MEL/JANICE FAN FICTION REVIEWS
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Please make sure to read the EXPLANATORY NOTES before reading these reviews.
This is a combined file of both general and alternative fan fiction reviews. The alternative stories are designated as such with an [Alt] at the end of the title line.
Note: Mel/Janice fan fiction stories are about the characters of Melinda Pappas and Janice Covington introduced in the Xena: Warrior Princess TV series. These stories sometimes feature also the characters of Xena and Gabrielle. Reviews of stories which revolved primarily around Xena and Gabrielle but include Mel and Janice are listed both in this index and in either the general or alternative indexes for Xena fan fiction reviews. Stories which feature Mel and Janice in addition to other uber incarnations of Xena and Gabrielle are listed both here and in the reviews of Uber-Xena fiction.
**WHERE YOU GO, I GO by Yellowjacket - [Alt]
With her first foray into alternative fiction, this gifted author brings us what is without a doubt one of the BEST Mel/Janice novels I have ever read. Having already contributed several outstanding works of general fiction, including the unforgettable CHALLENGE OF SUCCESSION and her first-ever Mel/Janice adventure THE LION OF AMPHIPOLIS, Yellowjacket now adds a new level of intimacy to the relationship between the archeologist and her beautiful partner in a fast-paced, action-adventure romance that will have you riveted to your monitor 'til the very end! Set two years after Mel and Janice's initial meeting, the story begins with Janice getting an intriguing offer to head a new expedition. Financed by an anonymous source, the expedition's goal is to locate a legendary Mayan temple lost for over four hundred years - a temple believed to house untold riches...and supposedly guarded by some of the Mayan's most blood-thirsty gods. Reluctant to take Mel along on such a dangerous mission, Janice eventually gives in to her partner's gentle persuasion. It is a decision she will live to regret as the two soon find themselves and their love tested like never before. A whirlwind ride that will take them from their peaceful life in South Carolina, to the wilds of the Honduran jungles, and the exotic allure of war-time Morocco, this story revolves around a romance that is both tender and fierce, well-developed, solid characterizations, and a storyline nicely crafted to accommodate both the action and the more emotional issues being explored. Yellowjacket even does a great job of incorporating some surprise guest stars in this. A thoroughly entertaining new story that needs to immediately go on your MUST READ list, this one comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! -7/14/98
FANFIC ART: "Melinda Pappas" and "Janice Covington" by Barbara Maclay
WHO'S WHO? by PatR -- [Alt]
A new, LONG story that at times will leave you a bit confused but then it's supposed to...I think ;-) If you like Xena/Gab lookalikes this is *THE* story for you. They're coming out of the woodworks in this - Mel and Janice, a new pair named Carmen and Katie and of course, the originals - all banding together to try to rid the world of a dangerous evil once and for all. Very different fare. - 9/28/97
WILD WEST ROOTS by LaRin - [Alt]
This story is part of a new movement in Xena fan fic which places the descendants of the heroines in different timelines. The tale features Mel and Janice which are the original reflections of this movement but we are also introduced to Sarah and Katie, unlikely best friends in the Old West who like their ancestors battle for truth and justice. The story has Janice discovering that her ancestor, Katie Parson, was an inseparable friend of Mel's great aunt Sarah. Mel goes on to tell a tale of one of the adventures of Sarah and Katie as the two searched for a potentially dangerous killer, joining for a while with their trusted Indian friends Strongbear and Little Arrow and even having to deal with the town idiot - Jasper. - 7/14/97
**XENA CORE (THE) by Wishes
The spunky archeologist and her devoted Southern belle of a partner are back in this intriguing mystery which begins as a simple effort to reunite a daughter with her long-lost mother. After Janice receives a letter from the mother she hasn't seen in over a decade, Mel puts aside some personal needs of her own to accompany her friend to England intent on encouraging a reconciliation between mother and daughter. Janice's suspicion that she was summoned for more than just a family reunion soon prove correct, however, as the two find themselves right in the middle of a complicated mystery involving photographs, stolen artifacts, extortion and secrets dating back to Janice's painful childhood. Through it all the two women's friendship acts as a source of strength and security much as it did for their ancestors - keeping them steadfastedly by each others' side in the face of both known and unknown dangers. Featuring Wishes' distinctive combination of great writing and well-developed characters, this is a worthy sequel to Wishes' first Mel/Janice story, THE GABRIELLE STELE. [Previously posted on the NetForum] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 7/25/97
YANKEE AND THE BRAT (THE) by MythBard
MythBard chronicles the rocky beginnings of the Janice/Mel partnership in a 1940's version of the ODD COUPLE ;-) Cute. - 4 pgs., 12/7/98
YOU DO? by Archaeobard - [Alt]
A sweet little sequel to DO YOU? which finds Mel and Janice expanding on their recent conversation. A poignant reunion of two soulmates. - 3 pgs., 2/27/00
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