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Brewdening Love is a Twilight fanfiction. Throughout the years, however, a group of snarkers from the Twilight Sucks forum has added bits of Fanon to it, making it grow larger and larger until it became a true Expanded Universe, if not an Expanded Multiverse. Later the guys at Twilight Sucks have switched from snarking chapters of the original fic to writing new fics based on this fanon.

When this page references the Twilight Sucks forum or thread, it means this thread. Don't hesitate to come by and leave a message or your own fic!

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    Tropes general to the BLEU 
  • Ascended Extra: Hugo Smith, Joan's father, is usually more than just a "drunken bastard".
    • Also, Brian, who only appears around chapter 27 or so of the original fic, is usually given a lot more presence.
    • Father James Holden, weirdly, is usually more important as well, becoming The Fundamentalist and a Mentor Archetype for Joan.
  • Ascended Meme: Hugo having many jobs is the usual explanation for Erin's constantly changing her mind about his occupation.
    • Is there one fic where Brian speaks without saying that he's the FBI ?
  • Back Story: A lot is usually added to the canon material.

Here is a list of these fanfics.

    Return to Me 
Return to Me is a one-shot fic by fellow troper PuzzleChick, centered around Brian's return to Forks and his struggling with the memories of his past relationship with Hugo.

It can be found here.

Return to Me contains example of:

  • Angst: As Puzzle put it, she likes her characters better when they're being angstmuffins.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why Brian stayed away from Hugo after leaving him on an impulse. Hugo didn't try to get in touch with Brian for the same reason.

    Inopportune Moments (a.k.a. Behind the Scenes) 
Inopportune Moments (a.k.a. Behind the Scenes) is an incomplete fic by Antispectraitor, who is doggedly continuing the story despite losing 5 or so chapters when her hard drive died. Trufax.

The first (and semi incomplete) chapter can be found here.

Inopportune Moments contains example of:

    Most Awesome Character Contest 
Most Awesome Character Contest is a one-shot fic by fellow troper PuzzleChick. The first annual "Most Awesome Character In Brewdening Love" contest takes place, with all the competition that ensues. The judges are the "crew of the S.S. Snark", i.e. the Twilight Sucks! snarkers, and Erin Locklea herself.

It can be found here.

Most Awesome Character Contest contains example of:

  • Ascended Meme: Yet another of Erin's moments, confusing Jacob and Fernando (as well as the misspelled Fatnando), is Played for Laughs here.
    • Brian IS the FBI.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The S.S. Snark crew shoot Erin's godawful drawing to save Brian and Hugo.
  • Brown Note: Erin's last drawing is so hideous it would cause your eyes to spontaneously combust.
  • Crack Fic: Yes. And it's awesome.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sort of. Brian and Hugo both want to let the other win the contest, resulting in a draw.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters know they're characters from a fanfic.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Brian and Hugo at the end.
  • Sanity Slippage: Erin goes from misspelling the characters she wants to out, to trying to out a character that doesn't exist (Bella), to drawing "extraordinarily disturbing portraits". Then she goes completely crazy and shouts nonsense during the final round.
    • Basically, acting just like normal Erin.
  • Taking the Bullet: Both Brian and Hugo try to do this.

    Verbo et Opere 
Verbo et Opere is a fic by fellow troper PuzzleChick. It starts right before chapter 27's memetic Cliffhanger "MY HOUSE WAS FIRE!" and takes place in an Alternate Universe where Brian is part of the Special Cases SHS Unit (being the FBI is only a cover), vampire-human hybrid and former lover of Hugo Smith.

Here is the link to the last chapter, which includes links to the other chapters.

Verbo et Opere contains example of:

    Stalker Evidence Diary 
Stalker Evidence Diary is a fic by Chibithulhu, AKA troper Fire Yoshi. It is a retelling of Brewdening Love from Edward's point of view, through a diary he writes as evidence for the police. In this fic's continuity, Edward is used to crazy stalkers, as it is set after Twila The Girl Who Waz In Luv With A Vampyre, and when he sees Joan, he recognizes a new stalker.

It can be found on the Twilight Sucks thread.

