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Fave Fic Fridays: How to Turn a Straight Guy Gay by Lou-La

29 Jul

I didn’t read How to Turn a Straight Guy Gay the first time I came across it because the title turned me off, but when a friend recommended it, I decided to give it a try and read the first chapter.

I’m so glad I took the chance.

Jasper’s voice is entertaining, and flamboyant Emmett who has the hots for Jasper is a nice change of pace.  Hot but socially-awkward Edward is always fun to read. The UST in this story is fantastic, and there’s a nice helping of hot boy lovin’ as well.

Another bonus is that the story is complete. No waiting for the next update. 🙂

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Fave Fics Friday: My Life Extended by LyricalKris

8 Jul

Edward/Jasper and Edward/Bella are the main pairings I read.  Throw an occasional Bella or Peter into my Edward/Jasper mix for good measure, but that’s generally the extent of my non-canon pairings.

Then I read My Life Extended  by LyricalKris.  I have never, ever wanted Bella and Jasper to get together so badly before.

Let me say right off the bat that both Edward and Alice are in happy relationships with other characters, so no worries there.  That’s always a concern for me when I read non-canon pairings.

One of the things I love about LyricalKris’ stories is how she incorporates bits of canon.  One of the things I love about My Life Extended specifically?  Jasper.  As a cop.  In uniform.   Do I need to say more?

I still firmly believe that Bella needs to be with Edward (or happily single) and that Jasper needs to be with either Edward or Alice, but I’ll ship this Jasper and this Bella.

Fave Fics Friday: Your Biggest Fan by OfTheDamned

1 Jul

Raw and Rosy may be my favorite smutfic, but Your Biggest Fan is my favorite Edward/Jasper story. Ever. Of all time. Period.

It’s sweet high school boys Edward and Jasper, which I love, and also friends-turned-lovers Edward and Jasper, which is a common theme but it doesn’t feel overdone in Your Biggest Fan.

Edward is socially awkward, shy, and trying to hold what remains of his family — his sister Alice — together.  Their mother is dead and their father neglects them, so Edward has been taken in by Jasper’s family and Alice by Bella’s family.

Edward and Jasper are runners on the track team — a nice change from the typical musician/artist Edward and Jasper.  Also a nice change of pace — it’s Edward Masen and Jasper Cullen.

There are some memorable scenes: Jasper massaging Edward’s injured leg, their first kiss, Edward trying to hide his morning wood, Edward trying to communicate his feelings through the “perfect” Christmas gift.  There is some smut, but it’s done realistically for two inexperienced boys.

The story isn’t complete (I believe it’s very close…) and it’s been left off in the angsty part, but I’m holding out for the resolution for these boys.

I saw this picture on tumblr and it reminded me very much of Edward and Jasper’s first kiss in Your Biggest Fan.  It makes me smile every time I see it.  (If it’s not animated for you, click on it.)

Fave Fic Fridays: Deep Dish by starfish422

24 Jun

A few weeks ago, I wrote about starfish422’s Over the Top, one of the first Edward/Jasper stories I read.  Today, it’s all about her spin-off story, Deep Dish .

The main character of Deep Dish is Jack Charles, who was an original, minor character in Over the Top.  There’s an outtake of Jack in Over the Top, where he meets Jacey during a visit to Texas, just before he decides to move to Chicago for a fresh start.  I’ll be honest, it took me a long time to decide to read this story even though I loved Over the Top.  Jacey is such a sweet boy and I really wanted him and Jack to stay together, but with Jack moving to Chicago, I assumed Deep Dish would be about Jack meeting someone there.

I’m happy to report that Deep Dish is, in fact, a Jack/Jacey story.  I love these boys nearly as much as Edward and Jasper and found myself rooting for them the entire time.  Edward and Jasper are minor characters in this story, making very small appearances.  Mike Newton, of all people, shows up as a fairly main character, but he’s not really the Mike Newton we know and love.  Not really a surprise for AH stories.

I rarely read slash stories that aren’t Edward/Jasper, let alone original characters.  But I’m glad I read Deep Dish.  It’s one I will re-read.

Another Plot Bunny?

20 Jun

Plot bunnies come along all the time.  After all, there’s a reason they aren’t called plot elephants.  Usually I can shrug them off with a “yeah, that’d be a cool story” and go along on my way.  (If they weren’t for fan fiction stories, I’d write them down to save for later, but alas…)

Every now and then one of those bunnies not only shows up at my doorstep, he just walks right in and makes himself at home.  Then he’ll perch on my shoulder and whisper sweet nothings into my ear while I’m driving or washing dishes.  And he just won’t leave me alone until I find a pen and paper.

