Comments: AU, mostly. Good enough that if the names of the characters were changed, it would be worth publishing. Actually, she's realized this and has been rewriting many of her stories and shopping them to a publisher. I don't think that Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is on the list of those that are to be remade with non-Twilight characters, though, so you should definitely check that one out—it's really good.
brittanyw here to second the rec of Cowboys and Indians. It's thoughtful, well-told, very different from the norm in the Twilight fandom, and frankly in any fandom, and features the best of odd friendships (Jasper and Leah). It makes those otherwise flat characters into fully formed people.
Agreed. I read and liked Cowboys and Indians a lot. However, the link appears to be broken, as far as I can tell.
Eighteen seconded by Peteman. While Seven is definitely worth a look, Eighteen I find is even better, especially given Renesmee's rather eloquent internal monologue about child grooming and just what she thinks of Jacob regarding it.
Just throwing in a trigger warning for Seven. As stated above, it's dark stuff.
Doctor U. N. Owen would like to point out that Seven has over 130 reviews. And it's a one-shot.
The Revanchist would also like to point out that Chagrin is actually a parody. Bloody brilliant one, too. It currently has 212 reviews.
Lady Lurker would like to add that He Was A Quiet Man is her favourite. Estora beautifully reveals the strained relationship between Bella and Charlie from Charlie's POV, and really makes the reader thing about how poorly he was treated in the books. That story almost moved this troper to tears.
LittleMissSophie truly felt afraid for Nessie in 'Seven', and loved her in 'Eighteen'. Yes. As an Anti, this troper would like to say that she wanted to take Nessie away from all the madness of her twisted, twisted family.
Kereea would like to point out that Daughter should not be missed either. Rene's new husband is exceptionally critical of Bella, sort of showing what an "average outsider" would think of her, and the entire work is clearly painting Bella as a sociopath...at best.
Comments: Probably the best Jacob/Leah writer I've ever read but the stories aren't just about the romance. Several of them aren't even from the point of view of the couple and all of them deal with some of the glossed-over issues of imprinting, particularly on an infant. She Hates Me, for instance, in an epic dealing with Renesme's life from seven to seventeen (or four to seven as the case may be) and "Nessie figuring some human truths. Growing up is not easy. People are complex. We all make mistakes. And it really sucks when his best friend is a girl."
Comments: The best Volturi writer I've ever read. The vocabulary she puts into her stories are just incredible and her writing style keeps you reading for more. Her fics tend to prove that the Volturi wives aren't just Strangled by the Red String and have a real romance which is hidden within the walls(A Thousand Stairs). She also wrote two angsty AU's for Breaking Dawn (A Fractured Sort of Forever and Finitum) which left me wondering which ending was the real one.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Vampire Assassin by deathnoteuser07
Recommended by gamingNerd and transformerz
Synopsis: What the fifth twilight book could be like. The volturi are still upset about "losing" to the Cullens over the Renesmee conflict in Breaking Dawn, so they devise a plan to kill them all. WARNING: contains violence, character deaths etc.
Comments: If you were disappointed by the battle that never happened in Breaking Dawn, this is the story for you. YMMV on whether or not it's an alternate universe fic, and a Dark Fic. Also, it's one of the few stories out there where the Original Character is NOT a Mary Sue.
Pairing(s): Bree/Alec, Edward/Bella (Not really a romance as-of-yet)
Synopsis: An alternate take on what could have been if Eclipse ended a little differently for Bree Tanner and what she might have done with her new lease on life. Features the Cullens, the Volturi, the La Push Pack and many other favorites from the Twilight Saga.
Comments: A great look at Twilight, from a fresh perspective, particularly if you're a die-hard shipper of the Edward/Jacob/Bella wars who just wants some peace and quiet. (Edward/Bella is mentioned only briefly, before the story leaves it largely in the dust.)
Synopsis: Bella reflects about her ultimate choice of becoming a vampire.
Comments: As someone who is not much of a Twilight fan, I found this fic to be brilliant. It's not only a fic about Bella, but a take on what Bella's choice really means in terms on gains and lost in one humanity without being poignant.
Pairing(s): Bree/Alec, Edward/Bella (Not really a romance as-of-yet)
Synopsis: The Volturi is the only life Alec has known, Jane is the one person he ever loved and control is the definition of his being. Too bad Alec might not know himself as well as he thinks... - A teenage love story 350 years in the making.
