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Now, before I get into the TCWT post, I want to just make one little announcement.
Today is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins! *confetti flies everywhere* Happy birthday to the Ringbearers!
Okay, now that I’ve said that… 😉
Beginnings and endings. Now this reminds me of a paper I wrote in high school! Which will never see the light of day until it gets a boatload of revising. So don’t ask. Or you can ask, but be prepared for it to not happen for a very, very long time.
Specifically, my favorite beginnings and endings.
Let’s do this by series.
First of all, favorite beginnings and endings for The Chronicles of Narnia.
- The Magician’s Nephew, both as a beginning to the series, and its own beginning and ending. This. Book. Rocked.
First of all, we have the story of how Diggory and Polly met, and the fact that they were sent into Narnia by a ruthless pseudo-scientist/magician who was also partly insane (wouldn’t any number of YA authors just love to try their hand at a plot this juicy nowadays?!), but it’s not just that that makes the book great. It foreshadows World War II and people like Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler. (I would not be surprised to hear that Lewis did not approve of the US’s alliance with the USSR. Good grief, I don’t approve of it. And I’m American.)
Well, this book as a whole is the beginning of Narnia and the Chronicles of Narnia series. But its opening, while modest, is no less of a favorite for me. And its ending! The hiding of the magic rings (we’ll get to Tolkien and the rest of the Inklings later, I promise!), the cure of Diggory’s mother, and the promise of hope.
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. The book that began it all. Seriously. Was ever story so well encapsulated? It wraps itself up very well, and smaller elements that were included (especially the Professor, who is–guess who? Diggory Kirk [yes, that is really his last name!], all grown up! and Susan’s horn, which becomes a major point in the plot of Prince Caspian.)
- The Horse and His Boy. Unlike the rest of the Narnia stories, this one actually does not have anything to do with “our world”, unless you count the presence of the Pevensies (SPOILER! 😛 Who cares, anyway?! Most of you have already read all of the Chronicles of Narnia!) The ending is good, okay, but it’s the ending I really love. This is the one Narnia book that describes Archenland, and it tells us about the people of Archenland, and gives a very satisfying ending.
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Okay, yes, I love pretty much all of the Narnia series, but Dawn Treader stands out among the Narnia books. Again, the beginning is not nearly as euphoria-inducing as the ending is. It appears that Lewis may have been playing with the idea of the Seven Friends of Narnia at this point–of course, though, at this point only Lion, Witch, Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and Dawn Treader were written, which means that Diggory was only a flight of imagination, and Polly probably hadn’t ever (in Lewis’ mind) come into Narnia at all yet. The three aforementioned books were intended to be a trilogy, complete in themselves, and it seems that Lewis didn’t plan to write any more books. However, step back and take the series as a whole. If you read them in Narnian-time order, not writing order, then by the end of Dawn Treader there are seven friends of Narnia. (Susan hasn’t left the group yet, remember.) And Dawn Treader and The Last Battle are the most similar in style, and ending as well. Coincidence? Most likely not.
- The Last Battle. If I have to pick one favorite Narnia book, it is this one. (Dawn Treader is a close second.) First of all, the opening is riveting. An impostor Aslan? Narnia’s King captured? WHAT?! IT DOESN’T EVEN BEGIN IN “OUR WORLD”?! WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?! *squees*
Seriously, though. ❤
This Narnia book raises the stakes like no other. (I plan on making a list of the top villains who made an impression on me, to show you what I mean.) However, this book is also probably the one which is hardest for a child to read. (You’ve been warned.) It is both heartbreaking, exciting with its call to war, the rage against the lies… It is a true emotional rollercoaster. This one, more than any other of Lewis’s books, made me understand what “passion” really meant. More than any other book, really.
And now, for the ending. While some people are upset that Susan didn’t get to the “True Narnia” in Aslan’s Country at the end of the series (read more about that here, and I highly recommend the rest of his blog for thought-provoking stuff on theology and popular culture!), I was both saddened by the fact that Susan had made herself not to believe in Narnia (which was, by the way, a recurring theme throughout the book–which is why, now, whenever I hear anyone say anything REMOTELY smacking of “We’re out for ourselves!” [*cough cough* “The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs!”], I always throw a fit and demolish their argument in a blaze of righteous flurry and the occasional lightsaber-to-their-newspaper), and gladdened by the fact that by the very fact of her leaving the Friends of Narnia she was given a second chance. The problem, really, that we’re talking about here, is the bland/blase reaction of the remaining Friends of Narnia to her exclusion. But you’ll just have to read Malcolm’s post, linked in above, if you want to know what Lewis’s thoughts on the whole “Problem with Susan” issue was. I’m not giving it away to you! You wouldn’t go find his completely awesome blog otherwise!
