Brewdening Love Expanded Universe/Fanfic Recs

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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Brewdening Love Expanded Universe Fan Fics, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in a certain 'fic, based on who recommended it.

Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found below. Make sure you sign your recommendation! No-name recommendations may be deleted at other tropers' leisure. Do warn when a fanfic includes sexual situations.[1] Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business. Likewise, warn if it may head into non-canon territory.

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Recommendations Template

Title of the Fanfic by Author OR Fic Trope Page, by Author (Link)

  • Recommended by: Troper Name[2]
  • Synopsis: What's the story about? Give here a brief summary of the plot. It would be also useful to point out in what moment of the series the story takes place. If it's a Gen Fic but it has some romantic elements, note here the characters involved too.
  • Pairing(s): If it's a Shipping Fic, list here the pairings that feature in the fic (warn here if it's het, male slash or female slash). If it's a Gen Fic, remove this line. To tell the difference between the two, notice if the focus of the fic is on a romantic relationship or if it focuses on the other aspects of the story. In case of doubt, classify the story according to the genres it's been tagged: the Romance tag for Shipping, absence of that tag for Gen Fic.
  • Tags: If any are known. This would be things like WAFF, Lemon, Dark Fic, any Trigger Warnings, etc. This is also where you would put character names with Characterization Tags if doing so would be equally indicative. ("uber!Harry" for Harry Potter, for instance.)
  • Comments: If you want to say something more about why you're recommending the fic, but please, keep it brief. We don't want Conversation in the Main Page.

Return to Me

Return to Me is a one-shot fic by fellow troper Puzzle Chick, centered around Brian's return to Forks and his struggling with the memories of his past relationship with Hugo.

It can be found here.

Return to Me contains example of:

  • Angst: As Puzzle put it, she likes her characters better when they're being angstmuffins.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why Brian stayed away from Hugo after leaving him on an impulse. Hugo didn't try to get in touch with Brian for the same reason.

Inopportune Moments (a.k.a. Behind the Scenes)

Inopportune Moments (a.k.a. Behind the Scenes) is an incomplete fic by Antispectraitor, who is doggedly continuing the story despite losing 5 or so chapters when her hard drive died. Trufax.

The first (and semi incomplete) chapter can be found here.

Inopportune Moments contains example of:

Most Awesome Character Contest

Most Awesome Character Contest is a one-shot fic by fellow troper Puzzle Chick. The first annual "Most Awesome Character In Brewdening Love" contest takes place, with all the competition that ensues. The judges are the "crew of the S.S. Snark", i.e. the Twilight Sucks! snarkers, and Erin Locklea herself.

It can be found here.

Most Awesome Character Contest contains example of:

  • Ascended Meme: Yet another of Erin's They Just Didn't Care moments, confusing Jacob and Fernando (as well as the misspelled Fatnando), is Played for Laughs here.
    • Brian IS the FBI.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The S.S. Snark crew shoot Erin's godawful drawing to save Brian and Hugo.
  • Brown Note: Erin's last drawing is so hideous it would cause your eyes to spontaneously combust.
  • Crack Fic: Yes. And it's awesome.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sort of. Brian and Hugo both want to let the other win the contest, resulting in a draw.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters know they're characters from a fanfic.
  • Riding Into the Sunset: Brian and Hugo at the end.
  • Sanity Slippage: Erin goes from misspelling the characters she wants to out, to trying to out a character that doesn't exist (Bella), to drawing "extraordinarily disturbing portraits". Then she goes completely crazy and shouts nonsense during the final round.
    • Basically, acting just like normal Erin.
  • Taking the Bullet: Both Brian and Hugo try to do this.

Verbo et Opere

Verbo et Opere is a fic by fellow troper Puzzle Chick. It starts right before chapter 27's memetic Cliff Hanger "MY HOUSE WAS FIRE!" and takes place in an Alternate Universe where Brian is part of the Special Cases SHS Unit (being the FBI is only a cover), vampire-human hybrid and former lover of Hugo Smith.

Here is the link to the last chapter, which includes links to the other chapters.

