Pride Month- The Fictional Couples

I just found out that June is Pride Month, which is referring to the LGBTQ community. True, ROMANCE is a common theme found in fictional literature (also common in other media like operas and musicals). So, what are some LGBTQ fictional couples am I aware of?

Introduction

As many know, it is hard for me to spot romance in literature. However, it is easier to spot it either on screen or on stage—–a result of seeing the action. The advantage of musicals and operas comes from love songs- those songs help you realize when two characters have fallen in love. So, unfortunately I will not able to name many of these unique couples. However, I can name two——the ones from Rent.

Angel and Collins

They are one of the sweetest couples found in musical theatre. They may both have HIV, but they truly make the most of their relationship. Even when Angel develops AIDS, Collins is still there for him. The song, “I’ll Cover You”, really shows just how amazing their relationship is——they are the only couple in Rent who don’t fight, and truly live in the moment no matter what. Even during “Without You”, you strongly see their love—-that is when you really see Collins caring for Angel. Angel is just the sweetest and most compassionate person of all the friends- he really kept them together (look at their struggle after he died- that is how you can realize he was the glue holding them together).

Maureen and Joanne

I call them the most problematic couple in Rent. Mainly because of Maureen- she may be crazy, but she still has a sweet spot. It feels like they just can’t stop fighting (Maureen can really annoy Joanne at times due to constantly flirting on other guys). Just look at “Tango Maureen”- when Mark and Joanne are talking about their dating troubles with Maureen (after all, Mark is Maureen’s ex-boyfriend, so he can relate). Than look at “Take Me or Leave Me”- a love song between Maureen and Joanne, but they are still fighting in that number.

However, at least Maureen still her sweet side at times- she isn’t 100% crazy- maybe more like 75%. Look how she treats Mimi when she was in danger of dying- she is sweet with her then. Plus Joanne isn’t 100% annoyed with her- she can stand her at times. At least there are moments they can handle each other- it is just Maureen can be hard to deal with at times.

Only Friendship Love for Musicals

Outside of the ROMANCE in musicals, it seems that the 2nd most common type of love is friendship. Those friendships vary in different ways- the ones that feel like family, the ones that have an intimate and strong bond, and some of them actually are unpopular opinions. POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

The Rent Gang

I only just discovered this group of friends about 9 and 1/2 years ago. They are one of the groups that feel like family. True, they have their arguments at times, but at least they make up. They have their struggles because part of the group has HIV/AIDS- as in four of them. They actually live their lives in love and in the moment—–NO DAY BUT TODAY.

Mark and Roger are best friends, who live together.

The Newsies

This is yet another group of friends that feels like family. They share a brotherly bond that is tight-knit. They have a cause (the strike) they strongly believe in and never give up. Jack Kelly is their leader.

Found within this group of brothers is yet another friendship——the intimate and special bond between Jack Kelly and Crutchie, two best friends and my favorite Newsies. Crutchie is the most vulnerable of the group due to his bum leg and also the most optimistic—-his optimism even shines at The Refuge. Jack would rather protect his brothers than be part of the strike- explaining his inner conflict.

Friends of the ABC

They share a lot in common with the the Newsies- both have a strong brotherly bond that feels like family and both have a cause they strongly believe in. Plus, both groups have a leader. Enjolras is this group’s leader, who is more passionate about the cause (the uprising). I even love it when you see them when they are vulnerable (“Drink With Me”). They never give up—-even when they know they are going to lose and most likely going to die.

Eponine and Marius

This is an unpopular opinion, but I love their friendship (true not in the book, but love how it got it changed for the musical). Marius is someone that Eponine needed in her life. He was her light and the only good thing in her life. He was the only person who showed her kindness and even compassion. Look- Marius was worried about her- I think that was why he sent her away from the barricades and why he asked why she came back.

“A Little Fall of Rain”— true, he was devastated, but he stayed with Eponine because of his compassion. She ended up giving her life for Marius. Marius ended up comforting her in this scene, and it was the happiest moment of her life because he was with her.

Aladdin, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim

This was actually one of the newest friendships to enter my life. I really don’t know what I love about this friendship. In the stage show, it did create some incredible scenes and songs. Hard to explain- they were an incredible replacement for Abu.

Lumiere and Cogsworth

Wait, what is so incredible about a talking candle and talking clock? I honestly don’t know exactly.

Elphaba and Glinda

Well, it wouldn’t be a friendship musical post without these two. These two create a pretty powerful and special bond. They may be enemies at first, but eventually they became best friends. They really made a huge impact into each others’ lives- “because I knew know, I have been changed for good”. I really think the love triangle actually strengthens their friendships—-it really shows their loyalty to each other——they wouldn’t let a boy get in the way of their friendship because they didn’t try to steal Fiyero away from each other (well, they both went both unrequited love). “For Good” really explains how much they meant to each other——–it actually is the most emotional song in the entire musical.

I have loved this friendship for a pretty long time—considering that I loved Wicked since August 2006.