Stalker Evidence Diary contains example of:

  • Angrish: Joan, when Edward tells her he and Jenny have to talk to her.
    Joan: Ohmygoddidshestealyouawayfrommethat[BITCHITOLDherIlikedyouIhopeyoudieyoumanstealingwhoregotohellsinnerdieJennydiedie''DIIIIE''!
  • Ascended Meme: In the original Brewdening Love, Erin sometimes used her name instead of Joan's. Here, Edward notices this and it (understandably) creeps him out.
    • Also the "Hey I'm everyone, Joan !"
    • "OHMYGOD- But not God God 'cause that's blasphemy FUCK OFF SINNARS" is basically a better-spelled version of Erin's rantings.
  • Berserk Button: A few.
    • Don't even think about being around Edward with Joan.
    • Jasper goes kinda nuts after Maria dies.
  • Call-Forward: Joan screaming "Die Jenny DIE" is apparently normal, considering Chapter 37 of the original fic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Edward has shades of this on a good day.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Alice.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Twice almost in a row. One is quoted below at the Painting the Medium entry, and the other is:
    Joan: Hey I'm everyone, Joan!! And I'm currently dating your spunky bro here!
    (Yes, she said that.)
  • Overly Long Name: Edward notices how most crazy stalkers he meets have one.
  • Mythology Gag: Rosalie's canon backstory is compared to Edward's situation, as mentioned below, and Jasper's goldfish is named Maria, after the vampire who turned him.
  • Painting the Medium: This quote in particular:
    Joan: Ward is MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
    (Yes, she actually said all those exclamation points. And the ones.)
  • Shout-Out: Rosalie's backstory is compared to Edward's situation.
    • Also one to Twila in the backstory.
  • Stalking Is Love: Completely averted.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Joan.
  • Troll: Emmett and Alice further perpetuate Joan's delusions by pretending they are vampires.

    Brooding Lust 
Brooding Lust is a fic by Talys Alankil, a.k.a. fellow troper Alarielle. It's a retelling of the original fic, adding logic, a coherent plot, Character Development, Fanon, and a good dose of grammar and spelling. It reprises the Unit and the concept of hybrids from Verbo et Opere (among other, smaller pieces of fanon) and adds original creations.

It now has a sequel, called Brooding Impostor, centered on Ariana Vampire Queen, but still continuing with the main characters of Brooding Lust.

It can be found here.

Brooding Lust contains example of:

