Ones That Changed Our Lives


We were overwhelmed by the beautiful comments regarding our list in our final post – Ones That Changed Our Lives, so we decided to list them here.  A lot of our gorgeous readers have added theirs as well – so the list has grown and we all know that growing story lists are a fantastic thing! *grins* In alphabetical order….

Alaska by Anton M

Summary: For two years, Bella’s had a cotton candy romance going on with her taciturn best friend. In her head. So after catching bits and pieces of Edward’s unusual upbringing, Bella pays a visit to Alaska. Rated: M ~ Romance/Adventure ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

Animate Me by Ruth Clampett

Ruth Clampett is one of our favourite ladies here at The International House of FanFic.  She is sweet, funny and one hell of a writer.  When we heard that our beloved Animate Me was to be published, we were over the moon for her.  This story has a special place in all our hearts and minds. If you haven’t read this story *gasp* you need to go and fall in love with the story just like we did!

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Barefoot in Texas by PlanetBlue

Summary: I watch her jumping, prancing, her hands empty but taking pictures. Her feet bare on the hot Texas earth. Everything in my life that was planned to a T just whirled away in a ruffled skirt. Rated: M ~ Romance ~ Edward/Bella ~ Complete

Bella Swan: Kidnapper by Kambria Rain

Summary: Um. Hi. I don’t really know how to say this, but I have your kids with me, and I was thinking maybe you would like them back. So yeah… call me. FicSister Note: Pyejammies chose this one as her life saver and we endorse it heartily – one of the funniest reads in the Fandom.

The Blessing and the Curse by The Black Arrow

Summary: By pretending she is falling for Edward, Bella is fulfilling Esme’s dying wish. But sexy, possessive Edward can read her mind. Will she ever get into his? Can Bella forget the pain of her teenage years, and can she resist his relentless seduction? Rated M ~ Angst/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

Boy in the Red Sweater by Starrynytex

Summary: Laced in silence and bound by his black web of a backpack, the new boy dressed in the faded red pullover is driving Bella insane with curiosity. Don’t judge a boy by his sweater. FicSisters note: thanks so much to Jan let us know that BitRS was her life changer.  It really is a beautiful story.  It has, unfortunately, been pulled from FFN now, but we had to still list it, as it so deserves to be here!

Branching Inward by LifeInTheSnow

Summary: He’s a brilliant, sensual, tactile artist with a huge personality and love for life…at least, he used to be. She’s a shrewd historian, content to observe from a distance…until now. At Newcoven College in Clearwater, OH, no secret is safe. Rated: M ~ Romance & Drama ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

The Cannabean Betrothal by ItzMegan73

Summary: Edward has immersed himself in the Cannabean way to ward off the hurt of a life-changing experience; but an unexpected betrothal teaches him how little he knows about life.  Rated: M ~ Drama/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

A Compendium of Thoughts by ItIsRaining

Summary: After Edward is struck with a serious illness, Bella offers to give him a ride to school every day. His musings on life are priceless and unique. Based in its entirety on a true story. Rated: M ~ Edward/Bella ~ Complete

The Cullen Legacy by pattyrose

Summary: Legacy – A gift; sometimes unknowingly bestowed. Bella met Edward in a London pub, never imagining where each would be 7 years later: he a Congressman fueled by ever-growing political ambition, she the woman with an explosive secret that can end all his dreams. But Bella might soon find that revenge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that Edward may harbor his own dark secrets. Rated M ~ Romance/Hurt/Comfort ~Bella/Edward ~ Complete

Emancipation Proclamation by kharizzmatik

Summary:  The tale of a Principe Della Mafia and his Bella Ragazza, two souls connected in a world full of chaos. Quella destinata per te, nessuno la prenderà. True Love Waits. Sempre.

Now published as Sempre by JM Darhower.

The Fallout by OCDindeed

Summary: March 16/06 the world the Cullens knew ended. Faith, hope & love are powerful things. Edward finds out how powerful they are when he loses the one person who made his life worth living. Not just an E/B story. Entire Cullen clan is here, each with their own hardships. Set during a post-apocalyptic nuclear war. Try the Prologue before passing judgment. You might be surprised! FicSister note: Thanks to Kat who shared The Fallout as her life changer.  One FicSister is super-excited as she hasn’t read it – what a treat!

