The forest was heavy with rain and the trees were absolutely motionless. Everything had withered and died, but right down on the ground the late autumn’s secret garden was growing with great vigour straight out of the mouldering earth, a strange vegetation of shiny puffed-up plants that had nothing at all to do with summer.
Tove Jansson, from Moominvalley in November, translated by Kingsley Hart (Puffin Books, 1974)
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what if moomin characters were humans and went to a modern school?
I have a hole in my heart as I wait for Moominvalley season 3. SO. To fill said hole and somehow feed my hyperfixation, I decided to imagine moomin characters as people and throw them into this coming of age movie setting.
I present to you~
Now, a few basics of the AU.
The story takes place in the real, modern world, in a town on the south coast of England, to be precise. There’s no magic or fantasy creatures in this universe, only stupidity and teenage drama. Speaking of, this whole thing was made as my personal snufmin shipping playground, so they’re the main characters here (so surprising).
Moomin and his friends all go to college in their hometown. If you’re not familiar with education system in UK (me neither dw) college is the school where students aged 16-18 can go, before they enroll in a university.
Snufkin is the new kid in school, having just moved to the town with his (huge and feral) family, after his mom got divorced for the 50th time.
Moomin, bless his soul, finds the quiet, scruffy guy to be the embodiment of sheer coolness for some reason. They eventually become friends, thanks to his persistence.
🌼 Moomin 🌼
- 17 years old
- the only child, living his peaceful, carefree life in the nice, huge house of his parents
- not your typical “popular kid” but everyone seems to like him
- soft boy™ with just the right amount of sass
- moominparents are too good to raise a spoiled brat but lord, is this boy sheltered and naive
- dumb at maths lol
☘️ Snufkin ☘️
- 18 years old
- you’d think the guy’s so chill and calm but on the inside he lives his life in a constant state of mild annoyance/anxiety
- could have straight A’s at school but f*ck the system 🤘
- hobbies include: taking walks, playing guitar, smoking weed
- just wants to live his life in peace, nobody will let him
A little lineup of the families:
and to end it off with a doodle page of random silliness I did when I was coming up with the au idea
I know the fandom is kinda dead rn, I plan to sh*t out the content for this and keep the ask box open. should any other soul find this interesting somehow.
(tumblr text posts are trash so open in dashboard for better quality of the pics)
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EVERY year, the bright Scandinavian summer nights fade away without anyone’s noticing. One evening in August you have an errand outdoors, and all of a sudden it’s pitch-black. A great warm, dark silence surrounds the house. It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive. It has come to a standstill; nothing withers, and fall is not ready to begin. There are no stars yet, just darkness. The can of kerosene is brought up from the cellar and left in the hall, and the flashlight is hung up on its peg beside the door.
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book, tr. by Thomas Teal (Sort Of Books, 2003)
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Pride 2021: Tove Jansson
Finnish author and artist Tove Jansson is best known for creating Moomins. While they went on to become a famous children’s character, Tove first started drawing Moomins in anti-fascist cartoons in the late 1930s when she worked for the magazine Garm, persisting despite censorship and Finland’s alliance with Nazi Germany.
Tove went on to incorporate Moomins into 14 children’s books and a long-running comic strip. Many of her characters were based off people in her life, including two of her female partners.
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[Image description: Tove as a middle-aged woman, sitting at a desk covered in models of Moomins - small bipedal hippopotamus-like creatures - she is holding one; Tove swimming in the sea wearing a flower-crown]
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