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VampSlash Roundup in SBS 3.0

There were an impressive 48 entries in the Slash Backslash 3.0 Contest, and 7 of those were vampy or wolfy.  That seems low, but it’s a full 15%!  That said, I know all of us here at the VampSlash blog would love to see even more next year. :)

This is just a quick listing of all of the Vamp/Wolf slash in SBS 3.0 plus a bit of my thoughts. If you haven’t read these, you’re really missing out.

A Light Exists in Spring by shoefreak37
Pairing: Edward/Mike
Word Count: 9,999
Summary: The Volturi find a new prospect in Forks. “All I know is, I think I’m gay for Edward Cullen, and in two days I’m supposed to die.”
Awards/Mentions: Reader’s Choice winner, Judge’s Choice winner
My thoughts: I admit I’ve never been a huge Mike fan, but this story turned that around. I’m not sure I have words to describe the poetry of this story. Go read vampireisthenewblack’s review. She says it better than I could.

Devil’s Spawns by TwLiGhTeD-sLaSh
Pairing: Jasper/Edward
Word Count: 9,998
Summary: “It’s official,” Carlisle said as realization set in. “Our newborns are the devil’s spawns sent down to torment us…” Human to Vamp slash J/Ed and Em/Jacob.
My thoughts: At this point in my slash-reading “career” one of the best things I can say about a J/E story is that it’s different. This one definitely falls into that category. Toss out your expectations and preconceived notions, because this won’t meet any of them. It’s categorized as “humor” and it fits that as well, though I did find it a bit over the top at times. Be aware that the author takes some serious liberties with canon, and pay attention to the warnings in the author’s note.

First Taste of Forever by bmango
Pairing: Jasper/Edward
Word Count: 8,788
Summary: Jasper escapes Maria’s army and heads north, looking for a change. In Chicago, he meets an unusual vampire who teaches him a different way to life and, by a a twist of fate, to finally feel.
Awards/Mentions: Judges’ Choice finalist
My thoughts: I adore Jasper in this one. His thoughts, his actions, his everything. It’s a fresh Jasper to me, but nothing is out of character. This is a great E/J pairing, unlike many others I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It Happened at the DriveIn by SqueakyZorro
Pairing: Carlisle/Edward
Word Count: 7,343
Summary: After centuries alone, Carlisle changed Edward, hoping for companionship… and more. How does Edward react to Carlisle’s true desires? Will his fears keep them apart, or can two vampires find happiness together?
My thoughts: I loved that Edward was so canon here, painfully so, with his overthinking and refusing to listen to anyone older and wiser, despite their age and wisdom. And I loved Carlisle’s also canon patience and understanding. The fact that their… er… relations take place at a drive-in movie theater? Yes, please!

Legacy of the Spirit Warrior by ArcadianMaggie
Pairing: Edward/Jacob
Word Count: 9,900
Summary: The night of the newborn attack, Jacob uses his shapeshifting ability to protect the ones he loves, changing their fates forever. Contains mpreg. See warnings.
Awards/Mentions: Reader’s Choice finalist, Judges’ Choice finalist
My thoughts: Don’t let the mpreg scare you away, this story is absolutely gorgeous. Jacob’s love for Edward is palpable, and the story is more about his love than the pregnancy. Spirit Warrior hits the main points of all four of the Saga books but in a completely new and different, but oddly-believable, way. Incredibly well-written.

Teach Me by EdwardsMate4Ever
Pairing: Jasper/Edward
Word Count: 4,248
Summary: Edward is a 90 year old virgin whose human girlfriend wants him to make love to her. He is overcome with performance anxiety – can Jasper help ease his fears?
My thoughts: Pretty classic Edward/Jasper could-almost-be-canon vampslash. Good use of Jasper’s gift to heighten and affect Edward’s experience. I just wish we could’ve gotten a bottom!Jasper.

Walking Away by PolkaDotMama
Pairing: E/?
Word Count: 9,938
Summary: A chance encounter pierces Edward, opening him to new knowledge about himself. He walks away, searching for comfort and a way to fill the void he feels. Will he find his way back to the only person who can truly fulfill him?
Awards/Mentions: Reader’s Choice finalist
My thoughts: Another beautiful entry. I don’t want to spoil the pairing, but I’ll just say that it was perfect and natural. Edward’s growth in this story is tremendous, and I found myself actually respecting him, which is not something I normally think when reading fic. I really enjoyed this one.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Fandom Events

 

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Review: Amid the Lucid Stream by ArcadianMaggie

Amid the Lucid Stream by ArcadianMaggie

Summary: The wolves don’t bother the solitary vampire who sits on the cliff’s edge, night after night, looking at the stars. Edward/Jasper, AU, Slash. Rated M.

I’m ridiculously excited that the other girls let me do this review. One of the last entries in the contest, and also one of my very favourites, Amid the Lucid Stream ticked all the right boxes for me. I’ll be very shocked if any of the readers of this review haven’t read Amid the Lucid Stream, but I offer my thoughts on it anyway (and of course the review is part of ArcadianMaggie’s prize for coming second overall in the VampSlash Contest).

Amid the Lucid Stream is a beautiful story. Heartbreaking, tragic, yes, but gorgeous. There seems to be a little bit of madness there in Edward’s thoughts and experiences, until as the story unfolds we begin to understand what has happened.

