The Les Mis Book Tag

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If at this point you didn’t know I have an obsession with Les Mis: I HAVE AN OBSESSION WITH LES MIS. And very recently it was the one year anniversary of my becoming obsessed with Les Mis, so this is my celebration post! *showers confetti* Also, I was upset that a Hamilton book tag existed but a Les Mis one didn’t, so. I MADE ONE MWAHAHA. It may have resulted in me bursting into song/tears at random intervals whilst writing, but those are basically common occurences anyway ahaha 😛

I Dreamed a Dream

i had a dream my life would be so different from this hell i’m living: a book that didn’t live up to your high expectations

My mind is very much on French history as I write this post, so I’m going to with Liberty’s Fire by Lydia Syson. I WAS SO HYPED FOR THIS: Paris! Revolution! Queer characters in history! Alas, it was not to be. The romance bored me immensely, and it was such a significant part of the book that it basically ruined the whole thing for me.

vicious ve schwabThe Confrontation

i’ve hunted you across the years: your favourite literary duo

I just reread Vicious by V.E. Schwab, which is possibly one of my favourite books of all time. Obviously I have to choose Victor and Eli. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S GETTING A SEQUEL ASDFJKL. (Although Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton are a close second.

Castle on Cloud

i know a place where no one cries: a book you have read that made you comforted + happy

I think I could go for Fangirl, but I also adore Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun as a pick-me-up book. Fangirl feels like a warm hug, but IGYTS feels like a ray of rainbows and sunshine and happiness to be alive beaming down on me. It just makes me want to art and love and dance and asdfjkl I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK. I encourage absolutely everyone to read it. *nods*

the rest of us just live hereRed and Black

red, the blood of angry men: a book you have an unpopular opinion about

I’m doing a shadowing group for the Carnegie medal right now, and there was a very…well, interesting opinion on Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Everyone complained that it was too boring and the satirical excerpts of Satchel and the indie kids would have made a better book. Which I thoroughly disagree with. It was just a mash-up of everything I hate in dystopian YA. *coughs* I don’t think The Rest of Us is for everyone, but personally I did love it!

Do You Hear the People Sing?

will you get up and follow me?: a book you read due to hype

I read The Secret History by Donna Tartt purely because I saw about a million aesthetic edits for it on Tumblr and I wondered what all the fuss was. I did like it, but…I was very confused for a lot of it. I think this post explains it quite accurately.

One Day More

one more dawn, one more day: a book that kept you reading into the next chapter (and the next and the next)

I couldn’t tear myself away from A Gathering of Shadows from V.E. Schwab. I read it at every available opportunity, leading to various spillages of toothpaste and food on my Kindle. (That thing has seen a lot of wear and tear but it’s still alive.) IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH IT. And it’s definitely worth choosing for my second Schwab book in this tag. Ahem.

On My Own

still i say there’s a way for us: a ship of yours that isn’t canon

I was planning on trying to…well, keep out of using Les Mis as actual answers for the Les Mis book tag. Since I thought it might provide a nice sense of irony. But I don’t think I can let this one go: Eponine/Cosette. I was reminded of my love for this ship when I saw this excellent Grease AU art and asdfjkl. WHY IS THERE NOT MORE GOOD FIC. Marius is an adorable dork, but Eponine and Cosette are like the even more adorable/scary power. I SHIP IT SO MUCH & I DON’T CARE IF THERE IS NO BASIS FOR THEIR RELATIONSHIP IN CANON AT ALL.

radio silence alice osemanDrink With Me

let the wine of friendship never run dry: your favourite bookish friendship

Frances and Aled from Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence have SUCH an awesome friendship. (And yes, I am going to keep talking about this book forever and ever until you all read it because it’s literally so fabulous.) I feel like they’re so honest with each other! It’s great to be able to be yourself. Also, yay for girl-boy friendships that don’t turn into relationships. 🙂

Bring Him Home

let me die, let him live: that one character you will do anything to see protected

Agatha Wellbelove, obviously. I am distraught at the fandom hate she gets. My friend said she had the personality of a wet dishcloth. SHE IS AMAZING AND BADASS AND SHE IS NOT TAKING ANY OF SIMON’S CRAP. She’s a canonical Doctor Who geek. Support Agatha Wellbelove 2k16. (Although I’m still hoping Gansey doesn’t completely die in The Raven King. I’ll probably know by the time this is published, oh god.) (Edit: I can confirm this I have finished TRK as we speak but NO SPOILERS.)

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

now my friends are dead and gone: a character death you don’t think you’ll ever recover from (spoilers beware!)