Sometimes I’m lucky and I can get someone else to write my bunny for me, such as Become Revered, You Will by pange but that’s not usually the case.

Today, I got hit with a bunny that not only wouldn’t leave me alone but is so far out of my norm I don’t know what got into me.  It’s alternate-universe, not slash, and …

… dramatic pause …

Bella/Jake!

I’ve never ever written Bella/Jake.  I don’t read Bella/Jake unless the Jake part is very temporary until Edward shows up.  I don’t ship Bella/Jake at all.  In fact, many times Bella and Jake aren’t even in my stories.

Since the bunny kept nagging me, I jotted down the main pivotal scenes as  described in Story Engineering by Larry Brooks (review coming once I finish the book).  Marked down a few more notes and now I have a skeleton of a plot.  Even a working title.

Why?

I have three other multi-chapter stories I want to finish plotting out and writing.  Not to mention that original novel I’m going to write “over the next five years.”   Perhaps I should be like my friend LyricalKris and juggle a few stories at a time instead of trying to focus on one at a time.  (Haven’t read her stuff yet? What are you waiting for?)

Of course, with summer coming, I’m not sure how much writing time I’ll have.  Our calendar is already looking scary and we haven’t even scheduled any playdates yet.  But on the plus side, we can sleep in so my 2AM writing sessions may become more and more frequent.

 

Fave Fics Friday: Raw and Rosy by Tuesday Midnight

17 Jun

I’m back with another Fave Fic from Tuesday Midnight.  I wrote about Seven Minutes in Heaven a few weeks ago.  While I was reading that story, she started posted a new one called Raw and Rosy.  I was intrigued, but when I read the author’s note in the beginning, I didn’t read further:

This is a spank!fic. It has a great deal of PWP [porn without plot] and contains EXPLICIT ADULT CONTENT. This is not exactly a bdsm story. Edward and Jasper are seniors in high school, both 18, so they don’t have a lot of experience. They naturally fall into a sort of d/s dynamic, and this is a story of how they work through this discovery. Though this is 80% smut (and the smut is not entirely realistic), I see the remainder as a character study into Jasper’s psyche. If this is not your cup of tea and/or if you are not of legal age – please stop reading now.

Decided it wasn’t my cup of tea, so I didn’t read it.  Boy, was I ever wrong about that!

By the time Tuesday Midnight was about four chapters in, I was very curious.  I was hearing about this story on twitter, and none of the other stories I was reading were updating so I was practically going through Edward/Jasper withdrawal.  So I decided to try out the first chapter.  I could always stop if I didn’t like it, right?

Hah! I very quickly became addicted to the story.  Yes, it was a lot of smut (a lemon every single chapter!) but I found this Edward and Jasper so fascinating.  Tuesday Midnight writes good smut, but what I especially enjoyed was the way the boys’ relationship evolved.

Raw and Rosy is complete, which at first made me very sad, but Tuesday Midnight has been so gracious as to continue Edward and Jasper’s story in a series of outtakes, futuretakes, and pasttakes here: Raw and Rosy Revisited.  Maybe someday I’ll be able to let these boys go, but for now I love every glimpse of them we get.  🙂

Fave Fic Friday: Bonne Foi by Amethyst Jackson

11 Jun

I’m back with another favorite story by Amethyst Jackson. I’ve written before about her story Only Human, which was the first Twific I ever read.  This time I’m writing about Bonne Foi, which is another Alternate Universe story.

In Bonne Foi, Edward wasn’t changed by Carlisle, and he isn’t a “vegetarian vampire” when he meets Bella.  Bella’s in college instead of high school and a little tougher and more assertive than canon Bella.  Despite these changes, Amethyst Jackson weaves in pieces of canon.  I love AU stories that incorporate canon events in new ways.  Edward and Bella do have sex — and lots of it — but there is plenty of plot to balance it out.  And the Cullens do come into the story even though Edward is not living with them.

Bonne Foi is exclusively Edward’s point-of-view, but Amethyst Jackson has also written some of Bella’s here: Existence and Essence.

At the time of this writing, Bonne Foi is thirty-four chapters in and not completed.  Updates are not on a regular schedule, but it’s worth the wait.

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