Synopsis: It was almost Renesmee's first birthday when Bree leaves the Cullen house without warning. Carlisle, who managed to save Bree from the Volturi, now leads the search for her. They must find her before Alice's terrible vision comes true. (Carlisle's POV)
Comments: Aeshna Lacrymosa's take on the “Bree-gets-adopted-by-the-Cullens” scenario explores the character of Carlisle in his fierce paternal devotion as well as the “lore” on Children of the Moon, although the story never shows Twilight’s “true” werewolves in action. Still, the plot moves through characters’ emotions and motivations, particularly Carlisle’s. The ending is heartbreaking, but with pleasant surprises at the last minute.
Recommended by Suspicious Cookie and Rook Encounte
Synopsis: "Sometimes the prey evolves, or at least learns how to issue restraining orders."
Comments: This fic is moving, poignant and beautifully written. The ending was like being punched hard in the chest in the best way possible. It takes everything about the original book and turns it around in the most beautiful way.
Seconded. Very, very well written and have a very different take on the canon without changing it. Wonderful characterization, too.
Wow, great and amazing! This story makes sense and is one of the most interesting entries in to vampire literature ever. Just read it. Even if you (like me) have read little or no of the series, read it.
Absolutely everything the original should have been, if it had been written by someone halfway competent. This story is beautiful, poignant, emotional, and heartbreaking while never sacrificing the strange inhumanity and creepiness of vampires.
Sypnosis: The Greatest Story Ever Told, by the Greatest Historian of the World. Aro has lived, figuratively speaking, for three thousand years. Have you ever wondered what he has seen and done?
Comments: Written before we were introduced to more on the Volturi, such as Didyme's story, Sulpicia, etc. That said, it manages to perfectly capture Aro's voice and character, and it's just damn awesome writing.
Synopsis: Renesmee grows up, gets out, and finds herself.
Comments: It's a series of sort of slice-of-life drabbley stories that really make Renesmeeâ€”or as she reinvents herself, Mary Blakeâ€”into a real, interesting, and credible character who wants to experience the world more richly.
Seconded by Silvertail. These metafics are very ethereal and thought-provoking. Also, it expresses many facts that people dislike about the Twilight Saga.
Synopsis: Bella, compulsive sketcher of wolves, has not dreamed in years. Unexpectedly, she begins to dream again the night tragedy takes away her first and greatest love. E x B, sort of.
Comments: Storytelling at its best. An Alternate Universe Fic, the story starts with a death and doesn't necessarily get much happier from there, but the writing is beautiful and heartbreaking. If it wasn't fanfic, I'd be giving a copy to everyone I know for their birthday.
Comments: It's much more subdued than Methods of Rationality, because the world (as opposed to the characters) of the Twilight series isn't as easy to mock as the Harry Potter universe is, but it's still a nice example of "doing rationality to" a book series with, shall we say, "issues".
Seconded by Felicity Springs. This troper can't stand the Twilight canon without a Rifftrax and found this fic enjoyable, to the point that it's made her more sympathetic to canon than she wants to be.
Fourthed by Yularula, this fic is really excellent, and really develops the world to a much more interesting point..
Very much recommended. The natural conclusion is that Luminosity/Radiance is actually the original work, and Twilight is bad fanfiction that just happened to be published first.
The fic is compelling but loses appeal the further you get along in the story. I personally found this version of Bella just as irritating as canon, particularly more away from interacting with the Cullens.
Synopsis: 10 facts on Reneesmee, starting at her equivalent of sixteen and continuing onwards as she grows away from her parents and into her own person.
Comments: Also known as The Paper Doll Kindergarten's good twin. It addresses the same topic and the same issues, but it a totally different way. The last fact is three simple statements that contain as much genuine happiness as all four Doorstoppers did, and then some.
Synopsis: Jacob said: "I was the natural path your life would have taken…If the world was the way it was supposed to be."Is that true? AU, a reimagining of Twilight, starting at the beginning. Jacob/Bella, Bella's POV
Comments: Bella moves to Forks a semester before she does in the books and before Edward arrives so she gets a chance to get to know Jacob first. There was just so many times while reading this story that one of the things in the book that drove me crazy is completely subverted and the characters make intelligent choices. What's more, Bella? She actually cares about non-mythological creatures!
