All fandoms need to come together on occasion to reminisce the days gone by, acclaim those who have made contributions, and celebrate the sheer joy of their unity. The Twific fandom is no exception. Our family of devoted readers, writers, banner makers, reviewers, and betas mean the world to the FicSisters, so we decided to host a Twific Fandom Celebration. Just as the flower children of the ’60s gathered to rejoice in peace and music at Woodstock, the FicSisters have assembled a line-up of Twific superstars to honor all of those who make our Fandom truly fabulous. Let’s pump up the volume and go all the way into Twilight!
Welcome to FicStock Friday!
This was an unbelievably difficult decision to make. When I was asked to talk about that one special fic that meant a lot to me I had no idea where to start. I thought of some of the classics that were big when I got started writing, like The Submissive/The Dominant by Tara Sue Me (BDSM done RIGHT) or Tropic of Virgo by In.a.blue.bathrobe. Then I thought about discussing one of those tried and true fics that were always great to return to, such as anything written by ItzMegan73.
Those were all great possibilities, but after tossing it around over and over in my head I decided that there was really only one fic that brought back all the great memories of when I discovered the Twilight fandom. It was the first experience I had of waiting eagerly for a WIP fic. And when that glorious day came every week that I got that wonderful email alert that it had updated, I would get chills and goosebumps and bite anyone’s head off that even dared to interrupt me before I was finished reading the new chapter.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m talking about The Office by tby789, or The Beautiful Bastard Series as it has now become, reworked for publication by the powerhouse duo of Christina Lauren. To me, this fic represents the good old days when we were all getting started. Whenever I think about it I immediately remember all of the fanart and blinkies with Rob front and center. (Do any of you remember that one from the GQ shoot, with the white dress shirt and the black tie? That WAS Beautiful Bastard and will always be in my mind) For those of you who joined the scene later on, I really don’t know if I can convey what a powerhouse this fic was. It was my first experience of a fic having such a massive following and discussion boards and twitter alerts. It truly took on a life of its own.
I was thrilled for the girls when I saw that it was published and even more thrilled when I saw that it was doing extremely well. It was such a sexy, flirty, raunchy fic and it made me stop and think about how much fun it might be to write my own naughty smut. This fic made me want to buy power panties. It also made me fantasize about taking a temp job in an office just to hunt down a sexy executive and have my wicked way with him on every surface imaginable.
Trust me, if you weren’t lucky enough to read this online, do yourself a favor and go buy the books. Guaranteed to keep you steamy hot on a chilly night.
There was no hesitation when I was deciding on which story I wanted to celebrate… I picked my all-time favorite, We Come To Life Beneath The Stars. The genius of We Come To Life Beneath the Stars is in the realness of it. The story itself is a “it could have happened to me” kind of story. A Bella who is struggling to figure out who she is in life and what she wants… an Edward who has the weight of the world on his shoulders and doesn’t know how to move forward… it tackles the issues of relationships, mother/daughter conflict, unrealistic expectations, and family drama without going overboard on the drama.
But this story is more than an Edward/Bella story. Lillybellis takes each character on a journey ultimately weaving their stories together seamlessly. The best part for me though, is that Lillybellis has beautiful prose and style in her storytelling. Her dialogue is spot-on and realistic, and her words are chosen with such attention and care… she has crafted a love-story that is filled with emotional and poignant moments that I think anyone will fall in love with.
We Come To Life Beneath The Stars: As Bella Swan starts over with hopes of finding her future, Edward Cullen is hanging on desperately to his past. She’s treading water, and he’s a corporate golden boy. They share an office, but few words…until one night changes everything. Romance/Drama M Bella/Edward Complete
I started reading fic in 2008. I found it through some awesome ladies at a website I frequented called newmoonmovie.org. I got all my fic recs through them and the stories were great and all – but it wasn’t until I read this little known fic (at the time) called Becoming Bella Swan that I was turned upside down and found myself at the end of the story going . . . “Holy fucking shit that was awesome!”
Aside from the crazy sense of humor and sarcasm that laced this story, it was the first time I’d read a anything where the writer didn’t give us your typical Bella / Edward who fall passionately in love and live happily ever after. In fact, Edward wasn’t even real.
Do you need to read that again?
Edward. Wasn’t. Real.
I know right?
It blew my mind. And I was so impressed with the balls this woman had to put that out there knowing people would probably get pissed she wasn’t giving them their HEA. Not the HEA they would expect, anyway.
BellaFlan was also one of the first fic writers that replied, yes, but somehow connected with me too, and we just . . . hit it off. She’s not only talented, but she’s fucking hilarious and real and honest and simply put, all around awesome. I think that made me love the story even more. I’ve since met her. Live and in person like. And have a very deep seeded girl crush on her now more than ever.
