FanFiction Fridays – July 20/12

Happy Friday, thanks for joining us again this week, there are so many great fics to read right now, my WIP list is growing by the day! I did start a few new ones and plan to rec one or two next week. But this week the lovely AllyVera is taking over for me, as I am living & breathing soccer with my kids. So, please enjoy as she gets down and dirty with Assward

Practice to Deceive by Livie79

Summary for Practice to Deceive by Livie79: “I saw her today. I wasn’t impressed. But he wanted her, and that was enough for me. She was just collateral damage. AH ExB

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Angst/Romance – Chapters: 28 – Words: 138,380 – Reviews: 3624 – Updated: 7-8-12 – Published: 1-1-12 – Bella & Edward – Complete.”

From the desk of Ally – 20 July 2012 

Okay, it is no secret that I LOVE a good juicy Assward.  I have often mulled this thought over and wondered why I like this genre so much… and have often wondered if there is something wrong with me (and there probably is) *sniggers*.., but I have come to the conclusion that I love to watch the redemption. Also, I do love a good challenge.

Just this last week, Practice to Deceive by Livie79 completed and I was so excited. I have had this story on alert for months and I was just waiting for it to be complete.  The reason that I waited for this one to be complete is because I read the first chapter (which happens to be the prologue) and I thought “oh no, this one is gonna have to be complete before I read it”.. In lots of ways, I wish now I had read it as a WIP, but hindsight is always 20/20.

Right now, I am suffering from lack of sleep, because this rollercoaster of a story has kept me up nights, and *whispers* I may be guilty of sneaking chapters during worktime too…

Practice to Deceive is a story about a man (Edward) who has been the victim of the ultimate betrayal from his best friend (Jake) and his girlfriend of three years (Maggie).  We (and his family) watch helplessly as Edward turns into a bitter, angry twisted version of the man he used to be.

Bella comes into the story as the object of Jake’s affection that Edward soon finds out about.  Wanting to seek revenge against Jake, Edward sets out to steal Bella away from him and he succeeds.  Unfortunately, Bella is an innocent bystander in all this hurt and betrayal, and she pays the price for Edward’s deceit…

Excerpt from Chapter One (Prologue)

“So I was revenge,” she said, the dead monotone pitch of her voice matching her eyes.

“No, Bella, no, no, no,” I begged, hot tears stinging my eyes. I couldn’t lose her, the thought alone was crushing.

“And all this?” she asked with a humorless chuckle, her arms sweeping wide over the area of my living room, where she had ripped out page after page of my journal. My journal that had every thought, every secret, every wrong that I’d ever done to her.”

A little bit like “Indecent Proposal” that our Cared reviewed a couple of weeks ago (where you see sections of a letter that Bella writes to Edward at the beginning of each chapter), you see snippets of Edward’s journal at the end of the first dozen or so chapters – his journal is where he lets out a lot of his most vitriolic thoughts… and it eventually leads to heartbreak when Bella discovers it.

Excerpt from Chapter 6 – Edward’s Journal

We met for coffee this morning, same as always, but different. I was on edge, annoyed, and I couldn’t figure out why. Things were finally going the way I wanted them to, but maybe that’s what pissed me off. Maybe I wanted her to keep blowing me off, to actually be different, but she wasn’t. We made plans for the weekend, somewhere off campus, her idea, no fucking surprise there. But I’ll take her out, and smile, and be fake, just like her. It’s all about the end game anyway. Always the end game.

There is no getting around it, Edward is an absolute jerk at the beginning of this story – he truly has it in his mind that Bella is nothing more than a cheating liar, just like Maggie.  At no point in the beginning does he ever see her for what she is – an innocent bystander with a beautiful soul, not to mention a sarcastic wit and smart mouth!  Things start to change, however, when Edward learns a few truths about Bella – but unfortunately this still doesn’t stop him pursuing her.  As time goes on, Edward does start to change, even if he doesn’t recognise it and often he is at war with himself, and guilt rears it’s ugly head quite often as well. This is where you just know that the Edward with the soft heart and beautiful soul isn’t dead, just buried a bit.  Both their worlds implode when we come full circle to the prologue, your heart will break at Bella’s reaction, Edward’s deceit hits her hard and the girl with the spark and vitality is crushed. *Ally has a little sob thinking about it.*

In the end though, this story is about Edward’s redemption and the key to his redemption is Bella.  When the real Edward is revealed, you will fall in love with him… I did.

