So, it’s Christmas and my gift to you? The men of the TwiFandom!
I thought that would make you happy. There are some great male authors in fanfiction but there’s not a lot in specific fandoms that many would say are directed toward the female genre, such as Twilight.
So today, we un-wrap our first gift and it just so happens to be dearly loved and respected group member, Can Yersel AKA Buzzkill34. Buzz joined FFA at the beginning of the year causing a stir amongst the ladies that could be likened to a Beatles concert. I have never seen the group in such a flutter as the day he introduced himself to the members.
At first, I’ll admit, I thought it was a little weird to see a man reading Twilight fanfiction, but I have a very open mind, and so I set out to get to know this Can person better. I heard he hung out at Twitter a lot, so I made more time to visit the place and actually learn how to use it. Okay so I stalked the poor guy, but my stalking paid off and we got to chatting.
I had only been talking to Buzz for about five minutes before I realised I had met a kindred soul. We agreed on everything, and I stress EVERYTHING! Music, movies, political and religious views, nothing was off limits and it’s not often you can discuss all these things with someone, and agree whole heartedly with all that they say.
Needless to say, Buzz and I have become fantastic friends over the past year, and we’re lucky he has offered himself to us today, pretty bow and all!
For those who don’t know who Buzz is; he writes a dark and, as he describes, gothic romance fic called Dusk and Her Embrace.
In this twisted tale of lust, love and embracing the animal within, Bella leads a lacklustre life until the day she is changed by a vampire, who has risen after many years of torpor (rest underground). Changing someone is against the rules of the Camarilla, the ruling body of the vampire world and Amadán, the offending vampire, has put them both in grave danger.
"You know the rules of Camarilla, and yet you disrespect the traditions ?" his voice was nothing but a growl.
Standing up quickly, he descended from this throne, and stood in front of the offending vampire.
"And, more so, you disrespect me and my domain by speaking without my permission," he spat. "You have broken the ultimate law.
"'Thou shalt not sire progeny without leave from thine Ruler.' The punishment for failure to adhere to this is death for both you and your childe." Edward said, his authority ringing in his voice.
When Bella and her maker are sent to Edward’s Castle, the Lord of all the vampires and the Childe of Caine, her new future is about to come to a deathly end.
Edward looked at Bella and froze, deep in thought. He was entranced, in part by her beauty, but mostly by her innocence.
Without removing his eyes from hers, Edward spoke the words that sealed Amadán's fate, "Destroy him."
Bella watched with wide eyes as the vampires in the room started walking towards her creator.
In an act of desperation, Amadán lunged for Edward. In one easy move, Edward caught the vampire by his neck and lifted him into the air.
"You really shouldn't have done that," Edward chided. His voice was deadly calm.
After Bella watches the violent death of her maker, she waits for her own murder, the second in days.
… Edward took two strides to stand next to Bella, who was still kneeling and trembling so hard that her teeth were clacking.
"Now, what shall we do with you?" he asked rhetorically.
Bella understood that this was the end. She closed her eyes and prayed for mercy as Edward put a hand on either side of her face.
With truer biology and behaviour, this epic tale will have you on the edge of your seat as you witness the life and blood shed of the most elite hunter in all of the animal kingdom; the vampire.
Can is a guy in his 20’s who has just finished university and is currently serving his national service in the army. He is fluent in sarcasm, and often makes jokes at his own expense. Despite having a loyal following, Can is a very laid back person and enjoys a good laugh as much as the next person. We hope the following helps in getting to know the man behind Buzzkill34.
Ferla: Welcome, Buzkill34 who is the author of Dusk and her Embrace, a WIP and the OS Bella Gelato. Buzz is currently on 'hiatus' due to his current army commitments. Firstly I wanted to say that you are really missed in the group, by myself and many other members, and I have promised I would tell you this, so there it is.
Buzzkill34: Hi and thanks for the opportunity. I miss the ladies and a few gents too. 34 days left btw!
