FanFic Friday: A New Year with Work of Art

Happy New Year everyone!! It’s really ME doing this post. I’m not hiding under the skirts of Gina or Deb this time. *peeking my head out and waving* Doing my own post was one of my new years resolutions, so here we are…

For my first post in 2013, I decided to feature a story that to me, represents the best things about fan fiction. Compelling characters, a strong storyline, and an author who loves fan fiction as much as we readers do. I found that recently while reading the completed story, Work of Art by abstract way. 

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The author, Abbie, of this amazing story, from the beginning expresses her own love of fan fiction, by incorporating some of her favorite stories in very interesting ways, into her own story. Sometimes its very subtle, sometimes not, but I loved that she chose to show her love of other authors’ works this way. I found it very sweet and enduring. It didn’t take away from the storyline for me, anyway. I also love reading when I am learning something, and I learned alot about art and the business behind selling it.

Bella is a young woman trying to find her way in the art publishing world, with the help of Carlisle, Esme, and Emmett. After the death of her father, and her mother disappearing when she was young, Bella found herself in L.A. all on her own. She studied art history in school, and wants to become a writer. Carlisle owns a successful art gallery, where Bella works with Emmett and Jacob, helping artists and clients come together.  She is extremely intelligent and works well artists, because she appreciates their struggles to represent themselves and their work. She is very supportive and kind, always wanting the best for them. I love her in this story, even when she shows her insecurity about being with someone like Edward.

Edward. Gorgeous, brooding, angry, beautiful, so talented, but unhinged; very jealous and possessive at times. This Edward is an up-and-coming artist, but is becoming more famous for his partying and womanizing ways than his art. His talent for contemporary art in all forms is something he was born with, but only his mother truly understood his struggle to fit in school and the world around him. His father was not there for him growing up, and stayed out of his life completely as an adult. Edward’s attitude towards women or art whores, is to use them for pleasure and release, nothing else. He has built a wall around himself, that only a few friends can see through. When he meets Bella, he sees her as his angel. She seems to be able to help him when he can’t help himself. He feels so strongly about this, that he asks her to work on a book about his work and his life, giving her the first opportunity to write professionally.  She agrees only under the condition that their relationship remain professional. I will tell you that they go through alot before getting together, and that it doesn’t happen right away.

This is my Edward for this story

This is my Edward for this story

Here is an exert from Chapter 18, Ancient Pasts:

When I get to the parking garage I turn the corner near my car and stop in my tracks. Edward is leaning against my car waiting for me.

I pull out my keys and step forward. “Hey, Edward.”

His expression is extremely dark.

“Bella, why didn’t you call me?” He looks like he is in pain. “After everything we’ve been through…why didn’t you just call me?”

“Rose wanted to be the one to talk to you,” I try to explain, although it sounds rather lame as I listen to myself. I look at him intently. “You have to know, Edward that I would never have accepted what she did to your story without going to battle over it…even if it meant war.”

His whole body sags with my words. “Come here.” As I step towards him he pulls me into a tight hug and he doesn’t let go. I feel him rest his chin on the top of my head.

“I know, Bella, I know.” He sighs. “I was just so freaked out to realize that Victoria was messing with my life again. I thought she was such ancient history, and now she’s back. She didn’t do anything to you did she?” As he asks he pushes me forward to inspect me as if he expects to find evidence of my being physically attacked. When he seems satisfied that I am unmarked he pulls me back into his arms.

“I know you would go to battle for me,” he states with conviction. “You’re my angel, right?”

And as much as I cringe at his fixation on my being his angel, I nod and press closer to him trying to offer what comfort I can. “Yes, I promise I will always fight for you, Edward.”

“You are too damn good for me, Bella. I don’t deserve you, and it kills me that I keep dragging you through my garbage. I’m trying to get my life on track, but every time I feel like I’ve made a step forward, this kind of crap forces me two steps back. I keep wondering when you will reach your limit with me and decide that I’m just not worth the effort.”

Something about the tone of his voice and feeling of despair seeping out of him takes my breath away. I want to shield him from the demons that seem to be nipping at his heels. But what can I do when I’m not ever sure who or what the demons are? So I hold onto him for another long moment, trying to warm his spirit despite being swallowed up by gray in this cold cement parking structure.

The other fairly unique thing about this story is the secondary characters. Rosalie is a famous artist that also understands Edward, being friends with him since art school, and loves Bella like a sister. She is my personal favorite in this one. Alice is Bella’s roommate, who works for Disney in marketing, (think princesses and pixie dust) and only wants Bella to be happy. Jasper, Edward’s manager, deals with Edward’s issues both personally and professionally, and falls head over heels in love with Alice, when they meet thru Bella. James has a major role in this story, but I actually really liked what his character brought to it. Bella spends a great deal of time with him working on Edward’s book, before becoming more involved with Edward.  Carlisle and Esme’s relationship also plays a small role in helping Bella understand how to reach Edward, and find balance. Esme tells their story in Chapter 27, The Bright Light.

Here is a exert from that chapter, that I loved so much:

“Did you ever really almost break-up?”

“Well, the closest we probably came was when Carlisle finally gave up trying to make it as an artist and decided to go down the gallery-publisher route instead. He was tormented about that, but he wanted us to be together and have a family, and he wasn’t surviving financially by selling his art. He was so miserable all the time. I finally just got tired of it. Right at the point where he realized he was going to lose me, he figured out a way to make peace with his decision.”

