Fanfiction Fridays: The Miserable Diaries by Framboise

This is an oldie but goodie, folks. One of my favorites from waaaay back in the day, like, eleven years ago back in the day, when I spent most of my free time reading and re-reading all the Les Miserables fanfiction on the internet and roleplaying as a street thief on some long-dead forum. Ah, sixth grade.

Seemed appropriate despite the lack of any real Valjean or Javert presence in the story. Art by Kate Beaton.

Seemed appropriate despite the lack of any real Valjean or Javert presence in the story. Art by Kate Beaton.

I guess I would describe The Miserable Diaries as a humorous, journal-style glance into the heads of each of the primary members of Les Amis de l’ABC. It’s done in a Bridget Jones-y style, rife with abbreviations, dropped articles, and missing subject pronouns. It has six chapters, each dedicated to a different revolutionary.

normal_LESMISSTILL-008This fanfic is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever read, and goddamn have I read a lot of fanfic, but I will warn that it may not be as funny to people who aren’t familiar with both the original book and the musical. Framboise mixes references to each delightfully and to great comedic effect, but if you don’t know a bit about the backstory of each of the Amis de l’ABC (Bossuet is bald, Joly spells his name with four L’s and is a hypochondriac, Feuilly likes Poland and making fans a lot, etc.) the humor specific to each entry may fall a little flat. Here are some quotes to give you a taste of what it’s like:

From Enjolras’ diary:

28th May, 1832
Lamarque is dead! Lamarque! His death is the hour of fate!
Hatching plans for insurrection post-haste. Is all terribly exciting much like Christmas only with more death.

From Coufeyrac’s diary:

June 1st, 1831
Called police re: Marius turning into psychopath. Talked to slightly grumpy and blatantly insane bloke with v. impressive sideburns for thirty seconds before he accused me of being an ex-convict from Toulon. Swore innocence but he told me he’d heard such protestations every day for twenty years and to save my breath and save my tears. V. unprofessional – would report him to his superiors but think he may be the only policeman in France.

From Feuilly’s diary:

February 3rd, 1832
Have been doing Pilates as part of Self-Improvement Thing. Enjolras v. huffy when told about this and said if anyone was going to do Pylades round here it was him. Rather lamenting lack of Classics knowledge, as Courfeyrac literally wet himself laughing.

If this sort of humor is to your tastes, hit up The Miserable Diaries and have a few laughs!

2 thoughts on “Fanfiction Fridays: The Miserable Diaries by Framboise

  1. Hello there,
    I am Framboise, and I wrote The Miserable Diaries waaaaay back in the day! Having just seen the movie my Les Mis obsession has been re-activated somewhat and I just found this by doing a little search of The Miserable Diaries. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it; it was terrific fun to write, and wonderful to think that it is occasionally still read. I’ve had a few ideas for a Joly chapter, so now the thing is ten years old it may even get an update!!
    Thanks again,
    Framboise x

    • Oh my god, I know this is corny but like I said in the review I seriously adore this fanfic, have done since I was like 12 and had just really gotten into fandom. I’d love to see an update!

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