TUESDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 10/13/98
[Previous report was for 10/11/98]
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Great news tonight - one of the largest, oldest and most popular XWP fanfic sites, JANE'S XWP ALTERNATIVE FAN FICTION is back online and sporting a nice new look. Check it out at: http://web.archive.org/web/20010606234709/http://xwp-altfic.simplenet.com/
THE FORFEIT by Ella Quince
Thought-provoking new offering which finds Xena thinking about the child she and her partner have just saved - a child hated and feared simply because of its appearance. It is an experience which makes the warrior remember her own persecution of another infant in the not so distant past - a choice she suddenly finds herself with the power to change. This is a good exploration of one of the defining moments in the rift, featuring a characterization of Xena that is sympathetic without denying what the TV series has given us. DO NOT MISS! - 3 pgs.
WITH GOOD INTENTIONS by Enginerd
A veteran talent returns, continuing the series of stories which have maintained her on many a reader's list of favorite bards including my own :) This time she brings us a novel that is actually TWO stories in one - a wild action-adventure featuring everyone's favorite archeological duo, Janice and Mel - and an emotional rollercoaster featuring the warrior and bard in a struggle with old enemies and new fears on the eve of what should have been a time for rejoicing. WITH GOOD INTENTIONS continues where Enginerd's exceptional FOR BETTER OR WORSE left off. It finds Xena and the Gabster making plans for their formal union when word reaches them that a deadly warlord is preparing to attack a hapless town, all in the name of revenge against the Warrior Princess who once disfigured him. Fearing for Gabrielle's safety but unsuccessful in her attempts to discourage the bard from following, Xena heads into battle determined to keep the past from hurting her gentle partner yet never suspecting how much more damage the present might inflict. Meanwhile, in another place and time, while helping her own partner battle gold smugglers, a usually clumsy and insecure Mel Pappas finds herself feeling decidedly more competent after a stranger pays her a visit... Enginerd does a terrific job of connecting the two stories - as she explores the insecurities and strengths of these four women - placing the usually confident Xena and Janice in unusually vulnerable positions, while Mel works to temper skills she's never had before and Gabrielle faces the prospect of life without her soulmate. Combining strong characterizations with dramatically compelling, action-packed storylines, engaging supporting players and Enginerd's very unique brand of humor, WITH GOOD INTENTIONS gets an enthusiastic thumbs up. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 243 pgs.
A NICE QUIET EVENING by My OSage
Stock up on that Amazon ice before tackling this sizzling new tale from a new bard which finds the warrior and bard unusually...frisky ;-) Verrrrry nice >:) [Due to technical difficulties this story may not be visible in some Web browsers. If you only get a colorful background when you go to the site try saving the HTML file and then viewing that file using a text editor or word processor - you'll see the story in there] - 6 pgs.
APHRODITE'S GIFT by My OSage
A virtual love-fest that has Xena and the Gabster finally giving in to their feelings for one another - with a little help from Aphrodite. Sweet, romantic and rather...invigorating ;-) [Due to technical difficulties this story may not be visible in some Web browsers. If you only get a colorful background when you go to the site try saving the HTML file and then viewing that file using a text editor or word processor - you'll see the story in there] - 14 pgs.
GABRIELLE'S DREAM by My OSage
Another VERY passionate and rather humorous little story from this new bard that has Gabrielle enjoying some decidedly wonderful dreams and a very frustrated Warrior Princess unable to sleep. Cute but one to avoid at work. [Due to technical difficulties this story may not be visible in some Web browsers. If you only get a colorful background when you go to the site try saving the HTML file and then viewing that file using a text editor or word processor - you'll see the story in there] - 12 pgs.
For those of you reading this post who are not familiar with the term alternative (alt.), it refers to ADULT stories that add a romantic element to the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, depicting them as more than just friends.