Page to Screen: Les Misérables (2012)

Les Misérables
based on the musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo


Here’s how effective the anti-pop culture bubble I was raised in is—despite being a French-American Anglophilic theater freak, I had never seen or heard Les Misérables until I went to go see the film. I had heard “One Day More” (how can you not?) and “Master of the House”, but other than that, nothing. You’d think nothing could be more up my alley, but I was not moved. As we all know, the musical adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel for me is, and will always be, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. My big Christmas release was going to be Django Unchained, but my father wanted to see it, so it became a family outing.

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Page to Screen: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is, perhaps, my favorite Disney film. I loved and adored it as a child, and I still do—it’s one of the very few nostalgic films that is not only just as good as I remembered it, but even better. It’s rich, complex, and dark. It’s also a terrible adaptation of the actual book. This film introduced me to what films, especially animated films, could be at their best, and I’m still so grateful for it. And I have to admit, as much as I want Der Glockner von Notre-Dame to come Stateside (why so lazy, Disney?), this is one of the few cases where I prefer the film to the musical. Let’s dig in!

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Booking Through Thursday: Meme of Reading Questions

1. Favorite childhood book?

A tie between Good Omens and The Count of Monte Cristo. (And by childhood, you meant awkward preteen years, right?)

2. What are you reading right now?

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

None at the moment, as I’m about to move back to college and need to deal with a different library.

4. Bad book habit?

Eating messy foods while reading library books.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

Stephen King’s Misery and a VHS of Disney’s The Three Musketeers.

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