The Ethical Dilemma of Publishing Fan Fiction.

Written by TheCanonBitch and Edited by NinkyBaby

For more than ten years I have been a member of countless fandoms after coming across its existence by accident. When my favorite television shows and books came to an end, I was very sad as some of them ended on an open note. Many questions would cross my mind and I would always ask myself “What would happen to the characters in the future? Why did it have to end this way?”.

It wasn’t long before I chanced on a site called fanfiction.net. I was amazed to discover people could actually write their own universe of what could or should have happened in the television series and books I loved. Over the years, I have made many friends who I still keep in touch with to this very day.

I did not join the Twilight fandom until 2008, when I felt Stephenie Meyer left me in want of something more after I hit the fin line of her Twilight Saga concluding book, Breaking Dawn. I wanted more from the series as it felt incomplete. We saw a happy ending to the story of Edward and Bella, the 2 main protagonists, but I was keen to know what would happen to their daughter, Renesmee and her imprinter, Jacob.

In recent years, however, things I did not expect to see started to grate on my nerves.  Fan fiction authors began to pull their completed work that were published on various websites, edited content like names, certain scenes and re-published it as an original body of work through self-publishing methods. Before I cite my opinion on this, I would like to look into the definition of fan fiction.

According to Wikipedia, fan fiction is “a broadly-defined term for fan labor regarding stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator. Works of fan fiction are rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work’s owner, creator, or publisher; also, they are almost never professionally published. Because of this, many fan fictions written often contain a disclaimer stating that the creator of the work owns none of the characters. Fan fiction, therefore, is defined by being both related to its subject’s canonicalfictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe.”

In short, these authors are technically publishing stories with characters and settings possibly from another author’s universe, yet they had the audacity to sell their “original” stories in ebook or print formats.

With that definition, what may be going through your mind at this moment might be an exclamation, “OMG, isn’t this like the Fifty Shades trilogy debacle?” My answer to that would be a yes, however, this isn’t just about Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Other fan fiction authors have done the same as well.

VGJM did it with Boycotts and Barflies. Feathersmmmm did it with I Love LA published as the Unidentified Redhead. Morgan Locklear did the same with The University of Edward Masen. It’s a common thing nowadays in the Twilight fandom for fanfic authors to pull their stories that has gained popularity and try to profit from it.

However, is that ethical? As a fan fiction writer, your writing may be partially your idea. But in fanfic you took the characterizations and physical descriptions of Stephenie Meyer’s characters. You added smut because that is what Twilight fans have been begging for the entire series. Now that they have their smut and thanked you via reviews you want them to now pay to read it again only in a marginally changed format? How is that ethical to give something to someone for free, take it away, barely change it and then have the audacity of charging upwards of twenty dollars for it?

My case in point is fandoms should be grateful to authors who have allowed fan fiction to be written based off their universe, settings and characters. Some authors would not have given it any support. As a fan fiction writer myself, I am just happy my favorite authors have given us permission to write using their fictional universe as a platform for our own creativity.

Certain authors have from time to time read works written by fans. Twilight’s author, Stephenie Meyer herself has even admitted she has read works written by her own fans and have enjoyed the creative ideas these writers have instilled into her own work.

In one example of such work would be one where Edward Cullen, a main character from Meyer’s series of novels was set in an All Human universe featuring him as a member of the mafia. In that fictional world, he rescues his damsel in distress, Bella Swan, the protagonist from Meyer’s Twilight world, from a different Russian mafia group. Meyer has also mentioned that fan fiction stories are a testament to how much people liked her stories.

Some authors, whose work I have read and loved, have praised fan fiction:

C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter to a young fan: “I am delighted to hear that you liked the Narnian books. There is a map at the end of some of them in some editions. But why not do one yourself! And why not write stories for yourself to fill up the gaps in Narnian history? I’ve left you plenty of hints – especially where Lucy and the Unicorn are talking…I feel I have done all I can!”

Claudia Gray: “It has come to my attention that there’s some Evernight fanfic out there. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that, in my opinion, this is awesome.”

Those are just two of many authors who allow their universe to be written as fan fiction stories. On the other hand, there are authors who despise it:

Orson Scott Card: “I’m flattered; and then, if they try to publish it (including on the net) except in very restricted circumstances, I will sue, because if I do NOT act vigorously to protect my copyright, I will lose that copyright — and that is the only inheritance I have to leave my family. So fan fiction, while flattering, is also an attack on my means of livelihood. It is also a poor substitute for the writers’ inventing their own characters and situations. It does not help them as writers; it can easily harm me; and those who care about my stories and characters know that what I write is “real” and has authority, and what fans write is not and does not. So it’s all pointless. I’d prefer simply to ignore it when it happens, but the way copyright law functions, I am told that I cannot ignore it.”