  • Action Girl: Jenny loves sports and martial arts, and is particularly good at fencing.
  • Adorkable: Jacob.
  • Ascended Meme: The Bus to Apocalypse from chapter three, a typo in the original fic, is turned into an actual nickname for the school bus that almost runs over Joan.
  • Bad Ass Normal: Lynne can beat vampire while being fully human and having only known about vampires for a week.
  • Betty and Veronica: Jacob and Emmett to Jenny, who notices it.
  • Bilingual Bonus: One of the chapters is named "Savoir", in reference to Erin's typoed chapter title. In the chapter, Joan learns Edward's true nature, and "savoir" is the French word for "to know".
  • The Chessmaster: Parere. Definitely Parere.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lewis Donna, Ditzy Genius, also studies vampires.
  • Darker and Edgier
  • Deadpan Snarker: Britney (especially since her POV chapter is entirely devoted to bashing Joan), James and Agent Parere are the most serious offenders.
  • Determinator: Lynne will do anything to avenge her daughter.
  • The Ditz: Joan mentions several times that Esme "MC" Cullen appears to be really stupid.
    Esme (after Emmett Cullen, her adoptive son, was just killed by the rest of the family): Cookies?
    • That scene is also a reference to the same scene in Brewdening Love where Esme does indeed enter the room with cookies after Emmett's murder; there's more emphasis placed on it here.
    • As of chapter twelve, it seems like there may be something more to Esme than that, considering the respect Carlisle seems to show her.
    • Now confirmed that she was (and is) indeed Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Ditzy Genius: Jenny's father.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Agent Lux.
  • The Empath: The vampire empaths. And the hybrids created by those empaths.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier if French: Lynne mentions a few times she can be very seductive if she wants to be.
  • Exact Words: The Unit uses "blood pacts" which rely heavily on this. James has learned to pay attention to it, of course.
  • Extreme Doormat: Esme seems like one.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Joan has her mother's green eyes, inspired by Verbo et Opere.
  • It's Personal: Hugo tells Lynne to be careful and not focus on the Cullens too much… until he learns Joan is dating their prime suspect, Edward Cullen.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Agent Lux.
  • Killed Off for Real: Britney. In the prologue, no less.
    • Now Agent Lux as well.
    • And James.
  • Magitek: The Unit's equipment.
  • Marry Them All: Eventually, Emmett, Jacob and Jenny agree to this.
  • Mystical White Hair: Agent Parere has silver hair due to being a hybrid.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Agent Parere is a witch, a vampire hybrid and head of the Unit.
  • Original Character: Britney and Lynne Epieu, John Stark, and Agent Parere are the most important of them.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The author made up new vampire mythos, only using the Brewdening Love canon information — which is not a lot — as a starting point. Vampires can either have to drink blood or "eat" souls. The more they drink or eat, the more "honor" they gain, which increases their naturally enhanced strength, speed, and stamina. Honor also serves as a hierarchy, since every vampire can feel another's honor. A human gets turned into a vampire by drinking a vampire's blood, dying, and in turn feeding off of another human; however, when a vampire feeds on a human without killing them, they can also turn into "hybrids", which gives them parts of the vampire's abilities.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Agent Parere wears one when she isn't working in the field.
  • Really 700 Years Old: James. He comes from a time where surnames were only for the noblemen. And he learned to ignore pain two thousand years ago.
  • The Reveal: For the reader only: Emmett implies in chapter four that the Cullens clearly aren't Christian. Joan doesn't know it, however.
    • She does now, but clearly doesn't care anymore.
    • A more classic Reveal is Agent Parere's identity. Which was the subject of WMG beforehand.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Britney exists for the sole purpose of introducing Joan and Edward before being rather speedily offed.
  • Shout-Out: Trying to, at least. Some of them are more obscure than others.
    • To A Song of Ice and Fire: The prologue (namely the point-of-view character from the prologue dying at the end of it) and the point-of-view character system, as well as John Stark (Composite Character of Jon Snow and Robb Stark in terms of appearance and personality).
    • To The Vampire Diaries: The method of turning a person into a vampire (has to drink vampire blood, die and then drink human blood). And Alaric Saltzmann, though he is a biology teacher here.
    • To The Wheel of Time: The idea for the vampires' "honor" system is based on the Aes Sedai hierarchy.
    • A shout-out to this cover of the song ''Eternal Love''.
    • Brian's introduction is all but identical to his one in "Verbo Et Opere".
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: There are three main plotlines. They of course blend together more and more as the story goes.
    • Joan's twu wuv with Edward.
    • Lynne's investigation of the murder of her daughter.
    • The Unit's attempt to take down the Cullen coven.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl : Jenny likes sports and is looked down on by Joan because of this.
  • The Un-Favourite: Emmett, who used to be a Mook working for the Volturi, is now little more than the Cullens' Dumb Muscle.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Each chapter is written from the point of view of various characters, and each of them has their own interpretation of what they see, as well. For instance, Joan is amazed by the Cullens' house, while Lynne immediately notices how fake it looks.

Brooding Impostor contains example of:

  • Action Mom: Tim's mom, Cassie, is a witch who helps the fight against Ariana.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Tim and his mother found something out about the Cullens and fled Forks. They also crossed paths with Ariana before that, and she's now back in their life. Complete with Laser-Guided Amnesia for Tim.
    • Mark's backstory also counts.
  • Killed Off for Real: Another character dies in the prologue. This time, it's Damien Thorn.
  • Yandere: Ariana, big time. Seems to be a mix of both possessive AND obsessive.

    An Unnamed Fic 
This fic has yet to be named, and is written by Hlessi-Roo, A.K.A Falconstar. It focuses on three animal sidekicks of heroines from various universes: Gwethelyn the otter, Adlef the dolphin, and Jake the ferret (well, two sidekicks of the local Mary Sue and a villain's sidekick) being turned Mary-Sue Hunter by a special FBI unit. Along with Brian, they go to the "bubble" of a dangerous target… Guess who it is.

It can be found in the Twilight Sucks thread, or here.

This fic contains example of:

    The Impossible Dream 
The Impossible Dream is a fic by Anya The Purple, creating backstory for Hugo and Brian's teenage years in Forks, with Hugo's stepfather being our favorite Father James Holden.

It can be found here. More chapters are available on the Twilight Sucks forum if you're willing to browse it.