Verbo et Opere contains example of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: Joan becomes a vampire, and Hugo has to give up on her, but Brian and Hugo manage to escape The Unit and rekindle their relationship.
  • Canis Latinicus: The Unit loves this for codenames.
  • Cold Sniper: What Brian thinks he's become in the Unit… until he crosses paths with Hugo.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Brian. Definitely Brian.
  • Green Eyes: Joan has her mother's. Brian has green eyes as well.
  • Hazel Eyes: Hugo.
  • Heel Realization: Brian when he realizes Hugo loved him all along.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Joan, of all people.
  • Name's the Same: The hybrids, despite their name, aren't Half Human Hybrids. They're humans who haven't completed the process to turn into a vampire, and therefore are only partially a vampire. They get a bit of their powers in the process but also have to struggle with the lust for blood or emotions that would complete their mutation.
  • Older Than They Look: Brian.
  • Original Character: Lux and the whole Unit.
  • Papa Wolf: Hugo although he's ultimately unable to protect her.
  • Phobia: It's mentioned a few times that Brian was once terrified of water and that some of that fear still lingers. Word of God says this is because his parents died of drowning when he was young.
  • Playing with Fire: Brian's specialty. He's code-named Agent Ardere (Ardere means to burn in Latin) for a reason.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Brian sort of pulls this against the Unit whent they go against Hugo.
  • Taking the Bullet: Brian, to save Joan. In a subversion, Brian survives due to both being a hybrid and Hugo's skills as a doctor.
  • The Empath: Brian is one, although he can only sense a specific type of despair.

Stalker Evidence Diary

Stalker Evidence Diary is a fic by Chibithulhu, AKA troper Fire Yoshi. It is a retelling of Brewdening Love from Edward's point of view, through a diary he writes as evidence for the police. In this fic's continuity, Edward is used to crazy Mary Sue stalkers, as it is set after Twila the Girl Who Waz In Luv With A Vampyre, and when he sees Joan, he recognizes a new stalker.

It can be found on the Twilight Sucks thread.

Stalker Evidence Diary contains example of:

Joan: Ohmygoddidshestealyouawayfrommethat[BITCHITOLDherIlikedyouIhopeyoudieyoumanstealingwhoregotohellsinnerdieJennydiedie''DIIIIE''!

  • Ascended Meme: In the original Brewdening Love, Erin sometimes used her name instead of Joan's. Here, Edward notices this and it (understandably) creeps him out.
    • Also the "Hey I'm everyone, Joan !"
    • "OHMYGOD- But not God God 'cause that's blasphemy FUCK OFF SINNARS" is basically a better-spelled version of Erin's rantings.
  • Berserk Button: A few.
    • Don't even think about being around Edward with Joan.
    • Jasper goes kinda nuts after Maria dies.
  • Call Forward: Joan screaming "Die Jenny DIE" is apparently normal, considering Chapter 37 of the original fic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Edward has shades of this on a good day.
  • Diary: Written as one.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Alice.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Twice almost in a row. One is quoted below at the Painting The Mediuml entry, and the other is:

Joan: Hey I'm everyone, Joan!! And I'm currently dating your spunky bro here!
(Yes, she said that.)

Joan: Ward is MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
(Yes, she actually said all those exclamation points. And the ones.)

Brooding Lust

Brooding Lust is a fic by Talys Alankil, a.k.a. fellow troper Alarielle. It's a retelling of the original fic, adding logic, a coherent plot, Character Development, Fanon, and a good dose of grammar and spelling. It reprises the Unit and the concept of hybrids from Verbo et Opere (among other, smaller pieces of fanon) and adds original creations.

It now has a sequel, called Brooding Impostor, centered on another Mary Sue, Ariana Vampire Queen, but still continuing with the main characters of Brooding Lust.

It can be found here.

Brooding Lust contains example of:

  • Action Girl: Jenny loves sports and martial arts, and is particularly good at fencing.
  • Adorkable: Jacob.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Most characters have bits of it, but the character of James revolves around it.
  • Ascended Meme: The Bus to Apocalypse from chapter three, a typo in the original fic, is turned into an actual nickname for the school bus that almost runs over Joan.
  • Badass: Agent Parere can easily beat vampires.
  • Badass Normal: Lynne can beat vampire while being fully human and having only known about vampires for a week.
  • Betty and Veronica: Jacob and Emmett to Jenny, who notices it.
  • Bilingual Bonus: One of the chapters is named "Savoir", in reference to Erin's typoed chapter title. In the chapter, Joan learns Edward's true nature, and "savoir" is the French word for "to know".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lewis Donna, Ditzy Genius, also studies vampires.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The last chapter. You've got Lynne killing Edward, Jenny killing Esme, and Hugo killing Carlisle. How does one choose?
  • Darker and Edgier
  • Deadpan Snarker: Britney (especially since her POV chapter is entirely devoted to bashing Joan), James and Agent Parere are the most serious offenders.
  • Determinator: Lynne will do anything to avenge her daughter.
  • The Ditz: Joan mentions several times that Esme "MC" Cullen appears to be really stupid.

