Song As Old As Rhyme by epicflailer (PG-13)

  • Jul. 10th, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Title: Song As Old As Rhyme
Fandom: American Idol, Fairytale/Disney: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: David Cook/David Archuleta
Categories: AU, creature, crossover, fluff, romance
Length: Medium (4,395 words)
Warnings: RPF

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer / [livejournal.com profile] amfiguree
Author Website: Fiction Index

Summary:
A Beauty and the Beast AU.

A large, shaggy head appeared in the gateway, followed by - by a huge, skulking mass of fur, fangs bared and glinting deadly in the pale sunlight, claws fanning out like daggers from underneath its fur. Cook let out a yelp, and tripped in his haste to back away. He went sprawling into the snow.

"Um," the - the Beast said, voice a low rumble. "That's right! Run away, you, um, bad - bad human!"


Review:
Cook, while traveling to deliver some books for a friend, ends up trapped by magic in a castle with a not-so-vicious Beast. Fortunately, there's a large library to research their magical dilemma and the Beast is a pretty nice companion.

I'm a sucker for fairytale fusions, and this one is particularly fun, mostly for Archie's very in-character dialog as the Beast (see above), or "I'm -- I'm right out of your, um, your worst nightmares! I - I'm terrifying! Rawr!" These passages had me giggling.

It's a sweet, if too short, take on the classic fairytale with Cook and Archie as the main characters.

Link:
Song As Old As Rhyme

Song As Old As Rhyme by epicflailer (PG-13)

  • Jul. 10th, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Title: Song As Old As Rhyme
Fandom: American Idol, Fairytale/Disney: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: David Cook/David Archuleta
Categories: AU, creature, crossover, fluff, romance
Length: Medium (4,395 words)
Warnings: RPF

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer / [livejournal.com profile] amfiguree
Author Website: Fiction Index

Summary:
A Beauty and the Beast AU.

A large, shaggy head appeared in the gateway, followed by - by a huge, skulking mass of fur, fangs bared and glinting deadly in the pale sunlight, claws fanning out like daggers from underneath its fur. Cook let out a yelp, and tripped in his haste to back away. He went sprawling into the snow.

"Um," the - the Beast said, voice a low rumble. "That's right! Run away, you, um, bad - bad human!"


Review:
Cook, while traveling to deliver some books for a friend, ends up trapped by magic in a castle with a not-so-vicious Beast. Fortunately, there's a large library to research their magical dilemma and the Beast is a pretty nice companion.

I'm a sucker for fairytale fusions, and this one is particularly fun, mostly for Archie's very in-character dialog as the Beast (see above), or "I'm -- I'm right out of your, um, your worst nightmares! I - I'm terrifying! Rawr!" These passages had me giggling.

It's a sweet, if too short, take on the classic fairytale with Cook and Archie as the main characters.

Link:
Song As Old As Rhyme

Song As Old As Rhyme by epicflailer (PG-13)

  • Jul. 10th, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Title: Song As Old As Rhyme
Fandom: American Idol, Fairytale/Disney: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: David Cook/David Archuleta
Categories: AU, creature, crossover, fluff, romance
Length: Medium (4,395 words)
Warnings: RPF

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer / [livejournal.com profile] amfiguree
Author Website: Fiction Index

Summary:
A Beauty and the Beast AU.

A large, shaggy head appeared in the gateway, followed by - by a huge, skulking mass of fur, fangs bared and glinting deadly in the pale sunlight, claws fanning out like daggers from underneath its fur. Cook let out a yelp, and tripped in his haste to back away. He went sprawling into the snow.

"Um," the - the Beast said, voice a low rumble. "That's right! Run away, you, um, bad - bad human!"


Review:
Cook, while traveling to deliver some books for a friend, ends up trapped by magic in a castle with a not-so-vicious Beast. Fortunately, there's a large library to research their magical dilemma and the Beast is a pretty nice companion.

I'm a sucker for fairytale fusions, and this one is particularly fun, mostly for Archie's very in-character dialog as the Beast (see above), or "I'm -- I'm right out of your, um, your worst nightmares! I - I'm terrifying! Rawr!" These passages had me giggling.

It's a sweet, if too short, take on the classic fairytale with Cook and Archie as the main characters.

