CeridwenLynne wrote:I think it would be refreshing to read a fanfic where the Amis didn't fight for some sort of cause--- just let them be college students having fun and working on getting their degrees and such. I like your idea about a camping trip.
deHavilland wrote:CeridwenLynne wrote:I think it would be refreshing to read a fanfic where the Amis didn't fight for some sort of cause--- just let them be college students having fun and working on getting their degrees and such. I like your idea about a camping trip.
Arguably, it might be refreshing, but this is where I have a problem with modern AUs and on occasion, with AUs in general. These are very politically-driven characters from a very specific time period, living under very specific circumstance. If they aren't fighting for some sort of cause, what are they? Just a group of guys that are mere shadows of what they actually are. To take away from Enjolras the fact that he's "an officiating priest and a man of war; from the immediate point of view, a soldier of the democracy; above the contemporary movement, the priest of the ideal" by not giving him reason to be is neutering to his character.
I like Les Amis because I like that they're political, and arguably most people feel the same or they wouldn't be fans of them. I like that Enjolras "chastely drops his eyes before everything that's not the Republic." I like that Combeferre "desired to pour into all minds the extensive principles of general ideas" and that Jean Prouvaire "buried himself in social questions, salary, capital, credit, marriage, religion, liberty of thought, education, penal servitude, poverty, association, property, production and sharing." They can do these things and have a cause and still go camping, as Acaila says, but to make them just "college students having fun" takes away their entire point of existence.
Write about Enjolras and Combeferre and Joly and Bossuet if you want to write about politically active students, whether in the canon era or a modern one. Write about the characters from Saved By the Bell: The College Years if all you want is college students having fun.
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