Anne Rice: “It upsets me terribly to even think about fan fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes.”

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro: “I believe fan fiction is “against federal law,” and I have taken legal action (all of which resulted in settlements, not court cases) against fanfic authors”

Some of them have a point. On one hand, fan fiction is a bit of plagiarism because we are writing about the characters and the universe another author created, on the other, we make up the plots and have fun with the characters in different scenarios because it awakens our creativity. Personally, if I was a published author, I would be happy people want to write stories based on my books, because it shows just how much they have enjoyed them.

Fan fiction stories should remain just that, fan fiction. They should never be published as original fiction. Fan fiction is a way to help improve our writing and is good practice for those who want to write professionally. A self-published author Colleen Houck self-published her books first before a literary agent got a hold of them. This is her tip to aspiring writers:

“For young writers, a great way to practice is to write fan fiction. There are a number of websites that provide a forum for feedback and to list sample chapters. It’s nice to use characters that are already established so that a new author can focus on the storyline”

Notice how that tip says its great practice; not to pull down the stories, change the names and titles, and publish them as your own.

Now to make one thing abundantly clear, Fifty Shades was not the first fanfic to be published as an original piece of work but I doubt it will be the last.

One book I read was through a self-publishing company known as Omnific Publishing, it is very well known throughout the Twilight fandom.  The book was entitled Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates. The book was a sweet plot I will admit. However, when I was reading it, a certain sentence or phrase sounded very familiar. The friend who lent me the books showed me a blog that showed evidence on how it was very familiar to The Twilight Saga:

From Eclipse (pg 176), Jacob describes imprinting: “It’s more like…gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it’s not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her.”

From Shades of Atlantis (pg 86): “In that moment, I knew with perfect clarity I belonged to him. I never truly existed without him. The world was spinning around us, but Caleb was my anchor, the only thing holding me still.”

We may all look at the above quotes differently, and perhaps you may beg to differ, but if this book was formerly a Twilight fanfic , it makes me feel bad thinking I may have given a hint of support to someone who could have plagiarized another author’s work.

As a budding author, I feel strongly against fan fiction authors who publish their completed fan fiction stories as original fiction. To illustrate this point, even if any of my fandom friends and acquaintances I have made over the years ever publish their fanfics,  I would never buy those stories or support them in any way.  Instead, I would encourage them to create their own universe right from scratch.

While I was doing my research on this, I came across a website that has a list of all completed fan fiction stories that were pulled down from fan fiction sites to be published. You can see it at http://twifanfictionrecs.com/published-fics/. Besides this site, you can find more on most social media.

Publishing and profiteering from fan fiction is the biggest literary atrocity one can ever make. It is an insult to the author who created the original universe. For example, writers such as Stephenie Meyer has spent hours and years working in a basement, staying up late at nights, writing the saga we have all come to love dearly. J.K. Rowling spent 12-14 years just plotting out the seven Harry Potter books. Furthermore, these authors have never published their own fan fiction stories.  The same goes for other authors who have slaved over plenty of outlines in notebooks, developing their characters and carving out a beautiful storyline.

Publishing fan fiction is risky business in itself. Shortly after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, an author wrote his own mini series about James Potter, Harry Potter’s first born son and his years at Hogwarts. This author tried to publish it as his own work, but Jo Rowling found out and was about to take legal action against him, but they were able to come to an agreeable term where people could download the story for free, i.e. he does not make a profit out it. This series is now available free on his website, http://www.jamespotterseries.com/ for those who want more of the Harry Potter universe.

Fifty Shades is the published version of what is essentially a fanfic entitled Master of the Universe or MotU for short. In my opinion, it should never have been published as an original story. It is an extreme disrespect for the creator of the original universe from which MotU has been created from. The backlash such authors have had from readers after publishing something created from someone else’s work is something that will follow them for the rest of their lives. These writers did not get famous for writing an amazing series but are instead known as copycats. And it’s not just authors who should take the blame, those who support and abet this should also be ashamed.

If a person aspires to be a published author, they should join writing groups or take creative writing classes at their local junior college to learn the craft and not write something based on another author’s work and publish it as their own.

Recently, I came across an article that could put the entire Twilight fandom in jeopardy. A Russian girl had a copy of the original PDF of the Master of the Universe fanfic and wrote an article comparing the similarities between MotU and  the Fifty Shades trilogy. Many people were outraged by it and I was not surprised when some contacted Stephenie Meyer and her agent about that book series. You can read that article at http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/master-of-the-universe-versus-fifty-shades-by-e-l-james-comparison.

If Stephenie Meyer has her say, she can choose to revoke her permission and ban Twilight fan fiction writing, which could potentially devastate our large community of Twilight fans as many use fan fiction to escape from our everyday lives.

