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Trivia: Les Misérables

The novel

The musical adaptation

  • Colbert Bump:
    • "I Dreamed a Dream" received major publicity after Susan Boyle's famous performance on Britain's Got Talent.
    • "On My Own" and "I Dreamed a Dream" have both been featured on Glee.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Fantine in the 25th Anniversary is portrayed by Lea Salonga, also known as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine and Mulan.
    • Lea Salonga was also Eponine in the 10th Anniversary of the show.
  • Life Imitates Art: French citizens submitted a serious petition to have "Do You Hear The People Sing?", the martial revolutionary song (quoted) that you are most likely to remember from the musical, nominated as a second National Anthem of France, alongside La Marseillaise.
    • "Do You Hear The People Sing?" has also been used in connection with the Occupy Movement and other protest movements.
  • Star-Making Role: This show made Michael Ball and Frances Ruffelle household names, and turned Rebecca Caine into a darling of the theatre world.
  • Tough Act to Follow: How do you ensure that this trope never applies to you? By writing a musical so good, so famous, and so beloved that its mere existence allows you to write whatever else you damn well please. This is that musical. (In Schonberg and Boublil's case, "whatever else you damn well please" was Miss Saigon, a critical and popular smash hit still known and beloved by most musical theatre fans. Go figure.)

Other adaptations

  • Adaptation Overdosed: Over 60 movies, a musical, at least 5 different stage plays, about a dozen audiobooks, three comic books (one of them with the Duck family!), a spectacle son et lumière and two computer games (a point-and-click-adventure of the same name and the extremely weird beat-'em-up Arm Joe).
  • Adaptation Sequence: The '52 movie calls itself a remake of the '35 movie. Then they made a radio play out of the '52 movie.
  • Cast the Expert: According to the DVD booklet, the extras who played the convicts in the 1935 movie were recruited from a nearby prison.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Victor Hugo's heirs went to court against François Ceresa's sequels. They lost.
  • Fanon:
    • Especially with first names of characters that never get one in the novel.
      • One fanfic writer started calling Enjolras "Marcelin" and this has become the most often used first name for him.
      • Javert is often said to simply not having been given a first name. A popular joke also is that his first name is "Inspector".
    • Characters misremembering Valjean's name will always think he's called "Jacques Valjacques".
    • The novel mentions that Javert's mother is a fortune teller; in fanon, she (and thus also Javert) is Roma.
      • Actually, it says Javert had une inexprimable haine pour cette race de bohèmes dont il était ("an inexplicable hatred for that race of bohèmes of which he was one"). Bohèmes could be "bohemians", as in tramps/vagabonds, but really bohemiens would be better for that purpose; bohèmes almost certainly means "gypsies."
      • Susan Kay's novel Phantom (which as the title would suggest is a The Phantom of the Opera spin-off giving the character a back story as well as a first-person narrative of events) includes a minor character named Javert, who runs a freak show carnival Erik temporarily joins as a youth.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Stillborn Franchise: One very early Japanese adaptation had to be abandoned after only two of the planned four parts were made.


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