What is My Father’s Shadow about?
Quite simply it’s a story about what if Enjolras had been the son of Javert. It’s amazing how that one little thing could change so many things, but you’ll have to see where it goes from there.
What is the rating for MFS?
It is rated T for violence, some foul language and sexuality. If this was a movie, I’m sure it would get a PG-13 rating. There is death throughout the story due to consumption, being shot at the barricade and many other pieces of violence. Most of the foul language will hopefully be covered up in their French forms to make it more acceptable for English speakers. There is sexuality in this story involving both married and unmarried couples. There is rape in the sense of prostitution being not really willing, but not in actual grab you on the street and hold you down rape. There is only really one scene planned in which I don’t do a pull into the bedroom and fade to black, but it will not be explict and is only shown for plot and relationship development, and played mostly for humor. Other than that there is mostly a pull into the bedroom, cut to the aftermath method in place.
What are the pairings?
Mainly it’s Enjolras/Eponine, with other pairs being Javert/OC, Marius/Cosette, Combeferre/Turning Woman 3, hints of Valjean/Fantine, Courfeyrac/OC (but not until chapter 40something), Thenardier/Mme Thenardier, and couple OC/OC.
Will characters I love die?
Yes, but I won’t say who.
Why did you name Javert, Gabriel?
My friend pitched it to me, it had nice meaning, so I agreed.
Why did you name Enjolras, Sébastien?
I was refreshing myself on the Enjolras character’s wikiapedia page, and on the top it said not to be confused with the French racecar driver Sébastien Enjolras. I liked it, remembered that Sebastian means revered, and stuck with it.
Isn’t the spelling of Eleanor the English spelling/not the French spelling?
I went through about fifty combinations before I settled on Eleanor, which is actually one of the French forms. Names are an interesting thing as someone from France might not actually have a French name. The name Adelaide is actually Germanic, Eponine comes from the Roman wife Eponina, Léonard is really Leonard that I slapped an é on to make it look more French (come on, we all do it). So yes, Eleanor is an English spelling, but it is also one way to spell it in France. If you like, Eleanor can have English blood in her, it’s really up to you.
What font do you use in your preview quotes?
Monotype Corsiva, sizes vary depending on the image.
How do you make your preview quotes?
Don’t underestimate the power of paint.
Where do you get your images?
Some I screenshoted myself, some I got from google and tumblr, but probably by now 75% of them come from lesmiserablescap. I highly recommend it for all your picture needs, the moderator is very kind and offers a nice working relationship with people who want to use her pictures (though occasionaly she likes to screw with me by putting consectutive images of Enjolras and Javert together, including a rather harsh incident involving Enjolras hanging out of the window and Javert looking up at said window.
Who’s that you used for (insert character here) in your images?
So far I’ve been using Jennifer Connelly for Adelaide, Josh Hartnett for Jérémie, Sierra Boggess for Christine Fortier née Lefévre, Ramin Karmiloo for Frédéric Lefévre, Katie Hall for Juliette Grantaire, Gina Beck for Marie Combeferre née Hucheloup, and Dakota Goyo for young Enjolras.
I haven’t finalized it yet, but I *might* end up using Tom Selleck for Leonard, and as for Henri Fortier, I do have someone, but that will be revealed later.
I don’t have any actors currently for Carine Dubois née LaFleur, Renée LaFleur, Matthieu LaFleur, Jacqueline Enjolras née Astier, Gérard Chevalier, Marianne Chevalier, Eleanor Dubois, Felicienne Bélanger née Lafontaine, Louis Bélanger, or Béatrice “Gitana” Thibault. Although Gitana is kind of based of Kate Macgowan as Una in Stardust.
All Les Miserables characters are either a photo from them in the 2012 movie, or else the actor from the 2012 movie in a different place (eg. Russell Crowe as Javert in images from A Beautiful Mind).
Your French is wrong and other anachronisms.
If you spot something that’s wrong, please tell me so I can fix it.
When will you next update?
When I finish the next chapter.
When will you finish the next chapter?
I have no clue.
What Les Miserables pairs do you ship?
Combeferre/Turning Woman 3 (Gina Beck)
Javert/OC (MUST BE WELL DONE!)
What do you mean a well done Javert OC?
A Javert OC *must* be believable and relatively unchanging of Javert. Not to blow my own horn here, but if you want an example of a good Javert OC, read the first couple chapters of My Father’s Shadow to see Adelaide. I have worked *very* hard on her character, studying what Javert would and not would tolerate in a woman and how he would treat her. My standards are quite high, and in my opinion there shouldn’t be more than 6 years age different between them, as I see him not going for a very young girl. He must also not be expecting to fall in love and it must be a slow, respectful process. Javert has a lot to offer, and I recommend making him love interests (or use mine, I’d love for more people to use Adelaide but ask me first) but you have to be careful how you use them.
