FanFic Friday: Annie and I are Vamping it up! Our favourite Vamp Works in Progress

Happy Day-Before-the-Weekend and welcome back to FanFic Friday! *throws blood-red confetti and dims the lights* Today… we’re talking vamp fic. Darkwards… *shiver*

I hear the same story from fic readers over and over. They read Twilight, devoured the series, discovered Midnight Sun online, reread the series, looked around at their Edward-less world and cried, “I honestly don’t know how to live without him! What now?”

Twilight Fan Fiction, that’s what.

Many of us simply weren’t ready to leave the Twilight world and turned to “extension” stories like Lolashoes’ “Let Your Light Shine” or Laura Cullen’s “The List”. I know I did. These stories also bridged the gap for women who were left not “fully satisfied” by the Young Adult version of Bella and Edward’s relationship.

Once in the fic world, the sky’s the limit. There are all human stories, cross-overs, non canon pairings… just about anything down to and including Hucows (don’t ask – actually ask if you’re curious, lol) and tentacle porn (don’t ask – for real this time).

Yet, some of us *side eyes Annie* return to Vamp fiction. For me, Edward is the reason I love Twilight and vamp fan fic let’s me relive that initial feeling. I also love all the “different” Edwards. What if he drinks blood? What if he doesn’t live with the Cullens? Most authors retain the things we love most about Edward; his intelligence, his passion, his beauty, his struggle to control himself (or not as the case may be). Vampward is all about the danger fantasy. Will he kill her? Will he change her? Will he break her during sexy time? 😉

Read our recs after the jump!

This week, Annie and I are bringing you our fave works in progress. In the coming weeks we’re going to do a post about our favourite completed Vamp fics so if you have a fave you’d like to share please feel free to link us to it in the comments. On to the recs!

First up, from Annie:

When Debb told me we were talking about vamp fics this week my first thought was “I don’t do vamps” (Shush Edward, you know what I mean, silly vampire.) But it’s only a soft limit. There have been a few vamp stories I’ve read and enjoyed. cough1929byDebbcough (note from debb: I’m leaving this because Annie tries to sneak me in every week – twss. Carry on) The one that stands out the most for me is La Canzone della Bella Cigna by philadelphic

A famous voice teacher. A mysterious piano prodigy. Backstabbing classmates. Music school is competitive, and aspiring singer Bella Swan is determined to succeed. Hard work she can handle, but who expected music school to be dangerous? A story in 3 acts.

Although it sadly hasn’t updated since 3/11, I still think it’s worth reading for the extreme beauty of the writing and Edward. He is very much like book Edward without the bizarre morality. The story is about how Aro is trying to manipulate Edward & Bella into joining the Volturi Guard. Too bad he didn’t bet on Alice. I’d say the story is about two-thirds complete. I hope she can finish it someday.

Next up, my choice for vamp fic wip…

Bonne Foi by Amethyst Jackson

AU. Edward Masen was changed in 1918 and abandoned by his sire. He feeds on human blood, unaware of any other way…until he stumbles across college freshman Bella Swan for a night that will change everything.

This was the first “Darkward” fic I read. Amethyst Jackson has perfectly captured Edward’s voice and woven a complex, intriguing story. An excerpt from Chap 1:

I snorted. “I can think of better things to do with you than study you.”

She blushed furiously, and I realized the double entendre in my words. There was the reaction I’d been waiting for. It was the sure way to undo every human’s rationality – get them thinking of sex. How laughable. I hadn’t thought of sex in years…I’d tried it, of course, with the occasional female vampire I came across, but I couldn’t stand to hear their thoughts…so loud and distracting. It was hard to lose myself in the act when the woman was spending the entire act thinking of herself. I guess I couldn’t complain. I thought entirely about myself, too.

I cast a contemplative eye on the girl beside me. She continued walking with her eyes trained on the ground. What would it be like with someone whose mind I couldn’t hear? Ridiculous thought. I’d probably crush her halfway through, and that would ruin the fun. I’d have to make her a vampire for it to work, but I wasn’t going to leave a drop of her blood remaining. Besides, I worked alone. A partner would only complicate my life. And what were the chances that I’d be able to tolerate her presence for a month, let alone eternity?

Oh my tortured, selfish, monster Edward. What’s he going to do? This story is beautifully written, hot as hell and very, very intelligent with it’s existential themes. There are 38 posted chaps and the story is near complete. Updates are on the slow side but, like Edward, worth waiting for. This is a top five for me and I’ll be printing it and putting it on my Twilight shelf when it’s done.

Next up is a double rec! Annie and I are both loving this one, a horror/romance with a very mysterious Edward. We are very excited to rec..

Taken by Tinkrbe1l3

A taken life. A conflicted nature. A twisted courtship. E/B, AU

From Annie: This story made me cast my soft limit aside completely. I love that they’re meeting as Vamps, and that Edward’s the one that changed her. Tink’s writing keeps me riveted and fascinated. Everyone should be reading this.