Maybe Sam Cortland from Throne of Glass. Until Queen of Shadows I still had my theories that he somehow wasn’t dead, but… I don’t think so. And I know I said I’d keep Les Mis to a minimum, but obviously I’m going to have to talk about the very major character deaths of many significant characters in that. *coughs* WHY, VICTOR HUGO, WHY. Let’s just pretend those parts didn’t happen, okay? would it be cruel to put a GIF of everyone lying dead here yes it would

AND THAT IS THE END. *dramatically sweeps hands* Sadly I couldn’t do all the Les Mis songs, although I did start with almost that number so be impressed at my restraint. I’m not super sure who’s listened to/likes Les Mis, but I’m tagging my usual musical theatre partner in crime Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages. (And here is my reminder that we wrote an excellent fandom war between Les Mis and Hamilton. Which I thoroughly recommend you read.) But feel totally free to do this tag, pick and choose questions + use the title image yourself! My only request is that you link back to this post and keep the image credit. 🙂

Just to recap, because I know how annoying it is to keep copy and pasting, the tag questions are:

  • I Dreamed a Dream: a book that didn’t live up to your high expectations
  • The Confrontation: your favourite literary duo
  • Castle on a Cloud: a book that comforts you
  • Red and Black: an unpopular bookish opinion
  • Do You Hear the People Sing?: a book you read because of hype
  • One Day More: a book that kept you reading into the next chapter (and the next and the next)
  • On My Own: a ship of yours that isn’t canon
  • Drink With Me: your favourite bookish friendship
  • Bring Him Home: that one character you will do anything to protect
  • Empty Chairs at Empty Tables: a character death you don’t think you’ll ever recover from

what books do you love? do you like any musicals? how would you answer my questions?

21 thoughts on “The Les Mis Book Tag

  1. YESSS THIS IS THE BEST OMG. Thank you so so much for making this, and also for tagging me! 😀 😀 😀
    EPOSETTE. YAY I HAVE ANOTHER LES MIS FRIEND WHO SHIPS THIS. (my other les mis friend is very conservative, sooooo….no queer shipping with her 😦 ) I s2g, I update the Archive of Our Own section for Eponine/Cosette every single day and am constantly disappointed. Tis a tragedy. (Also, that Grease AU is the greatest omg)
    I really loved The Rest of Us! I guess I get how people wouldn’t get it…but the constant mockery of cliches made me so happy and snickery. I’ll Give You The Sun is such a happy but also sad book. I can’t deal.

    1. AAH YAY I’M GLAD YOU LIKE IT! Ahaha I feel like this was such a specific post but IT WAS FUN. So ha.
      Yay YES Eposette! (Aah no that sucks.) I despair at the lack of F/F fic. And instead I re-read, like, the same two Eposette fics and relate every single song I listen to with Eposette because I am complete trash. (YESS it was great. I’m pretty sure there is a fem!e/R Grease AU somewhere on AO3? Grease AU is always good. *nods*)
      Same! I loved all the little references to other YA tropes. But I don’t think it’s the most universally appealing Ness book, to be fair. Yeah — ack, and also it makes me jealous because everyone loves each other too much. If that makes sense. 😛

      1. A fem!Grease AU?! Must go find.
        That’s a good point- I had a friend who read it and just thought it was weird- I guess it appealed to those of us who do like dissecting that stuff, I guess.
        THAT DOES MAKE SENSE. It’s like, I want that kind of sibling love and platonic love and romantic love.

  2. I LOVE AND ADORE YOUR QUESTIONS!!! THIS IS SUCH A COOL TAG…even if…I haven’t ever read/watched Les Mis *hides* I’m so shameful right?!? 😂 But anyway *ahem* I ADORE VE Schwab. And I don’t even know why because half her books end with me crying omg. AGOS was so so good and the cliffhanger was so so so bad. And Vicious was AMAZING. I’m about to start The Archived actually! *flails*
    And I loved The Rest of Us so much too. ❤ It was so perfectly realistic and heartbreaking. ❤

    1. Aah no it’s totally fine — although I may have a lot of enthusiasm about dead French Revolutionaries, I appreciate that not everyone is the same! 😛
      YES VE Schwab is fabulous. *nods* I really to have to read The Archived, but I’m kind of scared in case I come out of it weeping. I’ll look out for what you thought of it!
      Yay, I’m glad you thought it was good as well. 🙂

  3. I have been obsessed with Les Mis since 2013. Since then, have seen the stage show five times and still not tried of it, listened to the songs many times, watched the movie who knows how many times, watched the 25th anniversary concert DVD about 10-20 times. Without this obsession, I wouldn’t have become passionate with musicals in the first place.

      1. My 5x seeing Les Mis was 3x at community college, 1x in the West End, and 1x on tour with the new 25th anniversary production

  4. Hello!! I just started a blog so I am late to this post :// but AHHHH I AM A CRAZY FAN OF LES MIS ad I REALLY LOVE THIS TAG AND I AM GOING TO DO IT SOMETIME when I settle down into my blog if you are ok with it!! Thank you so much we really need this tag in the community, the questions are so apt and creative!!! And more books for me to read! I haven’t read any of VE Schwab’s books but I have heard so much about them.


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