fanvid friday | barricade boys {les miserables}

I only have time to pop in for a second (Eva here!), but if you’re a Les Mis fan, WATCH THIS FANVIDEO.  It’s unique and beautiful and awful all at the same time.

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my CURRENT feels triggers: eva

So, awhile back, I posted about feels triggers. (as did Eowyn and Jane)  Those things I posted about still give me feels on a regular basis, but I’m always gaining new fandoms, latching onto new things, so what gives me major attacks of feels one day may not influence me so much the next.  Anyway, I’m going to talk about the things that currently have me all semi-depressed and feelsy on a regular basis. (I don’t know if Eowyn or Jane’ll be doing these posts as well – I just put my name in the post title so you wouldn’t have to wait till the very end of the post to figure out who exactly’s writing :))

  • Combat! – FEEEEEEEEEELS.  EVERYWHERE.  Ugh.  There’s too much I could say about this show and I won’t dump all that on you, but I’ll just say…be warned.  Don’t even think about watching any episodes unless you’re absolutely sure you want the whole thing to break your heart and crush your soul.  It’s not all doom and depression and hopelessness, but there’s enough to make a ‘sad is happy for deep people’ person, well, happy.  I recommend watching ‘Hills Are For Heroes’, ‘The Hostages’, ‘Glow Against The Sky’, ‘Bridgehead’, and ‘Survival’ if you want to enter the…interesting world of Combat! feels. (at least for starters)  And if you want happiness, watch ‘The Town That Went Away’, ‘The Party’, and ‘The Prisoner’.  Simple as that.
  • Unbroken – As Eowyn and I have discussed, ‘feels’ is too petty of a word to describe what I feel toward Unbroken.  For one thing, it’s a true story.  An amazing true story about, among other things, how God can work behind-the-scenes and turn a life around for His glory.  From what I’ve heard of the film, Angelina Jolie barely touched on Louis’ conversion, which I think is a crying shame.  If he hadn’t gotten saved, there wouldn’t be a story.  So read the book before you watch the film.  But, again, be warned.  It will consume your EVERYTHING. (check out my review of Unbroken here)
  • Songs In The Night (series) – Oh, man.  This series is just…amazing and intense and practically perfect in every way.  I’ve read it several times (in the middle of re-reading it right now) and it never gets old.  I’ve got the stories memorized (basically), I know the characters so well that they’re almost like close friends, and the stupid thing never fails to make me cry.  REALLY cry.  Several times.  I CAN’T EVEN WITH THESE BOOKS.  No-one besides my mom has read all three (and she read them a pretty long time ago), so I kind of feel like it’s my own, personal little thing that I don’t want anyone else to discover.  Does that make sense?  Probably not, but it’s how I feel. (check out my review of the second book, His Watchful Eye, here)
  • Saints And Soldiers – I key-smashed about all my feels for this movie in my review, so I won’t reiterate all of that.  Short version: this film is near perfection for a fangirl – super feelsy, awesome characters, interesting story.  If you’re a fan of war movies, you’ll love it.
  • WWII In General – That’s how I roll these days.  Everyone else is freaking out over Mockingjay Part 1 and I’m just sitting here with my super-obscure fandoms and no-one to share The Feelz with. *sigh* (not that I mind all THAT much)

Eva

P.S. Eowyn and I have decided between ourselves to make the ‘the awesomeness that is…’ posts a semi-regular thing.  Both guy and girl characters if at all possible.  Just a little news flash there 🙂

movie scenes that really, really make me cry

Fandom feels, we are not alone #17

I’m pretty emotional when it comes to movies.  If there’s a sad scene, you can pretty much be guaranteed that I’ll cry.  Listing all the movie scenes that set me off would take forever (honestly) so I’ve whittled it down to the top five scenes that make me cry.  I mean, really sob.  Ugly crying, you know.  There are actually several scenes that qualify for this thingy too (although most sad movie scenes just make me tear up…still, if I’m sad enough to tear up, the scene has definitely touched me) so I’ve also based my picks on the scenes that have stuck with me the longest.  Sometimes I’ll cry over a scene, and then not really think about if much afterwards (certain deaths in Downton Abbey come to mind) but these scenes are tried and true.  And if I don’t end this post in a puddle of tears, it’ll be a miracle.