Postscript:  You will also fall in love with Livie, the author, she wrote me the most beautiful review replies…  I have a little lady-crush going on there!!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7699988/1/Practice_to_Deceive

Practice To Deceive Extras: “Outtakes and side shots from Practice to Deceive. There will be select chapters in Bella’s POV later on… Twilight – Rated: M – English – Angst/Romance – Chapters: 1 – Words: 1,792 – Reviews: 31 – Published: 4-24-12 – Bella & Edward”

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Now Ladies, I have some homework for you – I would love to hear what your favourite stories of the “Assward” genre are!  I will kick off my list (in no particular order…) I am probably forgetting some, but you get the gist!

Breach by Catastrophia Hmm.. Breachward, yummy! He can punch a hole in my drywall anyday.

Hit by Destiny by ocdmess OMG! The “King of Asses” I honestly thought there could be no redemption for this Edward.

A Pound of Flesh by jaxon22 Punk-AssWard = Win

A Thousand Leaves by BellaSunshine A great plot and a great Assward

Fridays at Noon by troublefollows1017 Pennyward, you jerk, I would have left you at that restaurant, too!

It Isn’t Over Yet by reyes139 I don’t think I have wanted to shake/slap/punch an Edward as much as this one!

Unplanned Perfection by littlecat358  Good thing you are damn sexy, Daddyward!

AllyVera

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I have to say, I totally agree with Ally’s list, those are all valiant Asswards! The one Assward WIP I’ve been reading lately, and had rec’d on FanFiction Fridays – Rec for May 25/12, is  High Fidelity by  IReen H.

Summary for  High Fidelity: “Damaged Edward, damaged Bella. Two sides of the same scarred coin. When one side is up, the other is down. Language and lots of it. Lemons eventually. It’s a slow burn, slow and painful. Mature. Lots of random pop culture references. AH, AU, ExB.

Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Angst – Chapters: 17 – Words: 153,474 – Reviews: 3447 – Updated: 7-7-12 – Published: 1-24-12 – Bella & Edward”

MC

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Thanks for the wonderful post Ally, I really appreciate all your help! Until next week, please share what’s owning you and give us your best, or worst 😉 Asswards! xo

Midnight Cougar

 

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48 responses to “FanFiction Fridays – July 20/12

  1. I don’t know if I actively look for stories where Edward is an ass, but I’m with you on reading about a character growing and changing in a story. I like your word, redemption.

    Here are some of my favorites that I’ve recently read:

    Tempt My Tongue by Savage7289 (AU story, that doesn’t have the prefect ending)
    Awaken by Edward’s Eternal

    Of course, there are the original Asswards, Beautiful Bastard from The Office, and Fifty from Master of the Universe.

    • Hi Katiebirdie!

      Oh yes, it is all about the redemption 🙂 Usually the thing I love is that normally an Assward has a very successful life, but underneath he is missing the most important thing – which usually comes in the form of Bella – and you are right, The Office, is one of the best stories out there for that. I think the Professor in The University of Edward Masen is one of the best I have read too 🙂 Thanks for sharing Katie! A x

  2. Hello Ladies!

    Thank you MC for letting me take over this week 🙂 I loved reviewing Livie’s story and I hope the girls liked it as much as I did.

    MC, I have not started High Fidelity as yet, but I look forward to it immensely.

    After finishing PtD, I couldn’t start a new story, so I went back and re-read Nolebucgrl’s First & Ten (I was a very bad girl and didn’t review completely first time – so I did this time around). I think I loved it even more the second time around. Quarterbackward would be as far away from Assward as possible .. lol http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5874934/1/First_Ten . I am now re-reading Sideline Collision (Cockyback could nearly class as an Assward), because I was behind on a few chapters on that one! Both great stories.

    Have a great weekend ladies! AV xox

  3. edwardsvamptramp69

    I adore the Asswards, too. It’s the bad boy turned sweetheart and all about redemption (as so eloquently stated:)

    Some of my favorites have already been mentioned………….The Office, The University of Edward Masen, Fridays at Noon,but we cannot forget…………..Evading Edward, The Blessing and the Curse, and Million Dollar Baby.:)

    • Ooh, edwardsvamptramp69 – I knew I forgot some, I loved Evading Edward (that nearly killed me when I was reading it as a WIP) – and TB&TC and Million Dollar Baby are great ones too.

  4. My very favorite assward is Dusty. I loved Practice to Decieve and I am loving High Fidelity. I will def check some of the ones on your list.

    • Hi Berry! I have had Dusty on my TBR list for a while now, I have heard great things about it – I will have to move it up the list pronto! Thank you, A x

  5. Happy Friday All,

    MC you are right about the glut of fab new fics lately, my current WIP list is out of control but I love it.

    Ally, a wonderful choice of rec as always. As a self confessed wuss, I too waited for this to be complete. After reading your thoughts, Practice to Deceive is my very next story to read.

