Hey my beautiful people! Another Les Mis rant for you today. (*I know! Two in a week. Lucky muggles!☺) So I was telling my friend today how I started following some of the actors from the Les Mis film on Twitter.
(*Oh. Yeah. I have Twitter now. You guys should totally follow me. I am @BoltonNelle.*)
Anyway, she asked me ‘How would you rank the “barricade boys” if you had to’ and well…..it got me thinking. I do that. And I figured….why not share my musings with my beautiful people and see if they agree or not.
So some caveats and spoiler warnings for basically all mediums of Les Mis. (Book and film primarily but also bits from the musical that didn’t make the cut….)
One: I am ranking based on personal preference only based on their representation in the book, the 2012 film and the fandom. So…Yeah my feelings about the actor may accidentally colour my ranking. Please don’t hate me! I love all these boys equally I swear. But like….if I was forced to pick my favourite.
Two: In my ranking a ‘Barricade Boy’ is an established adult member of Les Amis de l’ABC. In other words one of the following ten people: Enjolras, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, Marius Pontmercy, Jean Prouvaire, Boussett (Lesgeles), Feuilly, Joly, Bahorel and Grantaire. Basically Gavroche doesn’t count or he would win hands DOWN. Without trying.
Three: I’m going backwards just to mess with you. Ha!
Okay enough with the waffle. On with the listy thing.
10) Bahorel . Sorry bro I love you but someone has to be at the bottom. (And in the book he dies first because he picks a fight. Don’t pick fights)
9) Joly. Okay so he DOES have one of the funniest lines in the musical (see below) He is brilliant and lovely and I adore him. But like I said I adore them all and I am forcing myself to be ruthless here.
8) Boussett. Bless him. He’s just so cheerful. Even with such terrible terrible luck he never lets it get him down and you just gotta love his pure positivity. (HONESTLY HIM AND JOLY ARE EQUALLY BRILLIANT BUT I HAD TO PICK AND BOUSSETT IS ALSO THE ONE TO INTRODUCE MARIUS TO THE GUYS- WELL TO COURF-IN THE BOOK)
Feuilly is lovely isn’t he? I adore him even if he doesn’t play any major role in the story. (Which is the only reason he’s so far down.) He’s an orphan but he literally adopted France for a mum. He’s also the only person in the group whose a working man. He’s like…So inspiring. Just don’t get him started on Poland 😂
6) Jean “Jehan” Prouvaire
I have two words to justify this. Utter sweetheart. Seriously. Also one of only two characters to make me cry before their death moment.
I’m not crying! You are!
I mean. Come on. Marius Pontmercy is basically a cinnamon roll wrapped in awkwardness. And he’s just…he’s just adorable ok!
But he is also a bit ditzy and I don’t like the way he treats Eponine and Valjean in the book so he loses on that.
Time for a bit of honesty (not that I haven’t been honest about the others). I would follow him. I don’t like him at times. I really don’t like how he treats R. But he’s a great man. An inspirational and dynamic leader and he is attractive as a person.
R. Aww R. Sure he’s cynicaland an alcoholic but we can’t help but love him can we? He’s clever and fun and loved Enjolras enough to die for a cause he doesn’t believe in. He is also popular and sporty and artistic. And, y’know George Blagden. 😊 (*I swear the actors are to blame for 90% of these final 3.)
Just….you know. Because.
Ok this man is practically perfect. He is crazily smart for one thing. And I swear that is super attractive. He is just the epitome of Ravenclaw and I see that and love him for it. He’s also anything but weak. He’s a good soldier but he doesn’t WANT violence. He wants light. Education for everyone. He also once literally drew a moth from memory which is just….I can’t even how cool that was. I think he controls and directs Enj’s fire and come on he dies TRYING TO SAVE SOMEONE ELSE. (In the film it’s Joly. In the book it’s just ‘a soldier’ which seems to me like one of his enemies. Which is just….this amazing sensitive clever man who hates violence dies in the most violent way while trying to help a man who was trying to kill him and I just….can’t.)
Also um Killian Donnelly. mean…lookee this face! Lookee!
He’s basically the biggest softest Hufflepuff in the history of everything. I swear without Courf this thing would just fall to pieces because he is like the most friendly person in the world. And I guarantee that at least half the people fighting are fighting for Courfeyrac individually. He’s just so cheerful and adorable you can’t help but love him can you? And he’s Marius’s bestie. And he literally knew the boy for two minutes before deciding to adopt him like a puppy or something.
And I think Fra Fee is the perfect casting for this because he is as adorable and great in real life as Courf is. He is the second actor I mentioned who made me cry without them dying. (Course I cry on that bit too but…. oh you know what I mean. I just didn’t stop in that scene.)
Oh also…..this. This! He’s so…Courf!
So. Yeah. That is my ranking list of the Barricade Boys. And thus, I think, I have got all my Les Mis feels out. But no promises.