Lemia: Seconded. What really sold this fic for me was how it didn't bash Edward and the rest of the Cullens but put in the effort to make them well-rounded and likable characters too so it felt less like a generic "Twilight sucks and we're going to bash it all over the place" fic and more like a fully developed story in its own right that not only gives Bella a likable personality and a believable romance with Jacob but also creates just as fully formed and heartwarming relationships between them and the Cullens. Highly recommended.
Synopsis: Post-series, the Cullens decide to attend college, and Edward is stuck with the human roommate Caden Mills, an emotional pop culture junkie. Though initially dismissive and uncomfortable with the arrangement, Edward slowly takes more of an interest in Caden, and the entire 21st century.
Comments: Not slash, whatever that synopsis may indicate. Rather, it's an attempt to actually give Edward a personality, and though written by someone who hates the series (before this, Estora specialized in sad and disturbing one-shots about the Unfortunate Implications of the books) Edward is written as quite likable in his Defrosting Ice Queen phase. Also, Caden himself is not written as a Mary Sue on his own, which was my biggest fear going into this.
Synopsis: A rewrite of Twilight, fixing some sequencing, logic and writing issues.
Comments: An excellent rewrite for people who didn't like the original book. Very well-written and actually quite tense and exciting at parts, and the more glaring Plot Holes, pacing issues and Mary Sue tendencies are fixed. The author's also done a re-written version of New Moon and is working on a new version of Eclipse.
I read the first 15 chapters or so... I must say that while it is a good vampire story... I feel that it isn't a proper re-write, change the characters' names and you wouldn't even outright connect with Twilight and IMHO it makes it is a poor rewrite, even if it is a good story.
IMHO, this is a far better interpretation of these characters than Meyer could pull off herself. In the canon material, everyone is basically just a cardboard cutout with superpowers and sparkles tacked on. Of course the rewrite versions of the characters look nothing like the source material - the rewrite versions actually resemble people.
Synopsis: Six year old Isabella Swan was orphaned after a car crash took her parents away, and Edward and the Cullens find her. Alice decides to keep her, and Edward tries to protect her. Family drama and hilarity ensues as Bella grows up and Ex B happens.
Comments: A funny family story that shows a human girl being raised by a family of vampires. You don't even have to be a Twilight fan to enjoy this, and Bella is potrayed much better than she is in the books.
Synopsis: For Alice, some things in life are straightforward. Like not wearing white after Labor Day. But not all questions have simple answers. Why was she really avoiding Bella during her pregnancy? And how exactly do you define a family?
Comments: A lovely little two-shot dealing with Alice's relationships with Bella, Rosalie, and Esme during the second third of Breaking Dawn. Painful but luminous, and adds in little character details which fit perfectly into canon.
Synopsis: Leah confronts Emily on the flaws of Imprinting. Emily POV. Oneshot.
A story for the Leah-lovers, the Imprinting-haters, and all the feminists who felt offended by Twilight. Leah's criticisms of Emily sound like any that could have been leveled at Bella. It also looks at how Imprinting might affect the Imprint-ee. Specifically in how almost every retort of Emily's is the same thing: "Sam loves me.''
Synopsis: A parody of the entire Twilight series. We follow the adventures of Friggin' Gorgeous, called Frig, and her space alien boyfriend Xlormp. It really must be read to be believed.
Comments: Probably not a story for diehard fans, The Most Popular Book in the Whole World is extremely funny, mocking the writing style of the original books while keeping its own distinct flavor. Even though the other books in the series (the Most Second Book in the Whole Series, Only Slightly Better Than the Last Book, and the Most Incredible Work of Literature in the Entire Cosmos) fall prey to some slight Cerebus Syndrome, they remain funny, the plots remain...unusual and the characters remain likable. Though a good read, it's pretty long.
Synopsis: After four years on her own, Leah thought she'd escaped her dismal old life at La Push. But when she's called home to attend Jacob and Renesmee's wedding, she brings a little company, and the stage is set for her old and new lives to collide.