    There is something very appealing about an Assward – well an Assward that does a U turn and redeems himself with the influence of the love of a good woman in his life. Of course, by love of a good woman, I mean love of a good Bella LOL.

    I agree with all your suggested Asswards and the ones in the comments, plus MC’s HF. I’ve hated/loved them all but IMHO the ultimate Assward is to be found in UoEM.

    Click and Strum by Bratty-Vamp, (no longer available) had a pretty good Assward and I suggest A Betting Man by mybluesky for you list.

    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5568348/1/A_Betting_Man

    Have a great weekend Ladies.

    • Hey Cared! I haven’t read A Betting Man – that goes on the list. And you are right – Professor Masen was the ultimate. I can’t tell you how many times I have read UoEM, but it brings tears to my eyes every time.

  6. Awe dude, perfect review is perfect. You did an amazing job and I’m so excited that you picked PtD to rec!! I’ve had lots of alerts in my inbox and I’m pretty sure I have you to thank for that. Love your face pretty girl!! ❤
    *cracks knuckles* I have a few to add to y'alls assward recs…
    Adore, Adore; Surviving Bella, & The Blessing and the Curse

    • Oh Livie, thanks for dropping by! It was my pleasure and I am so glad you are getting more alerts for PtD. And thank you for the Assward recs.. I had forgotten about Adore, Adore… not only is that Edward an ass, he is a pervy bastard too *nice*.

  7. newyorkkisses

    Hi ladies!
    No freaking way, Ally! I just started reading “Practice to deceive” last night, because I, too, love good Assward and his fighting for redemption. Nothing wrong with you, girl. 😉 I can’t wait t get back to reading more tonight.

    So my favorite Asswards?

    Hit by Destiny: this Edward was almost beyond redemption.
    Fridays at Noon is a good one, too.
    Edroar the Angry Lion: still a WIP, and I squeal every time it updates.
    Catching Spiders: such an intense fic
    Surviving Bella: grumpy Assward, but detoxing from your regular alcohol intake while on a small boat in the ocean will do that to you.
    Hide & Drink: dragging that poor girl around the world to sate your thirst? Not a good move, Edward.
    Million Dollar Baby
    The Blessing & The Curse: not sure if I’d call him an Assward, he really can’t help taunting her
    The Feeder
    The Worst of Weather & Rose like Thunder: such good fics, one is EPOV one BPOV
    Buried among the begonias
    Fold your wings
    Fourteen: love love love this fic!

    I’m sure there are more, but those are all I can think of right now.

    MC, I have High Fidelity on my Kindle. Will move it straight up my list, thanks for the rec!

    Have a great weekend, ladies!
    XO
    NYK

    • Oh NYK, how did I forget Fourteen. That was another one of my early fics that remained a favourite. it’s published now and deserves to be. How interesting that you include The Feeder in your Assward list. Yes, I suppose he was an Assward but I loved him straight away just the way he was.

      • newyorkkisses

        Hey Cared, my memory of The Feeder is a bit fuzzy, might have done the poor guy wrong, lol. And I loved every single one of these Asswards. 😉

        • The Feeder Edward was an Assward nyk, but given that he was a ‘traditional’ Edward, he was really just following his basic instincts. I actually felt sorry for him, as much as I felt for Bella. I love how he turned out in the end.

    • roxiesmom2009

      Hey NYK! I love to see that someone else loves Fourteen as much as me too! One of my favorite fics! You also had a great list of Asswards!

    • Hi NYK! I knew you would be on board with the genre this week, I can remember our chats on RAoR about the same thing! Great suggestions here!! Geez, Fourteen, that is a great one – being the big wuss I am, that fic made me cry.. A x

      • newyorkkisses

        Hey Ally! Yes, I loved your post. 🙂 The good old RAoR times *sigh*. Fourteen will always hold a special place in my heart.

    • eewee333

      Hi NYK. I just read Fourteen last night and I cried my eyes out! But what a wonderful ending. I loved your list and found most of them, but I couldn’t find The Worst of Weather and Rose like Thunder. Do you have them? I think you already have my email. Let me know. Thanks, E

  8. eewee333

    Happy Friday ladies! Thank you for all the wonderful recs this week. Most of them are on my TBR list. This week I’m actually reading/following two WIPs. (Shocking…I know!) But Hello Beautiful and Me and Mr. Cullen are owning me. Luckily for me they update quickly.

    My favorite Assward will always be “beautiful bastard” from The Office. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thanks again for all the great recs. 🙂

    P.S. Do you allow recs from stories on TWCS and Twilighted? I’ve been reading a couple of stories over there too.

