the love was there. it didn't change anything. it didn't save anyone.
manon, ballerina, antoine de saint-exupéry / twin size mattress, the front bottoms / overpass graffiti, ed sheeran / the calendar, panic! at the disco / waiting for this story to end before i begin another, jan heller lev / olivia de recat (x) / @ojibwa (x) / as it was, harry styles [music video (2022) dir. tanu muino] / kate mcgahan / sign of the times, harry styles / the life aquatic with steve zissou (2004) dir. wes anderson / fourth of july, fall out boy / the 1, taylor swift / i'm thinking of ending things, jain reid / keep driving, harry styles / rien ne va plus, margarita karapanou / caption: @jediheretic (x)
Ah, the last chapter—you’ve been working for forever on your draft, have built up so much, and are now finally there. Now, all you have to do is DON’T DROP THE BALL.
I believe thoroughly that the last chapter is the absolute most important one. Yes more important than the first, and yes more important than the midpoint. This is the one that can seriously make or break your story, and is the pay off to every little thing you put throughout your work.
Motifs, themes, character arcs, plot, subplots, minor characters, romances, fears and consequences all come out during the ending. The ending is the tell if things came together alright, or if you need to go back to the drawing board.
So how do you end it? How do you make sure it’s a satisfying but realistic send off?
You focus on protagonist. We started the story with them, we’re going to end with them. The mistake many endings have is that they race to wrap up all the things I mentioned above, do a touch over here, a touch over there, check in with mom for the first time in seven chapters—it becomes unfocused and rambled and drawn out.
As much as you wanted to get in and hook readers in the first chapter, you want to get out and leave em a little guessing in the last. There’s nothing worse than an ending that overstays its welcome and ruins its emotional impact.
Regardless, through focusing on protagonist, zooming in on their experience and the end to their story, everything else that orbits around them, your themes and motifs and subplots, are going to inadvertently wrap up as well.
There’s no such thing as the perfect end—but good endings tend to call back to the beginning, the “look how far we’ve come” moment. Look how far your protagonist has come, leave us with them, and we’ll be satisfied.
Magical March Day 5! Today it's about the Frogs and I FINALLY get to rant about Amphibia!
Because I was NOT prepared for the ending of their show....
This Show, THIS SHOW! OMG, has absolutely NO business hitting as hard as it does in its finale. And to be fair, the show is good. but its like, happy funny ha ha good. Its comedy is always on point and the characters are hilarious and fun. But the ending is on a whole other level.
I don't want to go into spoilers, this is more of an emotional vent of praise and love for the creators of this series.
I, like many others, group this show together with Gravity Falls and The Owl house, because there is a lot of cross-over in the creative teams and the shows themselves cross-reference a bit (well, more so these later shows with callbacks to Gravity Falls). And I ADORE Owl House, I truly do, and I highly recommend that you go watch that. But my initial view of Amphibia has changed.
Like those other shows, Amphibia is a slow burn in its build-up. Season 1 is all about world-building and character setup. They are all great likeable characters, and the 10-minute story leans very strongly into the Disney-esk Child-friendly formula (This, is partly why I think this show did so well, It knew how to play ball with Disney).
The ending of season 1 is an emotional rollercoaster and setups up the now progressive storytelling for season 2. At this point, the episodic shenanigans are largely done away with in favour of a serialised story that progresses all the way through to the end of season 3.
and THAT ENDING. Remember how i mentioned that this show succeeds by playing nice with the Disney tone....well they said 'F**k that' on the final and went 9000% into anime-level action. But beyond that, this shows heart is freakn huge. And wraps up Anne's growth so so so beautifully.
The fact that this is a show about frogs, and the eventual theme of the series is change, metamorphosis is so freak'n poetic that Shakespeare would be proud. Amphibia knew its ending, it knew how to stick and how to give the time needed to drive it home.
It honestly makes me so sad for Owl House that they won't get the same space to fully express the finally as Amphibia did (and please well at me if in the future I was horribly wrong about hit). But as it stands, Amphibia has one of the best endings to a show I've ever seen.
I cannot recommend this show highly enough, please do yourself and your kids a favour and go watch this show.
1. It was nice knowing you but I don’t believe we are on the same page and I’d like to not go any further in our friendship/relationship. Thank you for giving this a try.
2. Due to nothing that you said or did but due to my own priorities in life right now, I cannot give this, whatever thing between us is, the time and attention it needs to grow. So I’d like to say thank you and goodbye.
3. Because I am going for space exploration and might get sucked into an alternate universe for about a 1000 earth-years, it’s time to bid you goodbye.
4. While it was fun spending time with you, I don’t see this leading anywhere substantial. I think it’s best to not see each other again.
5. You seem like a cool person but I don’t think our values in life align and I would like to stop all communication effective immediately or else you will be seeing a notice from my lawyers.
7. I don’t like you as much as I pretended to. I am sorry, I don’t know why I did that. You are a rockstar but some people still don’t enjoy glorious things like peanut butter.
8. Some unexpected stuff has hit me in life and I don’t have enough energy to be a whole human being. So before I become inconsiderate or insensitive in any way towards you, something you absolutely don’t deserve, I would like to end it here.
9. I was unable to set boundaries and now you’re pushing the ones I never even communicated to you. That’s definitely all on me. But it’s too much for me to deal with and I would rather just not do this with you. I’m sorry.
10. You’re awesome but two awesomes cancel each other out. Peace out!
11. This isn’t going where I would like it to. Thank you for your time but now we should go our own ways.
12. I’m sorry I cannot give you a reason that would satisfy you or do justice to you but I do not want to continue this thing between us.
This list is inspired by a post on the same by @tonyzaret