“Do you think he ever regrets it?”

“Regret…no. But I do think he misses the idea of being an artist. But he always tells me that he wouldn’t change it if he could go back and do it all again. It is very hard to make your living at your art.

“You know, Bella, in the end the success you have in your career can only provide a certain kind of happiness and satisfaction. I believe that what really matters are your relationships and the love you have in your life. Nothing will ever be perfect, but I’m so lucky we never gave up on each other. The moments I have had with Carlisle are the bright light that I’ll carry in my heart always.”

When Bella and Edward do finally come together, it is magical and intense. I loved the lemons in this story. Seriously HAWT and so well done. *fanning self*  The ending was exactly right in my book too. Abbie also created a beautiful blog called Along the Abstract Way, that has artwork, images, and locations featured in the story.

So my posts here on FanFic Fridays for BT will vary at times. I still plan to have fanfic posts with my favorite girls here, because we love talking about and sharing stories that we love. I will also do posts on books, authors that I love and other things like music too. I look forward to hearing about what you all are reading, so please comment below when you can.

katiebird

About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

20 thoughts on “FanFic Friday: A New Year with Work of Art

  1. Lucia says:

    Sounds really good, adding it to my never ending to-read list… And I am reading Dusty at the moment. It is beautiful, but Oh My God characters are so f*cked up… Have you started it Katie?

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  2. abinar says:

    Congrats on your first post Katiebird! I’m reading In the Debris. Very beautiful and moderately angsty. Also, Departures completed today.

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  3. deb24601 says:

    *throws confetti* Yay Katie! This sounds good and I love that there is a blog to see the art.

    I squeed, out loud, when I saw a sequel to My Mate by Princess Rachael had started posting. It was like a late Christmas present. It’s called My Power, vamp, darkward. Love it!

    http://m.fanfiction.net/s/8866613/1/My-Power

    Commenting from my phone, apologies for typos. 😘

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  4. Susan says:

    I’m so glad to see you recommend “Work of Art.” It’s one of my all-time favorites. Abstract way is a terrific author, she knows about art and the art world, and her characters in this story are compelling and so well defined. I love her Bella, only a little less than the damaged, tortured, brilliant Edward, and I agree that Rose is terrific here. Edward’s father (not Carlisle) is a surprise here, and I was so glad when the story reached the end that it did. I also feel like I learned a lot about art, the art world, and artistic temperaments along the way, which added a lot to the story. Abstract way’s completed story “Animate Me” is lighter than this story, with a very different Edward, but is also very good and I highly recommend it.

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  5. susanrsm says:

    Katiebird it’s great to see YOU at the top of the post! *chirps & cheers*
    It’s nice to hear you’ll be expanding your wings and giving us posts on other topics too. I look forward to them. 🙂

    I’ve been reading books lately, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion and I just finished Seduction in the Dark by C.J Roberts, but I’m always ready for more fanfic. I think I’ll kick off the new year reading Work of Art. It sounds like a beautiful story. Thanks!

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    • katiebirdie says:

      I just started reading Beautiful Bastard!!! *squee* i forgot how freaking HAWT it is. Remember when we went to La Perla on Michigan Ave, the first time, and wandered around the dressing rooms?? *giggle*

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  6. shay aka 50shayds says:

    Totally adding. I just found a love for painting. I just painted my first work of art.

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  7. Tamie says:

    Yay Katie! You did it and I’m so proud and happy 🙂

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  8. iriselli says:

    Grrr computer crash 😉 I had a lovely response and poof. *sigh*
    Starting over… Katie you did a great job on this and Abbie is one of my favorite authors and people in the fandom! I am glad to call her a friend. Absolutely! Work of Art is everything you have said. I love Artward and all of his quirks which I understand. I love how his father plays into the story. And Bella is his angel and muse, his true work of art. Abbie is such an inspiring writer. Her eye for creativity is brought into all of her stories and it always inspired to go and try to find the perfect image for what she has written. It has become a thing with us. 😉
    Work of Art was already complete when I found it but throughout her next story, Animate Me, I would run off to find images as I read. Toonward is my all time favorite Edward and the story is told from EPOV. She has a blog for Animate Me as well. http://alongtheabstractway-animateme.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-makes-me-happy.html I had the joy of meeting Abbie in person a year ago and in preparation my daughter drew her a picture of Wonderwoman. She put it up on her blog and Maiya was so proud! We share a love for Disneyland and I like how she fits Disneyland into the story. Last summer Abbie was cleaning out her garage and came across a Disney mini Castle playset that was her Snarky’s and she passed it on to my kids. They love it.

    I had fun looking for other images as well and others made some kick ass animation that match the story so well. Toonwards banner is my favorite done by Rose.
    Her current WIP Dodge and Burn is yet again another wonderful story.
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8222551/1/Dodge-and-Burn
    This E and B are in their 40’s. This is a free spirit photographer Bella and Musician Edward meeting later in life. I love it!
    Abbie is amazing with her readers and interacts and responds to review and on FB and twitter @abstractway .
    Ch 30 just went up
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8222551/30/ she is faithful about posting weekly on midnight Saturday.
    She has a Facebook page for this one and I get excited with pictures there and on twitter/tumblr too. http://www.facebook.com/AbstractWay There are teasers there as well.
    I have to go off and read it now!
    Thanks for reviewing WoA! It deserves a new look in the new year. 🙂

    Iris~Elli

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