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.
**AEGIS (THE) by Rachel2 -- [Alt]
After a hiatus of several months, Rachel2 is back on the Web and she returns with a FANTASTIC new Mel/Janice story. Rachel2 has been among my favorite bards since she began writing - showing incredible originality in her stories and the ability to weave tales that truly captivate. In the THE AEGIS she displays these skills quite handily, bringing us a new and wonderfully clever treatment of the Mel and Janice characters and of their relationship in a story that also features Xena and Gabrielle, tons of action, humor, suspense, a touching romance and the beginnings of an undying friendship. In the first two chapters which are now available the legend of The Aegis is revealed - Zeus' great shield, strong enough to stop even a thunderbolt from the King of the Gods himself and as such coveted by those seeking power...and revenge. In Ancient Greece, Xena and Gabrielle become reluctant pawns in a deadly game between immortals for the right to wield the shield. It is a game that will bring them face to face with an old enemy while forcing them also to confront unresolved issues still between them. Eons later, in a time beset by a terrible war and ripe with danger, Mel and Janice will continue the struggle their ancestors began as they search for the mythical shield and also have to confront unresolved issues between them. Exceedingly well-written, this tale offers a really unique approach to the combined portrayals of Mel/Janice and Xena/Gabrielle. This is a tale that holds a lesson for us all and which I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! [Do not miss the sequel TERROR IN THE AMAZON] - 7/29/97
AFTER MIDNIGHT by Firefly
A peek into the thoughts of a certain archeologist as she looks after her sleeping partner on a cold Greek winter night, marveling at the stars and the unlikely friendship she's found much like a Warrior Princess of old once did. Nice sense of deja-vu in this one. - 4 pgs., 2/9/00
ALL THE COLORS OF THE WORLD by Vivian Darkbloom - [Alt]
Original and well-written, this new Mel/Janice story has the Southerner and archeologist seeing each other for the first time after their initial meeting in Macedonia. Joining forces again to work on translating a newly discovered scroll, the two women begin uncovering also their feelings for one another but it is the warrior and bard from an Ancient time that will show them how to take a chance on love. With only part one now available, this story is already quite promising! - 1/28/98
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]
ARCHAEOLOGISTS, WARRIORS, AND BARDS, OH MY! by Verda - [Alt]
Ever wonder what happened to Mel when Xena took over her body in the XENA SCROLLS? Verda answers that one for us in this entertaining little story that finds Mel in a rather compromising position in more ways than one as she gets up close and personal with a certain ancient bard and has to deal with the infamous reputation of her deadly ancestor. This is well-written and clever, beautifully complementing the TV episode. DO NOT MISS! - 11 pgs., 3/23/00
AS LONG AS SOMEONE REMEMBERS by Tim Wellman -- [Alt]
Tim newest story is a very sweet, funny, nicely written tale that divides its time between Xena and Gabrielle in Ancient Greece and their spunky descendants, Mel and Janice in the 1940's. Hired by a certain well-known archeologist to retrieve more of Gabrielle's scrolls, Mel and Janice soon find themselves battling Nazis who desperately want the secret of the scrolls - a secret known to the Warrior Princess and her bard and which through the ages they'll find a way to share with two other kindred spirits. Note: this story is not explicit. - 8/6/97
BENEDICTION (THE) by PatR - [Alt]
A touching Mel/Janice vignette about a love so deep it inspires workship. - 2/14/98
BODICE RIPPER SERIES by Archaeobard - read in the order listed below: - [Alt]
CIRCUIT (THE) by Seana James - [Alt]
Seana tries her hand at Mel/Janice fiction in a little tale set some months after the discovery of the Xena Scrolls that finds Mel doing the lecture rounds promoting her new book on the subject when a certain archeologist decides to make an appearance. Nice undercurrent of electricity between the characters in this. - 8 pgs., 6/20/99
COVINGTON'S KID by Simahoyo
Powerful story about the brutal life of the teenager that would grow up to become a fearless archeologist - inheriting her father's obsession for the past despite herself always remaining a distance second in importance to that obsession. A very effective look at the early experiences which molded Janice Covington. [Note: this story revolves around some very intense adult themes - do take the disclaimer seriously]. - 5 pgs., 9/29/98
CURSE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES (A) by Archaeobard - [Alt]
The third entry in Archaeobard's BODICE RIPPER SERIES pits Mel and Janice against some very dangerous enemies who see Mel's "perverted" new relationship as a serious threat to their future plans for the Pappas name and money. Some good edge-of-your-seats scenes here along with the requisite moments of pure lust >:) - 13 pgs., 10/17/99
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