All right, here we go. And Acaila, I see what you did there. Copulative organ indeed. Brick
Have you read the unabridged book? Yes.
Have you read more than one translation of the book? Portions, but not straight through. So no.
Do you have a self-annotated copy of the book? It's a digital version, but I did highlight and type notes in it, so yes.
Do you own a vintage copy of the Brick? No. How I wish. I have recently taken to rummaging antique stores in hopes that I'll find one, though.
Do you own or have access to all of the translations? No. Unfortunately not.
Have you read the book in the original French? No. Passages, though. And I'd love to someday.
Have you ever read Cosette or another spinoff? No, fortunately.
Do you laugh at the sight of pears? Yes. Definitely.
Can you remember at least three words of argot? No. (Though that, for me, is definitely a failure in more than one area of nerdiness).
Do you cry at the book? Yes.
Have you ever tried to explain a Hugolian pun to someone who’s never read the Brick? Yes. Many. Sometimes it works, sometimes they just laugh at you.
Do you quote favourite lines from the Brick in French by default? A couple, but not all. (Meaning, mostly "mon père, c'était un homme humble et héroïque...")
Does your copy of the Brick fall open at a chapter that is particularly important to you? No. Not exactly.
Can you identify the difference between translations without looking up the translator? On certain passages. But altogether? No way.
Do you have strong opinions on the difference between translations? Yes, I guess. "All right with you?" No. No, it's not.
Have you read the apocrypha of draft material that didn't make it to the final novel? Again, the things Marianne has on her site. Translated.
Do you know which translation has an extra barricade boy survive? I'm pretty sure. But I could be wrong.
Can you name the real life inspirations for five or more characters? Yes.
Have you read another Hugo novel? No. I feel bad. Got through the second chapter of Notre Dame de Paris, and then got busy again.
Have you read another Hugo novel that isn’t Notre-Dame de Paris? No. Still feel bad.
Have you seen the musical on stage? Yes.
Have you seen a professional production of the musical on stage? Yes.
Have you seen more than one professional production (i.e. by different directors) of the musical on stage? Yes.
Have you seen the musical more than five times? No. >sigh<
Have you seen the musical more than twenty times? No.
Have you stagedoored after a performance? No, I guess. Though I did go to a question/answer session after a performance, once.
Do you own a video of one of the anniversary concerts? No.
Did you attend one of the anniversary concerts? Nope.
Do you own one of the official musical recordings? Yes.
Do you own an official musical recording in a language other than your own? Yes. Many.
Do you own more than five official recordings? Yes.
Do you own all of the official recordings? No, unfortunately.
Have you gone to see another musical/play/concert because of an actor from Les Mis? No.
Do you possess an unofficial recording? Um...yes.
Do you possess more than 10? Eleven. Yay!
Do you possess more than 100? Nope.
Do you know every single lyric in the current version of musical? I did, but then I started listening to the non-english ones too much, and now often I'll switch languages in the middle of a song on accident, or give a translation of other lyrics as opposed to the actual english ones, etc. So no, I guess.
Do you still sing the CSR lyrics by default? Yes. In most cases. Though there are a couple I don't like.
Can you sing an entire song from the Original French version in French? Yes. Several. Including a couple not on the recording.
Have you seen live or purchased a recording of another B&S musical because of Les Mis? Well, I downloaded La Révolution Française. Technically, I suppose I didn't buy it. Films
Have you seen the musical movie (2012/2013)? Yes.
Did you see the musical movie more than 5 times at the cinema? No.
Did you attend a showing of the movie in Les Mis themed attire? Of course. With a group of people I enticed/(forced) to do the same.
Do you have a copy of the shooting script? Yes.
Have you seen Shoujo Cosette? No.
Have you seen Les Miseranimals? Yes.
Have you seen the 2000 (Depardieu/Malkovich) miniseries? Half of it.
Have you seen the 1998 (Neeson/Rush) movie? Yes, unfortunately. (Wait, though half was with the french audio track).
Have you seen the 1995 (Belmondo) film? No.
Have you seen the 1982 (Lino Ventura) version? No.
Have you seen the 1978 (Jordan/Perkins) film? No.
Have you seen the 1957 (Gabin/Blier) movie) No.
Have you seen the 1952 (Rennie/Newton) film? No.
Have you seen the 1947 I Miserabili (Cervi/Hinrich) film? No.
Have you seen the 1935 (March/Laughton) film? No.
Have you seen the 1934 (Baur/Vanel) film? No.
Have you seen another film not on this list? No.
Do you have to watch film adaptations alone so that you don’t annoy others with incessant commentary? I do annoy others with incessant commentary. So, I suppose, yes.
Have you imported a DVD from another country for the purposes of watching one? No. Considered it, certainly, even had it in the amazon cart for a while, but then someone else bought it first.
Have you listened to a radio/audio adaptation? Yes. Fandom
Do you post on Abaisse? Interesting question. Yes.
Did you post on Le Café? No, too new.
Did you read The Barricade? No, also too new.
Do you have a Les Mis related tumblr URL? Don't have a tumblr, because it scares me for numerous reasons...but I do have a Les Mis url planned out if I ever crack and actually get one.
Do you read Les Mis fanfiction? I guess? Not religiously, and I don't "follow" any fics, but I've definitely read it. So yes.
Do you write Les Mis fanfiction? Ach, Gervais will kill me if I say no, however much I feel like it. So yes.
Have you written a prompt on the kink meme? No.
Have you written a fill on the kink meme? No.
Have you read Christian Caron? No.
Have you finished it? No.
Have you read A Wasps’ Nest? No.
Have you read fanfic by Marianne? A bit. So, yes.
Have you read fanfic by Colonel Despard? No.
Have you read fanfic by TheHighestPie? No.
