Author has written 3 stories for Twilight.
I am a 23 year old, pseudo-student. I say 'pseudo' because it is a widely held belief that to be a fully-fledged student, you actually have to go to class from time to time. Yeah, IDK who came up with that rule either. My degree isn't actually that bad - I just hate buses. I am addicted to my iPod, sandwiches, cigarettes, neologisms, teh purdy, sarcasm and more sandwiches. Someone once asked me what my last meal would be, I said sandwiches. Apparently I wasn't allowed to say 'sandwiches' because they don't constitute an ~actual~ meal. Whatever.
I should probably say I am addicted to fic too. Because, I am. Wholeheartedly. Just check out my favourites list. Pretty huge. TWSS.
I enjoyed the Twilight books. I read them all back in 2007. Before the stigma. For this reason I am not in the closet. Perhaps I would be if I had read them after the mainstream popularity deemed them 'uncool'. I read them for what they were. Young Adult Fiction. I have no idea why some people expect the series to be this groundbreaking thing, only to be disappointed when they find out that it is literally just a para/super romance with a few questionable messages. Twilight is not the be all and end all. Stephenie Meyer is not a fantastic writer. I believe that she didn't set out to 'take feminism back 50 years' she just wanted to tell a story. Don't read into it too much. I didn't like Breaking Dawn. I only skim read it. The whole marriage/immortality thing was off balance. This is why I sought out fanfiction. Every fandom I have ever belonged to, since I was 13, I have read fanfiction for. This was a natural progression and this particular fandom has given me so much more than I ever expected.
Things I like about FanFiction:
~ I have a love/hate relationship with angst. I have a hard time reading a lot of stories just because I can't deal with the sad. But I read them anyway. I am a fic masochist. A ficochist. (Re: neologisms)
~ Sexual tension. It is better than the smut. The lead up to the moment is sweeter. I am not alone in thinking this and this is not an absolute truth. There are many authors who manage to allow their characters to have the sex and retain the sexual tension. Last Tango in Forks by AwesomeSauce76 and The Office by tby789 (no longer available) are an example of this.
~ The community. I have been in this fandom for just over two and a half years. I don't frequent forums (mostly because I am a scaredy cat and also because I have no clue how to navigate them) but I have met some amazing people through this experience and I hope to meet many more.
~ The talent. I am blown away by the talent of the writers here. As much as reading these stories has been about personal enjoyment and entertainment, it has also been a humbling learning experience.
~ Review replies. There is nothing better than receiving a reply from an author. I know a lot of people don't have time to reply or they are busy writing the next chapter but when they do, it reassures me that the author is taking into account your thoughts/feelings/con.crit. and that they value your input beyond that of upping the review count.
~ Edward/Bella and Slash. I will only read Canon couples in hetero fic. In fact I pretty much only read Edward/Bella. It is not just Bella/OC or Edward/OC that I have a low attention span for, fics where other canon couples are the focal point do not interest me. I do enjoy the boylove too, as long as Edward is in the mix. This is where I become a hypocrite because the Slash can be Edward/OC. My theory is this: In hetero fics it is E/B fo'sho'. If Edward is a gaymo - all bets are off. I like reading femmeslash as well. My preferred couples are Bella/Leah and Bella/Rose. Feel free to rec me any femmeslash- there is not enough out there and if there is I am having difficulty finding it. My favourite femmeslash writer is Lipsmacked.
~ Smart fic. I really do enjoy a story where the plot/research/characters are intelligent, well written and thought provoking. There is a lot of bad fic and there is a lot of great fic, but the smart fic reigns supreme.
~ Regular updates. This kind of speaks for itself. But I don't dislike fics that do not update on a regular basis. I understand that RL is more important than an author's FF hobby. I understand that everyone's writing process is different. I understand that those 'update soon' reviews are the bane of existence. However if a story that I follow does not update regularly it gets stockpiled. I read a lot. I am always looking for new stories. These new stories, as well as the regular updating ones will take precedence over an update to a favourite every couple of months.
~ Originality. Yes, this is fanfiction. But, very few of the stories that I read have canon characteristics, maybe a subtle nod every now and then. I actually find it difficult reading AU stories. The stories I enjoy most are the ones where the only canon traits visible are the names/places and pairings. I really love to read different Edwards. But I would like to take this moment to state to any authors that may be reading my profile: An Eff-Bomb every sentence, does not a Doucheward make.
I have a couple of stories. I was just playing around with some ideas. I don't claim to be a writer. I am here, first and foremost, as a reader.