Hi all - I am new here, but been a fan for decades. Anyway, I was recently wondering - does anyone know if there are retellings of the Les Miz story in another setting? Sort of like West Side Story is to Romeo and Juliet? Not sure if I am thinking fan fiction, or actually published stuff, just curious.
Then I got to thinking - what other situations would allow you to tell the same basic story? At what places in recent human history have we had a criminal system that allowed for such unjust treatment, a huge unstable wealth gap, and the civil unrest where you could set the barricades? What else do you need in a setting?
I was thinking that the U.S. 50s-60s might be a possibility. A black man could have gotten pretty royally screwed in the criminal justice system of the 30s and 40s. In the 50s and 60s there are the race riots. Javert might be particularly interesting as a black policeman. I am not sure if the addition of the racial politics would corrupt the story or add to it.
What do you think?