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.
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.
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.