It would be every right for Meyer or any author if they chose to take action against authors who publish fan fiction based on their work as original work for copyright violation. But if our fandom is forced to shut because of such violation, there will definitely be widespread unhappiness in our community.

So the next time you decide if you should publish your fan fiction, Alternate Universe or not, think about the potential consequences of your actions and the infamous reputation you will gain.

Fiction Recommendation: Blood Moon by SheeWolf85

Written by NinkyBaby

SheeWolf85’s Blood moon sits in an alternate supernatural and human universe. In her story, the characters within the Cullen family are all human, while the recognizable characters in La Push retain their shapeshifter heritage with rules she has set.

Blood moon opens with Renesmee arriving in Forks, Washington to stay with her aunt and uncle as her parents will be visiting Europe for 3 months. Unexpectedly, she encounters the Quileute shapeshifter, Jake, sparking off an inexplicable bond between them.

Aside from the developing romance and attraction between our 2 main protagonists, the story is set in a background of mystery and chilling intrigue right from Chapter One, making it an interesting, exciting and irresistible chapter turning read.

SheeWolf85 writes from a third person’s perspective as it is necessary for this story to show the viewpoints of any character as and when necessary to allow the story to keep it’s flow and integrity. In addition, the prose gives the story a bit of a dreamy effect which further enhances the mysterious feel of this story.

Like several of the author’s other stories, SheeWolf85 weaves her magical tale by breathing life into the known characters of Twilight and injecting them into a story world she builds beautifully through her writing. In Blood Moon, the tall, dark and handsome shapeshifters of La Push come to life, bearing the characteristics of their magical ancestry, just like the shapeshifters of the Twilight world, but complete with their own flavor and rules, creating an unique storyline to the tale.

What will happen when Renesmee realizes that the man she has fallen in love with belongs to a strange mysterious world? Will she and can she accept it? What kind of danger lurks among humans that the Quileute shapeshifters have sworn to protect them against?
Follow Blood Moon to find out.

Blood Moon can be read on Fanfiction here and is rated M for supernatural violence and lemons later in the story.

Life in Technicolor: Interview with Pemberly Rose

Questions & compilation by NinkyBaby

Last week I posted a review on Pemberly Rose’s fic, Life in Technicolor. Since then, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to interview the author on her story. Pemberly Rose talks about why she wrote LIT and other little snippets from her point of view.

One: What made you decide to write LIT?

Life in Technicolor wasn’t my first J/N. I began the other under a different name and abandoned it because I was beginning to hate Renesmee. She was only nine years old at the time and doing things I don’t think she was emotionally ready for. So I went back to the drawing board. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t also influenced by a general trend I saw in J/N fics.

Many I had read made her outlandishly immature or wild to make her seem more “realistic” but what I think those authors lost was that this is a fantasy world. Ness is a fantasy character. She doesn’t really adhere to the rules we mere mortals do. I wanted to write her as a mature adult. At the same time someone who was also disconnected in a way to what it was like to be a real human child/teenager. She had a very short, very quick rebellious streak and really didn’t do anything terribly reckless.

I wanted to see her really be able to say yes, I want more, definitively when it came to Jacob. As well as really understand what saying yes to him really meant. Imprinting is a complex thing in the Twilight world. Saying yes to a relationship with your wolf you’ve known your entire life is a big shift. A shift I’d like to think she’s been able to handle pretty well despite her need to protect the burgeoning relationship from prying eyes.

Two: We’ve talked about your view on the theories behind imprinting and there is a controversial imprint in the story. Would you like to explain a little more with regards to your view of the various theories of imprinting. And perhaps how it applies to Leah and Amber.

Ah, yes. Good ole controversy. I wanted to explore that because well there is no exact answer with imprinting. The stock definition is that when a wolf finds their mate after they phase the first time they imprint and become whatever the imprintee needs them to be. In Sam/Emily’s case it was far more tragic with a lot of collateral damage. Jared and Kim I’d imagine had more of a fairytale because Kim already had feelings for him.

But then there’s Quil/Claire, Jacob/Renesmee and to a lesser extent Rachel/Paul which were controversial due to age. The gaps between the two former couples is quite large but they don’t “fall in love” with babies. It’s a protective thing. They see their imprints as the most important beings in their lives. Someone to protect and make happy. People read into it way too much and try to find fault where there really is none. The fact that people automatically jump straight to an idea of pedophilia is quite disturbing as to what our society has become. I’ve always said, where is there any evidence that it’s in anyway an inappropriate situation. The guide even states that it only looks depraved to those who do not understand what imprinting means.

