Welcome to The Rise of Vampella on FanFiction Fridays! Today Cared, AllyVera and I, MC, are celebrating the coming of Vampella! We thought it would be fitting to feature Twifics that star Vampella in honor of Bella making her debut as a vampire in Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which officially opened today! So exciting! It’s important to mention here that the stories reviewed below are all unusual but intriguing, as the Edwards are all human – at least when they meet! That leads to an interesting and unusual E & B balance of power in the relationships. Please enjoy Vampella…
Review by Midnight Cougar
Carnelian and Ice: “A man struggling to escape from the darkness, and a woman who thinks she doesn’t deserve the light. How will an ice sculpture affect their lives?” AU with vampires.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Hurt/Comfort – Chapters: 6 – Words: 10,366 – Reviews: 252 – Updated: 11-12-12 – Published: 10-8-12 – Bella & Edward
Carnelian and Ice is written by the talented author Raum; it flows beautifully and is a true pleasure to read. I sat down one evening recently and read all six engaging chapters in one sitting. The story is told in third person narrative and is full of elegant descriptions and vivid imagery. While the chapters are not long in length, they certainly fulfill the reader’s need for a lovely written word, and captivating Vampella story!
Raum’s gives us some insight into the creation of Carnelian and Ice:
“Carnelian and Ice” had three main sources of inspiration:
1) I wanted to write a story as a gift for my friend, prereader and fellow author Camilla10 — the first who encouraged me to write. I wouldn’t have written even my first one-shot without her enthusiasm and support. Since she’s read almost everything featuring vamps in the Twilight fandom, I wanted to work on an unusual twist. So, this time Bella is the vamp and Edward is the human.
2) When I met SatinCoveredSteel, through the reviews she left for one of my stories, we began to talk about her country. She’s from Alaska and began to send me pictures and stories about her country — she loves it very much. When she sent me some pics of the ice sculptures, I thought they deserved to be featured in a story. SatinCoveredSteel is extraordinary; she’s held my hand in every step of this story — for the first time, I was writing about a country I hadn’t visited.
3) The main theme of “Carnelian and Ice” is redemption. Both Edward and Bella deserve to be loved, and they need to understand that, despite their nature (Bella) or some of their choices (Edward), they aren’t monsters. Redemption is a recurring theme in my stories, because it’s what amazed me when I read the Twilight saga for the first time.
Isabella Swan as a vampire in this story carries numerous traditional, canon Twilight characteristics. She feeds only on animals, but is enticed by human blood – even tastes it; she struggles with her existence as a “monster” and, like canon Edward, Bella feels “she knows she doesn’t have a soul anymore”; as well, she is fast, strong, fierce, controlled and beautiful… A true vampire in our Twi-eyes!
Carnelian and Ice’s Bella is all those things I’ve mentioned, and more, including extremely creative and talented. The story is set in Fairbanks, Alaska during the World Ice Art Championship, where Bella is “I.S. Carnelian…a resident of Alaska and a self-taught artist” who creates her own inspiring and self-expression ice sculpture…
From her hidden spot nearby, she wonders if any of the visitors have noticed the words she’s engraved on the ice, or thought about the meaning of her creation.
This is the first time she has shown a piece of her art in public, although she’s using a pseudonym and never interacts with the visitors or the staff of the World Ice Art Championships. The idea of an ice sculpture fascinated her, because she considers herself like a block of ice that retains only the appearance of the human she was.
Preparing her entry for the competition proved to be challenging, because she had to master her strength and carve the ice block as slowly as she could to avoid raising suspicions. She wanted to stay hidden, so she wore – and still wears – a heavy winter jacket matched with gloves, hat, and a thick scarf; she’s so bundled up that she could pose as a lean man.
The result is the sculpture in three parts the visitors are looking at.