Link:
Song As Old As Rhyme

Song As Old As Rhyme by epicflailer (PG-13)

  • Jul. 10th, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Title: Song As Old As Rhyme
Fandom: American Idol, Fairytale/Disney: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: David Cook/David Archuleta
Categories: AU, creature, crossover, fluff, romance
Length: Medium (4,395 words)
Warnings: RPF

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer / [livejournal.com profile] amfiguree
Author Website: Fiction Index

Summary:
A Beauty and the Beast AU.

A large, shaggy head appeared in the gateway, followed by - by a huge, skulking mass of fur, fangs bared and glinting deadly in the pale sunlight, claws fanning out like daggers from underneath its fur. Cook let out a yelp, and tripped in his haste to back away. He went sprawling into the snow.

"Um," the - the Beast said, voice a low rumble. "That's right! Run away, you, um, bad - bad human!"


Review:
Cook, while traveling to deliver some books for a friend, ends up trapped by magic in a castle with a not-so-vicious Beast. Fortunately, there's a large library to research their magical dilemma and the Beast is a pretty nice companion.

I'm a sucker for fairytale fusions, and this one is particularly fun, mostly for Archie's very in-character dialog as the Beast (see above), or "I'm -- I'm right out of your, um, your worst nightmares! I - I'm terrifying! Rawr!" These passages had me giggling.

It's a sweet, if too short, take on the classic fairytale with Cook and Archie as the main characters.

Link:
Song As Old As Rhyme

Song As Old As Rhyme by epicflailer (PG-13)

  • Jul. 10th, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Title: Song As Old As Rhyme
Fandom: American Idol, Fairytale/Disney: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: David Cook/David Archuleta
Categories: AU, creature, crossover, fluff, romance
Length: Medium (4,395 words)
Warnings: RPF

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer / [livejournal.com profile] amfiguree
Author Website: Fiction Index

Summary:
A Beauty and the Beast AU.

A large, shaggy head appeared in the gateway, followed by - by a huge, skulking mass of fur, fangs bared and glinting deadly in the pale sunlight, claws fanning out like daggers from underneath its fur. Cook let out a yelp, and tripped in his haste to back away. He went sprawling into the snow.

"Um," the - the Beast said, voice a low rumble. "That's right! Run away, you, um, bad - bad human!"


Review:
Cook, while traveling to deliver some books for a friend, ends up trapped by magic in a castle with a not-so-vicious Beast. Fortunately, there's a large library to research their magical dilemma and the Beast is a pretty nice companion.

I'm a sucker for fairytale fusions, and this one is particularly fun, mostly for Archie's very in-character dialog as the Beast (see above), or "I'm -- I'm right out of your, um, your worst nightmares! I - I'm terrifying! Rawr!" These passages had me giggling.

It's a sweet, if too short, take on the classic fairytale with Cook and Archie as the main characters.

Link:
Song As Old As Rhyme

Song As Old As Rhyme by epicflailer (PG-13)

  • Jul. 10th, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Title: Song As Old As Rhyme
Fandom: American Idol, Fairytale/Disney: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: David Cook/David Archuleta
Categories: AU, creature, crossover, fluff, romance
Length: Medium (4,395 words)
Warnings: RPF

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer / [livejournal.com profile] amfiguree
Author Website: Fiction Index

Summary:
A Beauty and the Beast AU.

A large, shaggy head appeared in the gateway, followed by - by a huge, skulking mass of fur, fangs bared and glinting deadly in the pale sunlight, claws fanning out like daggers from underneath its fur. Cook let out a yelp, and tripped in his haste to back away. He went sprawling into the snow.

"Um," the - the Beast said, voice a low rumble. "That's right! Run away, you, um, bad - bad human!"


Review:
Cook, while traveling to deliver some books for a friend, ends up trapped by magic in a castle with a not-so-vicious Beast. Fortunately, there's a large library to research their magical dilemma and the Beast is a pretty nice companion.

I'm a sucker for fairytale fusions, and this one is particularly fun, mostly for Archie's very in-character dialog as the Beast (see above), or "I'm -- I'm right out of your, um, your worst nightmares! I - I'm terrifying! Rawr!" These passages had me giggling.

It's a sweet, if too short, take on the classic fairytale with Cook and Archie as the main characters.

Link:
Song As Old As Rhyme

One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose (G)

  • May. 18th, 2009 at 8:38 AM
Title: One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance
Length: Long (~25,000 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1287730/Pink_Glass_Rose

Review:
Disney's Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's POV.