Comments: A crossover with Supernatural that takes place ten years after Breaking Dawn, with Leah Clearwater, Sam and Dean Winchester, and Castiel as the protagonists. This is a totally awesome, kickass fic that brings up everything that is wrong with the Twilight universe (without having to exaggerate or distort anything) - and then introduces a good dosage of reality to it - SPN style of course.
Another major draw of the fic for fans of deconstructions is the outsider's view that Sam, Dean, and Castiel bring to the table in regards to the vampires and werewolves of Twilight as said by a brutally honest angel and two very blunt young men. It explores how someone not as close to the main characters would see things like imprinting, Leah's treatment, the vampire's constant hypocrisies, Bella's eagerness to be turned, and the Cullen's supposedly glamorous lifestyle. Also, the fic takes its time, meaning that when we finally arrive at the expected "The Reason You Suck" Speechnone of it comes off as being disingenuous, over the top, or full of informed flaws.
Synopsis: Leah Clearwater has had enough. She is ready to leave the reservation, re-locate to another town and college, and just start fresh on her own. There is resistance in the pack, however. But Leah is no doormat. She will not allow this continue any longer. It's her life, not theirs, and she is damn well going to let them know it.
Comments: Addresses many of the things that happen to Leah in the Twilight novels. Very satisfying, and in the same vein as Freedom Triumphs.
Synopsis: Nearly a week after the infamous Cullen-Black wedding, Rosalie only too happily tears into Bella and Edward, with Esme soon stepping in, and not in the way they would expect.
Comments: A sequel of sorts to The Wedding Crashers by dasmervin. Definitely for antis.
Follows The Wedding Crashers perfectly by reiterating the arguments through people Bella and Edward typically consider to be on their side and adding new ones as well. Of particular not is the lovely moment when Esme points out to Bella that vampires don't stay hidden just because it makes them seem mysterious, they do have good reasons for hiding from humanity. Also a great fic for anyone who finds canon!Esme to be too much of a doormat.
Author's summary: "Embry's unfathomably, unreasonably embarrassed by his casserole, and as he grips it tighter, he's convinced that a better, more impressive illegitimate son would have least brought something with gravy."
Synopsis: Embry goes to the Blacks' house for Sunday dinner.
Comments: This takes place during Eclipse, and Embry is having his first Sunday dinner with the entire Black family. He's very nervous about it.
Synopsis: One night when Edward is out hunting, Alice drops by Bella’s room to keep her company. Only, things don’t go quite as planned. Bella/Alice
Comments: One of the best twilight fanfics that this troper has ever encountered. The author manages to capture the good parts of the Twilight series and characterization, while leaving the negatives behind. The best part is that the story never rags on the original series, even as it gently points out a better way. Not to mention a romance that is extremely believable and situations that flow seamlessly from the tiny changes that the author created to start the story off. It does contain a rather large amount of...erm...rather vivid imagery, but the overall writing quality more than makes up for it. HIGHLY recommended.
Synopsis: Post-New Moon AU. Bella never jumped, Alice never had her vision and Edward never came back. Six years later, Bella is struggling to make a new life for herself as a teacher in Rochester, New York. How will she fare when a very familiar student crops up in her classroom? Will she be able to remain professional, or will old ties get in the way? Can Ms Swan be seduced?
Comments: Unfortunately, the style resembles that of S. Meyer to a painful degree of topaz and unwarranted angst and the main character cannot manage to think or reason in a convincing manner. She avoids drawing the obvious conclusions simply to further the plot. That, coupled with the author's inability to keep track of which day of the week it is in one paragraph makes for a very frustrating, unsatisfying read.
Synopsis: Bella and Edward meet when she moves to Forks, and they find that they have one very interesting thing in common - neither can sleep without nightmares.
Comments: AH/AU, OOC, and very much rated R for language and sex (although this is a rare and really good example of sex not driving the story). Borders on darkfic, as both Bella and Edward have serious psychological problems due to their pasts. Features incredibly well-developed characters who react realistically to their individual situations; even though it goes dark at times, it never loses a sense of hope that the protagonists can be stronger by banding together.
