I. . . have to admit, while this is awesome I can't help but find the whole 'Swan Lake' theme terribly amusing. Mostly because the way I found the Roommates 'Verse was through a crossover fanfic someone wrote with Princess Tutu. . . now I need to hunt that fic down again and see if they wrote it before or after you wrote this arc. . .
There is a lot of "tragic endings" of this ballet, but I guess the better one is when Odette and her prince (Siegfred, isn't it? Can't remember) die and are seen flying to Heaven together... It is tragic, but also somewhat "happy".
There is also a perfectly happy one where the prince defeats the evil sorcerer and lives happily ever after with Odette... currently (or as far as I know) we think that this was meant to be the original, but such stories just didn't go well with the ideals of romanticism so it was changed and the Darker And Edgier version stuck.
Well, I know this ending, but I mean that out of all the tragic endings (The prince stays with Odile or he follows Odette and sees her dying) the "better" one is the one where they both die and go to heaven together... It is somewhat happy, in a Romeo and Juliet ending kind of way
(For me the ending of Romeo and Juliet didn't even reach bittersweet, it was a downer... two deaths through sheer stupidity. Maybe I'm just not romantic enough to appreciate. My favorite version (the movie "Romeo + Juliet", it's so Bad it's Good) at least had enough self-aware irony to make it bearable.)
Although I do consider a "happy" (better than having them living apart, since they loved each other so much and it served as a punisment for those moronic excuses of families they had) this doesn't stop me from crying (is like the The Little Prince. You're happy he's back to his planet and his rose, yeah, but I still cry like a baby). Haven't watched this version, I'll try finding it to watch (got curious, I love irony)
I felt their ending is "Love Makes You Dumb" and "Poor Communication Kills". Living apart has the option of meeting again (maybe even to get a bit of distance to see things clearer, because their love for me never seemed too healthy), dying together pretty much removes any chance of living together.
That movie is a polarizing one so a love it or hate it thing. I loved it, but I had the misfortune to watch the 1968, Franco Zeffirelli version before it and that took itself way too seriously for my taste. I ended up alternating between and at the "Oh-So-Dramatic-And-Tragic" death scene... Romeo + Juliet with all it's over-the-top imagery managed to be a lot more touching.
Is that thing, bad news always travel faster. Since I believe in life after death, their ending is not THAT bad. Sure, is sad and all, but not that bad. Actually, my favorite works of Shakespeare are Otelo and The Winter's Tale.
I remember I watched one movie when I was younger but damn if I can remember which version was.
I'm agnostic about life after death. I'm not even perfectly sure about life before death, but still... trowing away the only life we can be reasonably sure to exist looks just foolish to me. If we don't go meta that is. If life is fictional death doesn't matter just how memorable the story was. But in this case ONLY the story matters and not the lives of the people in it, which in itself is a tragedy (Roommates deals with this at times).
I'm still a little confused but I think I'm getting it. I love that his dad is using the story he told Jareth as a child to make mortal-Jareth remember who he is and realize that Sarah is only an illusion (I think that's what's happening?). If it is is beautiful. If it isn't its probably beautiful anyway just more confusing. I am loving this arc so hard and I was worried I wouldn't because I got a bit lost in the Doppelganger-arc but this one has really captured me. And the art is gorgeous especially the swan ballerina. I love her body and expression. Also pouty mini!Jareth who wants happy endings is adorable. "Many versions end in tragedy. Even more end in death. But there is one that ends happily. And that is the first one. So remember." Love this so hard. It may be against the odds but there is a chance that if he takes it, it can all end happily for once.
I think this is a dream (or a flash-back but I think dream is more probable) Mr. King seems to use Swan Lake as an analogy to pass information on the current situation (and also an inspirational message) to his son... it's like he doesn't want (or can) intervene directly.
I was reading some of the comments posted and some told me that the original ending of swan lake was happy! I only know the ballet version where everybody dies, and I was wondering if there was a link or something where I could more about the original since I've always loved Swan Lake and would love to learn more about it!