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Authors and Websites

mellish

  • Recommended by: SubversionStation
  • Comments: The author has only five oneshots for the fandom, but every single one of them is silly, charming, and very much in-character. The way they write Howl and Sophie's relationship is particularly good, as they capture a nuance to it that's very hard to get right.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Hearts and Their Consumption by setepenre_set

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Wizard Howl eats hearts. This isn't just a metaphor.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

Natural by Minutia_R

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Howl learns to stop worrying and love his natural hair color. In a way.
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Second Time Lucky by labellementeuse

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: “I refuse to get married twice,” Sophie snapped.

The Dashing Customer by TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Howl is a woman in need of a good hat, and she and Sophie meet rather differently. (But some things still go the same.)

Lady of the Castle by SweetDragonSeeker

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Everyone knows there ain't no girl in Howl's castle. Right?

Like Father, Like Son by verfound

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Morgan has always taken after his father, at least in the dramatics department. It really shouldn’t have surprised Sophie the day she opened his nursery door to find... this.
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Left Behind by CompYES

  • Recommended by: lalalei2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On moving day, Howl claimed that Turnip Head couldn't come with them because his enchantment was too strong for the spell. But was that the real reason?

Dealing with Dragons by Flamebyrd

  • Recommended by: forlorn_girl
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which a dragon kidnaps Howl, and Sophie talks to a lot of inanimate objects. Oh, and the dragon.

Useful by rabidsamfan

  • Recommended by: Bee123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Love didn't make breakfast...

Three drabbles for Marco by rabidsamfan

  • Recommended by: Bee123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Marco has had to get used to changes.
  • Comments: Beautiful found family feels.

Howl and Calcifer by jmtorres

  • Recommended by: Bee123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One of the first things he'd learned when he'd landed in Howl's cupped hands was that people could burn, and complained about it.
  • Comments: Love the way the author writes about magic! It really fits the tone of the book.

Four Castles Howl Built (& One He Had No Hand In) by Firerose

  • Recommended by: Bee123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Building castles is hard work, but not as hard as building a relationship when you've only got one heart between you.
  • Comments: Really cool world building and great character voice!

hearteater by howlingmoonrise

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It was a joke, at first. A quip thrown this way and that when they call him a rake, a rogue, a ravisher. You just go around stealing hearts, they say, sometimes accusing, sometimes sad, and he can’t stomach any sort of seriousness so he replies with a winking and I eat them, too. But this is the land of Ingary, where things such as giants and fire demons and seven-league boots exist. And so, it becomes true.

a heartbeat at my feet by betony

  • Recommended by: SubversionStation
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In Howl’s defense, it was all Sophie’s fault.
  • Comments: A oneshot in which Morgan wants a dog and Howl does not. Funny, charming, and features both a hilariously in-character Howl and a fantasy twist that feels as if it was written by the great Diana Wynne Jones herself.

In Which Howl and Sophie See In The New Year by betony

  • Recommended by: SubversionStation
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sophie and Howl travel to Wales to partake in the New Year's Eve festivities surrounded by the Jenkins family, though Sophie finds herself more terrified than charmed by some of the Welsh traditions.
  • Comments: This fic gets bonus points for utilizing the admittedly bizarre traditions of Howl's native Wales.

In Which Sophie Accidentally Makes Howl Fight For Her Honor by DuchessofGrandeour

  • Recommended by: SubversionStation
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a pub in Wales, Sophie and Howl enjoy their favorite pastime: arguing. A bit of a misunderstanding on Sophie's part puts Howl in the middle of a fight he didn't ask for.

In Which Sophie Feels Uncertain by DuchessofGrandeour

  • Recommended by: SubversionStation
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sophie's happily ever after is about to begin, but she isn't sure how she, or Howl, feels about it.

In Which There is a Baby to Mind by DuchessofGrandeour and DwarvenBeardSpores

  • Recommended by: SubversionStation
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set immediately after Castle in the Air. With the djinn taken care of and all the princesses gone off to their separate kingdoms, Howl and Sophie find themselves alone with their new, human baby and quite unsure what to do about it.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Cleaning Lady by dabs_into_oblivion

  • Recommended by: SubversionStation
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Howl/Sophie
  • Synopsis: Smiling at each other is all very well and good until everyone else leaves.
  • Comments: A sweet twoshot about the Sophie/Howl marriage proposal and subsequent wedding.


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