Layers of flames represent the life she lost in her change. They’re so finely shaped that they seem made of crystal. When the carvings are lit up in the evening, the red and orange hues she’s chosen for the theatrical lights make the fire come to life. On the base of the flames, she’s engraved quotes from the poems she loved as a human. Most of them are love verses, representing the love she dreamed of finding, which is now unattainable.
The second part of the sculpture creates a strong contrast with the fire. The ice is shaped in broken columns, like huge splinters of glass surrounded by the flames. It represents the way she emerged from her transformation – frozen, invulnerable, inaccessible. An inhuman creature. A vampire.
The third element is the one that tells more about her life, and at the same time, it’s the most mysterious. A broken chain links the flames and the columns. Small protuberances hang from the links of the chain, as if dewdrops had frozen there. Actually, she’d had blood drops in mind, with the chain being the symbol of her bloodlust—the chain which keeps her a prisoner of the monster she’s become.
In the evening, a white beam enhances the top of the ice columns, as if they are pointing to a distant light. It’s a far cry from the version of the sculpture the artist had imagined at first. In her previous version, the chain wasn’t broken. As long as she was thinking about the blood she’d taken, she believed that the light was unachievable. But then she tried to see beyond the disgust for the inhuman creature she was. She considered the years she had spent never killing a human, and always taking as little nourishment as possible from the animals on which she fed. On a whim, she broke the chain and picked the title for her sculpture:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Bella still knows that light and darkness will always fight in her neverending life. But for once she doesn’t want to believe that the light never stands a chance.
There were so many wonderful passages I could have chosen to share with you when writing this review, because honestly, I’ve enjoyed every word so far as Bella meets Edward and they discover each others different and complex worlds. This story revolves around Bella, but entwines with Edward, and is about sin, forgiveness and acceptance, and we’ve already seen a touching glimpse of that in chapter 6…
He [Edward] holds out a hand toward her, waiting for her to initiate contact. After a few seconds, Bella wraps her fingers around his. Edward takes a small step closer, opening his arms, and she can feel his warmth radiating from his body in welcoming waves. Before her concerns for his safety can stop her, she leans into his embrace. She trembles as he pulls her frame against his chest, close to his heart. He rests his chin on top of her head and brushes her hair – his touch so gentle and comforting that, if she were still human, Bella would abandon herself to the relief of a cry. But she’s no longer human, and the tears will never come.
“I’ve wanted to hug you since I saw you on the bridge,” he whispers. “Now tell me: what sorrow is devouring you?”
Carnelian and Ice is a WIP that updates every Monday, and with each review, you receive in return a sweet note from Raum, and a poem that coincides with the story, from some of the most amazing literary poets – some of my favourites! 😀 Please enjoy!
Also fabulous images and poetry on Raum’s blog, which are a must view as you read Carnelian and Ice: http://myreadinglounge.blogspot.ie/
Review by AllyVera
Summary: Isabella Swan is a highly gifted, facetious 150 year-old Vampire, who doesn’t play well with others.
Edward is a typical teenager on the cusp of turning seventeen.
The perfect age when a human male is in the prime of his life, in health, and stamina. He is driven by his hormones and the desire to experience everything.
Their journey in life is about to be altered when Bella crosses his path, and like a monster lurking in the darkness of night, she steals him out of bed, driven by her lust for his sweet blood, and her selfish desire to own him.
However, Edward was born with primal instinct’s that have only been reinforced by his upbringing and furthered along by his own testosterone driven desires.
He believes his destiny is to teach every man how to possess their woman and have them bending to their will.
Suddenly everything just got complicated and so the battle begins when Bella thinks she can steal Edward’s innocence.
No one can write a story quite like Robshandmonkey. True fact. I have been a huge fan of hers ever since I discovered the wonderful Edward’s Eternal Kiss. RHM’s stories are so entertaining, not to mention hotter than Hades, and if you like Vampire stories with a little twist (or bite as the case may be) you will love Stealing Edward’s Innocence.
