the physical riots was the art movement that went along with the whole thing. Many poets, musicians, etc., produced relevant work

– the workers had an important part too – the factories played a major role in gaining support, and at the height of the rebellion there were millions of workers who supported the protests

– the police; while applicable to today, naturally, there’s also several stories of officers who, à la Javert, pretended to be on the side of the students

– ultimately, the revolution failed for the same reason the one in 1832 did: the people of Paris didn’t continue to support the protestors, and the police/national guard was eventually able to retake control

In short, it’s a great scenario that we don’t see enough of, unfortunately! (I can’t add links but there are plenty of sources in English)

Links! (let me know if any don’t work)

here’s a bunch of the graffiti, which was extremely important

I know, I know, Wikipedia isn’t a reliable source (but it’s a decent summary)

NY Times did (many) articles on this topic, honestly

this is actually a rather accurate article

the best book I’ve found about these events

NPR, like most news outlets, also has some articles

most first-hand accounts will be biased

some of the political posters/art (mostly student-created)

same as above (from The Paris Review)

All through this Faubourg St. Antoine, misery, poverty, vice, and crime go hand in hand, and the evidences of it stare one in the face from every side. Here the people live who begin the revolutions.  Whenever there is anything of that kind to be done, they are always ready.  They take as much genuine pleasure in building a barricade as they do in cutting a throat or shoving a friend into the Seine.  It is these savage-looking ruffians who storm the splendid halls of the Tuileries occasionally, and swarm into Versailles when a king is to be called to account.

But they will build no more barricades, they will break no more soldiers’ heads with paving-stones.  Louis Napoleon has taken care of all that.  He is annihilating the crooked streets and building in their stead noble boulevards as straight as an arrow—avenues which a cannon ball could traverse from end to end without meeting an obstruction more irresistible than the flesh and bones of men—boulevards whose stately edifices will never afford refuges and plotting places for starving, discontented revolution breeders.  Five of these great thoroughfares radiate from one ample centre—a centre which is exceedingly well adapted to the accommodation of heavy artillery.  The mobs used to riot there, but they must seek another rallying-place in future.  And this ingenious Napoleon paves the streets of his great cities with a smooth, compact composition of asphaltum and sand.  No more barricades of flagstones—no more assaulting his Majesty’s troops with cobbles.

Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad  (via pilferingapples)

Ask me any question and I can only answer with a screenshot from a Les Mis adaptation


  • Anon is okay but not necessary
  • I do mean any question, personal questions are okay too (although I won’t promise you that you’ll get a clear answer :p)
  • I can only use one picture per answer unless it’s a multi-part answer (like “what’s your favourite ship?” would need a multi-part answer for me)
  • No explanations, we die like revolutionaries


Btw I’m totally still up for more if anybody wants to ask anything ;D (I didn’t even get to use any of the really funny ones yet)