Therefore I’ve come to the conclusion people who bash imprinting simply do not want to understand that it’s not sexual or really entirely romantic in any way. It’s a compulsion – a pull to be near – to protect and be whatever the imprinted person needs in their life. For other imprints it was a lover, for Claire and Renesmee it was a friend and guardian. Rachel and Paul however is a little different. Rachel was 21 almost 22 years of age when she came home and a 16-year-old Paul imprinted on her (16 is the legal age of consent in Washington just to assure some who might swear off this pairing now). Sure he looked 25, but his birth date was still the same. I find it funny that fans get all up in arms about J/R and Q/C but have no problem with R/P. It’s a much smaller age gap but still a gap. The diversity in ages of each imprinted pair really shows that with imprinting that 1. Age doesn’t matter, 2. Time doesn’t matter, 3. Romance doesn’t matter, 4. When it comes to protecting your imprint it’s vital to do whatever it takes. Even breaking away from your pack to keep her safe.

My theories with imprinting align with the book interpretation. I think it’s all three theories together in congruence. Kismet and destiny being the forefront and main driving force. Jacob’s experience is definitely kismet. He was drawn to Bella because she would lead him to Renesmee. Sam was drawn to Leah to lead him to Emily. Jared was physically able to go back to school because Kim was in one of his classes. Paul was drawn to First Beach because Rachel was there. Evolution of stronger wolves makes sense especially with Jacob, an alpha, imprinting on a vampire hybrid. I have a feeling there may be some uber shapeshifting hybrid children with immunity to venom. That would certainly make a stronger generation of wolves.

Also continuation of the wolf lines is another that I think is important. Yeah Sam could have imprinted on Leah but they’re distantly related. Her mother is a Uley according to the Official Guide. It makes sense that Sam would imprint on someone else then to increase the genetic diversity of future generations. Too much in-breeding even with distant cousins can prove treacherous. Queen Victoria’s children had this problem with an outbreak of hemophilia in the royal families of Europe.

When it comes to Leah and the particular situation she’s in I did that on purpose to illustrate that kismet is more important. Secondly Leah is an anomaly. She’s got all three lines of wolf lineage and is the only female ever to phase. I wanted her to have something unique and unexpected but also build a character for her that would be amazing. A strong character that could round out Leah’s personality even more and bring her a happily ever after she deserves. I chose this character because of the three theories of imprinting on purpose as a way of allowing Leah’s lineage to continue on despite her inability to be pregnant as a shifter and give her some fluff because the girl deserves it.

Three: Music has always been a part of your inspiration behind your stories. What else inspires you?

Pictures, movies, food, and other books! I have a tumblr account where I post some of my inspirations. Some tend to be a bit on the mature side but that’s because I’m nearing a milestone in LIT that some readers have been bugging me for, for quite some time now. Currently I’m writing chapter 27 and using music and books as inspiration plus some sensual imagery as well. I’m absolutely addicted to the written word so being able to use some of my all time favorite quotes has been a pleasure.

If you’ve read LIT you can tell I have a serious thing for Shakespeare. Musical inspiration comes from my vast collection of music. The Beatles, in my opinion, are the Shakespearean equivalent in music. Absolutely timeless music that can work in so many different situations. The Beatles show up quite a bit in my LIT playlists as do Sia, Coldplay, and Depeche Mode.

Movies that inspire me are old movies. Like black and white old. His Gal Friday and Casablanca, kind of movies. I love the screen sirens of the 30s and 40s and 50s. They had glamor and gumption. Seriously. If you need a woman to admire look at Katharine Hepburn. Because of her women wearing pants is widely accepted. Before her, a woman wearing pants out in public was an outrage. I aspire to be a woman of strength to buck the glass ceilings society has placed on us. I think as a women’s studies graduate in LIT, that Renesmee would too.

Four: Literature can be a source of inspiration. Where do you draw parallels to literary works in LIT?

Hehe I find so many parallels in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for LIT. Ness has even mentioned it a couple times. The parallel she often draws is the situation with Helena, Hermia and Demetrius and Lysander and how that particular situation relates to hers with Jacob and his past with her parents. It took her quite a long time to come to terms with those particular events but I wanted her to be able to see past it. Other parallels I find are in Austen novels like Emma. Ness is very aware of her friends romantic relationships yet was always on the outside and never really experienced it for herself. In a way Jacob is her perfect Mr. Knightley.

On the other hand Jacob sees her, now that they’re in the midst of a relationship, a lot like a Greek Siren. Her presence draws him in like the sailors of ancient myth. When she was a child she was far more seen as his friend, and constant concern. He wanted nothing more than to make her smile and keep her safe from those like the Volturi. That large period of time before LIT is really where their relationship has found the intense amount of strength it has in LIT.

Five: As a pre-med student, life is indeed a very busy one for you. LIT has gone past it’s halfway point. When are you expecting to complete it? Are there any new stories in the works?