I agree with everything Annie said! This story was inspired by a WitFit prompt and I’ve been honoured to see it develop from a tiny, terrifying chap (read that one on a dark, stormy night – horror indeed) to the intriguing multi-chap story it is. The story is 6 chaps in and at the half-way mark. The premise is completely unique to me and the writing is beautiful! This Edward is a bit of an ass sometimes. We love that though, don’t we? Especially when we know Bella is gonna turn his world upside down and show him how it really is. Tink has been updating regularly so, while you may be waiting for the other two recs for a while, not so here. Here’s an excerpt from Chap 1:

But this human. This creature. The blood pricked every sense on contact and rooted itself in my lifeless organs. I was no longer surprised I smelled her from a greater distance than normal. She was not normal. I never stopped my hunt to think why I couldn’t hear her mind. No one would ever hear her again. My eyes were lumps of coal as I tracked the hypnotic essence. Nothing mattered but the thrumming blood. Not her silence. Not her dying future. Nothing.

Nothing but her blood.

Taking her had been easy. It was almost a game but the game was over now. The door was discarded. The screaming body was silenced, unconscious, limp, and cradled in my arms. When I had ripped the door from her car, her fear increased to dizzying levels. If I were human, my knees would have buckled at the assault of adrenaline. Her reaction made the blood pound in my ears. Her eyes had locked with mine for a moment but quickly vanished the second I mauled her throat. I vaguely recalled bones snapping as I caged her to my body but the intoxicating blood had me staggering in the street, forgetting the risk of exposure. One of my hands had fisted her hair, stretching her neck for my access. The other hand covered the expanse of her lower back, pressing her to my groin. I moved to pin her against the car hood, bending her backwards as I dented our bodies into the metal.

The car helped ground me as light burst in and out of my vision. The pounding rain merely caressed my back as the conclusion of this life aroused every inch of my body. I was seconds from being caught. Shutting out human thought was near impossible and that annoying talent saved me as a car rounded the highway bend. Having no desire to taint this moment with the blood of another human, I shoved our bodies further into the car and propelled us into the surrounding forestation. The car rolled us like dice and out of view from the clueless driver who was already fading into the night. I made sure to protect her from scratches so the branches and rocks wouldn’t steal her blood.

My blood. I would have every drop.

Taken is listed as romance/horror but I’ve found it to have humour and heartbreak too. This is a must-read!

So, there you have it. How about you? Do you love vamps or stick to all human stories? Are any of these on your favourite list. Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Weekend all! xoxoxo Annie and Debb

32 thoughts on “FanFic Friday: Annie and I are Vamping it up! Our favourite Vamp Works in Progress

  1. Annie says:

    I do love when Edward’s an ass. I also love Edward’s ass, so Win-Win. *giggle*

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  2. ChocoMG2112 says:

    I have been reading Taken. Very interesting and entertaining. Each turns the other upside down. :o)

    The other two are on my to read list and have been for some time.

    Thank you as always.

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  3. LuckyMeCandy says:

    Vamp fics are my absolute favorite. I haven’t even read many but I love them. There is something so sexy about visualizing Edward close to his original form and personality. I am however not a WIP reader. I need to see things through until the end and I hate real time bc some times I get lost in a fic for hours while other times it takes me weeks to read one. And I never flounce because I love coming full circle. I’m excited to see soon which are your favorite completed Vamp fics.

    Taken is sooooooo good. That is my one and only exception right now. 😉

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  4. deb24601 says:

    *grabs your hands and jumps up and down* I love vampwards like they’re real!!!!! You’ll have to tell me a couple of your fave complete stories so I can add them to the list. I swear sometimes I fall in a vamp black hole and that’s all I’ll read for monthsssss. (see what I did there?) I even *gasp* read non-HEA as long as it’s vamp. Because, you know. They’re vampires. LOL

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  5. rdmickey1989 says:

    Comes in and peeks around, how do I not know about this place? *taps fingers* hummmmmp…..

    I have one that was on my TBR list forever. Back in Oct, I was looking for a vamp fic to go along with the season. It is now become my fav EPOV vamp fic EVER !!!! It only has a an epi to go and I hope that posts soon.

    It has been 2 years in development which is why I had waited this long to start it, but this author makes you feel everything. His wants, his desires, his struggles. The desperate lust for Bella’s blood and body was so real for me. GAH !! It will definitely be on my to re-read list and go in the “best of the best” category.

    It has also made me fav all the stories she has written so I can read them too.

    The story is Grasping Darkness by KiyaRaven. She told me back in Nov/Dec that she hopes the epi posts soon in the new year.

    Haven’t read it? Runnnnnnnnnnnnn

    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5478849/1/

    *waves* Hey Debb and Annie !!

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    • deb24601 says:

      Hi RDM!! I’m so happy you’re here!

      I have heard amazing things about Grasping Darkness and I can usually live without an epi so I’m going to start that one really soon. Thanks for the rec.