In alphabetical order (because I like being weird) using the movie titles…

~Captain America: The First Avenger

“You know, I still don’t know how to dance.”
“I’ll show you how.  Just be there.”
“We’ll have the band play something slow.  I’d hate to step on your-“
“Steve?  Steve?”

~Catching Fire

“She was too young, too gentle.  And I couldn’t save her.  I’m sorry.”

~Les Miserables

*strains of Bring Him Home playing*

~Robin Hood

“What am I going to be without you?”
“You are already more of a man than I will ever be, Much.  And you are my best friend.”

~UP

*gorgeous, Oscar-nominated music plays*

Eva

little {fandom} things: les misérables

Hello, readers!  Today, I’m starting a new series on “Fandom Things”; I’ll be listing a few of the things that make me squee/sob in each fandom I’m in.  I’ll be starting with LM, partly because it was first on my feels triggers, and partly because I feel like it. 😛
Without further ado, my first list!

  • The xylophone

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  • Getting to feel very Posh and Superior while reading the brick
  • Actually enjoying Victor Hugo’s writing–I mean seriously.  He. is. hilarious.

  • “A Little Fall of Rain”.  Need I say more?

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  • GAHHHH DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?
  • Where would we be without Gavroche and his awesomeness?

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  • The gorgeous, heartbreaking edits some people make

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  • Actually laughing at Les Mis jokes/puns.  Les Mis + Laughter is…an interesting combination
  • Aaron Tveit 😛

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  • Colm Wilkinson’s eyebrows
  • Making fun of Russell Crowe’s singing (all in jest, of course, he’s not *that* bad…)

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  • BARRICADES.
  • Perfect casting (*coughLeaSalongaColmWilkinsonPhilipQuastMichaelBallTENTHANNIVERSARYcough*)

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  • TWO. FOUR. SIX. OH. OOOONE!
  • Finding a LM quote for everything
  • Figuring out how to pronounce all the names
  • Getting the original French version of Les Misérables and proceeding to read all the sections you’ve memorized in English
  • FEELS AND HOPE AND DEEPNESS

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  • Les Mis is perfection, okay?  Don’t argue with me. 😉

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my feels triggers: jane

Hello all!  Miss Jane Bennet here…I’ll be posting every Monday from now on, but I must apologize to my lovely fellow proprietors Eva and Eowyn for delaying so long in introducing myself.  Like Eowyn, I was planning on doing a post on a particular fandom, but realized that perhaps I had better get my feels triggers out of the way first.

So.  Here goes…I’ll be doing five fandoms (I arbitrarily chose that number because I have to limit myself :P), with five being the least feelsy and one being the most.

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Eilonwy from the movie “The Black Cauldron”

 

5. Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander is one of my all-time favorite fantasy authors, just behind J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.  His books/series have this trick  of starting out lightly, and then suddenly killing off most of the minor characters and piling on the angst for the major ones.  And it hurts; his characters are very easy to care about.  For example, in his Chronicles of Prydain, he introduces many loveable and unique characters throughout the series, and then goes through and picks them all off during the last book–and even the main characters don’t get a very happy ending.  In his Westmark trilogy, he leaves literally eight or nine characters alive, out of at least twenty-five.  And let’s not even bring up The Gawgon and the Boy, ‘kay?

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4. Lord of the Rings

Of course, LotR is on here.  It isn’t as obviously feelsy as some other fandoms; there aren’t too many characters that actually do end up dying.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make me cry!  The deaths that do happen are so beautifully handled and impactful–the whole thing is just a masterpiece of writing, and it plays on my poor emotions like very few other books.  I love how the characters, one by one, rise to the occasion at different points in the story: Frodo facing the Black Rider, Sam storming the Tower of Cirith Ungol, Boromir sacrificing himself for Merry and Pippin, FARAMIR going on a suicide mission…

Oops, I’m crying.  On to the next!

