Wide Awake

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Fanfiction
Title: Wide Awake
Author(s): Angstgoddess003
Date(s): Feb 2009 - Dec 2009
Length: 390,564 words
Genre: Het, Angst, AH
Fandom: Twilight
External Links: Authors Master List; archive link

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Wide Awake is an All Human AU Twilight fanfic by angstgoddess003.

Many Twilight fans credit Wide Awake as their introduction to fandom and the first Twilight fanfiction they read.

The main pairing is Bella/Edward.

Authors Summary: Edward and Bella have dark pasts that leave them severely emotionally scarred, with nightmares that force them to stay awake. They meet and begin to form a bond during the night hours.

Impact on Fandom

In Wide Awake, 'unicorn' is used as a euphemism for an orgasm. The term became part of the twific lexicon, inspired community names, pseudonyms, and the meaning was understood even by those who had never read the fanfic.

Other expressions used in the fic became popular within the wider fandom as well, for example, 'Daddy C' as a nickname for Carlisle Cullen.

Wide Awake was quite groundbreaking in its day. It was, in my mind the first big SuperFic. The fic that spawned fansites, fan vids and really captured the imagination of the fandom into becoming as obsessed with the fanfic Edwards as the Twibook Edward… Was the euphemism ‘Unicorn’ ever used in such a way?[1]

Publishing

In 2009, while Wide Awake was still posting serially, angstgoddess003 had plans to publish.

I plan to edit Wide Awake for publishing opportunities and am open to pretty much anything. I have no immediate plans to begin any stories outside of the FF realm. I feel too amateur to consider any such thing.[2]

However, by March 2011 she has changed her mind.

When I was asked if I'd consider publishing my own popular fanfiction Wide Awake, I said no, and she wondered why this would be, since I'm so poor. I explained that, while I wish others well in their publishing endeavors, I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable with it, morally speaking. I have other marketable skills I’m more confident in.[3]

References

  1. Fictionators rec, quote by pippapear, accessed 23 April 2013.
  2. Cullen Boys Anonymous interview (part three), accessed 23 April 2013.
  3. Too Much Wank to Name, accessed 23 April 2013.