When I was 23 my mom took me on a trip to New York City with her design class (she taught interior design at a local community college and was fortunate enough to get to take a few trips to NYC with her students). Part of that trip included tickets to see Les Miserable on Broadway. Amazing right? Well here's the thing, I was bored to tears. I'm a little embarrassed to say that, but it's true. I didn't really know the story line, so I had a hard time following what was happening and just felt a little blah about the whole thing.
I read this post a couple months ago from A Blog About Love and decided that's what was missing for me.... a connection. I had no connection to this story. I had never read the book, I didn't know the music from the play, nothing. Upon reading Danny's post and seeing the trailer for the new movie (which I watched at least 20 times) I was determined to get my own connection to this timeless story. Knowing that Les Mis has had such a deep impact on so many people I started to feel a little left out--like I was depriving myself of a really good thing. Does that make sense? So I downloaded a free version onto my ipad, but found myself lagging after a few hundred pages. Fortunately Danny told me that free digital translations aren't always the best and I might want to check out the standard penguin version. I figured if I'm going to buy a book I might as well buy a book. So here it is, the most beautiful copy I could find. As you can see I'm not quite half way through but I am determined to finish this before the movie leaves the big screen. Honestly, I think the loveliness of this book is proving to be a great motivator in itself. So if you don't hear from me as much the next couple of weeks, now you know why. I'm on a mission... Les Mis or bust.
Do you have similar connection to Les Miserable or another story/movie? Was in ingrained into you by your parents or was it something you found on your own?