For All the Gods Departed
|Title:||For All the Gods Departed|
|Author(s):||Pam Rose & Nancy Arena|
|Fandom:||Tris & Alex|
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A Related Work
Tyger, Tyger by Nansi L. Alexander is a "one shot zine novella set in an alternate Paradox universe where Tris and Alex are vampires. Recounts Alex Logan's intro into the Band etc. Offshoot universe with the author's permission, of "For All the Gods Departed"... Xerox, no frills. 87 pages. $5.00." 
Reactions and Reviews
This is mainly directed to [L], who was disappointed in the predominance of the Tris/Sarah relationship in _For All the Gods Departed_, but seemed general enough to post to the entire list.
This novel needs to carry a warning label that it's not standard slash. It's not meant to be. This is a novel looking for a professional publishing house to take it on, whose roots are based in fan writing.
I happen to love Sarah as a character, and the idea that Alex is not capable of giving Tris all he needs to heal and survive. (I know this may be heresy in fandom--the partner must be the all-encompassing relationship!) I loved that Alex and Sarah had a great relationship, and that that only made things harder for Alex, not easier.I thought that "Sarah as soulmate" was carried a little too far, since she's basically everyone's soulmate (watches bad movies with Alex, looks at Camy's pictures, drinks with Duff, and, of course, transces [?] with Tris.) But the idea of removing her doesn't work for me at all. 
Tris and Alex are variations on two real-life rock musicians named Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. From 1969-1980 they were well known as the lead guitarist and the singer of Led Zeppelin. Those of you who (like me a year ago) have never heard of Zeppelin, only need to know that they were a British rock band, hugely popular in the US, without much support from the press, and that you probably know their songs even if you don't remember he band's name. The most well known song is Stairway to Heaven; also big are Whole Lotta Love, and Black Dog (starts Hey hey momma, say the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you grove). Anyway, that's who the guys really are. In the fan writings, hey turn into Tristram Lindsay and Alexander Logan. The history of Paradox (the name of the band in the fan stories) follows the history of Zeppelin fairly closely, except that Tris and Alex are lovers from the very beginning. Basically, Alex plays the ingenue, Tris is the manipulator, their relationship is stormy at times, and lasts through 9 years depicted in a bunch of short stories and a very long novel called "For All The Gods Departed." Looks: Alex is 6'3", has long, blond curly hair, blue eyes (green in the novel, in a lame attempt to disguise his likeness to RP), and is often described as looking like a Viking. Tris is around 6', very thin, with long dark brown (almost black) hair, which is curly in the stories and straight in the novel. His skin is very pale and he has a very fine bone structure. The fandom is written almost exclusively by Nancy Arena and Pamela Rose. (There are a few alternate stories by other authors.) Nancy and Pam are searching for a publisher for the novel, which they hope to sell professionally. Basically, the stories tell the history of the band, from the time they meet, up until they have a serious crisis in 1975 or so. The stories vary from the whimsical, through sex vignettes to hurt comfort, angst, and heartbreak. The novel picks up in 1976, as the band tries to recover their music and their relationships, throws in an occult subplot, outside romantic interests, and more. These guys are much nicer than any fandom I've read except Starsky and Hutch and I really love them. In fact, they're probably nicer and cleaner than any real rock stars could ever be, but somehow, that doesn't bother me. In some ways, they get to maintain their youth, because they pay people to handle their mundane details for them (managers, roadies, etc.). 
I recommend whole-heartedly,(and not just because Jenn is rubbing my shoulders even as I type) is For All the Gods Departed, *the* Tris/Alex novel. 250,000+ words, and what a wonderful read—love, angst(I've read Tris's wedding night *many* times...) everything I read slash for. Joe Bob says, check it out. 
A couple of years ago, another good friend reviewed *the* novel in Tris/Alex fandom (For All the Gods Departed), saying, 'it's wonderfully, written, and the guys suffer wonderfully, but I couldn't stand the way that the woman is just blithefully written out of the story as soon as the guys need her to be gone." I'm sure there are other examples, too, but, here's my confession: these stories don't bother me. I dislike it when all the women are written as total bitches; but I'm rarely bothered at all when women are killed off, or sent out of the picture so that our boys (TM) can live happily ever after. And I call myself a feminist... 
- from a 1995 ad in GAZ.
- Megan Kent, August 13, 1993, comments at Virgule-L, quoted with permission
- from a fan in Strange Bedfellows #1 (May 1993)
- Sandy Herrold in Strange Bedfellows #2 (August 1993)
- from 1997, by Sandy Herrold to the Virgule-L mailing list. Quoted here, as with everything by Sandy, with permission.