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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: Fire and Ice by HoochieMomma

Fire and Ice by HoochieMomma

Summary: “No mutt is going to outrun me. I’m Rosalie fucking Hale.” Rose / Leah femmeslash, Canon. M for mature content.

I love canon slash. It really is the beauty of The Twilight Saga spanning just a couple of years in Bella’s life. When the vampires have existed for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years there is so much canon time to work with, not to mention the possibility of future fic.

But when an author manages to write a canon slash fic that takes place within the time span of the saga, it’s just that little bit more delicious.

Fire and Ice is one such fic. It’s femmeslash, not my usual bag, but femme + vamp + canon + Leah (who I might have a wee bit of a girl crush on) is totally something I’ll read.

HoochieMomma drags us right into the middle of things without boring us with set up. We get the information we need, and only the information we need to explain the situation.

Me.

In a car.

With Leah Clearwater.

I know, right? It doesn’t compute. Anyway. This is all due to stupid Alice’s stupid visions and stupid Edward’s stupid infatuation with the stupid human (if I have to go over it all again, I swear I’ll pull what I’ve heard Jasper slyly refer to as ‘an Edward’ and book a one-way ticket to Volterra). So, to spare us all, the brief version is that fate has conspired with the cartload of stupid to mean that I am, indeed, stuck in my car with Little Miss Furry Ass over here. I check the mirrors then cast a sideways glare. Annoyingly, right now her ass is looking far from furry. In fact it appears to have been poured into pair of faded denim shorts instead, but still. Hello, shorts? In this weather? Let’s hear it for keeping your wolf problem on the downlow with seasonally-appropriate fashion choices. Anyway, between those and the fact that her top is riding up, exposing a flash of toned midriff, the upshot is she’s totally working the accidental slut look.

The sexual tension between Rose and Leah is brilliant. And I just adore Rose’s snark. Stephenie made me dislike Rose in a way that not even her overshare in Eclipse could save. But HoochieMomma has made me like her again. This is canon Rose, but with likeability.

The sight of her has literally stopped me in my tracks. She’s brought me to a standstill at the edge of the trees while I stare and stare. She’s alive; I can hear her heartbeat. She’s built of a smooth mixture of sinew and curves, like she’s been carved. As she turns into the breeze, a fresh wave of her scent reaches me. Just like it did in the car, I find it unsettling, but now it’s mixing with my scent, it’s not entirely repellent. It’s earthy, reminiscent of the woods and of living things. And, oddly, it smells familiar. Where have I smelt it recently…?

Rose makes almost constant reference to the fact that Leah is alive. Her heartbeat, her warmth, her scent. So in character, because it’s the one thing Rose would give anything for—to be alive.

The sex is where I usually glaze over when I’m reading femmeslash. I don’t when I read Fire and Ice. It’s not endlessly drawn out, it’s concise and very hot. The contrast between temperatures is a significant feature, and one of the things I love about a vampire/wolf pairing.

HoochieMomma’s parting gift is the suggestion of Emmett/Jacob. What I wouldn’t do for a companion fic to Fire and Ice 😉

Fire and Ice was Best Canon in The VampSlash Contest. It’s true, we didn’t have many canon entries, which is a great pity, but HoochieMomma definitely deserved this win. It was one of my favourite entries.

Now, just a reminder about the Halloween Fest we’re running. 100 words minimum, no maximum, more details here. Next week I’ll be launching a new feature on the blog where we get obsessive fans experts to profile their favourite character. It should be no surprise that I’m starting with Alec 😉

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Contest, Femmeslash, Pack Slash, Reviews, Vamp Slash

 

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Review: Windows by shoefreak37

Windows, by shoefreak37

Summary: I put my hands against the spots, understanding the dark masses were what kept Rosalie alive. They might as well have spelled out ‘The End’ because that was how I felt—not just a chapter was ending, but my story was done. It began and ended with her.

I’d like to be able to say that I’m sort of an advocate for femmeslash in the fandom, but truthfully, I fail at it. I try, but it really isn’t easy to find the kind of story in this genre that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you all warm and squirmy at the same time. They certainly are few and far between, so I find myself shying away from them more and more lately.

Regardless of my scepticism, I was excited to see some femme come in with this contest, and thrilled that one was actually able to capture me the way that it did.

I love it when stories of friendship bloom into something more, but the way shoefreak brings us into the past without the burden of a huge backstory was fantastic. We only get small hints of the childhood Rosalie and Bella shared, but the way this writer weaves her words, there’s more than enough to draw you in, making you feel almost as if you’re there with them.

She was like skinned knees and grass stains, part of my childhood. Unforgettable, she was, like the first breath of Autumn sneaking in on a summer breeze. Like markers that smelled of fruit, a glue stick colored purple, she was different and she stuck out to everyone…

In so few words, we travel down a road with these characters, watching as they experience true friendship, comfort, exploration, a first kiss…but just as they’re discovering what lies beneath the surface for both of them, all of it is snatched away. Shoe managed to hold on to some of the canon aspects of Rosalie’s would-be death, making this story all the more heart-wrenching.