Synopsis: They meet at a gallery, from two different worlds. Watch as they learn... oh, who am I kidding here? They meet. They are opposites. They attract. Rated M for serious potty mouth and scenes of the citrus variety. 'The Gigli of Fanficion.Net'
Comments: AH/AU, sort of OOC. A fanfic that manages to be completely crazy and a sharp commentary of its canon origins at the same time. Finished at 34 chapters. Hilarious, of the borderline crackfic variety. The personal preference of this reviewer is biased immensely in the direction of the fic being better than Canon.
Synopsis: "Bella falls in love with Alice instead of Edward from the get go."
Comments: Somewhere there's a parallel universe where this story became a pop culture juggernaut and the Utah lady's work is only a fanfic of it. The constant Take That, Scrappy! moments with Edward alone....
DOTMW: Can you say Better Than Canon? Seconded from someone who disliked the source material immensely. Bella is immediately more likable and she shares much better chemistry with Alice than Edward (though that may be more of a testament to the author's skill). If you thought the romance in Twilight was plodding and boring, this is a huge improvement
xdyj: Thirded. IMO its author Jocelyn Torrent is probably the best Alice/Bella, Rosalie/Bella fic author ever.
Synopsis: AH/AU. Edward is a exotic dancer, and Bella is a grad student in psychology, looking for an interesting case study.
Comments: Weird idea? Sure. But it works incredibly well, and Winnd Singer is deft at developing her characters as well as pulling on heartstrings.
La Foudre by Kyilliki (Warnings for Gore and for some mild sexual content, for now)
Recommended by fayren25
Synopsis: During their confrontation with the Volturi in New Moon, Bella was forced to stay with the Volturi in exchange for the Cullen's safety. While her stay with the Volturi, she falls into one of Aro's games.
Comments: A well written take on an Aro/Bella story that doesn't portray the charactersdifferently. Wonderful characterization and a very creative writing style. Also she adds a nice feeling to the story which flows smoothly. The plotline isn't repetitive—unlike the most recent Aro/Bella stories—since the author stated that Bella would not have a happy ending
Synopsis: AU. Jacob was attracted by Bella because she was destined to give birth to his twin soul. But what if Jacob himself was the father of Bella's daughter?
Comments: This is a new fic that just came out and I honestly don't know where is going or even if the fic will be worth reading. All I know is that the first chapter blew my mind and made me think a lot; for this reason alone the fic deserves to be read. Also, the writing is quite good and both Jacob and Bella are well characterized.
Synopsis: A spoiled socialite and a brooding immortal find solace in accidental acquaintance
Comments: From one of the masterminds behind Growing Up Cullen comes this unlikely, yet surprisingly well-executed crossover, Characterization is brilliant, and the interplay between two very different characters is well worth a look.
Synopsis: The meadow scene from Twilight redone in a sort of twisted way.
Comments: A brilliant piece that would top the original one. Twilight lacks true love but the author excellently showed that true love exists not outside the person's face but the person he or she is inside.
Synopsis: Basically a rewrite of Eclipse that fills in the the plot holes by creating a relationship between Jacob and Edward.
Comments: This story is incredible. The author truly talented, and that's not something I say lightly. I despise Twilight on many different levels, but this story makes it bearable, and I swear to God that Rockstorm writes the characters better than Meyer could ever hope of doing; making them more believable, relatable, and realistic. It goes for gritty realism rather than an idealized love story, and pulls it off perfectly.
Synopsis: Jasper seeks Bella out after detecting her scent at school. He loses control, and now he finds himself falling in love with a girl he may have already killed. Lemons, violence, slight AU, Darksper, and Ghost!Bella.
Comments: A very original but very dark fic, Bella as a ghost is fun to read and aspects of her that were informed traits in the book are actually demonstrated in her PO Vs. The characterization and development starts out fine, but really becomes great as the fic progresses. There's so much suspense in not knowing whether Bella survives or not, among other things. It's in-progress.
Seconding this rec. I really like this story, pretty intense. Myself and a few other reviewers were shocked with how far the author went but it's a good thing and it is really getting exciting, in my opinion.
Synposis: Edward is a sugar addicted seventeen-year old who thinks he is a vampire. He is in love with Charlie Swan, who drives in the town's supply of sugar every week. But when Bella arrives, she decides to destroy their relationship and take Edward for her own.