  9. haystackhair

    OMG, my TBR list is officially longer than the Holy Peen now. Practice to Deceive sounds right up my alley, and I am trying to stick to completed fics, although usually I’m an epic fail at it.. I’ve been reading Stolen Secrets and Shattered Dreams rec’d last week- THANKS! I love it. I also caught up with Discovering Me Discovering You and will impatiently wait for updates. I also see some fics in that assward list that I haven’t read, so I have my work cut out for me! Happy Friday ladies, and thanks for all the recs!!

    • haystackhair, if I reread DY,DM one more time, I am going to be able to recite it by heart. Do you think I need an intervention? It’s either that or an update. LOL Loved SS&SD too – great read.

      • haystackhair

        LMAO, no intervention needed. Then I would have to admit I need one for some fics like TB&TC! I will be reading this one multiple times as well if it makes you feel better!!

        • Can you believe that Discovering You, Discovering Me updated today after about 8 months? It must be all the love we’ve been sending it!

    • roxiesmom2009

      Hey. Haystackhair…when you gonna join us on FB? We’re still rocking …coming on our one year anniversary…Cared just joined and AllyVera….come on bb!

  10. rita01tx

    One of my very favorite Asswards on his way to redemption is from KiyaRaven’s…
    The Diva Diaries
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782299/1/The_Diva_Diaries
    Dear Diary, I’ve stupidly agreed to star with Jack-ass Cullen in a new Broadway show. What the hell was I thinking? I still haven’t forgiven him for what happened between us in drama school. I can’t let him in again. I just can’t. But how can I not? Bella
    Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Angst – Chapters: 34 – Words: 299,293 – Reviews: 10816 – Updated: 7-19-12 – Published: 2-28-10 – Bella & Edward

    • roxiesmom2009

      Oh, I agree Rita! And it just updated today. Kiya says two more chapters. This story is a MUST read and a classic IMHO!

    • Hi Rita, How are you? I am a little ashamed to admit I have not start The Diva Diaries yet. But I do look forward to it immensely.. Kiya is a great author. A x

  11. roxiesmom2009

    Hey ladies. Love this post! I love Asswards! As long as they are redeemed of course and there is an HEA. I’ve got a couple more to add to the list. Here goes…

  12. rita01tx

    For those of you who haven’t seen this, ocdmess is not going to be finishing “My Ride Home” and “Two Lines!” Damn shame RL sucks for her so bad…
    {Even knowing it won’t be finished, I can’t help reading “My Ride Home.” Damn, it’s GOOD!!! She doesn’t mention pulling her stories, but I’m pdf’n my ass off, just in case!}

    Dear Readers,

    It’s been 1 year and 3 months, give or take, since my last update. I know I promised to finish my stories, but even I have to realize when something is impossible and I have to give up even though I don’t want to.

    My OCD don’t allow me to quit things when they’re not finished (for serious, my OCD stinks) and not finishing My Ride Home and Two Lines have been in the back of my head for well over a year now. I’ve tried to finished them, but my writing is off and I just can’t get anything out. I can’t just force something out, and publish it for the sake of publishing. I want to be somewhat satisfied with the outcome, and I haven’t been.

    I haven’t tried to write anything on my fic since October last year, and I’ve come to grown more and more unattached to my fics. I don’t even know the stories nor the characters anymore.

    I guess, in the end, it all boils down to the fact that my life got in the way. I entered my last year of school (I almost have a master’s degree in business administration now) and I had to deal with cancer in the family (both my dad and my fiancée’s dad) and later death as well (my fiancées dad, as well as a friend who committed suicide). And to top it all off, I got admitted to the hospital and went through various tests (ouchie on the spinal tap, just saying) because they suspect I might have MS (still under “investigation” so to speak).

    So, you guys might understand why I never got the time to actually sit down and get to know my stories again. Everything happened at once and life just got away from me.

    So instead of promising I will finish the stories, I will end them here and thank you all for waiting and asking for updates. I know I have probably disappointed a bunch of you now, and you think I’m a bitch (to put it mildly) for not finishing what I’ve started… but… yeah, I have no excuses, only explanations.

    My Ride Home ends here. Without much of an ending at all. This will be the last thing ever uploaded to this story. Feel free to take it off alerts (and favorites).

    I’m sorry for disappointing everyone.

    With Love and Care,

    ocdmess.

    [ Tweet me if you have any questions, you’ll find me as ocdmess ]

  13. haystackhair

    OMG I gobbled up Practice to Deceive. LOVED it!! You ladies never steer me wrong. Now what to read next!! LOL. Trying to keep my nose in FF to avoid the shitstorm in the media 😦 Going back to my happy place where there is always a HEA.

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