      Enjoy the site bb! ❤

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      • rdmickey1989 says:

        I can promise you won’t be sorry. I loved loved loved, Seriously, I felt everything Edward felt. It has some twists that I didn’t expect but again this is my fav vamp fic ever.

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  6. katiebirdie says:

    Two things, I love Vamp fics and Edward’s ass!!

    O.K. Three things, Deb’s story 1929 is amazing. Loved it. Love her actually.

    Reading the first part of this particular post, was like a total flashback for me. The List was my very first AU story that I read, and the Lolashoes trilogy will pretty much be at the top of my favorite list for all time. Now there some amazing vamp fics out there. Two that you mentioned are on my Alert list, waiting patiently for updates. Taken is new for me, so yippy!! Here are some of my other Completed favorites:

    Hide and Drink by Savage7289 http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5722450/1/Hide_and_Drink

    Creature of Habit by EzRockAngel http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4769414/1/Creature_of_Habit
    and her other story Daedalus in Exile
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5379739/1/Daedalus_in_Exile

    O.K., I’ll stop now, but I could go on…

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  7. ChocoMG2112 says:

    I neglected to say that I have Debb’s 1929 on my to read list as well.

    Currently I am set to finish the last few chapters of Brute Parole (@MorganLocklear), followed by The Count of Tuscany (@Wythanie).

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  8. I love these recs , girls! *drools over Vampward*

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  9. Tinkrbe1l3 says:

    Thanks for this guys. It meant a lot to me 🙂 I squealed in the airport.

    Vamp fics are my favorite too. For all the reasons said in the comments. It’s how I first knew Edward so I love love love diving into the imaginations of other authors of vamp fic.

    Come to think of it, I’m like deb and only read vamp non HEA. If people are interested, exceptional ones to me are: Carpe Noctem Fiat Lux and Ultio.

    Those are my fave non-HEA. Take the dive, ladies.

    I became fixated with vampella over the summer. My first adventure with her was Marble & Mahogany about 2 years ago. Loved it. But I love love love The Family Business and Bronze.

    Darkward…whoa. I consign the Daedalus in Exile rec. what an AU. Also A litany At Dusk (love) and Toye but don’t think that’s easily found now. This Mortal Coil (great one shot).

    Ass? And With Thee Fade Away 🙂

    Other faves…Beyond Time, Abbraciare Il Cantante, Hide & Drink, Amnesia, Eternally Damned, Atlas Shrugged. Some of these aren’t the best (maybe didnt bring it home imo) but why I’m recing is because there are unique things about them that make them worth a read for vamp fic lovers. I won’t call out specifics but there are cool elements in each.

    Deb, Lust On A Deathbed please. When are u reading? Come to think of it, u never read Beyon Time too, right? I think you’d love those two so much.

    And finally good ole canon.

    Ithaca is Gorges and Darkside of the Moon are forever imprinted. I named my eReader “happy guard”. EPOV of the Twi series is awesome and I think New Moon has translated best. I also love the IiG author’s other work and one shots. Check out Da Capo.

    I think that’s it lol Forever love AU & canon vamp fics 🙂

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  10. Tinkrbe1l3 says:

    I forgot to co-sign the Creature of Habit rec. honestly, I bet everything people brought up here is fantastic.

    I have each WIP that was mentioned already on alerts already. I also have a few of the completes mentions on my TBR.

    I’m having a vamp fic love day now.

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  11. Tinkrbe1l3 says:

    Oh and duh I’ve had the recs in the post on alerts forever. But you know I have such a hard time with WIPs. I did cave over summer and read one that was on my list for ages, Vampire in the Basement. I again loved the AU of it. So unique. And I was ok with where it stopped. The. The author rose from the dead and started updating. It’ll be finished soon aka several months. That pleases me. I’m gonna still wait for BF and La Canzone but Ive been watching out for them.

    Thanks again for including me in this class.

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    • deb24601 says:

      I can’t wait for you to read Bonne Foi. I didn’t move for DAYS when I started that one. And it’s huge (twss). Last Rites too, she’s finishing that one up soon. 🙂

      Seeing you comment here makes me all warm and fuzzy. 🙂 Now, go lie on a beach and drink something yummy for me. <333

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  12. Tinkrbe1l3 says:

    Annie, it trips me out that u advocated for this witfit prompt first when vamp isn’t even your thang.

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  13. Tinkrbe1l3 says:

    Not gonna lie. U gotta be in the space. Our beloved dying isnt easy. However I would never regret Ultio and CNFL. The writing so good and stories so powerful. I love those Edwards dearly. He is a tortured soul in both and I coped with his death because as a reader you felt he finally had peace. If you ever wanted to try, I’d rec those two. And I knew non-HEA when I started. I had to know before.

    Also, CNFL, the author wrote it do if you wanted to stop before the death, you could. But I couldn’t do that to Edward. Had to go all the way with him. In a twisted way, the five are HEA.

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