Esme (after Emmett Cullen, her adoptive son, was just killed by the rest of the family): Cookies?

    • That scene is also a reference to the same scene in Brewdening Love where Esme does indeed enter the room with cookies after Emmett's murder; there's more emphasis placed on it here.
    • As of chapter twelve, it seems like there may be something more to Esme than that, considering the respect Carlisle seems to show her.
    • Now confirmed that she was (and is) indeed Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Ditzy Genius: Jenny's father.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Agent Lux.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Lynne mentions a few times she can be very seductive if she wants to be.
  • Exact Words: The Unit uses "blood pacts" which rely heavily on this. James has learned to pay attention to it, of course.
  • Extreme Doormat: Esme seems like one.
  • Green Eyes: Joan has her mother's, inspired by Verbo et Opere. Agent Parere has very bright green eyes, too.
  • Hazel Eyes: Hugo.
  • It's Personal: Hugo tells Lynne to be careful and not focus on the Cullens too much… until he learns Joan is dating their prime suspect, Edward Cullen.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Agent Lux.
  • Killed Off for Real: Britney. In the prologue, no less.
    • Now Agent Lux as well.
    • And James.
  • Magitek: The Unit's equipment.
  • Name's the Same: The hydbrids aren't Half Human Hybrids. See the Our Vampires Are Different entry below and the Verbo et Opere section, since the concept is taken from there.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Agent Parere is a witch, a vampire hybrid and head of the Unit.
  • One of Us: Jenny. The author, too (duh, he created this very page).
  • Original Character: Britney and Lynne Epieu, John Stark, and Agent Parere are the most important of them.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The author made up new vampire mythos, only using the Brewdening Love canon information — which is not a lot — as a starting point. Vampires can either have to drink blood or "eat" souls. The more they drink or eat, the more "honor" they gain, which increases their naturally enhanced strength, speed, and stamina. Honor also serves as a hierarchy, since every vampire can feel another's honor. A human gets turned into a vampire by drinking a vampire's blood, dying, and in turn feeding off of another human; however, when a vampire feeds on a human without killing them, they can also turn into "hybrids", which gives them parts of the vampire's abilities.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Agent Parere wears one when she isn't working in the field.
  • Really Seven Hundred Years Old: James. He comes from a time where surnames were only for the noblemen. And he learned to ignore pain two thousand years ago.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Britney exists for the sole purpose of introducing Joan and Edward before being rather speedily offed.
  • Shout-Out: Trying to, at least. Some of them are more obscure than others.
    • To A Song of Ice and Fire: The prologue (namely the point-of-view character from the prologue dying at the end of it) and the point-of-view character system, as well as John Stark (Composite Character of Jon Snow and Robb Stark in terms of appearance and personality).
    • To Vampire Diaries: The method of turning a person into a vampire (has to drink vampire blood, die and then drink human blood). And Alaric Saltzmann, though he is a biology teacher here.
    • To The Wheel of Time: The idea for the vampires' "honor" system is based on the Aes Sedai hierarchy.
    • A shout-out to this cover of the song Eternal Love.
    • Brian's introduction is all but identical to his one in "Verbo Et Opere".
  • Tenchi Solution: Eventually, Emmett, Jacob and Jenny agree to this.
  • The Cheerleader: Britney. She's quite aware of it, noting that Joan may be the one person capable of out-bitching her.
  • The Chessmaster: Parere. Definitely Parere.
  • The Empath: The vampire empaths. And the hybrids created by those empaths.
  • The Reveal: For the reader only: Emmett implies in chapter four that the Cullens clearly aren't Christian. Joan doesn't know it, however.
    • She does now, but clearly doesn't care anymore.
    • A more classic Reveal is Agent Parere's identity. Which was the subject of WMG beforehand.
  • The Unfavourite: Emmett, who used to be a Mook working for the Volturi, is now little more than the Cullens' Dumb Muscle.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: There are three main plotlines. They of course blend together more and more as the story goes.
    • Joan's twu wuv with Edward.
    • Lynne's investigation of the murder of her daughter.
    • The Unit's attempt to take down the Cullen coven.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl : Jenny likes sports and is looked down on by Joan because of this.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Each chapter is written from the point of view of various characters, and each of them has their own interpretation of what they see, as well. For instance, Joan is amazed by the Cullens' house, while Lynne immediately notices how fake it looks.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl: Agent Parere has silver hair due to being a hybrid.

