Favorite Friendships of Musicals/Literatures

I have talked about my favorite friendships in musicals and my favorite friendships in literature. I thought about doing a post where I combined all of those different friendships. Musicals in so many ways are like literature- they have character, plot, and setting: they just add dance and song to all of that to make something more powerful and emotional. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.

Frodo and Sam

  • Would Frodo have made it without Sam? Frodo wanted to do the quest alone after the end of Fellowship, but Sam wouldn’t allow it. He stayed loyal to Frodo to the end. He was always there- whether that meant rescuing Frodo or carrying him. He was that loyal companion. The Ring easily corrupts and weakens the ring bearer, which gets heavier as you get closer to Mordor- that is why Frodo wouldn’t have made it without Sam.

Merry and Pippin

  • They are best friends, and at the same time troublemakers. You might be thinking what on earth are they doing on this quest? Why are they there if they always are causing the group trouble? You eventually find out- they have a reason. Of everyone in the books, it is the four hobbits- Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin that I am attached to the most.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione

  • Would Harry have defeated Voldemort without his two best friends, and would the series be the same if the trio never existed? Just like Sam, Ron and Hermione are loyal to Harry. In the last book, Harry wanted to look for those Horcouxes alone, but his two best friends wouldn’t allow it. In all of the books- they ended up having to go on some mission, which meant breaking a lot of school rules. He needed the two of them to defeat Voldemort. Those Horcoucxes are a lot like that one ring- the difference is there is no way of knowing where they are and they would be anything. Harry couldn’t have found them alone- it would be impossible.

Nicholas and Smike

  • One of the things I about the most about Nicholas Nickleby is all of the compassion he has. He especially showed it towards Smike. Smike is someone who wasn’t shown much compassion. At the school he was working, he did defend Smike, which later caused Smike to follow Nicholas after Nicholas quit that awful school. For the rest of the book, the two of them stayed together- Nicholas was there even at Smike’s death. These two are my favorite characters from Nicholas Nickleby.

Friends of the ABC

  • This is an overlapping literature and musical theatre friendship I love. That means it is in both versions of Les Misérables- the book and the musical. The difference between both versions is that in the book you get to know them as individuals, and in the musical, you only get to Enjolras as an individual and the rest as a group. The other difference is that in the musical, Marius is close to the students (which doesn’t exist in the book).
  • This group is a political group led by Enjolras, the most passionate member. They are like a group of brothers, and in so many ways a family. They are planning an uprising due to the weak government. They have high hopes for the cause they believe in. I do love how they take in Gavroche, who is Eponine’s brother.

Eponine and Marius

  • This friendship in Les Mis in only in the musical, not the book. Eponine is in love with Marius, the only person who showed her kindness and the only good thing in her life. However, Marius is unaware that she loves him. They are close friends and Marius is aware that her life isn’t easy. He does treat her fairly. I love that he is in her life- she needed that.
  • In “A Little Fall of Rain”, you can see how much he valued her friendship. Marius was worried about Eponine- that was why at the beginning of act II, he sent her away from the barricade because he was hoping it would protect her from getting hurt or worse killed from the uprising. However, she did return and got shot, which would turn out to be fatal. There was a reason why he asked: why she came back: he was worried about her safety, and when she collapsed, he released she was shot, and that she was dying. He was devastated, but despite how he felt, he decided to be there for her by holding and comforting during that moment. This scene in particular says a lot: it shows how compassionate Marius is, that he did value their friendship (after all, he was devastated), and he did realize that she did love him. It is a bittersweet scene: all that mattered to her was that he was there: more than the physical pain she was in: she was happy for once. The words he said after she died were “her name was Eponine, her life was cold and dark, yet she was unafraid”- those words were how I knew that Marius knew that she lived a tough life, but at least he was part of it.

The Newsies

  • The Newsies remind me so much of Enjolras and the students in Les Mis. They have a brotherly love for each other, and they are like family. They have a cause (the strike) they truly believe in, and never give up no matter what. Jack Kelly is their leader.
  • On a side note: I love the beautiful bond found between Jack and Crutchie. Cruthcie is the most vulnerable Newsie due to his bum leg, and Jack is his best friend. There is something amazing about their bond.

Lumiere and Cogsworth

  • Is it weird that I love a friendship between a talking candle and talking clock? There is just something about them that I find appealing in terms of their friendship.