Anyway, back to the ending, proper. It is, in my opinion, a very satisfying close to the series. It was a blissful, happy, euphoric ending. It echoed the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse to Tridentine Rite lovers like me). In fact, I am thinking about making myself a T-Shirt that says “The Rapture only happens to people who loved The Last Battle!” (DISCLAIMER: The author of this post does not believe in the Rapture as preached by certain Christian sects. She does, however, believe that reading The Last Battle will bring you pretty freaking close!)
Sadly, I have not read Lewis’s Space Trilogy often enough to include it in the runners. I haven’t even finished it. :’-( Still, enjoy my dear friend Rosalie’s description of Dr. Ransom here. ;-P *notices some people in the crowd gawking at the picture* *bangs them on the head with a newspaper* READ THE DESCRIPTION! NO GAWKING AT THE PHOTO!!! (I don’t care HOW attractive you may find Ewan McGregor, keep the fawning off my blog!)
Next up: Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet!
A Wrinkle in Time begins with the cliche beginning “It was a dark and stormy night.” It doesn’t stop there, though. It makes it its own. And in the end, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which vanish in a gust of wind.
However, A Wind in the Door gets the top place on this list, I think. It begins with “There are dragons in the twins’ vegetable garden.” and ends with the unforgettable:
“You were gone long enough. Did you count the stars or something?”
“We don’t have to count them,” Meg said. “They just need to be known by Name.” Calvin’s eyes met hers for a long moment and held her gaze, not speaking, not kything, simply being.
Then she went up to Charles Wallace.
Seriously! BEST. ENDING. EVER!
A Swiftly Tilting Planet, both beginning and ending, is tied up in Mrs. L’Engle’s adaption of St. Patrick’s Breastplate, called “Patrick’s Rune” in the story:
In this fateful hour
I place all heaven with its power
And the sun with its brightness
And the snow with its whiteness
And the fire with all the strength it hath
And the lightning with its rapid wrathAnd the winds with their swiftness along their path
And the sea with its deepness
And the rocks with their steepness
And the earth with its starkness,
All these I place
By God’s almighty help and grace
Between myself and all the powers of darkness.
Does that give you goosebumps? It does to me!
And finally, for the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books. Now, I think that, while LotR’s beginning was interesting enough, it’s not quite the same as Hobbit‘s. “In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.” How’s that for a great opening? It certainly gets questions started as to what a Hobbit is and why it lives in the ground! However, since Hobbit is the prequel to LotR, it makes a lot of sense that way. Frankly, though Hobbit‘s ending is satisfying enough, LotR’s is, in my opinion, the stronger of the two. Both bring about great changes in the world of Middle-Earth. Hobbit sees the return of the King Under the Mountain and the cities of Dale and Esgaroth, while LotR has no less than the return of the King Elessar to both Gondor and Arnor, and the destruction of the One Ring and the overthrowing of Sauron to boot!
In Hobbit, it was Bilbo’s poem that made the greatest impression on me.
Roads go ever on and on
Over rock, and under tree
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass, and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
Roads go ever on and on,
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that have a-wandering gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows greenAnd trees and hills they long have known.
And in LotR, Frodo sums it up best: “We set out to save the Shire, Sam, and it has been saved; but not for me.”
In the end, both the Bagginses go into the West with the Elves, in search of Valinor, and Sam returns home to his wife and children. “Well, I’m back.”
Note to Ranger’s Apprentice fans:
I am so sorry, but RA is not eligible to run. Like the Space Trilogy, I haven’t read it enough to know the beginnings and endings very well.
Now for Brian Jaques’ work.