I do lead a very busy life. I am hoping to complete it as soon as possible. It should only be about 40 chapters and I’m on chapter 27. I’m trying to write as much as possible in the short spurts of free time I have.

I have so many stories in the works from original vamp fiction to some all-human alternate universes. And maybe when I’m done with those I’ll revisit LIT again haha. I also have a spin-off I’m working on for Leah called Breathe Me.

Six: As you know, Breaking Dawn has some readers divided on it’s ending. Many fan fiction works have written “the fight” that should have existed in “sequels” to the book. What’s your opinion on the book’s finale and what are we expecting to happen to adult Renesmee in her confrontation with the Volturi in LIT?

See I think I understand Aro better than most people. He’s greedy and ambitious. So greedy he killed his own sister to keep Marcus. He’s not as evil as say, Voldemort in HP. Aro is more Gordon Gecko than Tom Riddle. It’s my certain belief that Aro knew that Bella pretty much nullifies more than half his guard. They’ve relied upon their guards’ abilities so much in the past that they don’t really know what to do with themselves without them. Aro’s a smart man. He wants power but not at the cost of what he already has gained. Losing Jane or Alec in a battle would kill him. They’re his most prized possessions. Bella’s gift in concert with Zafrina’s and even Edward/Alice’s abilities would prove to be fatal for the Volturi. Then you add in a brigade of snarling horse-sized wolves with some pretty clear loyalty to the Cullens and yeah, the Volturi would have been obliterated. The Cullens would have suffered losses as well. Fighters like Felix would be able to kill quite a few on the Cullen side of things. But their losses would be far less than the Volturi. And Aro knew that. So his sense of self preservation and preservation of the few he holds dear is what kept a fight from happening, no matter how pissed off that made Caius.

Caius is an entirely different story. He’s the one to watch out for if you know what I mean…. He’s the key and so is Edward. I don’t think we’ll get a battle in LIT. So many fics have been there already. I don’t know if it’s really true to Aro’s canon character to let one happen. If it meant he had to sacrifice one person versus all of his talented guard, he’d sacrifice the one person in a heart beat to keep what he feels should be his own. I haven’t officially decided though right now I’m more leading towards political intrigue. I’m waiting until I’m in that scene and writing it to really decide. I do have both options planned out though. One thing is certain, someone/several someones may not survive depending on a battle or not.

Seven: What is it you love about writing J/N fiction?

My favorite thing about writing these two is letting them take over. This is going to make me sound bonkers but it’s entirely true. When I’m sitting down to write I sit and imagine the scene and the dialogue pretty much writes itself. Jake is really amazing. I love canon Jake. I love imprinted canon Jake best because we see the happy human again. There’s a reason why New Moon and Breaking Dawn are my favorite books. They’re very Jacob heavy. In New Moon we see happy human boy Jacob. And then in Breaking Dawn when he imprints the happy teenager comes back. I loved that Ness was the one to restore that for him.

I also happen to enjoy a good love story if you hadn’t noticed. I’m a huge hopeless romantic it’s ridiculous. Seriously I squee over the littlest things. I love their dynamic too. How grown up she is and how in love they are. Yet they’re not E/B. Bella relies on Edward quite a bit in canon and Edward isn’t as vocal about how much he relies on Bella so it’s not as apparent to us. With the imprint of J/N it’s very apparent they need each other if only in physical presence alone.

Lastly, their chemistry. I hadn’t intended on their chemistry being quite so electric but it is. It makes sense too that it would be. They are soul mates after all. They affect each other so much that it makes complete sense that any romantic interaction with her as an educated adult would sizzle and hum. As a side note I love writing Jacob’s snark, the sarcasm and wit kills me with him.

Eight: Who is your favorite character in LIT? and Why?

Well, okay I’m totally going to ruin it but it’s Amber, hands down it’s Amber Thompson. She’s just amazing. She has no real pieces of me aside from the inane rambling. She’s mostly pieced together from traits of Mark, my beta, and his bestie Anna. They’re amazing people and I kept wanting to take their qualities and form them into one person. She’s a nerd in the extreme and so fascinated by the world she’s been thrust into thanks to a certain wolf. She loves Ness like a sister. And finds the Cullens way of life amazing and crazy. She’s a good soul through and through.

My second favorite character, sigh he’s a canon favorite of mine as well but it’s Charlie Swan. I love how he tries to disregard the evidence of the supernatural, staring him in the face all the time. He’s such a good grandfather to Renesmee. I think he would try to be better, closer to her than he had tried with Bella. He just simply did not know how to handle Bella because he never really got the chance to get to know her. They’re both so socially awkward it’s no wonder. So in LIT with the few scenes I’ve had him in I’ve tried to make him wiser, older, and just generally classic Charlie with a matured twist.

Nine: Will there be more outtakes & spinoffs from LIT?

