Oh, lord, as usual, it's been forever since I've been around. But time moves on, and so does life, I guess.
I've got a PhD now, for those who have the slightest interest in my personal life. So it's Dr. Cillabub now. Hurrah hurrah hurrah! That goes pretty far towards explaining where I've been for the past year.
Also explaining where I've been is the extremely long Les Mis story I've been working on for the past few years (at the same time as I was working on my dissertation, eep!). While I've been writing it, I've been trying to stay out of the fandom as much as possible so as not to cloud my impressions of the original book--it makes it easier to write. One of these days I'll release this story to you guys, but who knows how long the editing will take me--the file is almost 600 pages long in Microsoft Word! Maybe I should publish it or something--it surely took me enough effort to write. And aren't we tired of seeing all those "Pride and Prejudice novels" sitting on Barnes & Noble shelves--where are all the "Les Miserables novels"??? Represent, fans!
So in strategically avoiding the fandom, I've yet again missed Barricade Days this year, and I haven't posted art here in god knows how long. When I finish this massive story, I'll have to do a picture dump!
Speaking of Les Mis, I just realized today, with serendipitous timing, that the latest adaptation of Les Mis is starting today! In like, half an hour!! For those not aware, "Los Miserables" is a new telenovela on Telemundo, and is supposed to be a modern adaptation of the story, with (wait for it) Valjean as a woman who is (yeah, wait for it) involved in a torrid love affair with Javert. Like we couldn't have written that! Like a million fanfics haven't already written that! But I guess there's nothing new under the sun, and the idea doesn't count so much as the execution. And being that it's a telenovela, the execution should be hysterical. I will admit that I did watch Telemundo's adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" last year, and I will also admit to having been thoroughly entertained, though sometimes in all the wrong ways. I hope I will laugh my ass off at "Los Miserables," but I fear that it may end up being a bit dull. I mean really, is anyone clamoring for lots of kissy-kissy scenes between Valjean and Javert, followed by angsty breakups? I don't know about the majority of fans, but as for me personally, that is not what I follow the fandom for. But what do I know? I hope it's awesome.
So how have you all been doing? Anyone also watching the "Los Miserables" premiere tonight?
***EDIT: Lordy, lordy, only 15 minutes into the telenovela and this is already fucking heavy....! It went something like this. First five minutes: While on the run from the cops with her drug-running boyfriend, Valjean is shot in the stomach and miscarries her baby. We next see her in the eleventh year of her jail term, cursing out God. Ten minutes in: Valjean is almost raped in the shower. Meanwhile, her cellmate Fantine dies and begs her to take care of Fantine's daughter once she's released from jail. Fifteen minutes in: Javert flashes back to his young childhood, when his mother sacrificed her life to save his. The stuff of fanfic, indeed! And the fastest death I've ever seen for a Fantine......
*****EDIT 2: So the first episode ended, and I must say, as silly as I assumed this was going to be, it's easily surpassed all of my expectations. By which I mean, it is very, very silly. I could accept all the usual draaaaamaaaa and cattiness of telenovela stereotypes, but what really irks me is the fact that they've altered the entire underlying concept of the original. So while Hugo's Les Mis is the story of a man's degradation and subsequent salvation/rehabilitation, in this version, Valjean was actually innocent of the crime she was accused of, so that pretty much invalidates the journey of the original character, and instead aligns the telenovela more with Monte Cristo than with Les Mis. I think that's a deep, fundamental problem with this adaptation--instead of being at least partially at fault for his downfall, Valjean is now a completely innocent victim of circumstance and of the justice system. Also, I should add that the crime she was accused of here was drug-related, not theft because of hunger, which also chips away at Hugo's message. Here, "los miserables" seems to apply to "unhappy people" more than it applies to "poor people." And there's no bishop character so far, which somewhat makes sense--since Valjean has not really sinned, she doesn't need anyone's mercy/forgiveness to help her get her life back on track.
In short: there's nothing in this telenovela adaptation that really resembles the original, besides the occasional plot point. It was still mildly entertaining, I suppose...Fantine's death was pretty touching, as it always is. Also, the part where Javert snapped "I AM THE LAW!" in Valjean's face was kind of worth the watch. That did give me a moment of guilty pleasure.
But overall, we are much better off following the ongoing manga adaptation that's being published monthly in Japan: bobcatmoran.tumblr.com/post/79… This adaptation is actually kind of amazing, and if you haven't seen it yet, do go check it out.