I am an avid reader of Twilight fan fiction. Will I ever write for the sub-genre? Maybe...
I am using this space to explain my list of favorites, and to make some recommendations. In my favorites you'll find:
Mostly canon characters and couples
Usually complete stories, with a few notable exceptions
Little in the way of all-human or crack fic stories, but a lot of alternate universe writing
Stories with LARGE scope
Happily Ever After endings
Outrageously Good Stories
There are a few stories that strike me as "a cut above", even within my favorites. Some of these probably just tickle my personal fancy, but some are also notable for excellence in writing that I usually only find in the professional world. Pointing them out here:
Make Haste My Beloved, from a great family tree of intertwined stories under the heading Unforeseen Events, by jmolly. In progress...A Twilight alternate universe with joyful, intelligent, loving, interesting characters, huge scope, and a villain or two. This is a great big load of fun! My favorite of my favorites...
Osa Bella, by Myg, complete. One can tell this was a cathartic experience for the writer. A lovely, very original AU.
Downward Spiral, by content1, complete. Based on a story premise by Crmcneill. Extraordinary development and dynamic range for many characters, where from the darkest of places, Edward is almost completely destroyed, but recovers and excels through the greatest virtue. Superb!
Harvest Moon and Full Moon Rising, by content1, complete. Huge scope, eventually incorporating multiple mythologies and Old Testament personages. Tremendous development of Edward (again!) and other characters.
From the Wings; Places, Everyone!; and Lights Up! by LJ Summers, two complete and the third of the trilogy in progress. One of our best and most prolific Twilight universe authors, with (at this time) 44 stories so far. Such wonderful writing!
Waterfalls and Everlong, by SydneyAlice, both complete...Sweet, AU with canon couples
Beyond Time, by Tkegl, complete
Creature of Habit and Creatures of Habit, by EZRocksAngel, complete
American Vampire series, by Just4ALE, complete.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy, by CertainShadesOfBlue, complete.
Broken Doll and From the Ashes, by RowanMoon, complete and in-progress, respectively. And we just got a new chapter in February, 2012. Faith, it looks like it will be completed.
Falling Beyond Redemption, by Aleeab4u, complete...Dark, powerful, with native magics and righteous anger expressed.
Evermore Experience, by deJean Smith, complete...Intelligent, fun, and romantic. Quality writing, original story, and canon characters plus a couple new ones.
La canzone della Bella Cigna, by philadelphic, in progress and in the last of three "movements", but not recently updated. I hope she can finish it!
The Secret Keeper, The Wisdom Seeker, and The Justice Reaper, by A.E. Giggle, two complete and the third of the trilogy in progress...the only crossovers in my favorites . Fantastic stuff, this gal makes Twilight within the Harry Potter universe work. Fun!
Elemental, by TallulahBelle, an AU based on a premise surrounding elemental magic, repurposing all the characters and creating something different and refreshing. Wonderful.
Most of my favorites could be brought up here for special attention, but not all.
The Never Ending Story
There are a few star-brights that I do not make special mention here, because I have little faith that the authors are serious about completing them. Disappointing, but I guess many writers do not flesh out their ideas before they begin publishing, and then life comes to interrupt a good thing...
Too Much Citrus
I suppose it is a matter of taste. Some stories have so much sex, it's nearly never-ending. Gah! Too much of a good thing. There's more to life than sex.
However, a few stories in my Favorites are excessively carnal. Why are they here? Because the writing is so darn good, I can't let them go. I won't publish names alongside a complaint—you have to make that evaluation on your own.
Needs More Beta
There is at least one story in my favorites (below) that has many word usage, grammar, and spelling errors. In a very few special cases, I'm willing to overlook ridiculous errors like "we said our vowels together" (vows), and words like defiantly when the spelling is supposed to be definitely. I almost never tolerate this sort of carelessness, but when I find that stuff in an otherwise compelling and enjoyable complete story, I will occasionally break my own rules. I beg forgiveness for making any such story a favorite, and ask you to make your own decision. Apparently many others like the particular story I'm thinking of—it has over 4000 reviews.
p.s. These favorites are exactly that. Those stories that I'm merely interested in to see how they turn out, or unwilling to make a favorite until they are completed, are in my personal "follows". Many hundreds of stories there...
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