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21 March 2012 @ 10:17 pm
FK Recommendation March 2012  

What's Good?  For March, I am bittersweetly pleased to spotlight Diane E.'s "The Last Vampire" (1995, PG-13, ~5K words) in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  After Diane's death last month, I reread all her FK fanfiction.  While she is justly known for her comedy, this, her one drama, is my own favorite of hers.  This Nick goes public with his vampirism under the pretense that he is the last of his kind; he becomes the sole focus of media attention, scientific scrutiny, back taxes...

        The day after his first dinner at Schanke's, the lawsuits started arriving at the precinct. First, from people he'd arrested last week, last month, last year—all suddenly claiming "the vampire" had hypnotized them into confessing to crimes they hadn't committed. Then, every suspect he arrested, even the ones he caught red-handed, filed a police-brutality and wrongful-arrest complaint.

What's New on FKFic-L?  February saw one story: "Diamonds...and a Girl's Best Friend" (1 post, 6KB) by greerwatson.  In March so far, one story has appeared, and lisamcdavid has posted an invitation for FKFic-L War proposals.

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PJ1228pj1228 on March 22nd, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
I still cannot access the FTP site. Could you perhaps PM me the txt file? Or do you happen to know when Diane's story was originally posted to FKFic-L? The date should be in headline on the FTP post. Then I could access it via that archive.

Amy R.: Nickbrightknightie on March 22nd, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Accessing Diane E.'s Fanfic
I'm sorry that the Former FTP Site is locking you out!

I will email this story to you (unless you would prefer an LJ PM?). You can also access Diane E.'s fanfic on Mel's site. (I personally prefer the Former FTP Site for many reasons, but Mel's site began by copying the FTP Site's contents, so almost all the older stories that were on the FTP Site at that time are also on Mel's Site.)
PJ1228pj1228 on March 23rd, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Accessing Diane E.'s Fanfic
Oh dear, I should have heeded the warning at the beginning. That was really a frustrating ending. But it was interesting to read about the consequences of Nick's "coming out". Thanks for recommending it.
Amy R.: Nick Againbrightknightie on March 25th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
Re: Accessing Diane E.'s Fanfic
I'm sorry if the ending made the story distressing! Because Diane warned for it in her text, I didn't think more discussion was needed, but it is a bleak and sudden resolution.

I really enjoy how she focuses on the heavy, mundane consequences piling up. Other people have written versions of the vampires' secret getting out, but most of those tend to be either about the social/political aspects of integrating vampires into human society (or exterminating them); I think that only Diane ever felt the cumulative weight of lawsuits and taxes and misguided groupies, etc., as well as the new barriers that isolated Nick even more than he had been before.

Diane really is known for her comedy, though! Sitcom situations and parodies!
PJ1228pj1228 on March 25th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Accessing Diane E.'s Fanfic
Because Diane warned for it in her text, I didn't think more discussion was needed,

Don't worry, it's quite all right. I noticed the warning, but I chose to ignore it, thinking that as in some cases, when people state something is depressing that doeasn't necessarily imply that I find it depressing as well. LOL In this case, however, it was true.

But I enjoyed the unique situations that Nick was confronted with. You're right, it's one of a kind.
greerwatsongreerwatson on December 2nd, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)

Mind you, I think the ending was a trifle forced. Dramatic, of course; but Lacroix's offer did come out of the blue. I get the impression that Diane's real interest was in the all too mundane complications of coming out (which she demonstrated marvellously well). After that, she had somehow to contrive to bring the story to a close, and hauled Lacroix in as a sort of vampirus ex machina.

I guess it was either that or write a novel. (Pity. It would have made a fascinating novel.)