Firefly in Summer by primarycolors

Summary: Edward finds himself back in the little beach town of his childhood when he inherits the local bar from his uncle. The elusive, pretty girl next door has killer legs, a sketchbook and secrets that are slowly eating her alive. Rated M ~ Angst/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

First & Ten by Nolebucgrl

Summary: Bella Swan is an aspiring sports writer and her first big assignment is to interview the league’s biggest, not to mention hottest, quarterback. Will Edward Cullen school her in the rules of the game or will she teach him a thing or two? Rated M ~ Romance/Humor ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

Grand by CaraNo

Summary: A mafia tale about love, loyalty, betrayal and family. Told in three parts: Grand Tale, Grand Vendetta, and Grand Finale. We’ll begin in 1975 and follow a family through the MGM Grand fire, the Dunes implosion, and the opening of the Mandalay Bay. Rated: M ~ Crime/Family ~ Complete

Gravity Series 1: Blood & Glory by drotuno

Summary: The definition of a mercenary is a soldier for hire. His crew are trained fighting machines. Hers are smart PIs. What happens when they need each other to survive? Canon couples. AH/AU. Rated M for lots of reasons, including violence and lemons. Rated: M ~ Hurt/Comfort/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

Let Your Light Shine by LolaShoes

Lovely Lori chose this story as her life changer and for those of us who were around when TwiFanFic was in its infancy, I think we would all agree the LolaShoes trilogy was absolutely a life changer.  Unfortunately the trilogy is no longer available online, but we will never forget it.

The Mirrors by adorablecullens

Summary: Teddy’s secret and magical childhood is lost when a family heirloom is destroyed, changing his life forever. Now an adult, can Edward open himself back up to magic and love when he meets a beautiful – and hauntingly familiar – woman in real life? FicSister note: Thank you to Sami69 who chose The Mirrors as her life changer! Runs off to re-read it!!

PUCKED (AKA The Misapprehension of Violet Hall Regarding the Inferior Intellect of Hockey Players) by Helena Hunting

Summary: With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.

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Secrets and Lies by BellaScotia

Summary: Bella once told a lie. A lie that cost her everything she ever wanted. 10 years later she returns to her hometown to an ailing father, an angry best friend, and the man from whom she has kept a secret that threatens to unravel her existence. Rated M ~ Hurt/Comfort/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

The Secret Life of EA Masen by Vancouver-Canuck-Girl

Summary: Edward Cullen – to most, he’s a boring book editor but he’s really an elusive romance novelist with an erotic flair. When he’s not writing porn, I mean romance, he’s just a guy who’s married to his high school sweetheart and father of three teens. This funny, romantic, sweet Daddyward will make you laugh and cry. (Bonus: A Jake you’ll love, too). FicSister Note: Thanks so much Pyejammies for this excellent suggestion!

Stolen Secrets and Shattered Dreams by FoxxyJ

Summary: A NYC barman views his mind reading as an isolating cancer, until he meets a lonely 28yr old trying to escape her sad reality. His life is full of harsh lessons. Hers an uphill battle, so she never complains when a beautiful boy pushes her away time and time again. Rated M ~ Hurt/Comfort/Drama ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

Stranger Than Fiction by MasenVixen

Summary: Six years after Edward left, Bella’s written a bestselling book about a girl and the vampire who loves her. Edward returns to her, hell-bent on recapturing the happily ever after that he destroyed. FicSister note:  This was the lovely Robyn’s choice as her life changer. We can’t agree more!

The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie

Summary: Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy–made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record–keeps them apart. Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted, and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family, and classmates.

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Wide Awake by AngstGoddess003

Thanks so much to FluffyLiz and RoxieGirl for letting us know that Wide Awake was their “Life Changing” FanFic.  We believe that this one was a life changer for many, and we are so lucky to have the story still available to access via AngstGoddess003’s LiveJournal page.  The story of these two damaged but beautiful souls is amazing and unforgettable.