With a delicious twist on canon we find Bella, a 150 year old vampire, who has discovered her Singer in the gorgeous 16-year-old Edward. We watch as she struggles with her fight between her blood lust and…her lust.
Currently Stealing Edward’s Innocence is only 10 chapters in, but what fun is had in these 10 chapters! We have a kidnapping, a 16-year-old boy who knows way more than he actually should, and Jasper, who seems hell-bent on ruining all Bella’s plans… You will love Edward in this one, he is so sexy, with an innate sexual magnetism that he was born with – it is no wonder Bella is breaking quite a few rules to be with him! Enjoy!
A little “taste” of Chapter One…
“The smile that genuinely graces my lips spreads slowly.
But it isn’t Jasper that has me smiling.
It’s the beautiful one next to him.
The sixteen-year old virgin human whose hair looks like it’s a blaze of wild flames on fire. My eyes drop down to his throat. The pulse is steady, a little raised but steady. That blue vein throbs with each pump and so do I.
I pull out my deep purple/black lip gloss out of my little pocket in the front of my skirt, swipe it over my lips. It may reek but I can tolerate it. It smells like strawberries.
The human likes strawberries.
I can do strawberries.
He is dressed to kill and he doesn’t even know it. Black pants, suspenders hanging on his hips, green and black tiny checked shirt. His eyes gleam like the moss in the forest where we make our kills and that shirt brings out the green even more.
He is every bit as broody as he always is. A week of surveillance has shown me that. I stand and watch them for a moment. He glances around, both hands in his pockets, shoulders slumped, pink cheeks, pouty pink bottom lip that I have to say makes my girly parts tingle.
“Are you sure she is here?” His voice is like the sweetest O negative blood, warm and thick and my mind goes to dirty things I want him to say to me with it. Just like that…I gush.
Jasper looks over at the dance floor and sees the frozen mousy girl, his eyes move over to the bartender and he smirks.
“Trust me she is here.” He chuckles and looks around and then he locks eyes with me.
“And there she is.” Jasper’s voice breathes out a sexy sigh.
The tall one next to him follows his eyes and that is when he sees me for the first time.
I found him. I finally fucking found him and he is all fucking mine.”
Robshandmonkey shared a bit about her Edward and his relationship with Vampella in this story:
“… you may think Edward is the weaker one in Stealing Edwards Innocence, he really isn’t, just because he is human. I didn’t want this story to be anything like the others I have written where they try to dominate one another. I wanted them to discover that it is their love that dominates them. I admit though Edward dominates me and my mind on a daily basis!”
http://www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/library/viewstory.php?sid=5302 *RHM posts photos in TWCS*
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7557747/1/Stealing-Edward-s-Innocence *but there is one less chapter*
Reviews by Cared
Bella Voce: Paris 1891: Bella is a popular stage vocalist and theatre owner. She’s also a very powerful vampire. Edward is a piano teacher who attends one of her performances and captures her attention. Together they explore the Bohemian Revolution and each other.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Supernatural – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 32 – Words: 219,691 – Reviews: 2,014 – Favs: 824 – Follows: 510 – Updated: 06-24-12 – Published: 02-14-10 – Status: Complete – id: 5747816
Bella is an amazing creature: a gravity defying 350-year-old vampire nun brought to us from the evocative pen of a male author. Now that is a sentence I never expect to write LOL.
New readers of this luscious story have images of Bel Ami to draw from or you can immerse yourself in this magical world and read from Morgan’s blog for the complete experience. Yes, I said experience for that is what you get as the Bella Voce and Brutte Parole represent a half million words, twelve songs, a ten page poem, and many charming images.
While this beguiling Bella and her bewitched beau Edward are the main characters, this beautifully written story also has the most unusual yet believable pairing I have ever read in Twilight fanfiction. I’ll let you discover whom for yourselves.
The well dressed audience waited silently for the curtain to open. The auditorium had been recently remodeled and everything shimmered with newness and richness. Deep tones of blue were offset with creams and gold. The waiting crowd had all purchased their tickets well in advance and now many of the men were impatiently checking their pocket watches to see if it was time.