Bella has never known life without Rosalie, and none of the small details included here fail to convey that loss to the readers.

Glancing at the pictures—high school graduation, packing for college, my first apartment—I can’t help but see the empty spot Rosalie should have inhabited. Each photo features me huddled to the side, leaving a gaping space that has no hope of being filled.

Such beautiful descriptive throughout this story, something I’ve come to expect from this writer. What I didn’t expect, though, was her incredible knack for creating a piece that’s both full of beautiful, undying love, and laced with gruesome gore at the same time. Not a feat easily accomplished by many, in my opinion.

I can’t say much without giving away the entire ending, but I will definitely say that this is very much worth the read. Beautifully written, perfectly paced, different in an unexpected way.

Windows won both best femmeslash, and third place judges vote in the vampslash contest. Be sure to check out the wide array of equally beautiful stories by shoefreak37. She’s certainly got something for everyone.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Contest, Femmeslash, Reviews

 

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Review: In Between by avioleta

In Between by avioleta

Summary: In 1927, Edward leaves.

In case you haven’t seen the results of the VampSlash Contest, In Between was voted Best non-Edward/Jasper and, as decided by the impartial scoring of our wonderful Judges, the First Place winner overall.

At first glance, In Between might look like your basic “Edward and Carlisle are more-than-just-companions/Carlisle changes Esme/Carlisle marries Esme/Edward leaves in an act of rebellion” story. I strongly urge you to look further. With just a few minor tweaks, avioleta turns this pairing and their story on its side.

First of all, Esme will not marry Carlisle. She says that it’s because her first marriage was horrible and cruel, but it seems clear to me that it’s because she knows Carlisle prefers and pines for Edward.

Then, Edward isn’t plagued with guilt and doubt about his decisions. Instead, he believes his actions to be completely justified and, like a petulant child, blames them on his “father:”

“They deserve it, Carlisle. They always deserve it.[…] Never would have thought it of me, hmm?” The boy’s voice was cold, dispassionate.

No remorse…

“No. No remorse, Carlisle. No regret or guilt for what I’ve done.” He looked up, bloodied eyes dark. “Does that disturb you? This child of thine?”

How could you…how can you?

“I know, right?” And Edward laughed again. He watched Carlisle steadily; his expression was cool, calculating. “You wanted me to leave, Carlisle. […] This is what you wanted, isn’t it? What else did you expect?”

There’s even a hint of vamp-Carlisle and human-Edward:

Carlisle’s perfect memory recalled a scene many years before when he’d presented himself in the same way. Only then, he could hear the wild thrum of his heart, beating too fast, belying his calm.

Personally, I’d love to see the scene that Carlisle is remembering there. (Hint, hint.)

If you have seen the results of the VampSlash Contest, you know that this was also mynameisserendipity’s and my pick as a Host’s Choice. One of the reasons it was my favorite is that it gave Edward’s rebellious years meaning in a context greater than that of just the Twilight mythology. Interspersed throughout the narrative are headlines and snippets of news stories from the late 1920s about famous (or infamous) crimes. The implication, confirmed about halfway through the story, is that the crimes (murders) are not the direct result of gang violence or mafia activity, but of Edward.

The other thing that I particularly liked here was the fact that it’s honestly more about Carlisle than it is about Edward’s rebellious years. Sure, Edward is off on his canon-dictated murderous walkabout, but In Between is really a spotlight on how Carlisle’s world falls apart because he denies Edward and denies himself.

I think mynameisserendipity and I are the last people in the fandom to discover avioleta, but in case there’s even one other person out there who hasn’t read her, I have to make a mention of her other work even though it’s not vampslash (can you believe this was her first???). Everything in its Right Place was heartbreakingly beautiful, and A Cinderella Story is my new bedtime favorite. And of course, you must read Stay from the Slash/Backslash 2.0 contest. She writes Carlisle and Edward with such elegance and passion, and I can’t possibly do it justice here.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 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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Voting is (finally) Closed

Voting is closed and the hosts will now busy themselves adding stuff up, making banners, drafting blog posts, and all the other bits  that go with this whole contest business 😀

Bear with us, it might be a couple days till we get everything sorted and ready to go, we’ll let you know when to expect announcements once we know!

Watch the @vampslash twitter. You’ll see it there first!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Contest

 

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New Readers Choice Poll for the Contest

Yep, we have given up on FFn. We figure we’ve waited long enough, any longer and this whole process will get far too drawn out.

I think everyone wants to know who the winners are, yeah?

So we have a new poll. Click here to open the Readers Choice poll in a new window.

Everyone will have to vote again, even if you already voted in the poll on the fanfiction.net profile.

This is because there’s no way to prevent double voting if we were to add the FFn votes to the new poll, so we are starting over from scratch. The new poll is open now and will be open through midnight GMT on 21 June.

We will then be able to announce the winners soon afterward.

Click here to vote!

If you haven’t read all the entries yet, find them on the VampSlash contest community.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Contest

 

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