Well, I do have one that’s already posted. It’s called Breathe Me. And it’s for Ms. Leah Clearwater and her imprint. One other I’m in the midst of posting is a 5-part outtake of LIT in Jake’s point of view from chapters 15-20. Another is one I’m hoping to get working on here soon will be a very short novella prequel of LIT in Jacob’s POV of important moments throughout his life of watching her grow up. Moments like how their friendship became so close and when she found out about his past with Bella. All that comes out in the novella and I’m hoping to get a move on it soon. I have a few epilogues in my head as well but I’m trying not to address those just yet. One last possible spin-off that I’m currently toying with that will please my Seth lovers, is a spin-off for Seth Clearwater. When Ch 26* is finished being edited and posted I think you’ll understand why I’m toying with this for him.

*Life in Technicolor, Ch 26: Demetrius and Lysander has been posted. It is now available on FFN, Twilighted & MyVampFiction.

I hope you have enjoyed the interview with Pemberly Rose. There will be more author interviews coming so stay tuned!

Breaking Dawn Top Ten

Written by Pemberly Rose

We officially are in double digits in the wait for Breaking Dawn Part One! We’ve been so excited so here is a list of top ten favorite BD moments from the book!

1. The night before the wedding. The scene: Bella and Edward smooching on her bed. They’re talk is cute, lighthearted and adorable. A stark contrast to the darkness they’ve had in their relationship. Also major points to Jasper and Emmett for their stunning hilarity to get Edward to leave his blushing bride and go on a Cullen version of a bachelor party – hunting.

2. The wedding. The description of the wedding is absolutely perfect. You can literally feel like you’re there, experiencing this right along side Bella. Seeing her parents near each other and happy though they’re not in love any longer shows a great growth for them. Rosalie being classy and helping Alice get the bride ready to go. As much hate as Rose gets for her general bitchiness this is a really cool thing. It shows at least in some small part that she’s beginning to truly accept Bella into their family and maybe even is beginning to respect Bella’s decision. Bella herself shows remarkable maturity by wanting to say goodbye the right way to her human loved ones. I think that made Rose gain a little bit of respect for Bella. Also it’s worth mentioning Jacob’s appearance at the wedding. Even with a broken heart he still comes off as a good man. Even when he gets angry at Bella when he learns of the whole “real honeymoon thing” he’s jealous sure but he’s still concerned with her safety.

3. Isle Esme – picturesque paradise just off the coast of Brazil. Yeah seriously I would love to have one of these myself. When they arrive there you really feel Bella’s awe. She didn’t exactly realize what family she was getting herself into. Sure she knew they had money. The nice house and nice cars and clothes are evidence of that. But gifting an entire private island as an anniversary present? Now that’s an obscene amount of money. Bella though shocked accepts it immediately. You can tell she doesn’t care about the money, cars or any of the material. She’s just happy she married the man she loves.

4. The entire honeymoon – the fade to blacks were kind of a disappointment but an understandable one. The feathers and Edward’s reaction to the bruises were priceless. There is a lightness though between them, even when he’s sulking about the bruises. The whole “what can we do to wear Bella out today” plan was actually pretty genius of him. Her attempt at seduction was also heartwarmingly endearing. She just wants to be intimate with her husband and it’s her right to.

5. Jacob’s book. Yep ALL OF IT. From chapter titles to punching Paul to breaking away from Sam and subsequent imprinting. This is probably one of our biggest favorites. It was so nice to be in someone else’s head in the series and get his views on the world around him. Every snarky second of it.
6. “Awl ob dem!” – Yep, Claire Young. Quil and Claire are the one imprint pair we hadn’t seen much of yet. It was such a cute, sweet scene between them that there was no doubt in our minds to the purity and beauty of imprinting after this. And we all know just by how hilarious she is that Claire is going to be such a ball buster when she’s older. I personally cannot wait.

7. When Edward hears the baby’s thoughts – SM said in that interview at the beginning of the official guide that, that moment was where Edward became an optimist. He realized he was the father of an innocent. A child who wished no harm to its mother. Loved and understood the voices outside the womb. Intelligent even before birth. Edward finally realizes that he can have his cake and eat it too. He can have the love of a woman and still give her what she wants without making her sacrifice absolutely everything to be with him.

8. Renesmee – this one’s a no brainer but every scene she’s in the book she lightens the atmosphere. She brings an aura of happiness to every scene. A smart, kind child who loves fiercely the people she considers family and hers. Seriously despite her unique name she’s our favorite character. Then again you probably knew that.

9. Witnesses – all the other vampires that come to witness for the Cullens. They’re backstories and demeanors are all so individual and amazing. We almost want our own book for them!! Then again the guide goes into their backstories quite amazingly.