At the stroke of midnight the sapphire curtain parted smoothly and the room was filled with the sound of applause as a petite young woman walked out. Miss Bella Swan glided across the stage wearing an elegant blood red evening gown that dusted the floor behind her and wrapped her small frame in a wreath of scarlet. Her pale face looked like an innocent white bud in the middle of a dangerous red flower. A simple silver locket was the only jewelry she wore and long white gloves cradled her delicate hands. Dark brown curls rested against her naked back.
When silence once again claimed the hall Miss Swan began to sing. In truth, what she did was far too beautiful and haunting to be described by a word as pedestrian as ‘sing’ however there has not yet been a word invented to adequately tribute the breathtaking aria she performed. Her Italian was flawless; her phrasing brilliant and her voice was magical.
The whole of the audience was deeply moved, but none more so than a bashful and beautiful young man who sat close to the stage. He marveled up at the breathtaking woman and twisted the playbill nervously in his hand until his sister snatched it from him with a hiss. He barely noticed. His heart pounded in his chest and his stomach was an unforgiving tangle of gears and knots.
He wasn’t just in love, he was reborn. Before the first song was over he had decided that hers was the most heavenly voice he had ever heard and he inadvertently captured her attention when he whispered, “Bella Voce.”
New York 1892: Bella and her fiancé, Edward, move to America only to discover that the city they chose as their new home is governed by someone from her past. He needs Bella’s help and he won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Sequel to Bella Voce.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Supernatural – Chapters: 31 – Words: 229,812 – Reviews: 566 – Updated: 11-26-11 – Published: 1-1-11 – Edward & Bella – Complete
The author shared this about the writing of the story:
As a man, I like weapons and action, so there is plenty of that but my wife (and beta) instructed me to include love scenes because my take on a lemon would be of great interest. She was right but I was nervous. My first few rendezvous went well but since the story takes place in the 1890’s, I wanted the language to match the age. Therefore the lemons are tableaus and pure poetic than graphic.
“Pure poetic” sigh!
The soundtrack is called Bella Parole. It’s a convenient combination of Bella Voce (Beautiful Voice) and Brutte Parole (Ugly Words). Morgan includes songs featuring Betti Gefecht.
About Last Night: Edward had a good life, and he thought he had it all figured out. But then a certain vampire crosses his path and, suddenly, everything changes. Sometimes, you just can’t fight fate.
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Adventure – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 11 – Words: 48,524 – Reviews: 353 – Favs: 243 – Follows: 385 – Updated: 10-30-12 – Published: 05-06-12 – id: 8091619
This story sucked me in, pardon the pun, with its intriguing prologue and the tone and pace never let up from there.
Since you are reading this story, you’re probably automatically assuming that I’m alive. It would be a hasty conclusion. I don’t necessarily have to be living to tell my tale; there are other means.
I was a regular guy, doing regular things, enjoying all the promise of being twenty-one years old. I had great friends, a loving girlfriend, and an amazing family. Life was good. But then…
Then, I saw her. And, in that moment, I knew. Nothing would ever be the same again.
My name is Edward A. M. Cullen. This is my story.
As Edward said, he was a regular guy until he saw her. The her who turned his perfectly normal life upside down and inside out, is none other than the beautiful and enchanting Bella Cullen. This lovely Edward has no idea how long she has waited for him LOL.
There are some quirky role reversals and some canon elements woven seamlessly into this clever story. The characters are refreshing yet feel familiar and are easy to love. About Last Night has that undeniable bond between Edward and Bella that warms my heart; that amazing acceptance that although the one you love is not human, you want them anyway. Oh, I have to mention that Alice, Bella’s sister is a hoot – if you have a strong stomach then close your eyes and visualise Jasper in tights!