Brooding Impostor contains example of:

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Tim and his mother found something out about the Cullens and fled Forks. They also crossed paths with Ariana before that, and she's now back in their life.
  • Killed Off for Real: Another character dies in the prologue. This time, it's Damien Thorn.
  • The Woobie: Mark, in chapter 5.
  • Yandere: Ariana, big time. Seems to be a mix of both possessive AND obsessive.

An Unnamed Fic

This fic has yet to be named, and is written by Hlessi-Roo, A.K.A Falconstar. It focuses on three animal sidekicks of Mary Sues from various universes: Gwethelyn the otter, Adlef the dolphin, and Jake the ferret (well, two sidekicks of the local Mary Sue and a villain's sidekick) being turned Mary Sue Hunter by a special FBI unit. Along with Brian, they go to the "bubble" of a dangerous Mary SueGuess who it is.

It can be found in the Twilight Sucks thread, or here.

This fic contains example of:

And even though a Justin Bieber song didn't really count as a "ballad".

The Impossible Dream

The Impossible Dream is a fic by Anya The Purple, creating backstory for Hugo and Brian's teenage years in Forks, with Hugo's stepfather being our favorite Father James Holden.

It can be found here. More chapters are available on the Twilight Sucks forum if you're willing to browse it.

The Impossible Dream contains example of:

Another Unnamed Fic

This is a one-shot Brugo fic by Warhound. It is set after the events of Brewdening Love, where Brian and Hugo have escaped the madness that is living anywhere near Joan.

It can be found here.

This fic contains example of:


Monster is a one-shot fic by fellow troper Puzzle Chick. It takes place after chapter 37, when Joan got the Volturi to kill Brian and Jenny.

It can be found here.

Monster contains example of:

Joan: Aren't you proud of me? Tell me how proud you are.

Truelove Fight Chapter 2

Truelove Fight Chapter 2 is a fic by chibithulhu, a.k.a. fellow troper Fire Yoshi. It's a (parody) sequel to the Brewdening Love Spin-Off Truelove Fight, imitating Erin's style.

It can be found here.

Truelove Fight Chapter 2 contains example of :

Fight Truelove!

Fight Truelove! is a fic by Fyra. It is a retelling of Truelove Fight, the Brewdening Love Spin-Off including Pokémon, and told from the point of view of the Pikachu that is supposedly the villan of the fic.

The first (and currently only) chapter can be found here.

Fight Truelove ! contains example of:

Nightmare Moon

Nightmare Moon is a fic by Graceful Lament, a.k.a. Esoteric Angel. It could be considered a Twilight / Brewdening Love Crossover (yes, that's possible), taking place at some point in the Twilight canon… with a twist: the Twilight books and movies were made and released, giving the Cullens a huge fandom. One of these Fangirls is none other than our sweet Joan St. Sanctuary Louisa-Smith, who thinks God intended for Edward to be hers.

It can be found here.

Nightmare Moon contains example of:


  • Badass Normal: Regina. Brian, too, but that's usual for him by now.
  • Big No: Joan, when her father grounds her and takes away her cell phone and Internet privileges.
  • Bowdlerise: Joan doesn't swear in here at all, even when quoting the original material. Not that this is a bad thing.
  • Bunny Ears Vampire Hunter: Regina. Literally.

"But I always wear these when I have to break down a door. That and my bunny ears. It's what I do."

"I think I just imprinted on my flamethrower."

Jasper: This stays between us. I do not want Regina to catch wind of this.
Emmett: I wouldn't worry so much about Regina as the rest of the fangirls out there. You know they'll never let us hear the end of it. There are enough slash fics about us as it is. We certainly don't want to give them any more ammunition.

