I finished the book!!!!! <--you have no idea how happy and sad this makes me. Happy, because it was wonderful, and I've reached my goal, and now I can see the musical without ruining it for myself; and sad, because now...it's over. Such an amazing book there never was. GAHH I could go on forever, but I'll refrain. I think a new life goal of mine is to learn enough French to be able to read it in the original language. ;) Anyway, I finished it with three days, eighteen hours, and fifty-one minutes to spare--or in other words, at 1:09 Wednesday morning. And everyone...
I'm seeing Les Misérables on Broadway tomorrow!
I just know I'm going to get to the theatre and have to pinch myself. I'm going to pass out from sheer happiness and anticipation. I've always loved going to musicals, but I don't think I've ever been as crazy excited for one as I am now. And it's all due to the book...that amazing piece of writing that I now adore.
Monday night I had an emotional break down reading the book. It had made me tear up before, but this time I cried like a baby. And it wasn't over anything in particular...just, love for the main character, Jean Valjean, and compassion and admiration and my heart just going out to him. I always liked Jean Valjean, but it hasn't been until these past few weeks that I actually fell in love with him (not in a weird way...since he's like...between 40 and 80 during the book's timespan). He's just so good and doesn't get much credit for it. Tuesday morning I started talking to my mom about the part in the book I had cried over, and started crying all over again, my mom with me, and my two little sisters looking at us like we were crazy. But then--oh gosh. Tuesday night...or super early Wednesday morning rather, I sat on the floor, bent over my beloved book, and sobbed over the full last 20 or so pages. It wasn't only sad; it was actually happy crying too. But it was--ahh! SO GOOD.
Now. Take all the incredible-ness of this story and add music to it, and my life is made. Okay. Okay okay okay. I don't care if you don't listen to this, but if you do, then I can have the consolation of pouring a little dose of awesome into your life. This is one of the best songs in the whole musical. And though I'll refrain from telling you everything that's going on in it, believe me, if you know, it's just that much better. All I'll say by way of explanation is that there's going to be a revolution and they're all deciding what paths to take. Powerful and gorgeous. I wish I could sing like this. The only bad part of this video is Nick Jonas. Bleehhh. I mean, he's good for a Jonas brother, but not for Les Mis.
I must now emphasize that my band instructor is the bomb. He's a total Les Mis fan...seen the musical several times, and we rarely talk about anything else anymore. He would always go on and on and ooonn about it before I finished the book, and even while I tried to shut him up about his favorite songs, it was a blast. He let me borrow his Les Mis soundtrack too. 'Tis grand.
I love books. I love music. Les Mis is both. What can I say? How can I resist?
Alfie as Jean Valjean. Why? Well, besides the fact that he has an epic voice and some intense facial expressions when acting out his part, he also has [and really truly, I'm not tryin' to be creepy here] one of the most adorable smiles ever, and an awesome accent.
Ramin as Enjolras. Why? Uhmm, if you're asking this question then you obviously didn't watch the video above. He puts such passion into his role, and his voice--ahhh! Can anyone deny the extreeeeme talent?
Robert as Gavroche. Why? I'm guessing this kid is about 11, and he's the cutest thing in the world. He sings, and he acts the perfect poor but happy-go-lucky rascal. Plus, this was one of my favorite characters from the book, so I automatically love him.