I especially love Mariel of Redwall for its beginning and ending. The book begins with an amnesiac Mariel arriving on the coast of Mossflower country, promising (as Liam would say) the search for the truth about her past. And it closes with the defeat of Gabool and the departure of Mariel and Dandin to go in search of adventure. However, The Legend of Luke and Martin the Warrior, not to mention Mossflower, were close seconds: Legend of Luke for its opening and closing sequences, detailing the building of Redwall Abbey, Martin the Warrior for its description of Martin’s barely-existent childhood and (SPOILER ALERT!) the cheek to kill off a character we really loved to drive Martin southward, toward Mossflower Country, and Mossflower for the arrival of Martin at Kotir in Mossflower and the closing defeat of Tsarmina, who had enslaved the woodlanders.
And as you’re probably already tired of this, I think I will stop after just one more.
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman trilogy.
WHY MR. JACQUES!? WHY!? *bursts into tears*
Each of these books is complex, detailed, involves a much intenser battle between good and evil (sometimes more openly manifested!) than the Redwall books, and remains vivid in the imagination for days and years afterward. (Why do you think I keep on forgetting and naming yet another protagonist “Ben”?! Hint: It’s not just Obi-Wan’s doing! *Obi-Wan shoots an annoyed glance in my direction*) It’s like… gah! I don’t know what to compare it to! Think Jedi Apprentice (Melida-Daan specifically), only little Obi-Wan has a dog and his destiny is tied to the sea, and gaaah the feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelsss…. *breaks down crying* *Obi-Wan relents and comes over to pat me on the back*
Okay, bad comparison. Let’s see. I think the closest I can get is it’s a bit like Treasure Island (which had a marvelous ending in its own rite,) a bit like what Star Wars would have been if the story centered around Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon had survived to train Anakin, and the sorrows the Elves must face when the younger Children of Illuvatar die. It also has strong resonances with Ranger’s Apprentice (shut it with the whatever-apprentice similes, Erin, before you burst into tears again!) It’s the only series with a ‘young’ protagonist (SPOILER the protagonist is eternally fourteen) I’ve ever read where the hero had no permanent mentor. Sure, he has a mentor/father figure who dies, but after that other people mentor him as well… sort of.
The thing about these books is that the endings are always both sweet, and at the same time, heartbreaking, since Ben and Ned (that’s Ben’s telepathic friend, the dog) must wander the world constantly, helping those they come across, and they can’t let anyone know that they’re immortal.
I just want to give them both a great big hug.
*sigh* Excuse me, please. I just wanted to make myself reread all those books. (Dare I say, oops?)
Thanks for reading (and especially for sticking through until the end!), and God Bless!
About time you get this up! I’ve been waiting all day for this!
Watching Fellowship to celebrate a very important birthday(s).
I’m sorry! I scheduled this without realizing that it was scheduled for 7 p.m.!
Yay! Lucky you… *sigh*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILBO AND FRODO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hate it when books have sucky endings. The Divergent trilogy ended badly, I thought. Because now Veronica Roth can’t really write more of that plot (and have me read it, at least). AS much as I love four, I don’t really want to read his POV. He’s a little too predictable, boring, and emotionless. No offense, Tobias! So with the death of Tris, she killed that whole dystopia. Sad, sad.
0_0 That’s sad. (It’s also what fanfiction is for. 😛 Because sometimes it’s good to be in denial. I’m in denial of Qui-Gon’s and Siri’s deaths.)
Haha, yes, I’ve read so many fanfics and I’m like, “Wait, aren’t they dead?” 😀
Yeah… 😛 Suspension of disbelief. I love bringing Qui-Gon back. 😀
Siri I can live with. Qui-Gon… I can live with, but it hurts.
I know what you mean. *sigh* What really annoys me is that now, according to Disney, no one who was like Siri (who appeared only in the books I mean) never really existed. Hmph.
No one who was like… your negatives are quite confusing. The books are there now – they can’t obliterate her! She exists. Absolutely, forever, amen.
And Disney didn’t buy the existing stuff! I only just found out. They only got the stuff that hasn’t been made yet! We’re saved! Admittedly they can do horrid things in retcon, but they’re limited.
I’m sorry. And yes, she does exist. But apparently, she’s not canon anymore, which is irritating. Is Disney trying to put all those EU authors out of business?! I mean, are they saying, “This stuff’s not Star Wars, you can’t buy it any more”? That seems to be what they’re doing, all right! Gah! *shoots a hole in the wall*
She can’t not be. She’s in JA, she’s officially canon, they can’t wipe it.
