Naomusings

My musings on the mainstream media and culture.

Archive for the tag “les miserables”

Embracing My Inner Eponine

cossette

Dan and I spent New Year’s Eve watching Les Miserables. I saw it on Broadway 23 years ago, in the cheap seats during my sophomore year of college.

As an insecure 19-year-old, what resonated most for me at the time was the story of Eponine. Perchance you haven’t seen Les Mis, it goes like this: Eponine loves Marius, but he just thinks of her as a friend. Then he catches a glimpse of Cosette, the heroine who represents all that is good and pure in this truly dark narrative.  He instantly falls in love. Eponine joins the rebel group and dies saving Marius’ life. He is grateful for a brief moment. Then a bunch of other stuff happens and he marries Cosette.

Despite liberal doses of feminism at an early age, my greatest fear in the world — to be painfully blunt —  was that I would never find a life partner.  My 19-year-old world seemed full of Cosettes who were far more beautiful and thin and fabulous than me, and they all seemed to have boyfriends who would never even notice a lowly Eponine like myself.  I wanted nothing more than to be Cosette.

Then, twenty-three years later, I watched the movie version with my husband.  And I noticed something very quickly.

Cosette is lame.

Read more…

Advertisements

Post Navigation

Minneapolis Through My Windshield

The bloggings of an accidental Minnesota girl

This Ruthless World

Adventures in absurdity

The Weekend Roady

Discovering North America and the world one adventure at a time

Mere Rhetoric

Musings on Communication, Pop Culture, & Politics by Dr. E. Michele Ramsey

My Brain In Pictures

Visual Journals and My Recovery from Brain Surgery

my very own mommyblog

there's going to be some baby meese at the mooseparty

Michaelsfishbowl

Looking at a Saturday crossword puzzle world with a Monday crossword puzzle mind

Idealism never goes out of fashion

Ex-pat Fashion Blog: Life should be an adventure. So should fashion. Follow me on mine.

Perfect Whole

"[A] too-seldom updated, excruciatingly well-crafted blog."

Retro Recipe Attempts

Tasting the fare of yesteryear, the disastrous and the delicious