I asked Dawning Juliet to tell us about her inspiration:
Ever since I read Twilight for the first time, I couldn’t help imagining, “what if Bella weren’t so helpless?” From there, the idea of the role reversal grew and took shape. I wanted to write a story with a human Edward/vampire Bella because this set up is in direct conflict of our generally accepted idea that men are stronger, the protectors, and women are fragile. It’s easy for us to accept that extrapolation into vampire/human relationship, but in my story, Edward is the “fragile” one, the one who needs protecting. I’m finding this conflicting reality fascinating to write. On top of Edward having to cope with everything he finds out about the vampire world, and what it means to him in terms of being with Bella, he also has to come to terms with the issues that arise from not being in the driver seat merely because he’s a human and unequipped to handle the circumstances they find themselves in. Bella has to be the one to take point, but this is a situation that most men are not all too comfortable with.
The Family Business: Edward Cullen met the girl of his dreams but pushed her away due to his complicated, dangerous family life. When cruel irony reunites them, he’s forced to make a devastating choice: Save her from a fate worse than death or from the family business. AU
Rated: Fiction M – English – Supernatural/Romance – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 31 – Words: 152,068 – Reviews: 1,133 – Favs: 1,026 – Follows: 540 – Updated: 11-04-10 – Published: 02-06-10 – Status: Complete – id: 5722140
I love how all of these Vampella fics have their own unique twist. The twist is The Family Business is unparalleled and ironic, perhaps even a little sad. Our extremely absorbing Edward works in the Cullen Family Business. What is unique about that you ask? Those wooden stakes in the banner above might give to a hint as to the nature of the business – Edward is a Vampire Hunter!
Slayerward is a Vampire Hunter with a sense of humour, but it was his sense of what is right that made him do a ‘New Moon’ and walk away from the perfect girl for him. Neither of them could ever have imagined the circumstances under which they would meet again, or how far they would be willing to go in the name of love. Read this intriguing and romantic tale to find out.
I adjusted my grip on the stake, checked the accessibility of the flame- thrower on the floor by my left foot, and raised the light to reveal the face on the floor below me.
A tangle of long, dark brown hair fanned around her head, which faced away from the door, into the shadows. Her back was still off the floor and her chest heaved in short, shallow pants as she convulsed. I tensed instinctively and grimaced when I saw the single rivulet of blood running from her neck and disappearing into the cleavage of her pale blue T-shirt.
The bowling alley would apparently have to wait.
The right side of her neck, just under the delicate jaw line, was ragged and covered in blood where some asshole had taken a deep bite before leaving her in a closet to turn into a monster. It was apparently early on like the other newborn Emmett and I had handled, so she wasn’t much of a danger to me yet. I could still wrap this up by myself; stake her to the floor and torch her before she even realized what was going on. From what I’ve seen over the years, they’re suffering so much at this stage of transformation that they don’t give a shit what you do to them. The venom burns from the inside out and is obviously excruciating for a good two days.
I was admittedly surprised she writhed in relative silence. An occasional whimper was the only sound she made, rather than the agonized screams I was used to from a vamp in the making. Well, good. Last thing I wanted was that kind of noise reverberating around a small, enclosed space.
Determined, I held the light steady and raised the twelve-inch long titanium stake. It wouldn’t kill her, but I wasn’t sure how much strength she had yet and it would hold her down long enough for me to grab the canister of fuel, squeeze the handle and reduce her to a tidy pile of ash.
I focused on the slight dip between her breasts where the trail of blood disappeared and where the heart was already forgetting how to pump life through her body for much longer. Taking a deep breath, I prepared to impale the suffering girl to the floor. Just as I put all of my strength into the thrust, she jerked her head towards me and her eyes shot open. The deep brown of her irises were just beginning to develop a red halo around the edges. The heavy stake slid like water through my hand and glanced off of her ribs before clanging loudly on the cement floor. The beam of light wobbled on her face as my hand shook erratically, and I stared at those eyes.
