Acaila wrote:It always annoys me when people reduce Fantine's character to "hooker with a heart of gold". She's rather more than that and rather more important to the show/book/movie than that. The article coming out with stuff like that seems almost written to get a reaction.
Totally agree with what Enjolvert says about different portrayals though. I think what the article sees as the characters are more the pitfalls that a poor actor can fall into. A good actress plays Éponine as more than just unrequited love, a good actress plays Cosette as more than just love at first sight.
Were the parts really that much bigger in the Original French version? (I shamefully don't listen to it that often). Fantine had two solos I remember, but overall, they don't seem to be sizeably different. Especially as I Dreamed a Dream and On My Own are probably the two best known songs from the show.
I feel like there are a lot more musicals less feminist than Les Mis out there to pick on before starting on this
Rose1836 wrote:About misogyny: Les Misérables is written in 19th century so it´s main villainess is - probably not accidentally - a middle-aged woman, because there simply was not positive over 30 women in ANY fiction. Pretty young girls were only acceptable form to women. On the other hand, Brick at least had sympathetic Sister Simplice who was "not young, nor old" (I paraphrase freely).
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