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You’re not being a bother! However, it’s hard to come up with a list of characterization tips/tricks that can apply universally, so I’m going to do my best at a close-reading of ‘Enjolras and his lieutenants’ in a way that I think hasn’t yet been widely circulating in fandom. Also, I must post a disclaimer that I am a huge newbie in fandom myself – I’ve only been participating since March! Sorry I seem to respond to every question with a wall of Brick quotes and dodging setting out any sort of list of rules for writing e/R, but I really think that general dialogue about the Brick can be a lot more productive than saying “If you write character A doing B, then it is OOC” or “Character C must always D to be IC.”
Hugo doesn’t really give us much in the way of how Enjolras and Grantaire get along in normal situations. We get one scene, and fandom tends to look at the conclusion (Grantaire failing) much more than the full scene itself. The Barrière du Maine is actually a really good clue as to how Enjolras and Grantaire normally interact – so important, in fact, that Hugo illustrated it himself!
THE BARRIÈRE DU MAINE SCENE
HERE GO MY PANTS
I tried to make this less stream-of-consciousness and more coherent, and I failed. Have it anyway.
Barriere du Maine is my personal happy chapter
Roses are red,
violets are blue,
“You don’t believe in anything”,
“I believe in you.”
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