26 June 2012

Author: Virginia May

Virginia (Ginnie) May is one of my favorite fan fiction authors. She has stories posted on both Ramblings and Thoughts/Twilight Fanfiction and Art and on Fanfiction.net - links to her profile pages are at the end of this post. The profile page gives summaries for all of her stories posted on that site. There are more stories posted on FFn than on R&T. So far all the stories are TWS related. Her Twilight characters are mostly canon within her alternate universe, be it vampire/human or all human stories.

As I recall we started exchanging emails more or less regularly over the background of a story she has written - Need You Now. It is all her fault that I got started reading more and more alternate universe stories and I’m glad she did. Not sure exactly which story I read first. I have enjoyed all of them. There are some M rated ones for the sexual content; that are tastefully done, though I do skip over those parts really fast.

I discovered her What Drives Her story because of a banner that showed up on a mutual friend’s Facebook wall. I started reading What Drives Her and fell in love with the older and more mature Bella. My poem, Dream Can't I? is based on the beginning of What Drives Her. I think I have reread the posted parts of WDH more times than the original TWS books. Not quite as much material as in the original books helps make it easier to read multiple times.

WDH has one of the best departure points from the canon story – Edward leaves the day before Mike asks Bella to the girl’s choice dance. One of my favorite things with this particular story, is how she weaves in lines from the original books, but in different situations. Bella has one of the best uplifting quotes in this story. [favorite quotes at bottom] The story is almost completed. I really want to know how she gets them to the end, but it will be kind of sad to see the story end, too. Great stories leave you conflicted like that.

Another work in progress is Arms. This is an all human story where Bella goes into Witness Protection and runs into Edward literally. I had a complaint about this one from the first chapter. I stuck with it and like the story. The way the story went, my complaint didn’t matter that much. It made things a little more difficult but not a big deal. It won’t be a favorite of mine, but it is well written and I care about the characters. I am looking forward to see how the story ends. The opening scene has a violence warning as it is the aftermath of a gun shooting, but Bella’s recollection later in the story is more graphic in detail, in my opinion. There are some sexual content scenes. One starts off kind of funny with nearly breaking a coffee table. A nod to a Breaking Dawn honeymoon scene perhaps?

Ginnie has two other stories that are in progress – A Broken Hallelujah and An Immortal Wish. Both of these are awesome stories. ABH is further along and there are so many lines that smack me upside the head saying – this is a truth, pay attention it applies to you – that sort of smack. ABH has short chapters and she was updating for awhile nearly every other day. Unfortunately real life is currently delaying updates.   

An Immortal Wish has a spiritual aspect to it. The Prologue and first chapter sent shivers all over and had me in tears from the spiritual power I felt. This will be a story to savor slowly. She is having some difficulty with a particular chapter and again unfortunately real life interferes with this work in progress being updated.   

She has another all human story and two twists to Twilight scenes posted on FFn. I won’t go into details on those at this time. There is one story started that is about a new character that comes across the Cullens and is connected to one of them. It has a very intriguing start and I hope she gets back to that story at some point in time.

There was indication in a Facebook posting that she is working on polishing an original fiction that started as part of the National Novel Writing Month contest, NaNoWriMo. More information about that contest can be found at NaNoWritMo.org.

I look forward to that original work and any other fan fiction she writes. Based on past stories any future ones will be well written and well proofread and very enjoyable reads. May she be blessed with whatever she needs in overcoming the real life situation.

Favorite Quotes

Bella to Edward "Life has a way of blessing you when you least expect it. Sometimes, just when you think all is lost, more good comes your way than you ever thought possible."

Virginia May, chapter 14, What Drives Her

Edward to Bella  "I'm happy because I've made peace with the things I can't control, and taken control of the things I can." 

VirginiaMay, chapter 6, A Broken Hallelujah

Edward to Bella  “…I was sick. I was suffering from a disease that I had no desire to cure or recover from. I still struggle with it, but at the time, I didn't even want to try. I didn't want to get better…”

 Virginia May chapter 9, A Broken Hallelujah

Edward to Bella  “If I was ever good at anything, it was acting like I was somebody other than who I truly was…”

Virginia May, chapter 28, A Broken Hallelujah


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