Ferla: WOOHOO!! Not that you're counting of course.
Buzzkill34: LOL of course not.
Ferla: Okay, so the obvious Q’s first. How did it come to be that you would read Twilight?
Buzzkill34: It's purely luck. I was fishing for DVD's the previous summer and let me say that I’m a huge fan of vampires. I saw the twilight DVD and bought it. But not having read the book, certain parts got me confused, so I was like WTF?
This made me watch it a few times, with no luck. Then I Googled the sucker and found that they were movies of books. So, I just got the first one, read it in one sitting and watched the movie again (which sucks btw, sorry.)
Ferla: LOL keeping it real, it's cool.
Buzzkill34: That's how I roll babe.
But the book was awesome, so I bought the other three and read 'em all without sleeping … I don't know why, but I couldn't stop myself … I still read 'em from time to time. (I’m a sucker for books)
But that left me unsatisfied and by chance I found a site where someone was pimping wide awake... WIDE FREAKING AWAKE! Imagine how that turned out…*sigh* it was love at first sight… Now me and twilight fanfiction are BFF's.
Ferla: Well, that answers my next question LOL so I'll skip to the third.
Buzzkill34: LOL ok sorry, got a bit carried away there.
Ferla: Did you always know that you would eventually write your own story when you came across FF?
Buzzkill34: Oh hell no! I've read more than 500 fics up to date… I was more than happy with just reading, but after a while I started to bitch and whine at the characters or the plot (no offense, I’m no expert)
After a while I started to think (*gasp* shocking I know!) about how I would have written some parts or what would eddieboy do on certain situations, plus I was bored with sparkly ass, over the top, suffocatingly gentleman, and sweet Edward and an epically (is that a word? LOL) insecure Bella. So, I tried my hand at writing.
Ferla: Your story, Dusk and her Embrace, is pretty dark and Edward is a very strong character, not to mention the different vampire biology, is that because of what you read in FF or was there other things that inspired you to write him this way?
Buzzkill34: Dusk And Her Embrace is a combination of many things actually. I wanted to create an Edward who embraces what he is. Also, I wanted to create a darker atmosphere, a bit gothic dare I say? More gray, or imagine, a visual for a film noire.
Ferla: Do you feel that being a male in the fandom gives you a kind of celebrity status? And if so, how do you deal with the fan girling?
Buzzkill34: Music was my main inspiration for DahE. The name and chapters are all song titles that I listen to when I write.
Whoa I wasn't done! Have some respect! HahaI know I’m slow sorry.
Ferla: LOL I freaking love you and I'm sorry bro... Please continue...
Buzzkill34: Ahem… Anyways, the vampire part of my story comes from an RPG game. The terms and clans are a part of this world which I freaking love and it felt more real to me this way. Plus, I think it really helps me set a darker world and mood.
Can I have the next q please?
Ferla: Do you feel that being a male in the fandom gives you a kind of celebrity status? And if so, how do you deal with the fan girling?
Buzzkill34: Not particularly, no. I know that there aren't many male writers or even readers in the fandom.
Though, I don't know if that is a plus or a minus. I love it when people find out that I’m a man, though. Their reaction always brings a smile to my face.
I'm a bit nervous though, being a male in a fandom, which is full of women, brings a bit of pressure you know?
As for the fangirl situation, I don't think I have fangirls (YET!LOL) but seeing someone liking my work is priceless.
Ferla: OK wait; hold up, I call bullshit. I remember when you first joined the group and all the girls were lining up to hump your leg (no disrespect meant here ladies, it's just a way I explain love) you can't honestly say you don't get fan girls!
Buzzkill34: Damn... I was thinking you would buy this…ROFL!
Ferla: You know me better than to not call you out when you talk crap.
Buzzkill34: I mean yeah... It's hard you know? Having good looks and writing Twilight fanfiction?
It's hard work... All the attention I get from the ladies... *sigh* I miss it, it's just dudes here you know, in the army... LOL
Seriously though, it really is great to be a part of this fandom.
