FanFiction Fridays – A Dabble in the Drabble Part 1

This week on FanFiction Fridays, I thought it would interesting to take an analytical look at the Drabble Format of writing, because lately I have seen an increase in the use of this writing style and some  deviation from the original literary form of a Drabble.

A Drabble is technically defined as:

In creative writing, a drabble is a short fiction story that consists of exactly 100 words. A drabble, although extremely short on words, must be a complete story that contains a proper beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory ending.

Drabbles are not easy to write. You must choose your words very carefully, stay away from adjectives and adverbs, and keep a constant watch on your word count.    

Correctly written drabbles are tight concise stories that pack a wallop and tend to stick with the reader for a long, long time.                                 (- http://www.squidoo.com/drabble)

Now, having studied literature in my Post-Secondary Education, I would have to agree with this definition. Most of my past experience, prior to FanFiction, was with the concise 100 word Drabble. But, now I am finding that in the FanFiction world, this definition is being “loosened” or “broadened“, if you will, to incorporate many types of Drabble-type stories; full literary works written with shorter or shortened chapters. We are seeing that, “Sometimes the name Drabble is given to any short piece of fiction writing that contains less than 1000 words.” Hence, part of the deviation I have experienced, while reading a wide variety of Drabble-type FanFiction.

Therefore, with this information in mind, my recs this week for Part 1 will include two “original” forms of the Drabble, keeping with the 100 word format, and then next week, Part 2, I will rec several Drabble-type fics.   

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My first rec is one of the best FanFiction Drabbles I have read; excellent, both in content and in format. It’s called Once Upon A Desire by bornonhalloween.

BOH really stayed true to the 100 word format; carefully and thoughtfully choosing her words to create the most complex and creative chapters. Once Upon A Desire actually encompasses a BDSM storyline, but we don’t fully experience the intensity and uniqueness of this relationship, between Edward and Bella, until the SequelKinkily Ever After, which is not a Drabble.

In Once Upon A Desire we have Bella who is successful, both professionally and personally. She is an executive in her father’s company, and also in a stable, loving relationship with her long-term boyfriend Jasper, who also works at the company. But, what no one realizes is that Bella secretly desires a more sexually intense lifestyle, which she tries to fulfill by writing erotica fanfiction; she says in chapter 2 that she can,”.. find release among forbidden fantasies.”  What happens though, when the Company’s IT specialist, Edward, discovers that Ms. Swan has been dabbling in questionable internet sites at work? Will he hide her secrets? Share her desires? In chapter 7 he calls her a “…dirty, dirty princess.” “You will have to read this diverse Drabble to discover the fascinating answers to these questions and more!

I read Once Upon A Desire  as a WIP and it was a lovely experience. Each chapter alternating between EPOV and BPOV, and containing an abundance of information in so few words; the reader really has to pay attention to all the minute details. This story is complete at 153 chapters, but don’t let that deter you, like I said they are short, concise and a pleasure to read. BOH did an amazing literary job on this story, it is brilliant Drabble. 

The  Prologue encompasses the main elements of  the storyline; providing a great story summary :

1.Prologue: Once Upon A Time:

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful sales executive whose daddy was CEO of Swan Enterprises, making Bella the de facto princess of the realm.

Bella was promised to a handsome and decent man named Jasper Whitlock, who treated her kindly and fulfilled her needs in every single way, except one.

Meanwhile, there was an unfortunate lad of intense personality and copper hair who toiled away in the bowels of the company’s IT Department, hoping one day to find a willing flesh and blood girl to share his decadent desires.

One day, during a tedious internet security review, Edward stumbles upon a discovery that changes everything.

This is their tale.

Summary for Once Upon A Desire:”Edward’s discovery of Bella’s hidden cravings changes everything. Will she give up what seems to be the right choice and give in to her heart’s true desire? A modern day, twisted D/S Cinderella story told in alternating BPOV and EPOV drabbles.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance – Chapters: 153 – Words: 19,983 – Reviews: 6874 – Updated: 8-20-11 – Published: 3-11-11 – Edward & Bella – Complete”

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6814757/1/Once_Upon_A_Desire

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My second rec is a fairly new WIP that I have been really enjoying called Last interview in Paris by hisdenofsin; it’s a lovely Actorward fic! 😀

This fic started posting on 10-16-2011 with a one chapter per day update schedule. As of today, we are now  at 27 chapters. The chapters are well-written, concise, detailed and exciting to read. I am very impressed with this story. IMO,  hisdenofsin understands what the “original” literary format of the Drabble entails and is doing a wonderful job portraying this in Last interview in Paris.

In this story we have Bella as a  journalist, from the celebrity magazine «Première France ». She interviews famous actor, Edward Cullen, who is a cocky jerk, but when Bella takes command of the situation, they have an interesting interview, where Edward reveals some fascinating personal details about himself. Afterwards, Edward goes home from Paris to LA, only to discover a life altering situation in his apartment – his girlfriend, Tanya, having sex with actor Jacob Black – he then sadly ends the relationship.

