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Gavroche is female.The lack of capable female characters in Les Mis has bugged me for some time, so I propose we insert one. It's plausible that Hugo wouldn't catch on to the proper gender of an outspoken prepubescent, or would ignore it if he did know, since in the world of Les Mis all small girls are supposed to play with dolls as children so that they can stay home and take care of children when they get married.
Far in the future, Paris will become the center of the world's most popular sport with motorcycles and a magical card game, where a Generation Xerox will appear.
Jean Valjean is NapoleonHe was born in 1769. His "prison" sentence begins in 1796, the same year Napoleon commands his first army. He is released from "prison" in 1815 right after Waterloo. While a body double is sent to St.Helena, Napoleon meets up with one of the Bishops he appointed who helps him assume a new identity. Napoleon's secret double agents allow him to gain a fortune quickly and become Mayor.
Javert goes mad after falsely accusing Mayor Madeleine and imagines the rest of Les MisJean Valjean is just a petty criminal. He assumes the false name Champ and is arrested for stealing apples. HE dies while trying to save a prisoner fallen from the galley ship. Javert falsely accuses Mayor Madeline of being Valjean due to superficial similarities. The arrest of the real Valjean, and his treason against an authority figure drive Javert mad with guilt. HE imagines Valjean/Madeleine into a demigod that he wrongly pursues. His suicide is the result of Mayor Madeleine forgiving him for his betrayal, which he imagines as an epic battle. Javert transfers out of M- and continues to pursue his imaginary Jean Valjean even after his death. After a random revolutionary spares his life, Javert imagines that Valjean/Madeleine has spared him again.
On My Own is being sung to Cosette.Éponine usually imagines Marius when she's alone, but since she knows she'll be seeing Marius soon, she imagines admitting her love for him to Cosette. She reassures Cosette that she knows it's "only in [her] mind" and "only on [her] own". She really was in love with Marius and not just an idealized version of him, but couldn't admit it to him or Cosette without upsetting them.
Suddenly is going to be about Cosette and Valjean's first meeting in the woodsTake a look at the trailer; there are a couple of shots of young!Cosette in the woods and Valjean meeting her, talking to her, and walking her out. If I recall correctly, this happened in the book but not any stage productions. Putting two and two together, it wouldn't surprise me if they decided to put that in. Also, it would be absolutely adorable.
The film will switch the order of the songs "I Dreamed A Dream" and "Lovely Ladies".In the trailer, Fantine is singing "I Dreamed a Dream" with shorn hair and dressed a little on the trampy side. Usually, she sings this number before "Lovely Ladies", but they will be reversed for the film. "The Lovely Ladies" number will be performed at least mostly intact since the prostitutes in the trailer look more like they're performing a musical number than randomly prowling the streets for Johns.
Javert's first name is Valentine or something similar.It would give a nice symmetry to his hunt for Valjean (Jean Valjean - Valentine Javert), and also explain why his first name is never brought up in a book which spends so much time on small, seemingly unimportant details. Presumably the 'real' Javert never used it and did his utmost to cover it up out of embarrassment.
Valjean and Wolverine are related.Not a direct descendant, of course, seeing as how Valjean's only child was adopted. In the film of the musical, Valjean is shown visiting a grave just after his release from prison. If both his sister and nephew were dead, there would be two graves. In the nineteen years Valjean was in prison, his sister died and the nephew got a job as a cabin boy on a ship bound for Canada. Eventually, he settled in Canada and made a new life for himself, eventually becoming the ancestor of James Logan, AKA Wolverine. Incidentally, Valjean himself was a mutant which would explain his super strength.
Valjean and Conan are related.Valjean possesses superhuman strength and uncanny climbing abilities, both traits associated with Cimmerians. Also, Conan was king of Aquilonia, which was located in roughly the same geographic location as France. Valjean's ancestors could be the result of one of King Conan's many conquests.
Eponine would have ended up like Fantine, had she survived the barricades.This arises from the musical similarity between "Fantine's Death" and "On My Own." This troper didn't realize that the two songs were essentially the same melodic line until she looked at the sheet music for both. Musicals tend to reuse melodic lines, but Boublil and Schoenberg have already proven that they like reusing melodies to show similarities between characters ("What Have I Done?" and "Javert's Suicide," anyone?). "Fantine's Death" being the same melody as "On My Own" subtly hints that Eponine would have had a similar story to Fantine if she hadn't given her life for Marius.
There will be an adaptation where Jean Valjean is gender-flipped.Les Miserables is already Adaptation Overdosed and gender flips aren't unheard of in adaptations of works, so why not?
Marius was fated by God to die with the others at the barricade, but Valjean traded his life for his own.I always thought it was a bit odd how, at the very end, Valjean dies from...seemingly nothing. He was a bit old at that point, but he didn't seem sick or feeble at all. Plus, it's a little too dramatically convenient how he dies as soon as Marius and Cosette get married, so they get to make the big rush and get to him just in the nick of time. My thought is that Marius was meant to die just like the rest of the barricade boys, but Valjean's prayer in "Bring Him Home" legitimately changed God's mind. So, the Lord spared Marius and kept Valjean alive just long enough to get Marius home and see him married, then took Valjean's life in place of Marius'.
The page mentioned in the line "On this page, I write my last confession" contains the entirety of the book version of Les Miserables.
Javert's first name is Inspector.Gavroche said his name was Inspector Javert.
The Thénardiers put human meat in the sausages.Would you really put it past them?
Inspector Javert is a distant ancestor of Katniss Everdeen.Who else would be so fixated over a loaf of bread?