Monday, August 08th, 2011 | Author: Fiora

I always liked fairy tales. Witches, fairies, wizards, dark forests etc – as a child I loved them and even now with 23 I read them occasionally.

And I really adored Fairy Tale, a magical P&P FF, on DWG written by Liz M.

Elizabeth and Jane are the daughters of a woodcutter and his wife. They go out into the world to find love, but also a huge adventure and a quest (of sorts) is waiting for them.

It is really well written, I LOVE the fairy tale setting and when I read it I was in a really bad mood, but afterwards? I felt great.

A truly wonderful fanfiction for a bad day to cheer you up!

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Sunday, May 01st, 2011 | Author: Fiora

Recently Angelika gave me this delightfully written fanfiction and I absolutely loved it. It is short,  excellently written and a very good laugh. especially after a long day.

At Netherfield Caroline Bingley has small accident with unforseen results…

Read and enjoy!

…and nothing but the truth

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Sunday, January 02nd, 2011 | Author: Fiora

After a long absence we are back – both Angelika and I have been away in England and Ireland respectively and when studying abroad time online becomes really rare :)

Back to the topic – Fanfictions!

Booknut has a new story – Imperative (Regency, MA, WIP) @ AHA – and even though it has just one chapter at the moment I’ll blog it. Normally I hesitate to recommend stories with so few chapters but booknut’s stories have never disappointed me :)

Blurb: Fitzwilliam Darcy is a man with a great many secrets to keep, one involves his sister, and the other involves his heart. The problem is he cannot just keep the secrets. They demand attention, and action, and in desperate times, a desperate man does not always think things through, even when he is desperately trying to do the right thing for the two most important women in his life.

The first chapter is well written, ties you to the chair and makes you want more. I had read it and than regretted reading it because now I desperately want more…


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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 | Author: Fiora

that I really miss Anghraine’s fabulous fanfiction Subsequent connections.

She hasn’t updated this one for quite some time but I remain optimistic because she has began posting something new on AHA (I haven’t read it so far but it sounds great).

(We blogged SC before)

Anghraine if you should read this:  Give us a sign! Give us hope that this fantastic story will be finished!

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Monday, August 02nd, 2010 | Author: Fiora

So it is some time ago since I wrote something here – and dear Angelika tried her very best, but her life is even busier than mine at the moment. But today I had some minutes left to read…

The Inheritance is a story by ValT (WIP, Reg, rated T) at AHA

Charles Bingley is heir to Longbourn after the death of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. The Bennet-girls think they will have to leave as soon as he arrives but when he has finally arrived things continue differently than expected. Of course he finds love with the Bennets’ but he is also surrounded by a mysterious past…

There are six chapters written and published so far and at the moment I’m hooked. It is an excellent written story with a plot I have not read before in this fandom. At the moment I do not know how Darcy will come into the scenario, but I’m willing to wait. It can just get better :)

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 | Author: Angelika

I had written the first draft of this post a year ago, but I didn’t post it because it was mainly a rant about my English professor, which I hate – okay, hate my be too strong, but I don’t really like her. For the past two years, ever since I started studying, the main tenor after my (oral) exams was: “Angelika, you will impress people with you knowledge, but you must really improve your vocabulary.” And therefore she made us learn vocabulary every semester, in January I was tested on 1200 English vocabs. You might have guessed – I didn’t like it, it was more a nuisance than everything else and much last minute learning was involved (we also call this “bulimia learning”, learning a lot in a short time and empty your brain just for the exam) and nobody in our group ever saw any sense in this.

Well, I had my last oral exam last Saturday (there will be a written exam at the end of August), it consisted of a presentation of twenty minutes (you could chose the topic yourself, however it had to be something business related – I chose “Gender inequality in today’s business world”) and a discussion afterwards. I had to say, it went fairly well, however, I guessed that my teacher would find lots and lots and lots to criticise me about. But she didn’t. Suddenly she was full of praise and totally impressed with my performance. I will quote her, because I can’t believe it myself really. “You were precise, and clear, your pronounciation and expression was so natural, your arguments were profound and you had the rapt attention of the audience for the whole twenty minutes. And you are really rhetorically gifted.” I sat there completely stunned. :-O At this point I should metion that I also have classes in rhetoric and presentation techniques, and lord – I really suck in these classes. The main tenor from my prof: “You have the knowledge, but you can’t really bring it across to the audience. Your speech is mostly horrible and at some points even I cannnot understand you.” So the complete opposite from what my English prof told me. I told her so and she really was surprised, I tell you.

So, this has been on my mind, I have to admit. And somehow what my English prof told me was true – I felt much more comfortable in front of the audience speaking English. I guess this is pretty strange, because: Isn’t it more natural/normal to me more averse to giving in a presentation in a foreign language?  I can only judge this from the reactions from my fellow students (I also sat in all their English exams, but I won’t go into detail about the why) and they were pretty nervous. This is by no means a post about I realise how awesome I am and how good my language skills are, but I realised that I had fewer and fewer problems with the language itself and I really look forward to my semester abroad (I will be studying in Newcastle come September).