Joan: You know, I had a dream about you last night!
Emmett: And then you wrote it down, and got it published, and made a boatload of money off it.

Stay By Me

Stay By Me is Puzzle Chick's sequel to her previous fic Return to Me (see above). It takes place right after the previous fic's ending.

It can be found here.

Stay By Me contains example of:

A Bitter Eden

A Bitter Eden is another fic by fellow troper Puzzle Chick. In it, the vampires have decided to Take Over the World from humans. Hugo lives in Forks, turned by Father James Holden into a walled fortress of Christianity ("proven" as the "true religion" since it repels vampires) and trying not to question the isolationist regime, while Brian is the son of San Francisco's leader of the resistance against the vampires.

The first chapter can be found here. Other chapters follow in the thread. All the chapters can also be found compiled here.

The first part is over, and a second part, called In the Garden of Shadows is now in the works.

A Bitter Eden contains example of:

In the Garden of Shadows contains example of:

Facing the Sue

Facing the Sue is a "Fan"fic by Crazynekokitten on Deviant ART in which Brian returns to Forks to rescue Richie Smith (not being from the Twilight Sucks forums, the author of the fic didn't assign Mr. Smith the name Hugo) from Joan, the Mary Sue in question.

It can be found here [dead link].

Tropes in Facing the Sue include:

I don't know, but it's like a city or something, try MapQuest!

Brian winced from the punctuation abuse and caps rape.

Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds is a fic by holidaze, a short one-shot describing Brian and Hugo's separation long before the events of Brewdening Love.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Exit Wounds include:

  • Angst: This is angst redefined in some three hundred words.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Hugo can't manage to say he would never choose Louisa over Brian, as much as he wants to.

Surprise Visit

Surprise Visit is a fic by Talys Alankil, a.k.a. Alarielle, depicting Brian and Hugo's first time, with Continuity Nods to Stay By Me and The Impossible Dream.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Surprise Visit include:

Grá mo Chroí

Grá mo Chroí is a fic by KnightofWind (Raidou). This fic takes the characters of Brewdening Love in a fantasy setting and includes cameos by the other authors of the Expanded Universe.

The prologue can be found here.

Tropes in Grá mo Chroí include:

Yet Another Unnamed Fic

This fic by Puzzle Chick was an entry for the first "Brugo contest". While she did not name it, she said that if she did, she'd name it "FLUFF, FLUFF EVERYWHERE". It's about Brian and Hugo going to New York to get married.

It can be found here.

Tropes in it include:

Bonfire of Sparkles

Bonfire of Sparkles is a fic by Talys Alankil, a.k.a. Alarielle, and is an alternate version of the events from chapter 28 onwards, when Brian and Hugo meet for the first time. It rejects the usual Fanon that Brian and Hugo knew each other for a long time, and makes Brian closer to his original age (since in Brewdening Love he's in high school with Joan). It's half-Crack Fic, half-fluff.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Bonfire of Sparkles include:

Joan: OH MY FUCKING GOD — but not god God 'cause that's blasphemy, so fuck off sinnars — You can't leave me! I'm the most sexah girl in the universe! You have to bow down to my will! NO PARTY HAT KITTENS FOR YOU! I hope the Bus to Apocalypse will ram into you!

  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Joan's screams make the windows shake.
  • Painting the Medium: To illustrate how much of a Cloudcuckoolander Joan is, she and Edward speak like they do in Brewdening Love.
    • Including randomly saying "1111" in the middle of an exclamation point rant.
  • Religion of Evil: Sort of. The Cullens and Volturi end up being not vampires, but leaders of a cult of people who think they're vampires, drinking human blood and covering their bodies in glitter.


Snap is a fic by Chibithulhu, a.k.a. Fire Yoshi. It continues the original Brewdening Love after chapter 37.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Snap include:


Rediscovery is a fic by Puzzle Chick. It was written in response to an open challenge/dare for someone to write smut fiction, and it is.

It can be found here.

Tropes in Rediscovery include:

  1. please note this includes all sexual activity, not just homosexual or bisexual, including het.
  2. Reminder - if you want to recommend the fic but not write a review, add your Troper name to this line after the original name