10. The happily ever after. We suspected that the Volturi were cowards back in NM. This was because if Aro really wanted he could have forced the Edward, Bella and Alice to stay and to change Bella immediately. He did something similar with Amun, finding a way to take Demetri away from him. Aro is a plotter and strategist. Caius is the war-monger. I loved that SM focused on this and how Aro’s vote is the tie breaker. It was far more intriguing in a political sense than a war could have been. A war would have being fascinating and exciting, but political intrigue and subterfuge? So much more Aro’s style. In the confrontation you really see the ties of the Cullens have grown stronger, and now include the wolves because of the imprint. Edward verbalizes his acceptance of these newly forged ties, creating a true kinship we’d always hoped for with Jacob. Love is truly in the air after the Volturi are humiliated. Kate and Garrett, the Cullen couples all rejoice in their survival. The return of Alice! How could you not forget this? Then the final scene – what we’ve all hoped for this entire series. Edward finally gets to see into the mind of his beloved. A perfect ending to this slice of their forever together.

Fiction Recommendation: Life in Technicolor by Pemberly Rose

Review by NinkyBaby

Life in Technicolor (LIT) is a post Breaking Dawn canon story that starts 16 years after Renesmee’s birth. The story opens with a beautiful narrative of the Amazon jungle as seen through Nessie’s perfect vampiric vision. The narrative is completely written from Nessie’s point of view and follows her through her journey from a constant irresistible pull to her wolf best friend to finding true love in him.

Life In Technicolor banner by NinkyBaby

Many canon stories tend to have her jumping on the bandwagon of love as soon as or when she nears maturity. This story is strikingly different in that Renesmee has already been a fully grown adult for 9 years. What this means for readers is they get a glimpse into a really mature Renesmee, who has had the opportunity to experience life so that she can grow in ways other than the physical and is now ready to make a very important decision that will change her life.

Aside from a blooming passionate romance, the story contains several very interesting plot points and a couple of original characters. There will be a myriad of twists and turns, a controversial and unconventional imprint pair, an interesting Volturi visit, an eyebrow raising, nerves arising trip to Volterra, family dramas and a lot of different types of excitement, tension and chemistry to keep the reader on their toes.

Pemberly Rose writes in a beautiful, flowing prose with good grammar and diction. Her writing has certainly grasped the essence of the protagonist’s voice & personality. In her story, she also expresses her well-researched opinion of imprinting and how it affects both the imprinter and the imprinted in a variety of unexpected ways.

Characterization is also very well done and conforms closely to canon. Original characters & canon characters further developed by Pemberly Rose fit very well as she cleverly weaves them into the story world with good dialogue and narrative. There will be a couple of unexpected characters that show up in the course of the story so readers will definitely be in for some surprises.

For readers familiar with lemons, LIT does contain some lemons but they are not the focus of the story. Rather, they serve to enhance the story and delivers the author’s point instead of detracting from it. Aside from being meaningful, the lemons are tastefully written and are not vulgar, matching well with Renesmee’s point of view.

Overall, I would give this story a 5 star rating. For a canon story, it is well researched & conforms quite closely and/or develops from canon events quite realistically. I love the mature Renesmee in the story. Here is someone who had grown up with parenting well suited to her rapid growth and has a very close relationship with her family. In her quest to find an answer for the increasing inexplicable aching pull to her wolf and the strange feelings he invokes in her, Renesmee goes on a personal journey of self discovery and realises in a nerve wrecking situation what that pull truly meant to her. Together, the loving couple with their family and friends gather once again to face a potential threat that may break them apart forever.

LIT is expected to conclude within 40 chapters and is currently published up to Chapter 25 with Chapter 26 and 27 in the works. Pemberly Rose has also published a companion outtake of LIT, titled Purgatory’s No Picnic Either (Rated M^) written in Jacob’s point of view to the events that happened in Chapters 15-20. It will definitely answer some questions that may be raised in those chapters and give readers an insight into Jacob’s thoughts.

Life in Technicolor Chapters 1-25 can be found on Fanfiction.net (Rated M^), MyVampFiction (Rated NC17^) & Twilighted* (Rated NC17^).

*Twilighted requires you to be registered before you can read any fics.
^As the fic contains mature & supernatural themes, the minimum age requirement is 16+ on the M rating.

Book Review: The Twilight Saga: the Official Illustrated Guide


Cover & selected pages of The Twilight Saga: the Official Illustrated Guide

Review by NinkyBaby

At first glance, The Twilight Saga: the Official Illustrated Guide seems to be a superfluous addition to the bestselling book series. As the reader delves deeper, the book is much more than that. For fans of the novels who did not follow closely with author interviews, the book contains an interview by fellow writer, Shannon Hale, in which Stephenie Meyer shares her thoughts and clarifies certain points she makes in the books.