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3. Wicked

Wicked?  You ask.  But it’s supposed to be funny!  Right?

It IS funny.  In fact, it can be absolutely hilarious–but also absolutely heartbreaking.  Even  in the beginning, Elphaba had a horrible childhood and she hates her roommate.  Some of the early songs of Wicked are sob-worthy, as well (“I’m Not That Girl” comes to mind), but it’s the ending that puts this on the list.

THE ENDING.  OHMYWORD.

The first time I saw this, I was completely unprepared for the ending to be so SAD!  There’s a bit of hope at the end, but seriously–Nessa dead, Elphie and Fiyero banished from Oz, Glinda losing both her best friend and the man she loved. *tears*  “For Good” and the “Finale” make me cry every time.

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2. Phantom of the Opera

POTO, both book and musical, was one of my first fandoms, and one of the first books to make me cry.  I’m a sucker for self-sacrificing people and sympathetic villains (as some of you know…*coughcough*  She knows who she is.), and this has both–in fact, it has the ultimate combination of both.  Erik is so pitiable, and yet fearsome, creepy–and very  human.  The climax of this show always makes me cry: Raoul’s despair, Christine’s compassion, and the Phantom’s love for Christine finally winning out over his hatred of the world in general.  The ending of the book…well.  It’s more tense and dramatic than in the musical, but then comes the last chapter and Erik comes in to the Persian, dying but happy, and Gaston Leroux did SUCH a good job here, not overdoing it or understating it.  Here, you know what?  Just have the whole thing.  Try not to cry too much.

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1. Les Misérables

Seriously, does this even need an explanation?  Les Mis will always top any list of feelsy things, whether it be in book, musical, or movie form.  Besides the obvious everyone-died feels, this show/book has helped me to mature so much in this past year; the sacrifices and the love that is shown in so many different ways throughout has given me an example and assisted me in figuring out some faith-related things.

Plus, of course, the music is gorgeous and heartbreaking, the WORDS are beautiful, and Victor Hugo’s way with words is swoon-worthy.

And by the way, golden-haired revolutionaries have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Les Mis being my favorite musical.  Nope, not at all.  Why would you think that?

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my feels triggers: eowyn

Hey, guys!!  Eowyn here.  I was going to do an epic post about one of my favorite fandoms… when I realized…

I NEVER POSTED MY FEELS TRIGGERS POST.

WHAAAAAAAAAAT?!

So I’m here to talk about my feels triggers.  The epic post will have to wait.  (Also, these are strictly my movie feels triggers.  If I included books in here… we’d all be here forever.)

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6 – Disney

Okay, so I’m a 90’s kid.  Most of the movies during Disney’s (FIRST) Golden Age came out when I was little, so I grew up on them.  Disney will always have a special place in my heart.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing the newer Disney movies going back to their older standards, which is why I called the Golden Age the first one.  The most recent examples of this are Frozen and Maleficent, which both show that true love isn’t always between a guy and a girl.

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5 – Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit

I’m a Tolkiendil, and Faramir is my favorite character in the entire Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit fandom.  I had to read all of the LOTR books before I could watch the movies, and I’ll remember them forever!  While I’m not one of those huuuuuge fans who has an entire cosplay wardrobe or can say the pledge of allegiance in Elvish… I still love watching the movies – The Superior EXTENDED Editions, thankyouverymuch.

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4- Les Miserables

Ugh, Les Mis…. Why must you torture me so?  This is my favorite musical evah, and I love it for so many reasons!!!  Whenever someone says they don’t like it, I instantly go all “Who cares about your lonely soul?” on them.  (You don’t want to see me like that.  Trust me.)  Honestly, where is there a better example of the law vs. grace, besides Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for sinners like you and me?  True, it’s been called The Musical Where Everyone Dies, but it’s totally worth it.  One of my dreams is to see it on Broadway!

