What's the Difference between Les Miserables the Book and Les Miserables the Movie?

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Les Miserables

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Released: 1862
Author: Victor Hugo

Les Miserables

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Released: 2012
Director: Tom Hooper
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In the Book In the Movie
Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean
Portrayed by: Hugh Jackman
Javert
Javert
Portrayed by: Russell Crowe
Fantine
Fantine
Portrayed by: Anne Hathaway
Cosette
Cosette
Portrayed by: Amanda Seyfried
Thénardier
Thénardier
Portrayed by: Sacha Baron Cohen
Madame Thénardier
Madame Thénardier
Portrayed by: Helena Bonham Carter
Marius Pontmercy
Marius
Portrayed by: Eddie Redmayne
Gavroche Thénardier
Gavroche
Portrayed by: Daniel Huttlestone
Enjolras
Enjolras
Portrayed by: Aaron Tveit
Éponine Thénardier
Éponine
Portrayed by: Samantha Barks
M. Myriel
Bishop of Digne
Portrayed by: Colm Wilkinson
M. Gillenormand
M. Gillenormand
Portrayed by: Patrick Godfrey
Fauchelevent
Fauchelevent
Portrayed by: Stephen Tate
Grantaire
Grantaire
Portrayed by: George Blagden
Courfeyrac
Courfeyrac
Portrayed by: Fra Fee
Les Miserables Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The book tells of Marius's childhood and how he was raised by his bourgeois grandfather to have a conservative mindset but became a revolutionary once he learned the story of his father. Marius is already a revolutionary when he first appears.
   Marius's father, Col. Georges Pontmercy, was accidentally rescued from the battlefield of Waterloo by Thénardier (who was there to rob the dead), which led him and later Marius to hold Thénardier in some respect. This later comes into conflict when Marius sees Thénardier's kidnapping and attempted extortion of Valjean. The relationship between Marius and Thénardier is not clarified.
   Marius first sees Cosette and Valjean during a walk he takes in the Luxembourg gardens, and intentionally continues to see them until he tries to follow them home, leading to Valjean suspending their visits to the gardens. Marius sees Cosette and Valjean once, across a nonspecific street, and doesn't see them again until he visits the Rue Plumet.
   A disguised Thénardier tricks and kidnaps Valjean, wanting to extort money from him for taking Cosette with the help of Patron-Minette, a gang of criminals, but is foiled at the last minute by Marius, who slips them a warning note in Éponine's handwriting, and Javert, whom Marius had warned earlier. All this happens on a street rather than the Gorbeau hovel, and it is Éponine herself who tries to warn them.
   Montparnasse is the leading member of the Patron-Minette gang absent from Valjean's kidnapping. It is Gueulemer who is absent.
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