The Impossible Dream contains example of:

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mary, Holden's daughter, has a mild case of this.
  • Crossover : With ''Buffy.
  • The Fundamentalist: Most of Forks is turned into this. Father James Holden is especially bad, but even he's nowhere as crazy as Carlisle and Erin, who nearly murdered Hugo when he admitted to not believing in God.
  • Love Quadrangle: Hugo is clearly in love with Brian but is too shy to admit it, Brian is Oblivious to Love , Mary has an immediate crush on Brian and Erin has had a crush on Hugo for years and pretends they are dating.
    • Hugo and Brian are now dating, but the situation is no less tricky considering Erin is pregnant with Riley's child after a one night stand, yet still seems obsessed with Hugo.
  • Missing Mom: Hugo's mother died of Leukemia three years before the fic begins. Mary's mom isn't there, either.
  • Only Sane Man: Hugo, before Brian comes to town.
  • Taking the Bullet: Brian takes a dodgeball for Mary, as the gentleman he is.
  • The Rival: Carlisle to Brian.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Father James Holden preaches like this. Weirdly enough, he doesn't seem to talk like this the rest of the time, implying it's actually part of their Cult.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: It's implied that many girls (and obviously Hugo) want to date Brian.
  • Shout-Out: The title to Man of La Mancha and the appearance of the Initiative from Buffy, among others.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mary, Hugo's stepsister. In his own words, "It wasn't that she was mean to him—and that was what made living with her so hard. She honestly meant well."
  • Like Brother and Sister: Carlisle and Erin are often seen as a duo, though there's no romance between them.

    Another Unnamed Fic 
This is a one-shot Brugo fic by Warhound. It is set after the events of Brewdening Love, where Brian and Hugo have escaped the madness that is living anywhere near Joan.

It can be found here.

This fic contains example of:

Monster is a one-shot fic by fellow troper PuzzleChick. It takes place after chapter 37, when Joan got the Volturi to kill Brian and Jenny.

It can be found here.

Monster contains example of:

    Truelove Fight Chapter 2 
Truelove Fight Chapter 2 is a fic by chibithulhu, a.k.a. fellow troper Fire Yoshi. It's a (parody) sequel to the Brewdening Love Spin-Off Truelove Fight, imitating Erin's style.

It can be found here.

Truelove Fight Chapter 2 contains example of :

    Fight Truelove! 
Fight Truelove! is a fic by Fyra. It is a retelling of Truelove Fight, the Brewdening Love Spin-Off including Pokémon, and told from the point of view of the Pikachu that is supposedly the villan of the fic.

The first (and currently only) chapter can be found here.

Fight Truelove ! contains example of:

    Nightmare Moon 
Nightmare Moon is a fic by Graceful Lament, a.k.a. Esoteric Angel. It could be considered a Twilight/Brewdening Love Crossover (yes, that's possible), taking place at some point in the Twilight canon… with a twist: the Twilight books and movies were made and released, giving the Cullens a huge fandom. One of these Fangirls is none other than our sweet Joan St. Sanctuary Louisa-Smith, who thinks God intended for Edward to be hers.

It can be found here.

Nightmare Moon contains example of:

  • Action Girl: Regina, on top of the female vampires and werewolf.
  • Ax-Crazy: Regina has hints of this.
  • Badass Boast: Regina does one. A crazy one, but still.
  • Badass Normal: Regina. Brian, too, but that's usual for him by now.
  • Big "NO!": Joan, when her father grounds her and takes away her cell phone and Internet privileges.
  • Bowdlerise: Joan doesn't swear in here at all, even when quoting the original material. Not that this is a bad thing.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Regina is a Bunny Ears Vampire Hunter.
    "But I always wear these when I have to break down a door. That and my bunny ears. It's what I do."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Regina.
    "I think I just imprinted on my flamethrower."
  • Cool Car: The tank-van.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All the Cullens to some extent. And Bella, surprisingly.

    Stay By Me 
Stay By Me is PuzzleChick's sequel to her previous fic Return to Me (see above). It takes place right after the previous fic's ending.

It can be found here.

Stay By Me contains example of:

    A Bitter Eden 
A Bitter Eden is another fic by fellow troper PuzzleChick. In it, the vampires have decided to Take Over the World from humans. Hugo lives in Forks, turned by Father James Holden into a walled fortress of Christianity ("proven" as the "true religion" since it repels vampires) and trying not to question the isolationist regime, while Brian is the son of San Francisco's leader of the resistance against the vampires.