Fair warning: the first couple of chapters of this fic are just a bit clunky. Keep with it though, the story really picks up.

Most Beaty and the Beast retellings are from the beauty's POV and while that's understandable (since it helps to preserve the sense of mystery in the fairy tale) it is nice to have a chance to see the story from the other side. I'm especially pleased with the way PGR expanded the timeline of the canon -- in the movie Belle and the Beast fall in love in a few days, while in this fic it takes several months. Not only is that more realistic, but it means we get several chapters of entirely new material and these chapters are where the story really shines. PGR also has a great feel for the characters (especially the secondary ones) and a unique vision when it comes to the terms of the curse, all of which combine to give you a wonderfully different and enjoyable take on a fairy tale classic.

One Wrong Decision (ff.net)

One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose (G)

  • May. 18th, 2009 at 8:38 AM
Title: One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance
Length: Long (~25,000 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1287730/Pink_Glass_Rose

Review:
Disney's Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's POV.

Fair warning: the first couple of chapters of this fic are just a bit clunky. Keep with it though, the story really picks up.

Most Beaty and the Beast retellings are from the beauty's POV and while that's understandable (since it helps to preserve the sense of mystery in the fairy tale) it is nice to have a chance to see the story from the other side. I'm especially pleased with the way PGR expanded the timeline of the canon -- in the movie Belle and the Beast fall in love in a few days, while in this fic it takes several months. Not only is that more realistic, but it means we get several chapters of entirely new material and these chapters are where the story really shines. PGR also has a great feel for the characters (especially the secondary ones) and a unique vision when it comes to the terms of the curse, all of which combine to give you a wonderfully different and enjoyable take on a fairy tale classic.

One Wrong Decision (ff.net)

One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose (G)

  • May. 18th, 2009 at 8:38 AM
Title: One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance
Length: Long (~25,000 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1287730/Pink_Glass_Rose

Review:
Disney's Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's POV.

Fair warning: the first couple of chapters of this fic are just a bit clunky. Keep with it though, the story really picks up.

Most Beaty and the Beast retellings are from the beauty's POV and while that's understandable (since it helps to preserve the sense of mystery in the fairy tale) it is nice to have a chance to see the story from the other side. I'm especially pleased with the way PGR expanded the timeline of the canon -- in the movie Belle and the Beast fall in love in a few days, while in this fic it takes several months. Not only is that more realistic, but it means we get several chapters of entirely new material and these chapters are where the story really shines. PGR also has a great feel for the characters (especially the secondary ones) and a unique vision when it comes to the terms of the curse, all of which combine to give you a wonderfully different and enjoyable take on a fairy tale classic.

One Wrong Decision (ff.net)

One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose (G)

  • May. 18th, 2009 at 8:38 AM
Title: One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance
Length: Long (~25,000 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1287730/Pink_Glass_Rose

Review:
Disney's Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's POV.

Fair warning: the first couple of chapters of this fic are just a bit clunky. Keep with it though, the story really picks up.

Most Beaty and the Beast retellings are from the beauty's POV and while that's understandable (since it helps to preserve the sense of mystery in the fairy tale) it is nice to have a chance to see the story from the other side. I'm especially pleased with the way PGR expanded the timeline of the canon -- in the movie Belle and the Beast fall in love in a few days, while in this fic it takes several months. Not only is that more realistic, but it means we get several chapters of entirely new material and these chapters are where the story really shines. PGR also has a great feel for the characters (especially the secondary ones) and a unique vision when it comes to the terms of the curse, all of which combine to give you a wonderfully different and enjoyable take on a fairy tale classic.

One Wrong Decision (ff.net)

One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose (G)

  • May. 18th, 2009 at 8:38 AM
Title: One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance
Length: Long (~25,000 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1287730/Pink_Glass_Rose

Review:
Disney's Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's POV.

Fair warning: the first couple of chapters of this fic are just a bit clunky. Keep with it though, the story really picks up.

Most Beaty and the Beast retellings are from the beauty's POV and while that's understandable (since it helps to preserve the sense of mystery in the fairy tale) it is nice to have a chance to see the story from the other side. I'm especially pleased with the way PGR expanded the timeline of the canon -- in the movie Belle and the Beast fall in love in a few days, while in this fic it takes several months. Not only is that more realistic, but it means we get several chapters of entirely new material and these chapters are where the story really shines. PGR also has a great feel for the characters (especially the secondary ones) and a unique vision when it comes to the terms of the curse, all of which combine to give you a wonderfully different and enjoyable take on a fairy tale classic.

