Write Here, Write Now: NaNoWriMo Update.

National Novel Writing Month is just over two weeks away. To this end I have come upon an idea that I think will carry me through these “30 days of literary abandon.”

Having decided to not play it safe this year and write within my (limited) comfort zone, I will take on a challenge. For those of you who have read the book or seen the musical Les Miserables, you will know it features the innkeepers Monsieur and Madame Thernardier. In the novel they are an unscrupulous and devious pair, and they represent the true arch-villains of the piece. I know it’s Javert who is in pursuit of Jean Valjean but he’s not a true antagonist because he follows his own moral compass; he believes in God and the Law. The Thernardiers are a different story altogether, though.

In the musical they are used for comic effect and as such are good characters to play around with. So my challenge for 2011 is to reimagine Les Miserables from the viewpoint of the devilish duo. As part of my research I am reading as much as I can of Victor Hugo’s mammoth 19th century novel. This in itself is as much of a challenge as NaNoWriMo.

As an aside, I have to work out whether I want to portray the characters as they appear in the musical – comic relief – or in the novel – much more complex. I’ll work on this closer to the time. So enjoy what follows this post. I had the pleasure of seeing Master of the House performed live on stage recently and it is one hell of a showstopper.

8 responses to “Write Here, Write Now: NaNoWriMo Update.

  1. Great idea for Nanowrimo! It will be very interesting to see how this turns out – you have certainly set a challenge. I used a similar idea – I’m updating Shakespeare’s The Tempest to modern time – Prospero is a deposed drug kingpin named John Prosper – though I will play very fast and loose with the original.

    Good luck and good writing.

  2. Have you read Christopher Moore’s FOOL?

    King Lear retold from the Jester’s (Lear’s Black Fool) point of view.

    An excellent read which, as is Moore’s wont, mixes a good deal of humor in a serious story.

    I love your idea.

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