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3 – The Hunger Games

Okay.  This is a relatively new fandom for me (as in, I was finally allowed to read the books and watch the movies less than a month ago), but I’m all in.  When I read the books, I was completely and totally enamored with how deep they all are!  There are so many great analogies and morals.  I can’t wait to read the books again!  Hopefully I can read them in longer than a week, though.  That was a little much.  (Speaking of, Mockingjay Parts One and Two are going to kill me.  Ugh, I’ll probably be all SGOINGLFALNKGNI after seeing them.  Excuse my pardon.)

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2 – Marvel (or, more specifically, STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVE.)

I was never really a “superhero person” – up until about three years ago, that is.  Captain America: The First Avenger was my first real introduction to superheroes (the old Superman and Spider-Man movies don’t count because I didn’t like them at. all), and I’ve been hooked ever since!  I’ve seen more of the Marvel movies over the past year than I care to admit, and I love all of them (even the Thor movies, which, to be totally honest, I only love because of Hiddles.  Sue me.)  Steve Rogers will always be my favorite, though – and you can be sure that I’ll do many, many, many posts about him.

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1 – Boy Meets World

*sigh*  Boy Meets World, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

There’s a reason why BMW is my top favorite fandom.  It’s real – that’s what I love about it.  There’s nothing wrong with the other Disney shows – I enjoy watching a few episodes of all of them.  However, you can only go so far with a TV show about bionic teenagers or a teenage rockstar or a group of super-smart kids.  Boy Meets World is real.  It’s about a group of teenagers with no ambitions to be famous, who go through normal struggles such as friendship problems, family problems, and school problems.  I’ve learned so much from this show since I discovered it last October – mostly due to mentor/teacher/neighbor/friend, George Feeny.  Feeny and the other adults on the show is the other reason why I love it – while they’re often very funny, they’re always smarter than the kids, who know to go to them for advice.  The episodes always have a point and a lesson to be learned.  I’m currently on Season Five, and I love it to itty-bitty bits and pieces.  (Don’t even get me started on how excited I am about Girl Meets World.)

‘let others rise to take our place, until the earth is freeeee!’

Les Mis (2012) | "The right to be free." Out takes from the barricade/battle scenes of Les Misérables. Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London.
This is one of the most heartbreaking days for the Les Miserables fandom.  June 6th.  Barricade Day.  The day on which Enjolras, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, and all the other barricade boys died (except Jehan…the only one who died without the company of his friends).  Let us take a moment of silence to honour them.  I know they’re not real, but there were real people fighting on the barricades in June of 1832.  There’s a special tragedy about the final battle, because the barricade boys were all so young – everyone was younger than twenty-five.  I was re-reading some of the barricade scenes today in honour of the day, and it struck me afresh how terrible it all was.  Especially Gavroche’s death.  I think the 2012 film did an excellent job at showing the emotion and horror and pain of the final battle, without being over the top.  I can’t find the scene on Youtube, unfortunately, but I’m sure many of you have seen it.  The only thing that could have made it better was if Tom Hooper had kept in the dialog between Enjolras and Grantaire.

Even though it would’ve made everything even worse.

I’ll give you a list of links to different versions of the final battle, and then leave you to your feels.

And leave me to mine.