*sigh* Well, they’re classifying them all as “Legends” now and that’s making it confusing… Guess what! The “Canon” tabs in Wookiepedia are all stubs. >:-/ They deleted all that content and now it’s just a bare bones of an article.
It doesn’t matter. *grimly* We know. We know who Siri is. And who Xanatos and the Derridas and anybody else Disney tries to obliterate.
Yes. They are not forgotten!
Whatever the Mickey Mouse Men think.
The premise behind
divergent is so nonsensical it amazes me how popular that series is.
Please elaborate–I’m not sure I understand, not having read the books.
They separate people into different factions based on certain qualities – not like Hogwarts Houses, but as an actual way to set up society. Why? Nobody knows. It’s pointless.And the way they work makes no sense. The main character is “divergent” despite being no more or less original than any other character in the book. She does nothing at all, in the first book to rock the boat but is somehow still regarded as some sort of subversive.
The whole idea behind “divergence” makes no sense, because it was all tied up into these weird, pointless test/simulations. The problem is that they don’t manifest themselves in any remotely practical way. Tris is no more different than anybody else.
And no, really, WHY? What is the POINT? “The Hunger Games” isn’t a great series, but at least there’s a logical basis behind the premise. “Divergent’s” logic goes like this:
1) Split society into factions
And there’s this whole thing about how your identity is supposedly so tied up with your faction that you can actually be mind-controlled because of how bound you are…except that you’re born in one faction and choose which one you want to join. So you can be whatever faction you want. Which kind of misses the point?
And then there are people who go factionless. But why? If you can pick what faction to join, why would you intentionally join an underclass of despised second-class citizens.
That’s so weird. I’m sort of surprised there wasn’t much logic involved…
Much thanks for the link and plug. Nice to have an actual real life fan! But I have been shamed. Somebody else has written a much, much better post on the Susan topic than my lowly attempt: http://www.andrewrilstone.com/2005/11/lipstick-on-my-scholar.html
Notice how, to make his rather weaselly point, Pullman needs to not only quote out of context but neglect to mention that the VERY NEXT QUOTE contradicts the point he was trying to make. Slimy, that.
I like this essay of mine a little more, though I’m sure you’ll find better if you look: http://malcolmthecynic.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/the-bigotry-of-c-s-lewis/
Lewis is definitely my favorite author, if you couldn’t tell. Nobody could ever cut right through the bullshit to the heart of an issue quite like Lewis could.
Thanks for the comment! 😀 I love Lewis too… It helps to put things back in perspective when my mind is too muddied by college. (Sometimes, all higher education seems to do is make it harder to think! Gah.)
Isn’t it funny–the more books I read, even with non-Christian authors, the more I come to realize that my favorite books are in almost all cases by Christian authors.
Catholic College is quite literally a Godsend. For the second time in my life I have been blessed with an excellent theology teacher. From what I’ve read of other peoples’ experiences, getting even one good theology teacher is too much to hope for. Getting two is like winning the lottery the same day the Cubs win the World Series. Seems as if we’re not too far apart in age.
My favorite authors, in order (this may end up a post, though due to a sense of obligation my next post is going to be once again on the topic of Old Testament genocide – fun times):
1) C.S. Lewis
2) Markus Zusak (“The Book Thief” is sheer brilliance. Zusak is by far the best prose writer I have ever read.)
3) Hmmmm…I want to say Tolkien, but oddly I’ve never been able to read “Return of the King” from start to finish, or at least not book 1. Don’t know why. He’s brilliant.
4) Charles Dickens – I surprise myself by putting him on the list, since I hate him about as often as I love him, but when he’s on he is ON. “A Christmas Carol” and the second half of “A Tale of Two Cities” are about as good as writing can get
5) Perhaps John C. Wright? “City Beyond Time” was superb, and I’m in the middle of his “The Last Guardians of Everness”, which is also excellent. “One Bright Star to Guide Them” was a bit disappointing but still very good. Currently waiting on “The Golden Age” to show up at my house.
It’s a tough list to make. I note with interest the three sci-fi/fantasy authors on the list despite me not really being a mega-fan of the genre.