Edward seems to be isolating himself. Alice hasn’t come out of her room in weeks. Carlisle offers to listen, but Edward doesn’t want to talk. And it appears that he can barely stand to be around Bella. He spends days, it seems, on the cliffs looking up at the stars.

Looking at the pairing, it’s not long before you notice that there is one person missing and wonder why. We’re kept somewhat in the dark, not knowing what happened until near the end, but we know it’s significant. I like that. The author assumes we can think for ourselves and she doesn’t coddle us. The entire story is written with brevity and an economy of words that makes this word count snark jump for joy ;) ArcadianMaggie does it so well that she has room within this very full story (and the intentionally restrictive word count limit) for something a little extra.

I must admit that when things get a little intellectual I often glaze over (I refer to myself as ‘woefully uneducated’). ArcadianMaggie wove astronomy and myth into this story in such a way that I was still interested. She made it part of the story, linked it to the characters; she made it relevant.

I love how ArcadianMaggie dealt with Bella in this story. Using their youth and inexperience, the way she represents Edward and Bella’s relationship seems very logical and could be completely canon. She makes the Edward/Jasper pairing not only plausible, but obvious. I’ve often wondered why Jasper is so often paired with Edward. It was never obvious to me, never ‘hinted’ at in canon (or perhaps I was simply blinded by the far more obvious Edward/Carlisle pairing), but this is one of those stories that shows that despite their very different beginnings, Edward and Jasper do have rather a lot in common.

Amid the Lucid Stream is a close-to-canon story that doesn’t quite stick to all that happened during Breaking Dawn (I would call it a Breaking Dawn AU), and we see a very different outcome of Bella and Charlie’s first meeting after Bella was changed.

They were on the front porch, laughing as Bella recounted pictures Renesmee had put in her head. Jasper was leaning against the railing, a bemused smile on his face. The sound of a truck could be heard from the distance, growing louder as it came up the drive. Edward should have been listening, should have been paying attention, but he just assumed it was Jacob. Again.

Charlie’s scent reached them at the same time. Impatient with the vague information he had been given, he had come to insist on some answers.

Edward was slow to react, not yet processing the full situation. But not so Jasper, who had spent years among newborns and knew their deadly strength and speed.

It was only fractions of a second, their movements a blur, but when Bella lunged for her father’s throat, Jasper used every last ounce of strength he possessed to throw himself between Bella and Charlie.

Amid the Lucid Stream was also voted Readers Choice. Check out the other winners in The VampSlash Contest and read all the entries here.

Irrelevant Aside: One scene in Amid the Lucid Stream brought to mind an experiment supposedly conducted by Antoine Lavoisier at his own execution during the French Revolution. I find this kind of thing (link contains possible spoiler—and potential ickyness) utterly fascinating, perhaps I’m a little morbid, but I love that it appeared here in this story.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Contest, Reviews, Vamp Slash

 

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And the Winners Are . . .

The VampSlash Contest – Results

This has been an eventful journey, hasn’t it? Announcements were scheduled for 15th of June, but of course fanfiction.net and it’s latest fail put a spanner in those works. But after relocating the Readers Choice voting poll we were back up and running, and here we are today with some bloody results!

(Please forgive me for the length of time it’s taken to get this sorted. Sickness + real life + a couple of deadlines had to take precedence, I’m afraid.)

I think we’ve all waited long enough, yeah?

Hosts Choice

Decided by fickle whim, and awarded a banner and eternal bragging rights, the Hosts Choice winners are:

  Vision by mamdi
Chosen by vampireisthenewblack for it’s entire lack of backstory and just a little bit of CrazyWard.

  All that’s best of dark and bright by rhythm junkie
Chosen by venis-envy because she hates love, and, apparently, rhythm junkie does too.

  In Between by avioleta
Chosen by sapphirescribe because it made Edward’s ‘rebellious years’ meaningful and relevant on a larger scale and, natch, because he’s meant to be with Carlisle.
(We’ll have to get back to mynameisserendipity for her quote. She’s sleeping right now.)

Readers Choice

Decided by public vote, and awarded a banner and eternal bragging rights, the Readers Choice winner is:

  Amid the Lucid Stream by ArcadianMaggie

Best Canon

Awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Best Canon winner is:

  Fire and Ice by HoochieMomma

Best Femmeslash

Awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Best Femmeslash winner is:

  Windows by shoefreak37

Best Non-Edward/Jasper

Awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Best Non-Edward/Jasper winner is:

In Between  by avioleta

Judges Scoring

Third Place

Decided by Judge’s impartial scoring, and awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Third Place winner is:

  Windows by shoefreak37

Second Place

Decided by Judge’s impartial scoring, and awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the Second Place winner is:

  Amid the Lucid Stream by ArcadianMaggie

And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (if you were patient and didn’t just scroll straight down!), the overall winner and the fic that takes…

First Place in the VampSlash Contest

Decided by Judge’s impartial scoring, and awarded a banner, eternal bragging rights, and a review on the VampSlash blog, the First Place winner is:

 In Between by avioleta

Congratulations to all the winners, and indeed, to all the entrants, especially those who were writing vampslash for the very first time. Thank you so much for entering and well done, all of you.

Thank you to our fantastic array of judges, and thank you to the readers and everyone who retweeted and blogged and pimped and voted (and voted again in some cases due to #FFnFail).

Finally, thank GOD for my fellow hosts. So many times I was on the point of flail (not an uncommon state for the vamp), and you came to my rescue. Couldn’t have done it without you!

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Contest

 

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