Les Mis Character Tag

This is actually a post I’ve had sitting half completed in the archives for literally months. It hails from last November 😛

Now, I could easily fill out this character tag using the characters from my Les Miserables retelling, The Stars Fill Infinity, but I decided to make this more difficult by only using my Wattle Fires characters.

Without further ado, here’s my original intro:


Last Saturday, I had the immense privilege of going to see Les Miserables performed live down in Nowra. Before you ask, it was absolutely amazing. I loved all of the actors, but some of them were just brilliant. I had a grand old time, and then came back home, only to find that an even greater privilege had been bestowed upon me. The wonderful Story Sponge tagged me for the Les Mis Character Tag.

So here’s the rules:

  1. Acknowledge the human/dragon/sponge that tagged you (done already)
  2. Acknowledge the sponge that created the tag (also done)
  3. Tag as many people as you so desire (not done yet, but will be soon)

The only thing I’m changing is that Story Sponge used characters from already published books when answering the question. However, since it’s NaNo and I feel like talking about myself and brilliant creations* I’m going to use my own characters for the tag.

Here we go!

*On an unrelated note, people tend to see me as being quite humble. But I have no idea why. 


Valjean’s Soliloquy (a Character who’s whole view of the world undergoes a dramatic shift)

Lailani (High-Praise). She starts the story being spoilt and entitled, a princess used to getting whatever she wants. She ends the story differently, but saying exactly how or why would be spoilers, wouldn’t it?

I Dreamed a Dream (a character who never seems to have any good luck whatsoever)

Aputi, Courageous’ servant. The poor man is so underappreciated and rather stepped on that he should start a revolution, just to get his dues.

Fantine’s Arrest (a character who just makes your skin crawl)

Actually, there aren’t many character in Wattle Fires that make my skin crawl. However, some of Courageous’ uncles are absolutely horrible. Whether or not they make my skin crawl is debatable though.

The Bargain/The Waltz of Treachery (a character who is a master of manipulation)

The villain who is mentioned below.

Stars (a villain with convincing motivation)

Well, the villain in Wattle Fires is a surprise reveal, so I’m not going to mention a name here, but I think they have a good motivation. 😛 I hope so anyway!

Do You Hear The People Sing? (a character who inspires other people)

Yilla. She wouldn’t see herself this way, but others, especially Courageous and Lailani, do. She inspires them to be better people, to think of others, to step out of their comfort zones, to love. She’s definitely inspirational to the people in her life.

Little People (a little character with a lot of spunk)

Ooh… Well, I don’t really have any little characters in this story, but I’d say Wirra. Wirra is Yilla’s younger sister, and about fifteen. She’s definitely full of spark, but she’s not like Gavroche at all 😛

Bring Him Home (a character who is sacrificially protective)

I feel like answering this one would stray too far into spoiler territory. All of my characters are sacrificially protective at some time or another, but I don’t think I can reveal any particular characters 🙂

Actually, I’ll say Yilla, and leave you wondering why.

Javert’s Suicide (an extremely conflicted character)

Moerani. I spoke a little about him yesterday and he’s definitely conflicted. He’s conflicted between believing that he is the rightful king, and his love for his nephew.

Oh, I so love writing conflicted characters!

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (an impossibly lonely character)

Courageous. He’s so alone it makes my heart hurt sometimes. The poor fellow. Hopefully that changes by the end of the novel 🙂





Have you seen or listened to Les Mis? Which of your characters match which song? Do you have a character who never seems to have any good luck?

9 thoughts on “Les Mis Character Tag

  1. Thanks for tagging me! I’ll do this one soon!
    It was so fun to learn more about the characters of Wattle Fire; I love ’em all! I loved reading all of your answers as they correspond to the various songs from the show. I love these kinds of tags! My character that never seems to have any luck is probably Gideon Snyder from my WIP about the Seattle Underground! Great post! 🙂

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  2. This is a super fun tag; even though I can’t stick with Les Mis for the life of me, I’m fairly familiar with the characters. For the “Bring Him Home” one, Corey from O to be Like Thee, hands-down!

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  3. Your love of les mis has made me want to check it out. 😊 I think I’ll get the book one day, but is there a particular musical/movie that you’d recommend to see with my family?

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  4. Now you are just making me want to read more of your stories.;) I love that you were able to use characters from one story for all of these! If you have as much variation in your characters as Les Mis does I would say you’re all set. It’s a great model. 😉
    Haha, I love writing conflicted characters too! And lonely characters… Basically I like torturing them in whatever way possible. One character I have who never seems to have good luck is Andy from my circus story. Her mother died and her father was abusive and then she ended up under the control of a psychopath at a circus.
    Great answers! (And this tag is AMAZING, am I right?)

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  5. Yes, yes! Definitely read it, Jen!
    My favourite versions of the musical are the video recordings of the 10th Anniversary and 25th Anniversary. Tom Hooper’s movie is also pretty good (but maybe not for the whole family, depending on what sort of things your parents are comfortable with).
    there’s also a new (non-musical) BBC series, but I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t tell you what its like.

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  6. Why, thank you 🙂
    Yes, conflicted characters are the best. They’re so much fun.
    Poor Andy. I’d hate to be in her shoes.
    Of course. It is the most amazing tag on the internet 😀

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