Fanfic: Las Amigas De Los Miserables
Las Amigas de los Miserables
is a Les Misérables
fanfiction written by Lydia Of Narnia
. Essentially, it is your average "fangirls enter universe" story. However, one noticeable attribute of the story is that, unlike most of these stories, it is centered mainly on the fangirls and their interactions with the Les Amis de l'ABC, as opposed to the Amis' interactions with them.
Also, it's thirty six chapters and surprisingly well written, so there's that.
Basically the story centers around eight teenage fangirls; there's Ally
. They're all members of a fanclub for the Les Amis de l'ABC, the student revolutionaries in Victor Hugo's nineteenth century masterpiece Les Misérables
. Through some mysterious turn of events yet to be fully explained, the girls are transported into Hugo's novel and find that they have been given special powers. Using these powers, they quickly busy themselves with stalking their favorite revolutionaries- however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when conflict begins to emerge among the girls, and Noelle is kidnapped by the greedy Thenardier and the criminal gang Patron-Minette.
The author also created an online version of Isabella's Diary
Las Amigas de los Miserables contains examples of:
- Accidental Kidnapping: Technichally the girls didn't mean to kidnap Grantaire. They called out to him, and he got startled, and he fell over- well, it wasn't their fault!
- An Odd Place To Sleep: Isabella, not wanting to face Bridget, decides to stay out all night and ends up falling asleep in a bush. As you can expect, this did not go well for her. After this unfortunate incident, she resorts to sleeping directly outside the sewer drain where the Amigas are staying. This is explicately made out to be Not A Nice Place.
- Apologizes a Lot: Isabella.
- Big Damn Heroes: Jehan gets his moment when he saves Isabella from drowning in the fontis.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Several.
- Isabella, very much so. She's prone to zoning out randomly and blathering off of the top of her head. She recites Poe- while imagining herself as Annabel Lee. She comes off as rather endearingly creepy, or at least it is to Jehan.
- Jehan himself qualifies; when upset, he goes to a graveyard to examine a stranger's headstone, dresses like a crazy person, and believes that he was visited by his deceased mother's spirit.
- Marleni appears this way- she is pretty dreamy, often acts childish and tends to go on long rants about improbable stories from her childhood that no one can seem to disprove.
- Eponine, as well, simply for being Eponine- the one trip into her subconscious that we take leaves you feeling mildly creeped out. It's implied both in the fanfiction and in the novel that she suffers from some sort of mental illness.
- Damsel in Distress: About halfway through... Noelle.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bridget.
- Eponine has her moments as well.
- As does Avielle.
- The Ditz: Marleni is this trope pretty much played straight.
Marleni: My foster sister got hit by a car once.
Marleni: Yeah. I was the only one with her at the time too. It's easy to see how that placement didn't work out. But in my defense, I did look up and shout 'Car!' at her. When someone says 'car' while you're walking in the middle of the street, you don't just turn to look at them, you run away from the car, duh! ... She was alright, though... I think…
- Does Not Like Shoes: Eponine really does not like shoes, at all.
- Foil: Maddy to Ally.
- Grantaire to Enjolras
- Eponine to Cosette
- Marius to Courfeyrac
- Four Temperment Ensemble: Ally as Choleric, Elsa as Melancholic, Avielle as Sanguine and Isabella as Phlegmatic.
- Also, the other four girls roughly correspond: Maddy as Choleric, Noelle as Melancholic, Marleni as Sanguine and Bridget as Phlegmatic.
- Hair Decorations: Invoked by Isabella and her numerous silk hair ribbons.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Azelma needs to get her priorities in ORDER. First she's with her parents, doing whatever they say (bad), and then she goes with Eponine to hide with the Amigas (good), and then she's kidnapped by Patron-Minette and sells the Amigas out (bad), and then after Noelle is kidnapped, she helps her get away (good). Nobody really has any idea which side she's on anymore.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bossuet and Joly. Well, we're assuming that they're heterosexual- honestly, no one's really sure. Actually, come to think of it...
- Idiot Ball: Hmm, a couple...
- Ally when she almost kills Jehan.
- Isabella's venture into the sewers.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Maddy, dear god. She's a real sweetheart with Noelle, but she can be shallow, silly, foolish, and often comes across as just a not nice person, especially in her thoughts about Ally. But she has her motives- mainly, feeling like she's overshadowed by her older sister at home and wanting to stand out in order to always be seen and noticed and cared about in a way that she feels that she isn't. Her mental insistence that she isn't a bad person serves as a bit of a pity moment.