The first chapter can be found here. Other chapters follow in the thread. All the chapters can also be found compiled here.

The first and second parts have been finished, and a third part, titled "Revenant of the Serpent" is currently being posted.

A Bitter Eden contains examples of:

In the Garden of Shadows contains examples of:

Revenant of the Serpent contains examples of:

    Facing the Sue 
Facing the Sue is a "Fan"fic by Crazynekokitten on deviantART in which Brian returns to Forks to rescue Richie Smith (not being from the Twilight Sucks forums, the author of the fic didn't assign Mr. Smith the name Hugo) from Joan.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Facing the Sue include:

  • Ascended Meme: Brian drives to Canada? Where?
    I don't know, but it's like a city or something, try MapQuest!
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Brian comments on Joan's horrible grammar.
    Brian winced from the punctuation abuse and caps rape.
  • Painting the Medium: Many things are written in Erin's style, then corrected.

    Exit Wounds 
Exit Wounds is a fic by holidaze, a short one-shot describing Brian and Hugo's separation long before the events of Brewdening Love.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Exit Wounds include:

  • Angst: This is angst redefined in some three hundred words.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Hugo can't manage to say he would never choose Louisa over Brian, as much as he wants to.

    Surprise Visit 
Surprise Visit is a fic by Talys Alankil, a.k.a. Alarielle, depicting Brian and Hugo's first time, with Continuity Nods to Stay By Me and The Impossible Dream.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Surprise Visit include:

    Grá mo Chroí 
Grá mo Chroí is a fic by KnightofWind (Raidou). This fic takes the characters of Brewdening Love in a fantasy setting and includes cameos by the other authors of the Expanded Universe.

The prologue can be found here.

Tropes in Grá mo Chroí include:

    Yet Another Unnamed Fic 
This fic by Puzzle Chick was an entry for the first "Brugo contest". While she did not name it, she said that if she did, she'd name it "FLUFF, FLUFF EVERYWHERE". It's about Brian and Hugo going to New York to get married.

It can be found here.

Tropes in it include:

    Bonfire of Sparkles 
Bonfire of Sparkles is a fic by Talys Alankil, a.k.a. Alarielle, and is an alternate version of the events from chapter 28 onwards, when Brian and Hugo meet for the first time. It rejects the usual Fanon that Brian and Hugo knew each other for a long time, and makes Brian closer to his original age (since in Brewdening Love he's in high school with Joan). It's half-Crack Fic, half-fluff.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Bonfire of Sparkles include:

  • Ascended Meme: Plenty.
    Joan: OH MY FUCKING GOD — but not god God 'cause that's blasphemy, so fuck off sinnars — You can't leave me! I'm the most sexah girl in the universe! You have to bow down to my will! NO PARTY HAT KITTENS FOR YOU! I hope the Bus to Apocalypse will ram into you!
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Joan's screams make the windows shake.
  • Painting the Medium: To illustrate how much of a Cloudcuckoolander Joan is, she and Edward speak like they do in Brewdening Love.
    • Including randomly saying "1111" in the middle of an exclamation point rant.
  • Religion of Evil: Sort of. The Cullens and Volturi end up being not vampires, but leaders of a cult of people who think they're vampires, drinking human blood and covering their bodies in glitter.

Snap is a fic by Chibithulhu, a.k.a. Fire Yoshi. It continues the original Brewdening Love after chapter 37.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Snap include:

Rediscovery is a fic by Puzzle Chick. It was written in response to an open challenge/dare for someone to write smut fiction, and it is.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Rediscovery include:

  • PornWithoutPlot: It was the point of the dare, after all.
  • Seme: Brian
  • Uke: Subverted with Hugo, who's quite manly.

    After a failed birthday 
After a failed birthday is a fic by TalysAlankil / Alarielle, written for the Erinversary 2012 (Erin Locklea's birthday — on deviantArt, at least). It was written one chapter a day for the week of the "contest" surrounding the event. The fic crosses over Brewdening Love, the {{Twilight canon and Talys's own Broodingverse and tells the story of what happens after Joan's failed birthday party.

Tropes in After a failed birthday include: