While looking up Fifty Shades of Grey‘s former life as TwilightÂ fanfic Master of the UniverseÂ – because you all know how fascinated I am with Snowqueens IcedragonÂ – I came across an interesting Tumblr post.Â As you might guess from the username,Â iluvmormonvampiresÂ knows her (I’m assuming)Â TwilightÂ but isn’t blindly obsessed with the series. Instead, she writes criticism and, occasionally, posts parody fic. In May, she jokingly posted a “Master of the UniverseÂ fanfic” where instead of dominant Edward schooling Bella in the submissive lifestyle, it’s instead a dom Bella who has a sub Edward at her mercy.
Mostly, though, iluvmormanvampires was reminding us how ridiculous the dialogue is:
â€śAnything else you object to?â€ť she asks softly.
I swallow. â€śWell, anal intercourse doesnâ€™t exactly float my boat.â€ť
â€śIâ€™d really like to claim your ass, Edward. But weâ€™ll wait for that. Besides, itâ€™s not something we can dive into,â€ť she smirks at me. â€śYour ass will need training.â€ť
â€śTraining?â€ť I whisper.
â€śOh yes. Itâ€™ll need careful preparation. Anal intercourse can be very pleasurable, trust me. But if we try it and you donâ€™t like it, we donâ€™t have to do it again.â€ť She grins down at me. I blink up at her. She thinks Iâ€™ll enjoy it?
Who the hell says “claim your ass”? Seriously. I’d especially be interested in seeing how a gender-swap of the story would affect the infamous “Are you on your period?” scene. Even though iluvmormanvampires rewrote some of Master of the UniverseÂ mainly for her own amusement, it turns out that there are several committed TwilightÂ fanfic writers who haveÂ considered switching up the sub/dom dynamic in the story.
On fanfic referral site The Fictionators, userÂ theladyingrey42Â wrote about a trend in TwilightÂ fic called “Subward“â€”Edward the vampire making himself vulnerable in order to please all of human Bella’s needs. The writer of this piece interviewed several fanfic authors and readers, who said that it makes Edward sexier and more complicated if it’s difficult for him to give up his power. You have to imagine, then, that by contrast the idea of Bella Swan/Anastasia Steele — who’s already meek, puny, and insecure — becoming a submissive is just plain boring. What did she have to change? Nothing, except for shutting up her stupid inner goddess.
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