- Love at First Sight: Isabella and Jehan.
- Slightly justified in that Isabella has actually been head over heels for Jehan since she was fourteen years old, building him up as a sort of Prince Charming figure in order to escape her actual life.
- Also thing might be an allusion to the classical fairy tales that Isabella is such a fan of.
- Lured Into a Trap: Azelma actually proves to be quite effective bait.
- Missing Mom: Ooh, big trope here.
- Isabella's mother died when she had just turned six, and she doesn't remember her at all- she's working on it.
- Cosette doesn't remember her mother either- she gave her up to the Thenardiers when she was a baby, and after losing her job was forced to sell everything she had in order to keep Cosette alive, eventually dying and bidding Cosette's adoptive father, Jean Valjean, to take care of her.
- Noelle is really the only one who can remember her mother- Noelle's mom died in a car accident (ahem- a lake accident) when Noelle was thirteen.
- Jehan's mother died when he was a toddler, and he claims that her spirit used to visit him as a child.
- Noodle Incident: Avielle is mentioned as having set several things on fire on night at the Harrison house- notably, the sofa, Ally's new car, and a goldfish. This resulted in her being banned from the Harrison household after nine o'clock at night. On the bright side, the goldfish lived.
- What did Ally do to poor Tommy Gallagher?
- The Pollyanna: Bossuet. Totally Bossuet.
Bridget: "I must say monsieur, you do seem to be taking this whole kidnapping this rather well.
Bossuet: Not much I can do about it from a jail cell, except fight back anytime one of your friends tries to come near me. Besides, you stitched my head up, so I can't figure you have much intention of hurting me. And it isn't as if this is the first time I was ever abducted... I was out walking one day with an old schoolmate and we were mugged. Well, rather, he was mugged- I had nothing worth taking at the time. Sure enough the gendarmes chose to show up right then and the thug grabs me, knife to my throat. He released me after twenty rather long and uncomfortable minutes. Why, compared to him, your captivity is actually quite relaxing.
- Isabella could qualify as well, but she gives off more Stepford Smiler vibes than anything else.
- Princess Phase: Isabella seems pretty firmly rooted in this trope, with her fondness for Disney princesses and daydreaming of Jehan for a good chunk of her youth, building him up to be some sort of fantastic Prince Charming figure.
- Shipper on Deck: Marleni is a rabid Enjolras/Grantaire fangirl, and spends much of her time trying to force them to
re-enact scences from her slash fics.
- Shrinking Violet: Bridget. Azelma, also.
- Stalker with a Crush: Well, they're all fangirls, if that gives you any hints.
- Eponine, with her major obsession over Marius serving as the driving motivation for most of her actions in the story, including joining the Amigas and then hunting down Marius later to show him her cool new powers. He then meets Cosette... needless to say, she does not take it well.
- Marius certainly qualifies as well, to Cosette.
- And then there's Isabella, who is the cause of most of the meetings between herself and Jehan, deliberately seeking him out most of the time. She apparently has been obsessed with him since she was fourteen.
- Actually, this was Lampshaded in Chapter 32, by Jehan:
Jehan: You were in my home, you were at the park- actually, you were everywhere, and I'm beginning to think that you were following me...
- Let's not forget Bridget, who seems to not even realize it when she's traumatizing Joly half of the time.
- Actually, most of the girls in this story qualifies for this, with the notable exceptions of Cosette, Noelle, Azelma and Avielle.
- Street Smart: Both Marleni and Feuilly seem to have this in spades.
- The Team Normal: While Cosette isn't officially an actual Amiga, she doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon, and she's the only person in the group without powers, excluding Azelma, who isn't really an official member either.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Two examples in the form of Avielle and Maddy. Avielle is a soccer player, equestrian and black belt with four brothers who is fit enough to scale the side of a building and climb to the roof. However she is described as having an eye for fashion and is a Daddy's Girl. Maddy, on the other hand, is a ballet dancer and fashionista who isn't afraid of a fight- and quite often provokes them herself.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Isabella beat Montparnasse with a whiffle ball bat after he tried to attack her and she kept apologizing all the way through.
- From what we know about Isabella's mother, she employs this trope often on Isabella.