Ferla: I totally get where you're coming from, I mean good looks run in our family so naturally ... as for the dudes in the army, switch places?
Buzzkill34:Lol trust me…there's only me with killer looks here... No one else... When I go out, girls run screaming to me and tear up my shirts... *sigh* sick of buying shirts all the time!
Ya know how it is…
Ferla: I have men trying to rip off my shirts all the time, too! Though, it might be for completely different reasons to your fans. It's a hard life looking this good. I sympathise bro.
Buzzkill34: Damn true! Lol
Ferla: Okay next Q.
Would you date a fan? LOL
Buzzkill34: ROFL... Hell yeah, why not?
Ferla: Haha, good to know, there you go ladies ;)
What do you love best about the Twifandom? Or FFA in particular?
Buzzkill34: Hmm.. At the risk of saying something cliché, it's the LADIES!! I get ladies all the time.. YEAH BABY!! LMAO
Seriously, it's the friendship. I've met lots of people that I call friends and more *points at Ferla* so it would definitely be friendship; from different countries to various ages…
And FFA is my baby, the place where it all started, you know? Good old times.
Ferla: I think we should just point out that we are not romantically involved, Buzz and I, though, like any red hot blooded male, he probably wants to, who could blame him. I’m totally joking there, but he is my brother from another mother and I am his sister from another mister LOL
Buzzkill34: ROFL… True… She is my big sister in every way... Minus the bickering and fights
Ferla: IKR!? I don't think I could ever fight with you; we spend far too much time laughing.
Buzzkill34: True! True! We are epic or epicness in human form.
I'm single… Just sayin' no relationship whatsoever… What? Whoa!! Calm down ladies… I can hear the screams from here.
Ferla: *sigh* now you’ve done it... I'mma have to send a whole new pack of shirts *rolls eyes*
Buzzkill34: LOL.. Comes with the territory I guess... This is fun!
Ferla: It's always fun with me baby, you should know that!
Buzzkill34: People will think I’m an asshole... Which is kinda true LOL
Ferla: Just a smidge.
okay next q
Buzzkill34:Hehe. OK, hit me.
Ferla: Do your RL friends and family know that you write Twifics? If so, what do they think about it? If not, how do you keep it secret from them?
Buzzkill34: No one knows about it. All of my friends know I’ve read and watched the Twilight saga. They know I’m a fan. (chicks dig it hehe) But this is mine. It's just for me. It's something I love being a part of and don't want to share with anyone. As for keeping it a secret, I don't do a thing to keep it that way, don’t have a fake acc. or something like that and if someone finds out, I neither deny or accept it... I just bring out the guns (flexes biceps) and BAM! They are distracted.
Ferla: Understandable that they would be distracted. *stares wide eyed at Buzz's new guns*
Buzzkill34: Yeah…Upgrades courtesy of the army.
Ferla: This is a fan q from Rose Masen Cullen.
Do you see Canon as a hindrance to your original creative freedom, or are you grateful that it lets you explore mannerisms that are well known among the fans? Why/Why not?
Buzzkill34: Whoa! Great q... Gimme a sec to think about it....
Ferla waits not so patiently… My guess is that canon is boring... I mean DahE is so far from the
original story in almost every way. You have made Edward kind of embrace the monster he is for starters, right?
Buzzkill34: Oh yeah definitely. He knows what he is and he loves it. I don't think it's a hindrance, I just didn't use it for DaHE ‘coz I don't think canon Edward is a vampire... More like a fairy maybe.
Ferla: LMAO touché.
Buzzkill34: They don't have that strong sexuality and lust you know? They are supposed to be dangerous, deviant, sinister… So canon is a bit candy coated to me, though I respect SM's and canon writers.
Ferla: I totally understand. My knowledge of vamps is this animalistic nature in all that they do, hunting and sex are approached with the same kind of wild hunger and need that a lion would possess.
Buzzkill34: Exactly! Vampirism is the true form of freedom. You let go of everything you knew. Embrace the animal, not keep it hidden. I really believe we all have an animal in ourselves and vamps are a product of it.
Ferla: Although I have a healthy respect for the story, I don't like SM's vampire canon and I know that you feel the same, which is why I wanted to hump your leg when you first sent me DaHE.
Buzzkill34: Hehe I agree. Nice thinking and all, but a 107 year old, sparkly, virgin vampire? Bitch, please, he would f*** half of the world by that time. I know I would
Ferla: Oh, Buzz.... ya preaching to the choir babe.
Buzzkill34: ROFL! It's true though! I know that it's a YA novel but… She emasculated the vamps.
Ferla: Totally!! I'm glad that Bella got her rough sex and all, but she shouldn't have had to beg the guy.
Buzzkill34: Screw the feathers in Isle of Esme. He would have had her up against a wall while sucking her neck. Now that's a vampire.
Exactly. I dunno if this was the answer for the q though LOL.
Ferla: Hopefully people are used to our banter enough now, to understand it none the less.
So, not many people know this and not many people would guess it, but English is not your first language. Do you find this as a hindrance, and have you ever thought of translating your stories into your native tongue?
Buzzkill34: Yeah, It is a pain in the ass sometimes. There are times when I find it hard to describe the scene or make it flow you know? Some shit like... The raindrops travelled along her curves as I yada yada... I can describe it flawlessly in my head and in my native tongue… But when I try that in English, I suck.
Or something that would add a lot to the effect I wanna create…Especially when it comes to describing weather or moods. I think there is one inDaHE, a part where I described the weather? Moon, blood, or... AHA!!! The rain!! Yeah...It was about the rain and the characters mood or actions… That was a bitch to write and it sucks if I want to write most of the story like that.
Ferla: That's where I come in.
Buzzkill34: YES!!! While I have the chance, you and CLM are a Godsend! I know that my story would suck balls if you were not helping me… I love you.
Ferla: And WE love you.
Buzzkill34: I know. Haha.
Ferla: So would you like to tell us a little about your other story? * whistles innocently*
Buzzkill34: Bella Gelato?
Ferla: That's the one
Buzzkill34: Ahhh.. It was my FAGE entry, and my first story. And by some chance it was for you and Feral. The prompt was 2 characters meet in an ice cream shop. At first I was gonna write some banter between Edward and Bella, but because I’m a pervert, I got an idea!!! Edward licking chocolate sauce off our dear Bella.
Ferla: LMAO and thank frick for that!
Buzzkill34: I had never written anything close to a lemon before, so I wanted to try and write one. I still feel the last part is rushed well, because it was. I was gonna continue a bit more but the deadline was close so I had to cut it there. I'm still thinking of editing that one ‘coz it is special to me. It was my introduction to lemons and I dunno how people feel about it, good things I hope.
Ferla: Well, I love it...
Buzzkill34: That’s all that matters.
Ferla: So, as much as I'd love to keep you all to myself, forever and ever (which would never
happen coz your fangirls and my husband would all drag you off to rip your shirt off passionately, leaving me here to twiddle my thumbs) I guess I should let you go. Do you have any last words to your fans? Any news you'd like to share, etc?
Buzzkill34: Aww I know. And I have to send the guards in a minute to their guard posts. Weapons and all.*smirks* Hmmm, well, I really want to thank you ladies for this opportunity! I'll be coming home in 34 days (hopefully) and will keep updating DaHE. I have some new fics in my head too. I love you all and see you soon. Add me on twitter! You know you want to. Haha.
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I hope you enjoyed this and definitely recommend following us and adding us to your feed as this will be a whole week of men in the fandom. Stay tuned! Don't forget that there's also still a week left of Supernatural Motnh! So pop into the group for your Winchester Brothers and Castiel goodness!
I’m off to shave the hairs that just sprouted on my chest.