*sigh* Lucky! I was fortunate enough to be part of the youth group when our old associate pastor was in charge. He had a bible study, and we read the Old Testament, and it was great stuff. ^_^
On the other hand, a year ago I took an intro to N.T. course, and the teacher was a good teacher, but I didn’t agree with her, and there were some errors with both the theology and the historical details. Anyway, somehow by the end of the class, I was her favorite student, I think, which was pretty weird.
I agree–Tolkien can be kind of tough to read right through. Somehow, though, I read all the way through the Appendices and the Silmarillion, and I’m working on the History of Middle-Earth. 😛 It takes time, all right.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES! 😀 😀 😀 Miss Pross vs. Madame wotsername, and Sydney Carton!!! If ever anyone would get the reference, I’d cosplay as Sydney (despite being a girl) all the time… ;-P I dressed up as Peter Pan and Edmund Pevensie when I was little. I am NOT stopping now. 😛
https://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/the-mad-tea-party-old-college-style/ (teehee…) 😛
I want to add Conan Doyle, who has after all created one of the great enduring characters of fiction as well as one of the all-time great mystery novels ever, but despite my great love for Sherlock Holmes I cannot in good conscience put Conan Doyle on the level of the other greats in my list. I love Sherlock Holmes, but the very best Holmes stories do not remotely compare with the best of any of the above authors. Conan Doyle did not have as much to say about the human condition, or truth, or high beauty.
I agree. The Sherlock Holmes books are enjoyable, but not as thought-provoking as other books I’ve read. There is one quote (I think Conan Doyle borrowed it,) that has stuck in my mind, though: “If not for the grace of God, there goes Sherlock Holmes.”
Excellent list 😀
The Chronicles of Narnia are the best 😀 I’m pretty sure they’re the books that spurred me to start writing (Those and my brother, anyways).
Brian Jacques wrote some incredible books. “Mariel of Redwall” was always one of my favorites, but “The Bellmaker” and “Outcast of Redwall” were the best two, in my opinion.
Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILBO AND FRODO!!!
They are. I always have loved the Narnia books. For some reason, I’ve never liked books with a stronger beginning than ending, and Narnia always delivers. 😉
Mmmm… “Bellmaker” was a sweet one–I liked Blaggut, and SPOILER I cried over Mellus… END SPOILER I’ve never gotten into “Outcast” as much because I never got to read it until after I’d read the rest of the books. Sunflash was the BEST, though. 😀
May I recommend the “Castaways of the Flying Dutchman” trilogy? 😉 To the Redwall books, they’re almost like what the Lord of the Rings is to the Hobbit. Even though they take place in different worlds.
I think I have one of them, but I never knew it was a trilogy :O I’ll have to check them out next time I go to the library!
Is it really? Since… oh, hang on, FotR is right next to me. Hey, you’re right!
Oh… Patrick’s rune… lordy claude… I really need to find copies of all those again.
… what about Fellowship?
IKR!? It just gives me chills. Every last time. But I promised myself I’d go to the library and check out Lewis’ Space Trilogy first… Just because I only have time to consider one at once… good grief, I really hate this facet of college.
Hmm? Is the birthday date not mentioned in it?
You must you must you must.
Oh, right. It is mentioned, yes. 😉
I will! ;-D
Today is my birthday too! And I have so much in common with Hobbits. Why, even today I have had a second breakfast to celebrate. There’s the hairy feet, too, but I don’t publicise that quite so much.
Happy birthday! 😀
Professor VJ Duke said:
Aha! The Horse and His Boy is my fav in the Narnia series, for sure. Though, if I was Shasta I would have killed Bree. And Qui-Gon’s death was awesome. I mean, he died at the hands of a master. Obi should have died too.
That was truly evil. Also, you might want to beware; Rosalie is back.
Professor VJ Duke said:
Oh no! Hide the comment. Gosh.
Nope, you brought this on yourself. 😛
Professor VJ Duke said:
But…you must agree a little bit!
No, as a matter of fact, I don’t. While I do enjoy somewhat-dark stuff, sometimes, I don’t think either of them should have died.
One: I am not that scary. Two: Occasionally I have wanted to kill Bree too. Mostly when my sister is playing the audio version for the nth time.
