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I read a summary that said that the school puts on a production of the Rose of Versailles, and I want to know if it spoils the story at all. I've never watched/read the Rose of Versailles (even though I plan to) so going into it knowing big plot points would really suck.
Also, does this part of the story go on for a long time?
No spoilers of the Rose of Versailles follow.
It is hard to go into Rose of Versailles without some idea of how the plot will develop. After all, it is in the time just before the French Revolution and Oscar (you will find out why the female protagonist is named Oscar in the first part) is an aristocrat. It is one of those historical novels where they invent a likable character (think Johnny Tremaine) and insert them in the middle of a revolution (American for Johnny T, French for Oscar, Meiji Restoration for Kenshin). It has many historical characters, many of whom are portrayed more favorably than I recall from the history I read. I suggest you browse through the Wiki for Marie Antoinette (rather than Rose of Versailles which is a compendium of spoilers). It will give you the historical background so when they feed you references to external events in the novel you will understand.
I liked it because I actually found myself admiring Marie Antoinette and cringing over the feckless King Louis 16th. Both had extremely powerful forebears (Empress Maria Theresa of Austria) for MA and Louis 14 (the Sun King - L'etat c'est moi) for her husband, but Marie grew into the role and became a genuine queen.
Read or watch Rose V for the characters. You already know from history that part of it must end badly. It is a delightful romp through the 18th century.
Here is a bit of trivia from Wikipedia: [The mangaka] had read Stefan Zweig's biography of Marie Antoinette in high school, and the first chapters focus on the queen, casting her as a shoujo heroine, and du Barry as a rival. Oscar was created as a supporting character. Oscar eclipsed Marie Antoinette in popularity and due to reader feedback became the main character.
Thanks for this, I went ahead and read Hourou Musuko because know one replied fast enough but it's true it doesn't spoil the story so that's good. Will watch/read Rose of Versailles soon...