Fic Title: A Man of Stature
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, n/a
Genre: angst, romance, Harlequin, drama, AU
WIP?: completed, ~50,000 words
Why This Must Be Read:
First, I should note that this is a sequel to a fic called Just Rewards, which I'm not reccing. This fic stands alone, but if you want to read Just Rewards, you can find it on TrudiRose's profile. For a simple summary of the plot:
In Just Rewards the story of Disney's Beauty and the Beast veers in a very different direction than what happened in the movie and in the end, thanks to a return appearance of the Enchantress, Gaston is not the man he once was. Now he has ten years to learn to love a woman and earn her love in return or...well, you know how the story goes.
TrudiRose has a real gift for finding the human side of Gaston. Plus she's a fabulous writer (one of my favorite fanfic authors) with an impressive knowledge of her canon and a brilliant eye for clever parallels between the original story and her own works.
A Man of Stature highlights all of these talents, as a transformed Gaston sets off into the world, determined to find that woman who loves him and can change him back. Even if he has to chat up a hundred women a day! Every day! For years! Which is just one of the many things I love about this story -- Gaston is not the Beast, and he's not going to react to the curse in the same way. None of this hiding in a castle, waiting to die nonsense. Why, you almost never meet girls that way! Instead, Gaston makes a plan and sticks to it, through thick and thin and myriad disappointments and setbacks. Even after he meets the girl of his dreams, things don't go smoothly, which is my favorite aspect of the story. After all, even a changed Gaston is still Gaston, and there is no way his path to true love could ever run smoothly.
A unique, wonderful fairy tale adventure, perfect for anyone who has loved any version of Beauty and the Beast.