If you haven’t read BBS, do it. You will laugh. Your ASS off.
Becoming Bella Swan: Bella Swan is being hospitalized for an Identity Disorder…Or is Bella Flanagan being hospitalized? Set after Edward leaves in New Moon or I’m writing this from an asylum. WARNING MA only. VERY DARK COMEDY. Bella/Edward Complete
I love angst. I love that heart-clenching feeling that results when you get to a part of a story that completely rips your insides open. I love that painful, tightness in your throat that just hurts so good.
As long as I know that at the end of all this pain, I’ll be rewarded with that sigh of Ahhh that results in all the heartache being worth it.
That’s EXACTLY how I feel whenever I read Dear Isabella, a story published by wtvoc. And I read it pretty often.
But you have to really LOVE angst to enjoy this story because it shreds your feelings from almost the very first line to quite literally the second to last line, and unless you’re made of stone, you’ll cry your guts out. But then with that last line, with those last four words of the story, there it is: that Ahhh.
Dear Isabella: He said “always”. She wasn’t so sure. All-human. M for language. Angst/Romance Bella/Edward Written with Jandco. Complete
I’ve read hundreds, if not thousands, of fics since I joined the Twilight fandom in 2009. But the first Twi fic that really grabbed me was Drotuno’s Broken Angel.
There is something magic about that—and her whole Angel series—that simply drew me in and refused to let go. At the beginning of the story, Bella is almost completely beaten down, both physically and emotionally. There’s still some fire left in her, and it’s that fire that lets you know there’s good stuff to come. And then Edward… Truly one of the greatest Vampwards in all of the fandom. A combination of canon and decidedly *un*canon traits, he’s one of my favorite Edwards ever. The rest of the Cullen family is just as great as Edward and Bella, so much fun and so loyal that it makes my heart hurt.
Another reason I love this story is that the series brought Deb and me together, and we’ve formed a friendship that I cherish. Getting to know her has only made me love Broken Angel and the Angel series that much more. I highly recommend that you check it out!
Broken Angel: The FIRST in the Angel series. This is my version of New Moon and beyond if Edward didn’t return for 2 years. Jacob is NOT the sweet boy everyone thinks he is. What kind of Bella did Edward come back to? How does she react? AU/OOC-somewhat…Future LEMONS! Rated M for a reason. Romance/Adventure Edward/Bella Complete.
I want to honor a fic that I read in my first year of fanfiction. 2009 was the year it all started for me and a fic that still haunts my memory even now is Shadowboxer by nobloodnofoul.
Edward is a boxer fighting in illegal underground matches. Bella is homeless, has emotional secrets and ends up working at the same gym. This Edward is super angry, controlling and hot as hell-yep, my favorite kind. This is not a sweet, happy romance but a story full of guts, sweat, fights, blood and glory. But in the middle of all that are our two favorite characters who share a connection like no other. Come on, you know you want to see Edward bare chested covered in sweat and fighting in the ring. Give it a read as you won’t be disappointed and maybe you will think of it years later just like I do.
Shadowboxer: Edward is an underground fighter using the ring as an outlet for his pent-up rage. Bella is a college dropout running from her complicated past. Their paths collide when Edward is beaten and left for dead. Rated M for LEMONS. AH OOC Romance/Hurt/Comfort Bella/Edward Complete
Blood Lines, by Windchymes was the first vampward I ever read, and is still, to this day, my favourite one.
Windchymes took all the canon traits, adding other dimensions to the characters that brought them more to life and made me fall in love with them all over again.
The story is set after Eclipse, and is built around a unique premise—something from Edward’s human past that could threaten their future together. There is no Volturi, no battle, no outside forces, and no chewing through a stomach to deliver a child. The story is centered around Edward and Bella—which is the reason I love it so much. It is them—living, loving, growing together. The story is filled with forgiveness, acceptance and some lovely light hearted moments. Seeing Edward happy and fulfilled as a father and husband was a joy to read. He is Edward—adoring, tender and solid. Her Bella is warm, strong and the perfect mate for him.
As with all Windchyme’s works, the story is well written and one I turn to again and again when I need to revisit an old friend.
Blood Lines: With just weeks to go before the wedding, Edward reveals a secret from his human life which leaves Bella shocked and wondering just how well she knows the man she is about to marry. This is very much an Edward and Bella love story. Romance M Edward/Bella Complete
When the FicSisters approached me about writing about a favorite fanfiction story, one story popped into my mind immediately. I can re-read this story every day of the week and not get bored with it. The first time I read this, I started it late at night and did not sleep ONE wink that night! I could not put it down, reading til dawn, and became obsessed with watching my inbox for updates. Amazing doesn’t even begin to cover it for me.
