I'm new to this forum and I'm very happy to be here!
I'm actually very new to Les Mis as well. I first saw the musical in London in October last year. I thought it was literally the best thing I've ever seen on stage. Or in other (better) words: 'I did not live until today' haha.
Since then I've bought the OLC album and watched a recording of the 25th anniversary concert. I've seen parts of the movie and I've started reading bits and pieces of the Brick (meaning I skipped ahead as I wanted to read certain parts). I've loved every minute of it. I haven't had the time yet to actually read the whole Brick but I will in a few months. I honestly can't wait!
I think my avatar needs explaining. It's a graphic a friend of mine made using images from a game, Petz 5. This is a game from the old Petz computer series (1995-2002) that has an online community which still exists today. I used fan made programs to edit the files of the game to create a cat that resembles Enjolras. Said friend helped me with this, she is also the one who created my Éponine cat. The program has a screensaver function so now my screensaver is: Les Mis cats frolicking on my screen. I find this rather amusing, haha.
Other favourite characters of mine include Joly and Jehan, but I honestly like all of the Les Mis characters.
I can't wait to meet all of you!