What’s the deal with Killian Donnelly and Gina Beck being the death of you?
Once upon a time happinessiveneverknown stumbled across a post that were screenshots of tweets between the actors that stated that Gina’s character of Turning Woman #3 was meant to be Combeferre’s wife. They decided on some backstory that fit into My Father’s Shadow perfectly (them not having kids, not being ready yet, etc) so I put it into the story.
And then I found more tweets. Gina congratulated Kerry Ingham on her performance in Matilda and Killian asked if she was their daughter, due to the fact that she played Turning Woman #8 in the Les Miserables. Gina agreed, and then I got a headache. Kerry is a sweet girl but she’s also 12, which is a mathematical nightmare for MFS because it would mean that Combeferre would have sired her around age 8. Long story short, this development was not added to MFS, but I still joke that the two of them will be the death of me.
If you shipped yourself with any fictional character, who would it be?
Fandral the Dashing.
What musicals have you *actually* seen?
The musicals that I have actually seen performed are a school production of Les Miserables where my sister was Fantine (first intro to Les Mis), a performance of Avenue Q, Two From Galilee, Beauty and the Beast, the 25th Annual Putnum Speeling Bee, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Footloose, Seussical (my sister’s school performed it), Urinetown (let’s just say my sister went to a special performing arts school), Pirates of Penzance (a shortened version that my sister also starred in, but was at a daycamp), Little Shop of Horrors, and Beyond Eden (if you haven’t heard of it, there’s a reason, it was bloody awful.) This summer I will be seeing the touring show of Les Miserables (so excited) and my local theatre is putting on Legally Blonde.
I’ve seen the 25th anniversary performances of both Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables. I saw the taping they did of Legally Blonde, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, the taping of Love Never Dies (I was forced, don’t kill me for watching it, nor disliking it) and I’ve seen a bootleg of The Little Mermaid. I’ve seen clips here and there of Catch Me if You Can, Next to Normal, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Lion King, RENT, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and most of the movie of West Side Story, the last half of the Gypsy movie, the last half of My Fair Lady, the first part of Moulin Rouge, the first part of Jesus Christ Superstar taping, a little bit of the movie of Evita, little bits of the Oliver movie, and pieces of the CATS taping.
But most of my experience with musicals have been with the film adaptions, due to where I live. The following movie musicals I have seen:
Annie, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dreamgirls, Fame, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Hairspray (the John Travolta one), the King and I, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers (the one with Nathan Lane), RENT and The Sound of Music.
What musical *won’t* you see?
There is one musical I have had a couple opportunities to see, but I point blank refuse to see, not because I have anything against it (I heard it’s amazing), but because it has a trigger of mine. Sweeney Todd. I cannot and will not see any adaption of it because I have a neck thing. I cannot handle necks being slit, snapped, strangled or other otherwise anything being done to the neck and/or windpipe (though apparently I’m fine with decapation).
Also, for similar reasons, but the horror movie gore and content, I refuse to watch Repo! The Genetic Opera.
You don’t *really* like the movie versions, do you?
As a matter of fact, I do. Due to my place of residence, I don’t have the opportunity to go see a *real* show. I would love to go to Braodway or West End, but I can’t, and this is why I love the movies. The movies allow me to watch the musicals, and the musicals are the source material I know. The movie of Phantom of the Opera is what got me into musicals in the first place and it will always have a special place in my heart. Now, do I prefer the movies over the musicals? It depends, sometimes I have the movies, sometimes I love the shows. I prefer the movie of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat over the show, but I love the show of Phantom over the movie (or at least the 25th). It all depends on how both are presented with what actors.
What are your thoughts on Love Never Dies?
Too long, too slow, too boring, and I swear they have the real Raoul tied up and stashed in a closet back in Paris. I don’t count it as canon by any means, but it has some good songs (Til I Hear You Sing, Devil Takes the Hindmost and Dear Old Friend are really good). Plus I love my headcannon that after the play Raoul and Phantom decide to raise Gustave together because Phantom is his real father, and Raoul has actually spent the past ten years raising him, and the wo have the best frienemies relationship as they argue how Gustave likes his grilled cheese (“With crust!” “Without” “With crust!” “Without!” “I’ve raised him for ten years, and he’s always taken it with crust!” “That may be, but I know he likes it without!”)
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