Chantefleurie wrote:If I could go back, though, I would make myself read the book before I've seen the musical/movie.
Ilargi wrote:Hi, Chantefleurie! I was actually afraid to read it in French, but I wanted to see how the original story was written and I decided to give it a try. Anyway, I read it pretty fast (I mean, it took me almost two months, but anyway I feel that I went very fast through some passages, because I was so thrilled I wanted to go on as quickly as possible), so now I've found a Spanish translation I know I can trust, I'm going to reread it more calmly.
Ilargi wrote:Chantefleurie wrote:If I could go back, though, I would make myself read the book before I've seen the musical/movie.
I usually prefer reading books before I watch their adaptations, but in this case I don't regret it, because I don't think I missed that "first time feeling" you experience when you don't know the story. In fact, the brick impressed me deeply, it had the ability stirred something inside of me even though I knew beforehand what was going to happen next. When it comes to other stories, you don't have the same feeling if you have already watched the film, but Les Mis had an impact on me even so, that's why I like it so much.
Chantefleurie wrote:But I found that the movie/musical has ruined a lot of things for me as well. Like Gavroche's death. I feel like a reader who doesn't know what's coming would be like the people at the barricade - holding their breath and hoping that Gavroche's luck will endure. But when I got to that part, it just didn't happen. I sort of accepted in advance that he's going to be shot.
Chantefleurie wrote:But I noticed that more with Notre Dame than with Les Mis.
Ilargi wrote:It was even harder with Les Amis. In the movie/musical, they were only a group of students and they all looked alike to me, I couldn't tell them apart (except for Enjolras, who always stands out, but I wasn't specially fond of him back then), so when they all die, I was like, OK, so all of them fall, more corpses on the ground, no problem, everyone is dying here, so who cares? But when I read the brick I realized every one of them had a name, a personality, a backstory... They became real to me. And I spent the whole barricade part thinking: "Oh, no, no, they're going to die, they're going to die, why, why, WHY? They can't die!". So yes, I knew the story beforehand, but the brick somehow made it so real that I didn't want to believe it.
Ilargi wrote:Chantefleurie wrote:But I noticed that more with Notre Dame than with Les Mis.
I read Notre Dame (in Spanish) many years ago, as a teenager, and it didn't make such a strong impression in me (even though I found the end moving). But I do remember reading some paragraphs twice or three times because they were so beautifully written! I definitely have to read it again from an adult's perspective and I'm sure I'm going to discover a lot of things that will change my concept of the book. I'll let you know.
_23623_ wrote:I suddenly realize that I haven't left anything in the introduction thread of the first person who spoke to me in this forum According to the board today is your birthday though I don't know it's referring to your time zone or mine. ¡Feliz cumpleaños Ilargi!
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