One Wrong Decision (ff.net)

One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose (G)

  • May. 18th, 2009 at 8:38 AM
Title: One Wrong Decision by Pink Glass Rose
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance
Length: Long (~25,000 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1287730/Pink_Glass_Rose

Review:
Disney's Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's POV.

Fair warning: the first couple of chapters of this fic are just a bit clunky. Keep with it though, the story really picks up.

Most Beaty and the Beast retellings are from the beauty's POV and while that's understandable (since it helps to preserve the sense of mystery in the fairy tale) it is nice to have a chance to see the story from the other side. I'm especially pleased with the way PGR expanded the timeline of the canon -- in the movie Belle and the Beast fall in love in a few days, while in this fic it takes several months. Not only is that more realistic, but it means we get several chapters of entirely new material and these chapters are where the story really shines. PGR also has a great feel for the characters (especially the secondary ones) and a unique vision when it comes to the terms of the curse, all of which combine to give you a wonderfully different and enjoyable take on a fairy tale classic.

One Wrong Decision (ff.net)

A Man of Stature by TrudiRose (PG-13)

  • Oct. 31st, 2008 at 8:48 AM
IMO, this is one of the best rec weeks we've ever had at ER, and I wanted to contribute something extra-fabulous to the mix. I've been saving this rec for a special occasion, as it's one of the best stories I've ever read. Enjoy!

Title: A Man of Stature
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Gaston/OFC
Categories: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/289469/TrudiRose

Review:
In Just Rewards, the prequel to A Man of Stature, the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.

If you read my review of TrudiRose's Picture This, you already know that she has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus, you know, she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.

A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.

A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.

(Note: I've linked to Just Rewards, but I'm not reccing it because, while it is well written and interesting, it's also really, really unpleasant as it explores all of Gaston's worst sides. If you choose not to read it, it will not impact your ability to enjoy A Man of Stature.)

Just Rewards (ff.net)
A Man of Stature (ff.net)

A Man of Stature by TrudiRose (PG-13)

  • Oct. 31st, 2008 at 8:48 AM
IMO, this is one of the best rec weeks we've ever had at ER, and I wanted to contribute something extra-fabulous to the mix. I've been saving this rec for a special occasion, as it's one of the best stories I've ever read. Enjoy!

Title: A Man of Stature
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Gaston/OFC
Categories: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/289469/TrudiRose

Review:
In Just Rewards, the prequel to A Man of Stature, the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.

If you read my review of TrudiRose's Picture This, you already know that she has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus, you know, she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.

A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.

A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.

(Note: I've linked to Just Rewards, but I'm not reccing it because, while it is well written and interesting, it's also really, really unpleasant as it explores all of Gaston's worst sides. If you choose not to read it, it will not impact your ability to enjoy A Man of Stature.)

Just Rewards (ff.net)
A Man of Stature (ff.net)

A Man of Stature by TrudiRose (PG-13)

  • Oct. 31st, 2008 at 8:48 AM
IMO, this is one of the best rec weeks we've ever had at ER, and I wanted to contribute something extra-fabulous to the mix. I've been saving this rec for a special occasion, as it's one of the best stories I've ever read. Enjoy!

Title: A Man of Stature
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Gaston/OFC
Categories: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/289469/TrudiRose

Review:
In Just Rewards, the prequel to A Man of Stature, the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.

If you read my review of TrudiRose's Picture This, you already know that she has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus, you know, she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.

A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.

A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.

(Note: I've linked to Just Rewards, but I'm not reccing it because, while it is well written and interesting, it's also really, really unpleasant as it explores all of Gaston's worst sides. If you choose not to read it, it will not impact your ability to enjoy A Man of Stature.)

Just Rewards (ff.net)
A Man of Stature (ff.net)

A Man of Stature by TrudiRose (PG-13)

  • Oct. 31st, 2008 at 8:48 AM
IMO, this is one of the best rec weeks we've ever had at ER, and I wanted to contribute something extra-fabulous to the mix. I've been saving this rec for a special occasion, as it's one of the best stories I've ever read. Enjoy!

Title: A Man of Stature
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Gaston/OFC
Categories: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/289469/TrudiRose

Review:
In Just Rewards, the prequel to A Man of Stature, the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.

If you read my review of TrudiRose's Picture This, you already know that she has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus, you know, she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.