Three: Awesome if you mean inspiring awe/horror/shock, yes. Four: In case it had escaped your notice, Obi-Wan does die at the hands of a Sith. But it’s not you. And he kills Maul twice, which is pretty cool even for him.
This comment is so epic, on so many levels…
Professor VJ Duke said:
Some good points maybe…but Qui-Gon just couldn’t fight.
What?! Yeah, right. He was amazing. He just had a hard time fighting in an enclosed space, since Ataru doesn’t lend itself well to that sort of fighting…
Qui-Gon just couldn’t… Qui-Gon just couldn’t… WHERE does this kid think he gets off? Ataru lends itself to anything with enough space to accommodate it, Erin.
And in case you hadn’t noticed, VJ, Qui-Gon was freaking sixty years old, Human years, no special slow-aging species stuff.
And if you ever bothered watching the whole film you’d see he’d been running around fighting bad guys pretty much all day.
Qui-Gon was also… *gulps back tears*… on a level if not greater than the other greatest Jedi of all time. And I really miss him. So I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to ruth baulding and Jude Watson.
That’s true…. *sigh*
I JUST WANT TO CRY.
*runs around, pounding Maul’s stupid ugly horns into his stupid ugly skull with a frying pan*
Professor VJ Duke said:
I did watch the movie, dadblameit! He barley kept up with Maul on their first encounter!
Yeah, but he still trained the person who PWNed Maul in the end.
Oh, for Force sake.
-_- My thoughts exactly.
Professor VJ Duke said:
Who Obi? That was luck. It was obvious he wasn’t as skilled as Maul…
Yeah, right. Did you watch the Clone Wars clip I posted in a comment a while back? It looked for sure like he was kicking their tails!!! Also, it was Obi-Wan’s self-mastery, NOT luck!!!! Maybe talking about pure skill/swordsmanship, it’s possible, but when it comes to all the features that add up to a duel… When it comes to things like self-control and better tactical skills and awareness of surroundings, Obi-Wan is clearly the victor. Obi-Wan may be a skilled swordsman, but that’s not his chief weapon. He tends to think things through carefully, and he’s good at thinking on his feet, and seeing solutions no one else will grasp. He uses his head more–I think he’s better at inductive reasoning than anyone else, and that’s where he is better off than his opponents.
Professor VJ Duke said:
You can’t count that! Maul was only half the man he used to be. But you do have a point: Obi does use his head more. Maul was stupid.
C.S. Lewis is definitely really good, as is LOTR! I love your choices!
😀 Thanks! And yes, the Inklings rule!!! 😀 😀 😀
Hmm, I have to try Castaways of the Flying Dutchman sometime, since I adore Obi-Wan. The Jedi Apprentice series was a little problematic for me (just didn’t click with it), but I still love Obi-Wan as a Padawan. (And tagging on to the previous comment thread; I’ve always wondered why Qui-Gon didn’t learn Makashi like Dooku. But Ataru is awesome, especially in the hands of Yoda :D)
While I had a few issues with the last Narnia book, I still adored the series. And Hobbit+LOTR is amazing, so. Lovely choices here!
I agree. These days, I’ve mostly been turning to fanfiction to satisfy the Jedi Apprentice era cravings… ;-P I actually have a sort of Ranger’s Apprentice-inspired AU going at the moment, if you’d like to read it. 😉
Obi-Wan is awesome. 😀 Also he was an adorable kid. (If you also think that Tahl would have called Obi-Wan “sweetheart” all the time, I will love you forever.) X-P And yes, the Jedi Apprentice series wasn’t the best… *sigh* which is kind of sad. At least the author came out with Siri Tachi. :-3 Anyway, I think that Obi-Wan was also the only person who could handle Anakin.
And I very highly recommend “Castaways.” 😀
Try looking up ruth baulding on Fanfiction.net, and checking out her Growing Pains series. (And yes, Erin, some of it is a bit… hmm-mm-mm… but on the whole…)
*smacks self in head, repeatedly* I really do regret the fact that I don’t write better JA era fanfiction…
It’s not you, they just said they didn’t like the original JA.
Oh. Well, I should get back to my era, I guess… for the last several stories it has been just AU AU AU and a lot of Anakin and Obi-Wan. *sigh* I want to get back to writing JA era.
Tara (T. T. Kesley) said:
I love “Roads Go Ever On and On” that I went and memorized it!