Have you read fanfic by MmeBahorel? No.
Have you read fanfic by AMarguerite? Yes.
Have you read fanfic by LesMisLoony? Yes.
Have you published fanart on the internet? Yes.
Have you made money out of fanart or other fan creations? No...but I did spend a month making Les Miser-opoly for my brother, and while he didn't pay me, it was a Christmas gift for him, and so I therefore saved money I would have otherwise spent, and a penny saved is a penny earned, according to some people, so if you find this argument valid enough, or just want to give me a point for a valiant effort, count is as a yes, and if not, well, then that's not very kind of you, is it?
Have you ever got involved in a shipping argument? No, fortunately. Wait, yes. Or maybe not. Not sure if it counts. But it certainly wasn't fun, and entirely on accident. Obsession
Have you played Arm Joe? No, sadly, but I know what it is, and I've watched videos of it being played.
Have you visited a Les Mis site in France? Not intentionally, though I realise it now. So no, sadly.
Have you cosplayed a Les Mis character to a public event? (full costume rather than vaguely reminiscent pieces) Oh, yes.
Many times. I cosplayed Les Mis to go see The Hobbit, for goodness' sakes.
Have you identified intentional Les Mis references in other media? Yes.
Do you wear an item of official Les Mis merchandise in public? Yes...but then it broke. And, official or not, the Pontmercy will around my neck on a black ribbon every day has to count for something, too.
Have you read academic literature in the name of Les Mis research? Yes.
Have you read academic literature in another language in the name of Les Mis research? No. I wish.
Have you written an academic piece of work on Les Mis (any version)? Well, I don't know if numerous essays for classes count, or pretending I'm Dante and writing an entire Inferno canto that's really a bunch of Les Mis references in disguise, with footnotes, which would make it fake academic literature...so probably no.
Have you named an inanimate real life object after a Les Mis character? Can't think of one. I have trouble naming inanimate objects.
Have you named a living thing after a Les Mis character? Yes, my little brother now goes by Gavroche, almost permanently. But, if that doesn't count, there was a stray cat we saw once that my brother (Gavroche!) and I named 'Ponine.
Do you celebrate (or otherwise mark) Barricade Day? Yes.
Do you have a musical dreamcast from several different eras that includes understudies? No. Not as a functional thing, yet, at least, though it's also starting to exist.
Can you hold a conversation in French? Ha, depends on your definition of 'conversation.'
A conversation, yes, by the dictionary definition of "informal exchange of ideas through spoken words," I could, but it really depends on the conversation, which would have to be of the utmost simplicity. So, no.
Do you have a Les Mis ringtone set on your phone? Yes.
Do you have particular habits that govern the way you appreciate Les Mis? (e.g. never listening to the finale outside a theatre, reading in a certain order) Well, I can't think of any. Pretty sure there I have some, though. I never listen to Gavroche's Death with my brother around unless it's live, and then, not without holding his hand, but that's probably not exactly what you're looking for.
Is your career/major influenced by your love of Les Mis? Influenced...strengthened, maybe, but that's holding lots of assumptions. Including my career. I'm going to go with no.
When faced with a difficult decision or situation, do you determine your best course of action by thinking "what would [character] do?" Not often.
Do you have a crush on a character in Les Mis despite their fictional nature? Nope.
Do you consider an appreciation of Les Mis to be an essential thing in a significant other? Toleration yes, appreciation no, though it would be very nice.
Do you have a Les Mis themed tattoo? No. Extra credit
Brick – Find the Abaisse post that contains your most indepth and insightful analysis of the Brick and link to it. Score out of 5 points.
Ach, this one is scary. And it's probably not it, but I'll go with the monomyth. http://abaisse.the-barricade.net/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=1885
Musical - Choose your favourite main character. Rank your top five performers in the role, giving reasons for each. Score out of 5 points. I don't feel qualified for this yet, but I am hopefully getting there.
Film – Pick a film adaptation of your choice and name the five greatest crimes against Hugo committed in it. Score out of 5 points.
1998-- 1). Valjean hitting the Bishop. And Cosette. And Cosette
. 2). No Thenardiers after the inn. Not even Éponine. And, well, I guess Gavroche was there, but not even Éponine.
3). Javert putting a gun to Cosette's head. No. 4). Marjolras. That's a crime against humanity. 5). Cutting off the ending and making Valjean ridiculously happy about watching Javert commit suicide. And, just in case that last one should be tied in with the first under the label of "ruining Valjean," I'll add, 6). Adding Gavroche's brothers, and ruining the rest of the movie. Thus, obviously reading the book, and purposefully butchering it, then laughing in the faces of the people who caught little things like that.
Fandom – Summarise what you think are the five biggest contributions to Les Mis fandom you have made. Score out of 5 points.
Oh. I...I honestly don't know, and that's probably a bad thing. I can't think of anything, and that's also a bad thing. I think I'll skip this one. Hope that's not a bad thing.
Obsession – Tell us the most embarrassingly nerdy story of your Les Mis obsession. Score out of 5 points.
Well...hmm. For some reason, I can't think of anything right now. There was that one time people were laughing at me for knowing all the lyrics to the finale chorus, which is nothing, of course. So I started saying them in french, and then they were laughing some more, "she knows it in french!" and all. And then one of the girls looked at me and said, "Ha, yeah. Now do it in Hebrew," as a joke. So I did.
And my brother and I play Barricade, I suppose that's embarrassing enough. Making an entire monopoly game is pretty nerdy, I guess, as is the Colonel's will, especially when people ask about it. Oh. I attended my 16th birthday party as Marius Pontmercy. Any of these good enough? No? Well, sorry, there's a couple, I suppose, though it just asked for one.
And, uh, sorry for all the commentary.