Finchel Week 2017, Day 7: Alternate Ending ↳ In which Finn didn’t actually die and returns a couple of years later to get Rachel back after being in a witness protection program/ having suffered memory loss/ going on a secret mission with the US army/ [insert other/better scenario😆 ]
I just finished Howl’s Moving Castle and oh god guys I have so many feelings about this book
I could go on and on about how wise and funny and wonderful it is (and I might, at some point, but I’m sure people infinitely more eloquent than me have already shared their thoughts) but right now I need to talk about Sophie and Howl because HOW I LOVE THEM
Probably my ultimate weakness is those couples that you don’t see coming, the ones that sneak up on you. The problem with couples that are obviously endgame from the first is that (although there are some that are well written) the majority just end up being dull. When you know from the very first scene that two people are going to get together, there’s nothing to root for.
When it comes to my OTPs, I need to be caught off guard. I need to fall in love with them slowly, even as they fall in love with each other.
And that’s where I think Howl’s Moving Castle shines. I watched the movie before I read the book, so I knew how it ends, but I really do believe that anyone who hadn’t already seen the film could make it through at least half the book without thinking, well, Howl and Sophie are definitely endgame. Their relationship up till then is a thing of beauty in and of itself, even without the factor of romance.
And, oh, god. Don’t even get me started on the snark. I adore snarky couples in any and every permutation. I read them. I watch them. I write them. When I die, bury me in wryly sarcastic OTPs.
(Note that there is a world of difference between snarky and cruel. I do not need or want couples who are terrible to each other, but OTPs who bat conversation back and forth between them like a ping-pong ball, who keep each other on their toes - ah, they are my catnip and kryptonite. See also: Jeff/Annie, Merlin/Arthur)
Character A is the soon to be head of a mob/mafia/yakuza family and
B is their political-betrothed and yeah, it would’ve worked out great since they already have feelings for each other - except it’s never that easy. Their families are suddenly at each other’s throats and their betrothal is on the verge of being dissolved. What better way to solve this than to run away and elope? (Bonus OT4:
C is a person from
B’s ‘family’ that helps them run away, and
D is a bodyguard for
A that gets roped into shenanigans. They all end up living happily ever after in a polyamorous relationship far, far away from territory war drama.)
Jamie is the lost prince who was stolen and locked up in a tower for his “treasure”.
Mako is a thief with a grudge against the kingdom for giving away his land and home as part of a treaty.
go as expected, Mako ends up in Jamie’s tower after stealing the
missing Prince’s crown, which wouldn’t be a problem if Jamie hadn’t been
spending decades learning how to build bombs and traps while locked up.
Now Mako has a choice, get blown up or take Jamie to see all the sights
around the Kingdom that he’s only heard about but never seen.
a few months of them riding around the kingdom on Mako’s trusty steed
while evading the authorities and those who locked Jamie in the tower in
the first place. Over time, Mako and Jamie start to know each other
better. Mako starts to tell Jamie about his grudge against the kingdom and the life he lived before.
Jamie tells Mako about his magic hair (it’s still
pretty long, but not 60 feet long, he can’t cut it, but no one said
anything about burning some of it off)