I've never felt the urge to pick up the proverbial pen and start writing fanfiction more so than having finished Fire Rose. I thought that after waiting for nearly ten years for that book to finally wind up on my shelves I would have been a little happier with it at least.
Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled with how 99% of the book played out. Except
the ending. I've always prided myself in thinking that I take good endings along with bad endings or neutral endings quite well... for example, I admit quite wholly that Vision of Escaflowne's ending could not be done in any other way that would end up too cheesy and would require either Hitomi or Van to make a sacrifice of immense proportions. But let's focus on fire rose.
After putting down fantasy books in college to favor Romance novels, this has actually been the first time that I've sat down and finished reading something from my favorite genre and it disappoints me. Not in the sense that good triumphs over evil, because in the end it really does... and leaves the main characters happy in their current state of affairs, something which I think in all essences, Jason Cameron would not have tolerated at all.( spoilers about the plot, ending and segments in the book )
All in all, I had been comparing this book to Beauty and the Beast, and the author, really meant it to run along those lines. But although Beast had always run into the happiest possible ending (just take for example, Psyche and Cupid, the Polar Bear King and the numerous versions of Beauty and the Beast there are), Jason isn't granted that same leeway although he is dubiously granted his peace.
I think it would do well for the Fire Rose to have a follow up book, a small one and not necessarily a novel, or a re-release of an epilogue as well as the final confrontation with Jason's arch enemy along with the empotional aftermath, just to see how Jason is coping up with his new life and come up with a believable tale of Rose falling into love again with Jason. Maybe it's time for me to hunt down good fanfiction of Fire Rose. If there exists such form of fanfiction anyway.