Elphaba and Glinda

  • The ultimate friendship, as in my favorite friendship in musical theatre, is the one found between Elphaba and Glinda. It is a beautiful, powerful, and special bond found between two complex and strong young women- they did start out as enemies and later became best friends. They don’t let a boy get in the way of their friendship- they do both fall in love with Fiyero. Both of them do end up with unrequited love for him at some point: but they end up not stealing him away from each other. The song, “For Good”, is the most emotional song in Wicked and talks about how they have changed each others lives for the better and how they have made each other better people.

February 2019 in Review

St. Louis

The first highlight of February was St. Louis. My mom and I went to see my grandma. St. Louis means a lot to me. Part of St. Louis included seeing Fiddler on the Roof at the gorgeous Fox Theatre. I only saw the movie of Fiddler on the Roof, but NEVER the stage show. St. Louis only was long weekend- a lot of the trip was spent inside. Never thought Fiddler on the Roof would start my musical year.

Lord of the Rings Films

Yes, this sounds like a crazy highlight. I fell in love with the series a while back. I wanted to watch the films, but the thing that held me back was the length of the films. This month I finally saw the trilogy- I am so glad I watched all three films. I am glad I did- I now want to own the trilogy films.

Miss Saigon

I did think Miss Saigon would start my musical year- instead it was Fiddler on the Roof. I discovered Miss Saigon through Les Mis- after all the music was written by the same people who brought you Les Mis. The musical made me feel love, joy, uncomfortable, fear, and heartbroken. I ended up forming a strong emotional connection to Kim and Chris- they are now a new musical theatre couple that I fell in love with. Now, there are songs that I keep on listening to. It is a good musical- if it wasn’t for Les Mis, I never would have seen Miss Saigon. I have come a long way since Les Mis.

Hobbits of Lord of the Rings

One of the geniuses of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series are the characters. Character are highly important in any story. You want to care about them in order to get into the story. The first characters you spend time with are the Hobbits. The Hobbits are the characters I got attached to the most during the films.

Frodo

As the main character of the series, we want to be able to like him. If we don’t why would the quest matter? I understand that if the ring isn’t destroyed Middle Earth would be in trouble. Still, you need to care about Frodo since he is the central character of the trilogy. In the film, I loved him from the start- before he had the ring. There was just something about him that drew me in.

He was brave enough to leave The Shire and to become the Ringbearer. He had a big burden to deal with- The Ring. The Ring easily corrupts and get heavier as the journey continues. The closer you are to Mordor, the weaker you become, but Frodo never gave up. He was determined throughout this journey. There was just something about him that makes him likable. He does have his flaws- you need a character to be flawed or else they wouldn’t be believable. Some of his flaws does come from the power of the Ring.

Sam

Sam is easily likable. I love his loyalty to Frodo. He is always with him no matter what. When Frodo tries to continue on his quest alone, Sam would not allow it. When Frodo is too weak to go up the mountain, Sam carries Frodo up. Sam stays loyal to Frodo in any situation they find themselves in. He rescues Frodo from Orcs when Frodo is captured. So I love his loyalty to Frodo the most. Frodo wouldn’t have made it that far without Sam.

Merry/Pippin

Merry and Pippin are troublemakers and mischievous. You do wonder at first: why are they part of the fellowship: why are part of the quest and why are part of the story? They are the youngest Hobbits on this quest. Soon enough, you see courage in them. Their mischievous nature can get the fellowship in trouble at times. Later on, they have encouraged the talking trees to help protect Middle Earth, and these two Hobbits do some fighting. So they do care about Middle Earth. So they have a purpose- without them, parts of Middle Earth could be destroyed.

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King- Movie Review

Here we are at the end of the trilogy. It can be hard to know where the film begins. You might think it would be like Two Towers where it continues where Fellowship ended. However, Return of the King started as a flashback as to how Gollum got the ring and how he became the creature that he is- that might be a bit confusing to first time viewers.

While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarms out to conquer all Middle Earth, Frodo and Sam struggle deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron’s power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the One Ring, ruler of all the accursed Rings of Power, must be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way is impossibly hard, and Frodo is weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring, he begins finally to despair.