Shortly after this incident, Bella then interviews Jacob for «Première France» and this is what happens during that interview.  Chapter 18:

I really didn’t know where my aggressiveness was coming from. Reading about Edward in the tabloid provoked a very strong reaction and sadly for him, Jacob Black would be at the receiving end of my wrath. I’d have to be sneaky about it because I didn’t want to lose my job, but I’d make him pay, one way or another.

He entered the interview room with a cocky smile on his face and a strut that screamed « I’m sexy, deal with it… » The other journalists started fawning over him and his « incredible career ». I was boiling inside and decided that now was the time to be offensive. I raised my hand and plastered a charming smile on my face. He smirked at me.

« Mr. Black, congratulations for your incredible career. » He didn’t perceive my ironic tone because his smirk intensified. « How do you feel about always being second best, you know after Edward Cullen? It must be hard… »

The smirk vanished. Screw being sneaky.

Afterwards, Bella is reprimanded, by her employer, for her unprofessional behavior towards Mr. Black, and she is sent to LA to work until the negative publicity blows over; this is where she encounters Edward again. This is as far as the story has progressed, but I have faith that this Actorward Drabble fic will be an exciting, romantic Edward and Bella adventure!

Summary for Last interview in Paris:Edward is a young megastar actor. Hurt and betrayed, he lives only for his job. Can Bella make him change his mind? Does she want to? Drabbles!

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance – Chapters: 25 – Words: 4,924 – Reviews: 97 – Updated: 11-9-11 – Published: 10-16-11 – Edward & Bella”

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7469448/1/Last_interview_in_Paris

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I hope you have found today’s post enjoyable and maybe even a bit informative; I thought it would be fun to discuss the Drabble and to rec a few I felt were worth reading. Please let me know what’s been owning you in the FanFiction world this week, and share your thoughts on the Drabble. xx MC

Please Note: MC’s FF Library is now up to date with all the recs made on past FFF’s. 😀

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36 responses to “FanFiction Fridays – A Dabble in the Drabble Part 1

  1. MC…Thank you! I have no words to express my gratitude :). The first story sounds very good, I’ll check it out. MWAH!

    • Nicole

      Steph, so lovely to see your drabble fic up here! I hope more are encouraged to read Stephs story’s as they are very good.

      Thanks MC for the nice rec’s today. “Once Upon A Desire”, was really nice, and she is a very good writer. All of her story’s that I’ve read are good.

      I just happen to love Steph’s stuff cause she has a very nice writing style and because she is a PattinH00R from RAoR.

    • You are very welcome, my pleasure. I really am enjoying your story. xo

  2. One of my favorite drabbles is the fabulous CaraNo’s “River.” It just hit 120 chapters, but she often posts 1-5 chappies per day. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7436814/120/.
    She just started a new one, too….”Together.” If you haven’t read any of Cara’s stories, do yourself a favor and read one….or all of them!

  3. edwardsvamptramp69

    Thanks for the recc’s, BB! I’m always looking for new stories to sink my teeth into. I, too, am currently reading “Last Interview in Paris”. It’s my first drabble fic and I agree with you; hisdenofsin is doing an amazing job with it. So for those of you NOT reading it? RUN TO IT! You won’t be sorry. The other story has just been added to my TBR list. Can’t wait to start reading it.

    Thank you!
    EdwardsVampTramp
    aka Paula

  4. Hey Ladies!

    MC – thanks for the recs – I have Last Interview In Paris on my TBR – looking forward to starting that one very soon. Once Upon a Desire sounds great too!

    My favourite drabble I have read would probably have to be “The Plan” by Quantumfizzx http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6550419/1/ but I do agree totally with Sus – CaraNo’s stuff is excellent too!

    I have no new recs this week – I haven’t been able to start a new fic this week *sigh* oh well, maybe next week will be good!!

    Looking forward to seeing what is owning you all this week!

    AV oxo

    My favourite Drabble fic I have read, would probably have to be “The Plan” by QuantumFizzx

    • oops, my apologies Ladies, it seems my post went a bit haywire – just ignore that bit under the AV oxo!!

    • Nicole

      I think QuantumFizzx’s stuff is awesome. I also believe that she is the first author who did this kind of drabble writing.

      Then came Savage with her drabble fics.

      A new drabble story I’m reading is by Amethyst Jackson…she has wrote many story’s we have come to know.

      This is a High School drabble, and Edward is going to be Bella’s Sex Coach, as she is still a virgin and he is the class stud. When hearing a rumor via Jessica about herself and all in the bathroom, her attitude towards sex changes. Very well written.

      The Learning Curve- by, Amethyst Jackson

      Character(s): Bella & Edward
      Genre(s): Romance/Humor
      Rating: Rated: M
      Summary: AU and AH. Short chapters with daily updates. When Bella’s boyfriend
      brings up the issue of her virginity with his ex, she decides to take charge
      of her own fate.

      http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7512901/14/

    • Yes, I read The Plan too, it was very good.

  5. Well, whew! *fans self and continues to blush madly* What a lovely surprise this morning! Midnight Cougar, thank you for that glowing recommendation and for capturing so articulately what is truly unique about the drabble. I echo recs for CaraNo’s work, and here are two more tightly woven 100-word drabbles you’ll love: edwardsisobel’s Beautiful Tyrant (a brilliant Romeo & Juliet remake) and cocoalvin’s Insomnia (a mysterious E/J slash with a companion non-drabble just begun). Tell ’em BOH sent you!