The Give Away Girl takes up space at the top of my personal Top Ten list. It has a deep ribbon of friendship woven throughout. The core of the story is about “The Pack”, a group of girls that have grown up together and have each other’s backs, no matter what. It takes you on a journey of growth, loss, hope and change. It’s also a story of first love. It has chemistry, which is vitally important to me as a reader. It has UST, which I adore, and so much SIZZLE! Please go check out this Top Ten rec and be sure to read the EPOV outtakes, called The B Sides, also listed on MrsSpaceCowboy‘s profile.
Admin, The Lemonade Stand
The Give Away Girl: Honor student Bella Swan has mastered the arts…of manipulating her divorced parents, rolling the perfect joint, and faking an orgasm. Who wouldn’t want to keep a girl like her? An unconventional coming of age tale for Gen Xer Bella. Romance/Angst M Bella/Edward Complete
Wide Awake was my gateway to the fandom, not just the first Twific I read, but the first fan fic of any kind ever. I was still on a Twilight high and desperate for more. The first chapter had me so confused! Wait… Edward is smoking? And cursing? And… *human*??? Once I got over that initial shock, I couldn’t stop reading until I’d run out of chapters. This fic was enthralling. I loved that foul-mouthed, rebellious, tormented Edward and that heartbreaking, damaged Bella. And damn, some of the hottest almost sex I’ve ever read. It’s not a stretch to say Wide Awake changed my life. I didn’t stop reading at one fic. I went on to read hundreds more. I went on to write many of my own. And when I wrote my first original story, Angst Goddess, the author that started me down this road with Wide Awake, designed my cover!
Stranger Than Fiction by MasenVixen was the first fanfic I read with an alternate New Moon ending. I devoured the story in one sitting, blown away by all the possibilities I’d never entertained. I’d always just accepted the fact that Edward left in New Moon and returned, but this fic put things into such a new perspective for me. I adored the idea that Bella could be successful, strong, and thrive even in Edward’s absence. I fell in love with Edward all over again when he threw all caution to the wind to win back the love of his existence…one lemon at a time. For me, this fic embodies all the possibilities of what fanfiction can be, and what keeps me coming back to this very day.
An Introduction to Swirl & Daisy is my go-to fic whenever I need a laugh or a smile from the fandom. m81170 has written my favorite Edward ever, and yes, he’s only a teenager, but he’s a smart, sweet, adorable one. I swoon right along with young Bella as they navigate their way into a wonderful relationship, one that anybody at any age can appreciate. Bella’s overdramatic and crazy as we all were in our pre and early teens, and while you laugh at her, a part of you will remember that you did and said the same things. Read it!
An Introduction to Swirl and Daisy: A first kiss, a first dance, a first curse word shared between best friends. This is the tale of a boring, young geek and the social pariah who thought the world of him. A tale of growing up. A tale of a Non-Romantic Romance. Romance/Hunor T Bella/Edward Complete
It was hard from the beginning to decide what fic to review and what author. We have a very prolific fandom, where great authors share their incredible stories with us. But this author is special for me, is one of the ones I always go back and re read her stories, and I chose to review this fic because it was the first one of CaraNo’s I’ve ever read and the one that made me know her.
Isla de Cullen is one of those fics that you always come back for a reliving of the experience. It has tension, a little bit of drama and lots and lots of ‘UNF’ moments. It’s a taste of the forbidden fruit, and in my case, that’s a huge turn on, and I don’t mean it carnally (only)*wink wink*, but in relation to the inspiration this fic had in me for manips and graphics (I need to visualize what’s happening on the stories I read).
From this fic on, I only had a great experience while reading Cara’s fics. She is one of the most versatile writers I’ve read in this fandom, all of her stories are different from one another, with great plots, great writing (thanks in part to her awesome beta – Cara would say it’s all thanks to her beta), which shows how productive her mind is. You can rely that she will ALWAYS finish her story, she respect us – the readers – and it shows in each and every one of her stories and in how loved she is in our little bubble, that is this the Twilight family.
I think that my appreciation for this fic is more in relation to that, thanks to it I met a great writer, and also a great person, even though I don’t know her personally.
So, THANK YOU CARA for all the endless hours of fun you give us with your words!!!!!!!
your manip dealer.
Ceci aka Lolypop82
I was a little late in finding the Twilight fandom. I didn’t read the books until after the first movie was released. After reading all four books in a week, I found that I just wasn’t ready to let the characters go. I searched online, and that’s how I found fan fiction.
The very first fan fiction story I read was Isle Esme by vixen1836. It’s a beautiful M-rated short story (only two chapters) written from Edward’s POV, and it details both the struggle and passion he felt on their wedding night. I’ve been reading fan fiction for nearly five years now, and I still think Isle Esme is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read.
