Friday's Fic Fit 8.13.2010

Every Friday, we’ll ease your cravings for a hit/fic by passing on something that’s been rec’d to us. This means that if there’s a fic you wanna see, you’ll need to submit it! 

For today’s reading pleasure, Althea would like to rec Last Tango in Forks by AwesomeSauce76.

insanemum said, “I love this concept - strangers who do not even know each others names leading such an intimate life together! This is no "one night stand". Edward is a deeply scarred artist with a dark past and Bella is a typical, small town "girl next door" nurse who just happens to be engaged to someone else. They meet accidentally and embark on an intense sexual relationship. The anonymity adds to the "smokin hawtness" and intensity of this relationship with no names. You just know that the shit is going to hit the fan at some point and that people are going to get hurt - I'm just intrigued to see who and how.”

Bella Swan has spent a lifetime putting everyone else's needs before her own. Could a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger begin to change all of that? AU/AH

Althea’s official pimping:

Last Tango in Forks by AwesomeSauce76 is loosely based on the premise of the Bertolucci movie Last Tango in Paris, starring Marlon Brando.

Can I just say... the thought of Brandoward alone is what initially drew me to this fic. (That and the promise of butter-related activities in future chapters.) Seriously, the Brando/Pattinson amalgam that plays in my head as I read is utterly divine.
Althea's Brandoward:

The story kicks off with an encounter between Bella and a beautiful stranger, Edward, an artist, who’s hiding away in a studio that she stumbles upon. They exchange no names, no backstories. Just raw human interaction. I enjoyed getting Edward's perspective and learning what the encounter did for him:

"Therefore he couldn't help but find it odd that the moment that angelic creature had put her arms around him, he felt as if someone had flipped a switch inside his brain. She had turned him on again, and in more ways than one. He had felt pure electric pleasure coursing through him when he touched her satin skin...It disturbed him how easily he had forgotten joy."

As AwesomeSauce76 starts to reveal the backstories, we learn of the tragedy in Edward's life and get a sense that he really needs these encounters with Bella. Just to feel alive.

"He had felt powerful and wanted when he was with her, which was certainly something he had missed over the years."

Written in third person, it's really interesting to have access to what's going on inside Bella's head. With Bertolucci's Jeanne, you could never tell if she was totally clueless and just running with the scandalous taboo of meeting with this stranger, or if she was consciously rebelling against a bourgeois existence that left her truly unsatisfied. In Last Tango in Forks, we’re able to experience the complexities of Bella.

I'm interested to see where AwesomeSauce76 goes with Jake, the man Bella is cheating on to go rendezvous with Edward. So far he seems totally likable, which makes her deception and betrayal even more interesting. That she'd be willing to ruin such a viable option as Jake for the sake of the raw unknown passion of the stranger.

Speaking of the raw passion of a stranger, here Edward explains the need for anonymity:

". . .But I don't need to know your name to know everything I want to about you. I don't care what you do, where you live, whether you're married with eight kids or used to be a nun. None of that shit matters here." He gripped her calves tighter, making sure that she was paying attention to him. "That's all just window dressing. I want to know the real you, the you that nobody else has ever been allowed to see before." The you that I can call my own.

That quote is followed by some major lemony goodness. Seriously so hot, with the sucking on the fingers, then the 'show me how you do,' then the 'grab my hair,' then the 'feel what we feel like' - - AwesomeSauce76 writes a mean frickin lemon. In Last Tango in Forks, being able to let go of the conventions of the outside world translates into HOT-NESS. All throughout the story.

We meet the Cullens, and the tension builds as to whether Bella and Edward's paths will cross in real life, revealing each other's true identity. An even greater tension is building between Bella and her beautiful stranger -- will she and Edward acknowledge the feelings they have for one another? Will their relationship ever move beyond their anonymous encounters? Even if their relationship did progress, would it be sustainable outside in the challenges of the real world?

There is so much story left to go. If you dig on smutty hotness and you prefer your lemons be embedded in a compelling story with fascinating characters... Last Tango in Forks might be just the fic you're looking for!

SPECIAL NOTE: The use of certain songs in this fic ratchets up the hotness factor FOR REAL. The author has also put together the playlists that you would find the characters rocking on their iPods. There are different playlists for different moods. Making this fic a perfect FFF for our MUSIC in Fic week. Enjoy!

Tell Awesomesauce76 that the Twific Pimps sent you when you read and review!



At August 13, 2010 at 10:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post Althea! This is such a fun fic and with so much of the story yet to unfold, it's one of the updates I run to when it hits my inbox. For those that aren't reading it, this rec says it all so at least take a peek. It's a very interesting read ;)


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