    MC- thank you so much, again, for all the lovely praise. I turn eagerly to my RobAttack updates, and this one took my breath away.

  6. This is such an interesting concept. Thank you for explaining the process. When I was reading The Plan, I didn’t know there was a name for that style of writing. I just thought the premise was cool and different.

    I just added both stories to my never ending lreading list. 🙂

    Just yesterday I started CaraNo’s Together. Although, I don’t quite understand what exactly is going on, it’s holding my interest.

    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7540529/3/

  7. Thanks MC, Drabbles are an interesting concept, the only one that springs to mind is The Plan or maybe that was a Dribble? I’ll have to check the other ones out.

  8. newyorkkisses

    Hi ladies!
    Thank you for this great post, MC. I’ve been hearing a lot about drabble fics lately and people have such different opinions on it that I bookmarked the odd fic, but didn’t know what to expect so I at first put off reading them. After your explanation of what drabble fics are and your rec for one, I’m going to give it a go. “Once upon a desire” and its sequel sound very intriguing.
    And “Last Interview in Paris” by HDOS? Sounds right up my alley, it’s bookmarked and I can’t wait to read it and the fact that it’s written by one of our own makes it even better. 🙂
    This week I read the EPOV “Rose like Thunder” of the fic I read last week “The Worst of Weather”, both by Yellowglue. Loved getting into Edwards head for this one as his behavior seemed so cruel at times from BPOV. Highly recommended fic pair.
    After I finished that, abcoolie and I decided to re-read “Clipped Wings & Inked Armor” together. Gah! I’ve missed Tattward so much! I could still remember the main storyline from the first time I read it, but I had underestimated just how scorching hot every page of this fic is, also I love the rich layered plot and every one of the main characters, including TK2, the kitten. So, I’m in a Tattward-daze at the moment. 😉

    Have a great weekend, ladies!
    XO
    NYK

    • Nicole

      Hi ya NYK…

      I totes get it bb….I loved Tattward too! Next To “FIFTY”…Tattward and HockeyWard run a close second! I read CWAIA twice myself, and shhhhh….I read TMoBS 3x! HockeyWard, Spiderman and Hulk pj’s on Bella and dressing up the P33N in mini-TUX just make me smile!!

      Nice to see you on today bb. Hope you are well and I’ll check out your rec too.

      • newyorkkisses

        Hi there, Nicole 🙂 TMoBS is also right at the top of my TBR list as I haven’t managed to read it yet and I hear nothing but the best about it. The P33n in a mini-tux?! LMAO, that’s…cute? 😉 Lol.
        I don’t manage to post often during the week (crazy busy at the moment, too), but I could never go without seeing all of you at least on FicFridays. 😉 Hope you’re well, too, bb.

    • Thanks NYK, I’m so happy you found info useful. xo

  9. Nicole

    Here is another drabble fic that I loved. Written by SoapyMayhem…she is the author of the delicious story “Taste of Honey”…*BDSM*, and she did this cool drabble story which is complete.

    Lost and Found- by SoapyMahem

    Widowed mother Bella and her son get by day to day. Their lives are forever changed when a mysterious man rents the house next door. Bella wants him, but will his dangerous past tear what’s left of her family apart? Violence/Language/Lemons/Angst/Drabble
    Twilight – Rated: M – English – Suspense/Romance – Chapters: 71 – Words: 28,949 – Reviews: 2278 – Updated: 10-25-11 – Published: 10-10-11 – Bella & Edward – Complete

    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7452753/1/Lost_and_Found

    Holly not only writes well, but she does some amazing Manips of The PRETTY. 😉

  10. kalaekalae

    Thank you MC ❤

  11. haystackhair

    I read The Plan- didn’t realize there was a name for that style, so thanks for the education! I just finished If We Ever Meet Again that I believe was rec’d by someone here last week. it was really good!! I am so frustrated waiting on updates for WIPs that I am not starting any more. They are killing me LOL! Maybe I will go re read some of my favs until they update the WIPs! Happy Friday ladies- not so much for me, been barfing all day. UGH!!

  12. newyorkkisses

    Aww no, hope you feel better soon, bb! 😦

  13. Nicole

    A couple other Drabble fics for you all to look at are..

    What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?- by krazi4TwiSaga

    Character(s): Bella & Edward
    Genre(s): Drama/Romance
    Rating: Rated: M
    Summary: Torn between a woman he loves, and the woman he has, but can never
    love, Edward comes to a fork in the road; which path will he choose? “The
    road to hell is paved with good intentions; I m already going to hell, I might
    as well do it right!” Drabble Fic

    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7495692/1/

    and here is the other one….

    Nirvana- by Dinx

    Character(s): Edward & Bella
    Genre(s): Romance/Drama
    Rating: Rated: M
    Summary: Their story begins with lessons of love; many sexy positions of the
    Kama Sutra. But what happens when the teacher becomes the student? A drabble
    fic. AU

    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7496417/1/

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