Meaningful Sad Musicals of My Life

True, there are people who believe ALL musicals are happy and comic. However, the true musical theatre fans are aware there are tragic and heartbreaking musicals. I had to discover the truth the hard way—–only because I was close-minded to tragedies in high school. I literally thought the genre was pure sad. Turns out I would be proven wrong in more ways than one. So, what heartbreaking musicals would prove to be the most meaningful?

Les Mis

This was actually expected. A powerful, epic, inspiring, and enlightening musical. A musical with a beautiful underlying spirituality. Complex and amazing characters, who sing such beautiful, emotional, and powerful songs, as in songs that hard to choose your favorite from. I can’t even choose my favorite character. Weird that I can’t choose my favorite character, but my favorite survivor. I actually am obsessed with Les Mis- the stage show was seen six times.

Below comes from each time I saw the stage show: 2013 (3x), 2015, 2017, and 2019

Les Mis taught me a LOT- 1) death can be memorable and can happen through song, 2) tragedies are more than heartbreak, 3) tragic musicals exist, 4) heartbreak is a musical emotion—just a basic list.

Rent

True, I just said Les Mis taught me I can love tragedies. But here is the funny thing- I fell in love with Rent before Les Mis. But I fell in love with Rent by songs alone- meaning they were out of context, so I didn’t know what the characters or story were. Soon enough, I learned that Rent was a sad show——-the original reason why this musical became meaningful was because of its message. Another reasoning was that it led me to want to see La Bohème, the opera it is based off of.

However, as years went by, I found out I could relate to the musical. I actually can relate to the characters’ struggle. Yes, I have Epilepsy and the characters have HIV/AIDS, but the emotions are similar- as in uncertainty, fear, stress, anxiety, frustration (I get it—not so much the disease but the struggle). My favorite song in Rent is “Seasons of Love”.

Conclusion

Both of these musicals make me an emotional wreck. I have nothing wrong with that due to my emotional connection.

The Concept of “Found Family”

There are various families in the world of storytelling. The most obvious relates to biological and adopted families. But, there is this concept called “found family”——as in not what we think of when we think of families.

The Weasley Family

Yes, they are an actual family in the Harry Potter series, but in many ways they are a “found family” for our protagonist. Back home at the Dursleys, Harry Potter’s life is terrible—-they are abusive towards him. The Weasleys in many ways take him in as one of their own- Ron, their youngest son, is one of Harry Potter’s best friends. Harry Potter ends up spending some Christmas and Summer vacations at the Weasley family.

Hotel Deucalion and Unit 919

This was the “found family” for Morrigan Crow. Until she was rescued by Jupiter North, she was in an unloving family thanks to being born on an unlucky day. Jupiter takes her to Nevermoor, hoping she ends up being a part of the Wundrous Society. Morrigan ends up living at the Hotel Decualion, a fun hotel—–Jupiter, Fenestra, and Frank live there as well (part of the “found family” Morrigan ended up with)Unit 919 ended up being her “found family” with the Wundrous Society. But only two of them are able to truly accept her- Hawthorne and Cadence.

Newsies

Living on the streets, the Newsies form a close brotherly bond that feel like family. They stick together no matter what. Jack Kelly, their leader, cares a lot about his brothers especially Crutchie. They strongly believe in their cause (the strike) and don’t give up.

Friends of the ABC

They are so similar to the Newsies. Just like the Newsies, they have a close brotherly bond that feel like family. Even they have leader, whose name is Enjolras. They even have a cause (the uprising) they strongly believe in.

The Rent Crew

Even the friends in Rent feel like family. Matt and Roger are best friends, who live together. Yes, there are disagreements at times, but yet they still are close. Roger, Mimi, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, Angel, and Mark are close that they really feel like family——they live in the moment and in love.

Unique Families in Storytelling

When we think of family, we think of either biological or adoptive ones. But, what about the other types of families? I am referring to groups of people that feel like family- otherwise known as “found family”- not what we tend to think of. What are some of those?

Rent Family

This is the group of friends found in Rent. Yes, they may be friends but they are close. Mark, Roger, Mimi, Joanne, Maureen, Collins, and Angel have an unique bond. They may have their struggles since part of them are struggling with HIV and then there are the struggles found within love relationships. However, as a family they live in the moment and in love.

The Newsies

A group of brothers that feel like family. Jack Kelly is their leader, who is best friends with Crutchie. They have a cause (the strike) they strongly believe in and don’t give up even though it eventually leaves Jack with some inner conflict. He is willing to call of the strike just to protect his brothers. He shares such an intimate and close bond to Crutchie.

Friends of the ABC

The students in Les Mis are so similar to The Newsies. Both are a group of brothers that feel like family and have a cause they strongly believe in and never give up. Just like the Newsies, they have a leader, who is Enjolras. You see a lot of hope and passion when it comes to them. You even see a time when they are at their most vulnerable- during “Drink with Me”. Unluckily, they lose their lives at the end, but at least they stood up for what they believed in.

Hotel Decualion and Unit 919

I am referring to the “found family” Morrigan Crow found. She found it at both the hotel she lives at and with her unit in the Wundrous Society. Jupiter North, Fenestra, and Frank also stay at the hotel. Hawthorne and Cadence are her closest friends in her Unit.