I mean – I write this blog in English, which is only my second language. And I have started writing fanfictions in English (well, I had to get the connection to fanfiction, right? ;) ), however I simultanously also write German fanfictions, and boy, it’s getting more difficult, because some things are really better in English. Some scenes are really in my mind in English and it’s not easy to translate them. So, an easy example:

“My husband is perfectly fine,” I bristled. “Thank you. [...]” Major difficulties with the verb “bristle”, which – according to the online dictionary – means “sich sträuben, zornig werden, sich über etwas empören”. But none of these get across the feeling, IMO. I also like the word “quip” – in German “witzeln” sounds horrible! Or blush – my favourite word, “erröten” is simply so hard and doesn’t bring along the feeling. Thinking about it, there are lots of examples coming to my mind.

Don’t get me wrong, contrary to many fellow countrymen I really like the German language, but English has really grown on me, so I guess this won’t be my last post on language issues. And right now, I’m also really happy about my good grade in English :D

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 | Author: Angelika

I have to admit, I had to keep myself from making a very, very, very bad pun out of the story’s title and the current heat conditions here in Germany (we are at 33° C or above 90° F). That must have been said heat which keeps me from thinking straight, really (and that when I’m sitting in university 8 hours a day -.-). But enought of my ramblings, to the story. First of all the vital information: Available at AHA and FF.net (although FF.net is currently one chapter behind), rated T at the moment, modern P&P with Darcy and Lizzy in their teenage years (for the majority of the story at least). Blurb runs as following:

It rains and it pours and he can think of nothing but Lizzy Bennet and the handprint she left on his heart. A story about loss, love, rain, and how the three changed William Darcy.

It’s a WIP and currently the updating scedule is a bit irregular (you all know that thing called RL, right?), but every chapter is worth the wait. Although, at the end of the latest chapter I sort of wanted to tear my hair out!

It’s all described from Darcy’s point of view and boy, he’s hurting! He has just lost his mother and his father (who gives “emotionally distant” a whole new meaning) decided to move to the states to build a new life there. And you really feel Darcy’s sadness and the grief and the feeling of loss. The way everymonday portraits it, is heartbreaking! This story is simply so much more than the average Darcy-and-Lizzy-as-teenagers-in-highschool-story, with all the emotional baggage they are carrying. Because Lizzy has seen loss, too (and I feel that she’s very matured compared to the ordinary 17-year-old) and she might just be the one the help Darcy healing, but they are both so stubborn.

And then there is chemistry between those two – wow! At certain points you could just feel the tension and the passion of these two very strong characters. And I dread the huge row that is going to come, because we know from chapter 7 that there will be a break-up inevitably, which will take some years (in my guess at least). But everymonday promised a happy ending – I will hold on to that.

I can’t really guess where the story might be leading because the foreshadowing has given the story a whole new perspective, this will not be resolved while they are still in high school. So, they will split up when young and I dearly hope that they will meet in the future/present time. And you could see from the few paragraphs in chapter 7 that Darcy has matured quite a lot. Still pining for the girl he fell in love with when he was 17! Those two definately don’t have an ordinary romance!

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Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 | Author: Angelika

a modern Darcy with glases.

That’s all.

All right: Currently you can find one it in Boogima’s Thirteen Days and Karen A’s Creep. :D

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Saturday, May 15th, 2010 | Author: Angelika

This story had my whole sympathies right from the beginning as it shares the title with my favorite song – Fix you by Coldplay, in my humble opinion the best song in the world (as evidenced by my iTunes counter according to which I had listened to the song arond 800 times in a year… and which is currently playing in the background, yes, you are allowed to call me an addict). But I’m disgressing… yes, I judged the story by it’s title first of all and it didn’t disappoint.

When an unexpected event disrupts the Netherfield ball, Mr. Darcy finds out that leaving Hertfordshire and Elizabeth Bennet behind is more easily said than done.

At the beginning Boogima apologised for having “chosen one of the oldest plots in the JA fanfic book”, but that’s completely unnecessary, because her take on “suddenly after the Netherfield ball, Elizabeth and Darcy have to marry” is ingenious, loveable and portrayed in a perfect way.

Darcy, gosh, he is so perfectly characterized that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with him, slap him (at certain points) for either his arrogance, his mistaken pride or his stupidity or simply hug him. It may have to do with the fact that we get the whole story from his perspective only and his thoughts and musings are so fitting, that I wish I could write them in such a way. It’s – once again – simply perfect.

“Fix you” is complete with 15 chapters and available at AHA and FF.net.

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Thursday, May 06th, 2010 | Author: Angelika

So, with three entries, orchidvines is (currently) the most often mentioned authoress here on this blog. She is the only reason why I plunge into the chaos that it FF.net as her writing leaves me speachless with both awe and envy. She is really extremely talented and simply has a way of pricturing Jane Austen’s characters in a modern setting that feels so natural and so extremely close to canon. And I think that I’ve sung enough praises of her extreme cool style of writing, so I’ll come straight to her story: Red Light, Green Light, which I not only like, because it’s by orchidvines and therefore well-written, but also because it’s a modern take on Emma and a that’s a really nice change among the great variety of P&P-fanfictions (not that I’m complaining about that ;-) ). I don’t really know what to write else as the story is extremely close to the original Emma-storyline (I’m a fan of Emma btw., despite all her faults in the original) and to add that you can never do wrong with a story by orchidvines.

Which is why I will also mention that she posted a P&P one-shot called Mercy, Mercy me (modern, non-canon), which I have also come to adore.

Yeah, I guess, we will hear about orchidvines more often on this blog (that is, if she continues writing – and I pray to God that she will!)

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