Major or Minor Spoilers:

As with the other films, Middle Earth comes to life. That is one of the best things about this series. They know how to make this fantasy world come to life. You really feel like you are in Middle Earth. You are always introduced to someplace different in each film. In this one, Frodo and Sam finally enter Mordor, and the biggest battle finally happens.

The “hidden passage” to Mordor is actually a spider’s lair- I was worried and scared for Frodo- despite knowing what is going to happen. I knew it wasn’t right to trust Gollum, but at the same time, Frodo and Sam never would have made it into Mordor without him. Most of the time in this film was spent outside of Frodo’s plot- it spent most of it’s time preparing and being at battle. Boy, the good guys were outnumbered- all of the films, I did not like Middle Earth attacked like that, but they never lost hope. Sam continued to be loyal to Frodo in his quest to destroy the ring, such as carrying him when he was too weak to continue up the mountain.

Just like with all Lord of the Rings films, the music helped a lot. It set up all the scenes. It told you when danger was coming- I loved how it set that up. It did give you a sense of worry.

This was the longest Lord of the Rings film, but was worth it. It was the darkest film, which was the strongest during the battle. You could easily see at Mordor that the Ring was becoming even harder on Frodo and making him weaker. He wouldn’t have made it that far without Sam. I was satisfied with the ending- even though Frodo had to leave Middle Earth. His quest was a huge burden on him and left him scarred for life- he still hadn’t fully healed from what happened to him during to the Quest- those are reasons why he had to leave.

Lord of the Rings: Two Towers- Movie Review

Yesterday, I reviewed the first movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In that one, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and other’s have gone off on a quest to destroy the One Ring to destroy, it, which is Frodo’s job. At the end, the Fellowship is separated. Now it is just Frodo and Sam- they are continuing the quest to destroy the Ring.

The Fellowship is scattered. Some are bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some are contending with treachery with the treachery of the wizard Sauruman. Only Frodo and Sam are left to take the One Ring, ruler of all the accursed Rings of Powers, to be destroyed in Morder, the dark realm where Sauron is supreme. Their guide is Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring

This movie continues exactly where Fellowship of the Ring ends. The ring is starting to became a bigger burden on Fordo, but Sam still stays loyal to Frodo no matter what. When Fellowship of the Ring ends, you wonder what will happen to this characters- for me, I especially care about the Hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Sam.

Major and Minor Spoilers

When Pippin and Merry were captured in Fellowship, I was scared something would happen to them. I was scared then those bad guys thought about eating them, but Gimli, Leoglas, and Aragorn were coming to their rescue. These three had their storyline, while Merry and Pippin had their storyline going on, and Frodo and Sam had theirs.

Things have gotten darker. The ring has had become a bigger burden on Frodo. It is also is heavier. Good thing, he has Sam- he couldn’t have made it as far as he had without Sam. Then Gollum shows up- his voice is scary- I literally want to tell Frodo not to trust him- (knowing the books)- even though Gollum is the only one who knows the way into Mordor. Even Sam knows not to trust Gollum.

Even Gimli, Aragorn, and Legolas has a lot to deal with. They have a big fight to deal with. They are saying to protect the humans. They are way outnumbered- even with help. Even with the human fighters and the elf helpers- still way outnumbered.

So this movie has an emotional effect on me as well- just like the first one does. That is because I already formed a strong love for Middle Earth and for the characters. I know I in particular love the Hobbits the most- but I do love characters such as Leoglas, Aragon, and Gimli as well- you formed a connection with them in Fellowship of the Ring. Lord of the Rings series is very strong that it does that to you. You want them to succeed- you want Middle Earth to survive- not be destroyed. The music does the same thing- tell you when danger is about to happen.

A line that same Sam and Frodo said is interesting- is something around- I hope people know our story- I am like I am watching your story being told.

Just like Fellowship, Middle Earth comes to life. In all of mountains and you finally get an idea of what Mordor looks like. Gollum lead them to the black gate, but it is nearly impossible to get in. Right when Gollum says, I know another way- I didn’t want Frodo to listen- I know what it leads to- I don’t want Frodo to go that way. I care about these characters so much. Frodo does have his flaws- there are times he does act on impulse or ways that does not seem like Frodo and so on- a lot of that is caused by the ring- you have to remember that. The ring is such a burden.

I think I might actually want to own this movie series.