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.
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 Sequel, Kinkily 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”
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”
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. 😀