A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.

A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.

(Note: I've linked to Just Rewards, but I'm not reccing it because, while it is well written and interesting, it's also really, really unpleasant as it explores all of Gaston's worst sides. If you choose not to read it, it will not impact your ability to enjoy A Man of Stature.)

Just Rewards (ff.net)
A Man of Stature (ff.net)

A Man of Stature by TrudiRose (PG-13)

  • Oct. 31st, 2008 at 8:48 AM
IMO, this is one of the best rec weeks we've ever had at ER, and I wanted to contribute something extra-fabulous to the mix. I've been saving this rec for a special occasion, as it's one of the best stories I've ever read. Enjoy!

Title: A Man of Stature
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Gaston/OFC
Categories: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/289469/TrudiRose

Review:
In Just Rewards, the prequel to A Man of Stature, the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.

If you read my review of TrudiRose's Picture This, you already know that she has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus, you know, she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.

A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.

A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.

(Note: I've linked to Just Rewards, but I'm not reccing it because, while it is well written and interesting, it's also really, really unpleasant as it explores all of Gaston's worst sides. If you choose not to read it, it will not impact your ability to enjoy A Man of Stature.)

Just Rewards (ff.net)
A Man of Stature (ff.net)

A Man of Stature by TrudiRose (PG-13)

  • Oct. 31st, 2008 at 8:48 AM
IMO, this is one of the best rec weeks we've ever had at ER, and I wanted to contribute something extra-fabulous to the mix. I've been saving this rec for a special occasion, as it's one of the best stories I've ever read. Enjoy!

Title: A Man of Stature
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Gaston/OFC
Categories: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/289469/TrudiRose

Review:
In Just Rewards, the prequel to A Man of Stature, the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.

If you read my review of TrudiRose's Picture This, you already know that she has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus, you know, she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.

A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.

A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.

(Note: I've linked to Just Rewards, but I'm not reccing it because, while it is well written and interesting, it's also really, really unpleasant as it explores all of Gaston's worst sides. If you choose not to read it, it will not impact your ability to enjoy A Man of Stature.)

Just Rewards (ff.net)
A Man of Stature (ff.net)

Dropping Eaves by Answer (PG)

  • Sep. 19th, 2008 at 8:35 AM
Title: Dropping Eaves
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance, AU
Length: long
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/839806/Answer

Review:
What if Belle found out about the curse when she first moved into the castle? Would she still be able to learn to love the Beast, knowing he has an ulterior motive?

The premise of this story is one that I hadn't considered before, but it really is an intriguing one. If Belle knew that the Beast's only hope was to woo her, could she ever view his actions as anything other than a desperate ploy? Could she look at all of the transformed servants and not feel guilty about the fact that she could save them if she could just learn to love their master? And, speaking of the servants, how desperate might their actions become when they realize that their last chance of a normal life is slipping away?

Dropping Eaves answers all of the above questions and more and the result is a fascinating look at how people (no matter what their shape) interact and how hopes and fears can dictate behavior. Even better, this story is the first one I've ever read to really explore the servants' place in this whole disaster, not only in how they interact with the Beast, but how their lives have been affected by someone else's flaws. A thoughtful, entertaining story.

Dropping Eaves (ff.net)

Dropping Eaves by Answer (PG)

  • Sep. 19th, 2008 at 8:35 AM
Title: Dropping Eaves
Fandom: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Pairing: Belle/Beast
Categories: drama, romance, AU
Length: long
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/839806/Answer

Review:
What if Belle found out about the curse when she first moved into the castle? Would she still be able to learn to love the Beast, knowing he has an ulterior motive?

The premise of this story is one that I hadn't considered before, but it really is an intriguing one. If Belle knew that the Beast's only hope was to woo her, could she ever view his actions as anything other than a desperate ploy? Could she look at all of the transformed servants and not feel guilty about the fact that she could save them if she could just learn to love their master? And, speaking of the servants, how desperate might their actions become when they realize that their last chance of a normal life is slipping away?

Dropping Eaves answers all of the above questions and more and the result is a fascinating look at how people (no matter what their shape) interact and how hopes and fears can dictate behavior. Even better, this story is the first one I've ever read to really explore the servants' place in this whole disaster, not only in how they interact with the Beast, but how their lives have been affected by someone else's flaws. A thoughtful, entertaining story.

Dropping Eaves (ff.net)

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