I whispered dully to anyone at all who may have been listening.
“Fuck. My. Life.”
I asked Suzspetals about the background to the story:
Writing The Family Business was one of the best experiences I’ve had – both as a writer and as part of what I call my Twilight journey. I loved reading all the great talent upon discovering fan fiction and had no intention of writing anything myself… until a glimmer of an idea sparked. I was a huge Buffy fan and thought a twist in the canon would be delicious to play with. The final scene in chapter 30 of TFB was always clear in my mind but the middle changed and flowed as I went along. Some of my goals for the characters were to make Bella stronger and more dimensional and to make Jacob more likeable. Edward just writes himself.
Guarding Edward: A stalker is trying to get close to 24 y/o HUMAN Edward Masen, a concert pianist. He hires Elite Guardians to keep him safe and to find out who is hunting him. Bella Cullen is the owner/operator of the company AND she’s a 110 y/o VAMPIRE. AU/Canon couples
Rated: Fiction T – English – Romance/Humor – Edward & Bella – Chapters: 50 – Words: 215,280 – Reviews: 2,609 – Favs: 1,556 – Follows: 700 – Updated: 08-23-10 – Published: 01-28-09 – Status: Complete – id: 4823993
Guarding Edward by katmom, is a multi-award winning and popular fic. It is marked as romance and humour and while it ticks those boxes, it is much more. I find it remarkable that this fic is T rated and it keeps you so interested in the plot that you don’t actually notice the lack of fruit of the citrus variety. I cannot be the only one to feel that way as Guarding Edward has over 2,600 reviews.
Bella’s agency is hired to protect Edward but soon this becomes more than a simple monetary transaction. Why? Edward may be a Pianist but he is also Bella’s Singer! Once again this fic has that pull between Edward and Bella that I love; their connection is on a level that cannot be denied. The romance is set against a backdrop of mysterious and dangerous business, and there is an array of well-written secondary characters to make it even more interesting.
“This is Bella Cullen. She’s the President of Elite Guardians.” Edward took a step closer to me and held out his hand. Emmett had casually moved back beside me.
As I approached Edward with my hand out, I had to tip my head back to look into his face. He WAS tall. I took another deep breath and slipped my hand into his. I didn’t know if it was because his hand was so warm and mine so very cool, but it was almost as if a static charge had passed between us. His eyes were still staring into mine, and again, that look of recognition was on his face.
As strong as the scent had been on his shirt, it was nothing like it was now, with him right before me. This time, the warm linen smell was at the fore. But as he held my hand in his for a few moments longer, I could almost see the musk tones starting to overshadow it.
I asked katmom about her inspiration for this fic and she told me she had heard Rob say once that the fans were great, except for the scary ones. And he had some worries about some deranged fan coming at him with a syringe of SOMETHING. That got the creative juices flowing.
In case any of you are wondering if katmom can write lemons, the answer is YES. She also wrote Immersion. It’s a very short quirky high-school fic and I just had to squeeze it in for you – again no pun intended. Geekward and Vampella fall in love at first sniff!
Immersion: interest in something that occupies all the time & energy available. Bella, the new girl/vamp at Forks HS, smells something wonderful. Edward, a sweet geek, smells something great too. What if vampires imprinted/mated according to scent? AU
Rated: Fiction M – English – Romance/Humor – Bella & Edward – Chapters: 10 – Words: 41,106 – Reviews: 492 – Favs: 673 – Follows: 270 – Updated: 12-21-09 – Published: 10-10-09 – Status: Complete – id: 5434313
Thank you for joining us today, and if you have a Vampella to rec or another fic, or you’d like to share your thoughts on any of the above stories, please feel free to comment, we’d love to hear from you!
THANK YOU, once again, to Cared and AllyVera for all their hard work and help with this post, they are the best teammates, and I honestly do not know what I’d do without them! xoxo
Have a lovely week, and Happy BREAKING DAWN – PART 2! *reviews welcome*