So, there is going to be a Les Mis tv show, set in modern day America. I'm looking at this with mixed feelings.
So far I have only two positive views on tithat: One, sharing Les Misérables with the world is always a good idea if done right. Two, the story, its themes, and topics are timeless and therefore it will probably (especially for younger viewers) be easier to understand it (what is sad of course, because you should definitely all read the book - it isn't that hard.)
But I am also really scared that this is going to be stereotypical and mainstream entertainment tv, because it is already said to be a 'soap'. Sorry, but turning LesMis into a 'soap' is probably the last you should do with the material. I give the show a chance, of course, but not a big one. It's certainly not a coincidence that the plans are made after the success of the movie and I basically smell the following plot points:
Lots of romance (Maybe even Valjean - Fantine - Javert love triangle, because every tv show needs a love triangle, right?). Maybe Marius- Cosette -Éponine love triangle, because better than one love triangle is only a second one! Probably heavy Christian themes (what is all right (I really want the Bishop!)).
The Thénardiers either villains or comic reliefs. Amis like Grantaire, Joly and Bossuet as comic reliefs, too - and in Grantaire's case probably also the 'problem kid'. Hey, but maybe there won't be any Amis in the show at all! If Enjolras is going to have a girlfriend I will scream. No, really. If he is a masculine looking, athletic guy, I am going to scream. If they cut out the relationship between Grantaire and Enjolras I am going to scream. Basically, if I see anything that is only done for ratings from people who want '(brainless) easy entertainment', I am going to scream.
If you give them silly first names or change the names at all, I am going to cry.
Please someone tell me there is hope and I am overreacting.