From there, I fell in love with fan fiction, the fandom, and in time, fell in love with writing all over again. I never dreamed that reading and writing fan fiction would lead me on a publishing journey all my own, but it did, and this summer, I will release my third original fiction novel under my pen name, Sydney Logan. I’m not able to write much fan fiction these days, but not a day goes by that I don’t receive at least one review from a fan fiction reader, telling me how much they enjoyed one of my stories. That’s why fan fiction will always hold a special place in my heart.
Isle Esme: For True Edward Fans. A look at the first night on Isle Esme through Edward’s eyes. RATED M FOR ELOQUENT, EDWARDIAN LEMONS. CANON. EPOV. Romance/Supernatural M Edward/Bella Complete
From the moment the FicSisters messaged me and asked if I would like to contribute to this celebration of fanfiction, I knew that I wanted to share my love for Scotch, Gin, and the New Girl. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve (sort of) jokingly said that I wouldn’t be friends with someone unless they’ve read this story. There used to be a quiz and everything–I needed serious help. I’ve read hundreds of fics, and this has always been my favorite. I’ve had so much fun re-reading, and I want to thank the FicSisters for celebrating it. And of course you know I want to hug jandco and wtvoc for writing it.
One of the most asked questions that people ask me is Why? Why is this my favorite fic? Usually, I get all tongue-tied and am completely unable to express exactly why I love it. It’s everything I want in a story. Great doesn’t even come close to describing this story. Beautiful. Gut-wrenching.
There are so many reasons to love this story. The characters who totally kick ass while simultaneously being vulnerable, the UST, the resolved-UST. Whether I’m thinking about the lake, Target, saving the porpoises, or hustling a poker game, this story always always brings a smile to my face. I’ve bonded with so many people over Scotchward (*hugs* Legna!) and defended my love for him over Ginsper with so many others. This story helped shape who I was as a reader–for fic and beyond, and I can never express my appreciation for it in any semblance of articulation.
There are many, many reasons that I think you should read (or re-read) this fic. Read it for the genius that happens when jandco and wtvoc team up. Read it for the chick fight. Read it for the wallet chain. Just read it.
Scotch, Gin, and the New Girl: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, je crois. We were Cruel Intentions. We are Gossip Girls. We do not care. At all.” AH M Drama/Angst Complete
When I was asked to discuss which I fanfic inspired me, I had a lot of options. After 5 years of reading fanfiction, I was suddenly bombarded with so many memories! Really great scenes, like the shower in His Personal Assistant, how good of a dad Edward ended up being in This Is Who I Am, or the hilarious scene with Rob Pattinson and Edward caught in the alley in The Screamers! However I also thought of the genre which I appear to be infamous for loving, which is angst. When Edward broke all our hearts with one sentence in Summer of Salt, Bella saying “I…fucking…hate…you.” in High Anxiety, the dead plant symbolism in Constant Bearing, Decreasing Range or when I just screamed at the monitor with every single Glass House update!
So many memories, so much inspiration!
Ultimately though, there’s always one story that stands out to me. And funny enough it was the last story I ever made a blinkie for. And that would be Dodge & Burn by abstract way.
The realistic romance between a lost and hesitant man and a very lively and carefree woman captured me immediately. I adored that the Edward and Bella in this story were older, more mature and yet they still had a lot of learning and growing to do. Being two very different individuals and yet somehow seemed so right together. It is absolutely one of my favorite fics for those reasons alone.
Of course the main reason why this is my most inspiring fanfics is because it makes me feel that I am not alone. During the story you learn something about Bella & I can’t say exactly what without putting out a spoiler. But let me tell you, reading this meant so much to me. Through those words, somebody understood my fears and my thoughts of my future. I wasn’t expecting it and yet it was something that I desperately needed to read and didn’t even realize it. I remember sitting in front of my computer, crying and just feeling so much of a connection to this Bella.
And that right there, that connection, I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about reading. You not only find adventures outside of your own world, but you also find yourself. For that reason I will always have a special place in my heart for this story and of course the author, a woman who I admire and adore so deeply. Thank you my friend!
So what can I say, there has been hundreds and hundreds of stories of the thousands that I’ve read that have inspired me in a way to have really made an impact on my life. And for that I thank all the wonderful talented authors out there. I hope that you realize how gifted you truly are. *group hug*
RoseArcadia aka Jada D’Lee
Dodge and Burn: He assumed Isabella Swan was eccentric, yet that very fact intrigued him. He hadn’t dealt with a compelling person, sensible or colourful in quite a while. She just seemed ripe with possibilities to be anything but mundane. Romance/Angst M Bella/Edward Complete
Let’s hear it for all the artists who performed so enthrallingly for us today!
Please join us tomorrow when we have another spectacular line-up of stars in Spotlight Saturday.