When it comes to reading twi-fics, I am not an omnivore. I started off reading AUs (vampy) only. In the beginning, I couldn’t really fathom why anyone would want to see Edward as anything other than what SM fashioned him to be - a beautifully brooding and dazzlingly sparkling vampire. So much of who and what Edward is, is integrally tied to him being one. That’s the character I fell in love with. Wouldn’t him being portrayed as a flawed, erring human somehow diminish his appeal? I mean, what’s the point of trying to improve on perfection?
Well, that’s what I used to think. Until I cautiously started checking out a few AH stories here and there. Today, 90% of my reading list is made up of AH stuff. Go figure! I think it was stories like Emancipation Proclamation, How to Save a Life, With Teeth, etc. that finally won me over to the idea of an all too human Edward.
That being said, I haven’t given up on AU stories. If you’re reading Bonne Foi by Amethyst Jackson, or pretty much anything written by windchymes, you know what an amazing experience reading a good AU can be. (Speaking of AUs, oh, how I miss lolashoes).
However, I just feel it’s getting harder and harder to find an AU that doesn’t give me a sense of déjà vu. I get it. There are only so many combinations, permutations, and “what if” scenarios one can churn out within the constraints of the rules and logic of SM’s vampire world.
Of course, much of it is true for AH stories too, but the boundaries are set further away and that makes it easier to come up with a fresh angle more frequently than with AUs.
So, in a nutshell, I do have a slight leaning for AH. But I love AUs too. Which reminds me, I need to add a few AU stories to my “Stories That Own Me” page. It’s only fair, don’t you think?
PS: The above rant describes my taste in twi-fic. I don’t make any apologies for them. We are all free to choose what/who we like. I don’t mean to hurt the feelings of any die-hard AU devotees. I love a good AU just as much as the next Twi-loon.