Comments: Absolutely sodding hilarious. It's a Crazy Awesome parody (affectionate). There aren't any vampires, the Cullens all live in a mental asylum and everybody else besides Bella is a horrible mutant (thus the reason everybody is automatically attracted to her). Good for both Twilight fans and Twilight bashers. All the characters are completely OOC but nobody's complaining. It's just too funny.
Synopsis: Carlisle told Edward it was his decision to try and extract the venom from Bella's wrist in the ballet studio. Edward decided not to. Post-Twilight AU.
Pairing(s): Edward/Bella, canon couples
Comments: Similar to Seducing Ms. Swann in taking a single pivot point from canon and running with an AU. Tender without being saccharine, and works in similar thematic issues critiquing the issues with Edward and Bella's canon relationship without destroying it.
Synopsis: A new take on the Imprinting fics. Embry imprints on Jacob’s cousin. And if the reviews are true, her reaction is rare: the girl, to put it simply, flips her shit and refuses him.
Pairing(s): Embry/OC, all other canon, promises of Charlie/OC later and Leah.
Comments: The OC is a bit of a jerkass to Embry at first. The canon characters are mostly IC, though the author (who seems to hate the vampires with 2 exceptions) has an interesting view on Nessie. The OC could be any 16-22 year old who finds out they’re involved in a supernatural world. The reviewers like her. And the author has decent snark skills for someone whose about 16. There are some holes in the story but is a first attempt and decently done at that.
It's an interesting idea to react badly to the thought of being forced to be with this guy you just met (or re-met in her case) but the writing gets near-hysterical at times and it really seems like she's just going to end up with him anyway so it's more of a 'playing hard to get' kind of story than a 'I will not let myself be fated to be with someone' kind of story which is what I thought it would be from the description.
Synopsis: AU with everyone as humans. Edward, Bella and Jake are juniors in Forks. Very NC-17 with Edward and Jake both bi. There's plot, angst, humor and romance as these messed-up kids figure out their three-way relationship.
Pairing(s): Edward /Jacob/ Bella
Comments: It's always nice to see safe sex being put into practice.
Synopsis: "And you would do anything for her, be anything for her… You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that's a protector, or a lover, or a friend, or a brother." And Melanie Sampson liked that. She liked that a lot.
Comments: This is a terrifying but very well-written look at imprinting. Take note of the warnings for rape and violence.
This story is both chilling and brilliant. It's a very vivid illustration of the real Unfortunate Implications in Imprinting.
Synopsis: Edward is a killer. But it can't be explained away by his vampire nature. He's just a sociopathic, human teenager. CAN I MAKE A LOVE STORY OUT OF THIS?
Comments: Brilliant. It's all human, and stars Edward and Bella who are both crazy to various degrees. Bella's characterisation in particular was, in my opinion, great. I found it very easy to believe it of her, and her perspective gives the story a darkly humorous feel. Take note though: this story features violence and sex (not a lot of that though, and not that explicit) and some bad language. It's still great though.
Synopsis: "Jacob gets Edward pregnant. Bella gets annoyed. Jacob and Edward frankly don't care. Carlisle realizes that eternal adolescents are probably the scariest beings this side of the Milky Way. Mpreg, Jacob/Edward, Neglected!Bella, Ukeified!Edward. Bite me."
Comments: As can probably be seen from the synopsis, "fanfiction" may not be the correct term for this, as it was clearly not written by or for fans of the series. The author takes a ridiculous premise and makes a truly great story out of it. Somehow, the story manages to be simultaneously hilarious, wittily self-referential, meta and, at times, genuinely romantic. And really, how can you say no to a fic with the first line: "Carlisle knew something was amiss when he saw Edward eating pickles dipped in chocolate sauce."
Also, I loved the additions of turning Bella into a Fujoshi and reading the cracky parts would make anyone get weird stares in public.
Synopsis: "Renee leaves Charlie *and* Bella. AU drabble series following the Swan family, the Black family, and the Clearwater family. Eventual Jacob/Bella."
Comments: So wonderful. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between the Swans, the Blacks, and the Clearwaters. It follows all of them, especially the kids (Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, Bella, Jacob, and Seth), displays actual believable character development, and is both quite witty and very sad. The supernatural elements are hinted at, but ultimately this is a story about the characters and how their lives would have differed. Best of all, Bella is written well enough that she is not a Mary Sue.