Some readers find Stephenie’s unconventional vampires attractive, others find them strange as they are different from the traditional vampires in fantasy novels. Personally, I don’t find it a bad thing for authors to come up with their own idea of vampires. Originality is welcome in fiction writing. The book answers questions on their physical characteristics, abilities, limitations and other aspects of the vampires specific to the Twilight world.

The most fascinating part of the book for me as a reader, are the back stories of all the vampires, half-vampires, werewolves and humans featured or mentioned in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. A striking comment quoted from the author is how most of the nastier characters in her book are not inherently evil or bad but there are good reasons why they are being the way they are.

I agree with that statement, yes, even Aro isn’t the very evil vampire, Bella Swan seems to make him out to be from her point of view. Most of the characters’ back stories will definitely give you a glimpse of this. In the course of reading their stories, I had a lot of “oh, so that explains why…” moments so it will answer a lot of questions that may arise in the course of reading the whole saga.

Another amazing part of the book is the section devoted to the Werewolves & their tribe. Their lineage, heritage. history, physical characteristics and abilities are clearly explained here. There is also a full color illustration of the Quileute Pack’s Family Trees that contain really very interesting information about the wolves’ relationship to one another &  hints about their possible futures. The two most riveting back stories in this section would be the situation between Sam, Leah and Emily as well as the phasing of Leah and Seth. The situational positive & negative aspects of imprinting are clearly extrapolated in those stories.

In addition to all the interesting back stories and details, are beautiful illustrations of various personalities, scenery, familiar objects & settings from the story. For this alone, the book is definitely a keeper for fans & collectors of the Twilight series’ books and other material. Stephenie Meyer has also included a timeline of Twilight events, key plot points, her inspirational playlist, some outtakes and FAQs.

Overall, the 543 page book contains plenty of back stories of the various characters and reading them gives you a lot of new insight into the personalities and background of the major and minor characters in the books. Whether you are a fan fiction writer, an avid reader, or a Twilight fan, The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide is definitely a good companion to the four novels and the Bree Tanner novella.

New Story: Breathe Me by Pemberly Rose

New story introduction by Pemberly Rose

I know I said I wasn’t going to start a new fic until LIT was completed. However, I’ve started working on several new fics to get them going for when I do have LIT completed. Anyways this one is in the LIT-verse so I think you all will enjoy! My beta and I are editing at it right now so I wanted to post a little teaser for everyone!

Yes that would be Ms. Emma Stone as Amber and the lovely Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater

Summary: A life can be irrevocably changed several times throughout a human life. Even more times over when you can choose to live forever. Leah Clearwater’s life was altered several times already. When Sam, her love, went missing. Then when he left her for Emily, her cousin. Her life grew even more tumultuous when she joined the pack as the only female wolf in known Quileute history. Now, years after the end of Breaking Dawn, we begin as she is on the precipice of one more life-altering event. What will she do when it comes for her? Will she be ready?

Warnings: Adult situations, adult content, strong language, femme-slash

Characters: Leah Clearwater, OC (Amber from LIT), and other canon characters

Chapter One Teaser!

Amber

Tap, tap, tap. Impatience is my greatest weakness. I yawn, fighting off the subsequent shiver and goosebumps underneath my parka and layered clothing. Christ on a cracker, even inside it’s colder than Jadis’ ice-encrusted black soul. Why again did I move to Seattle?

Rain. Right, you love rain, Amber, and you didn’t get nearly enough of it back home in Las Cruces.

I snicker to myself, but just loudly enough that the businessman in front of me, who looks like he’s in dire need of a pole-up-the-ass-ectomy, turns and glares as if I had placed a kick me sign on his back with a nice thwack. Great. I’m sure I look like the picture of sanity shivering and snickering to myself inside a heated café in Seattle.

So anyway, Stuffy McStufferson makes his order, a grande drip, black. How completely predictable! Do they take business majors in college aside and say: “Along with selling your soul, you also have to wear horrid suits and order black coffee every day for the rest of your miserable lives?” Thank God I’m not one of the lemmings. I’ll gladly stick to my hematology and immunology classes, thank you very much.

Behind the counter is your typical college student/employed-and-still-have-time-to-toke-it-up barista. He’s nice for the most part, kind eyes and never gets my order wrong. I usually give him a good tip, you know, so my inner pothead can live vicariously through him. Can’t really get my toke on lately, thanks to the responsibilities of grad school. And not that I did it all that much anyways. Memories of the occasional smoke aside, it’s really awkward, though, when he gets all flirty. I’d hate to break it to him that the thing swinging between his legs is a serious turn off for me. However, that would be a bigger step out of the closet than I am ready to make just yet.

The first chapter should be up on FFn within the next few days or so. I decided to post a teaser on here because I could and it’s wolfpack related so there! LOL. I hope you enjoyed the teaser!
Pembs