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my feels triggers: eva

Hi, everyone!  This is Eva [and I’m here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative] and I’ll be writing today’s post.  I’ll be talking about some of the books, films, and musicals that trigger tears and feels and depression inside me (should be a fun topic, right?).  Now, I tend to cry at pretty much anything that’s even remotely sad, so if I listed every single thing that made me cry, we’d be here all week.  So I’m just going to list the biggest things.  The ones that make me cry the hardest, all the time.  Sometimes even when I just think about them.  And if I make it out of this post dry-eyed, it’ll be a miracle…

1. Les Misérables

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Ah, Les Mis.  The ultimate fandom for feeeeels.  I mean, all the characters die except for two (and the Thenardiers don’t really count).  I’m sure there’s other fandoms that have done similar things (The Book Thief, and from what I’ve heard, Harry Potter is one of those, and the TV show Supernatural where all the main characters die several times), but you’ve got to admit that Les Mis is something…special.  I guess Victor Hugo just had it in for his characters.  Almost every death has its own heartbreaking song in the musical, and if you read the book, well, it’s even worse.  The entire book is depressing (although it does have its light spots), and if you don’t spend the entire second act of the musical is varying stages of tears, Les Mis feels just aren’t for you.  I bawl my eyes out every time, without fail.  Feels Rating: 10/10

2. Marvel

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You may be thinking to yourself ‘What?  Why is Marvel, of all things, on her list?  Don’t they make light-hearted, fun superhero movies?’.  Yes.  Yes they do.  Up against the grimmer DC movies such as Man Of Steel and the Batman trilogy, Marvel films are somewhat frothy barrels of laughter.  Plenty of humour, lots of cool special effects, and interesting (if not deep) plotlines.  BUT.  There is definitely lots of room for feels.  See, once upon a time, there was an agent of SHIELD named Phil.  And this agent believed in superheroes.  Really hard (especially Captain America).  Just like the big name superheroes, he would have done anything to keep his friends and his world safe from harm.  And, in the end, he sacrificed his life to reach that goal.  He still believed in those heroes – the Avengers – and eventually, they proved his faith in them right.  But it took his death to bring them together.  Are you CRYING yet???  Phil Coulson’s death is one of the hardest things I’ve ever watched.  And, besides that, there are a bunch of other examples in the Marvelverse.  “Yeah, I just…I had a date.”  SOBSOBSOB.  And what about The Winter Soldier?  FEELS ALL AROUND.  The Marvel movies are definitely fun, but there’s an underlying current of feels [at times] that’s impossible to ignore.  Feels Rating: 8/10

3. Jack Cavanaugh’s Books

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Jack Cavanaugh knows how to write the ultimate emotional story.  I’m not going to say much about it, since very few people have ever heard of his books (so I wouldn’t be making much sense to anyone), but he’s my favorite modern author and his books always make me cry.  Each and every one of them.  Sometimes, it’s not even all that sad (although he writes character deaths extremely well).  It’s more the way he tells certain parts of the story.  One of my friends [+me] is still devastated over the death of one particular character (Pascal, I’m sure you know who I mean) and it’s been months since we read the book that he died in (it was The Allies, in case you’re interested in having your heart broken).  I say that if a book can still make me cry after multiple re-reads, it’s a good book, and that’s exactly what his do for me.  Feels Rating: 8/10

4. Frozen/Tangled (Frangled)

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Goodness, Disney seems to want to wreck our lives, right?  Just look at the above pictures.  At least everything worked out all right in the end, but these two films still hit me right in the feels.  And it’s not just the scenes near the ending.  Some of the musical numbers can be pretty hard to take too – ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’, ‘For The First Time In Forever (reprise)’, and ‘I See The Light’ are all cry-worthy songs, for all sorts of different reasons.  And what about the scene where Rapunzel unites with her parents?  Elsa melts the ice?  Eugene seemingly deserts Rapunzel?  Even the tiny things, like a facial expression or a phrase, have the power to induce tears, just because we know how things end up.  Basically anything with the king and queen in Tangled will melt me.  Same with Elsa in Frozen.  Everything hurts sometimes.  Feels Rating: 5/10

So there you have it.  A few of the most feelsy fandoms that I’m a part of.  I could go on (Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Johnny Tremain, The Book Thief…), but I won’t bore you (at least not right now).  I’ll probably have to do a part two sometime, but for now, let’s leave it at this, shall we?

Eva