Although I said we finished this series in November, I realized recently that the interview with Elliex, a prolific transformative author and Destiel fan, never posted, so, we are bringing it back for one last entry. When I get the chance to rec a fic for The Collective, I inevitably go to Elliex. Her work in canon can’t be beat and her coda, “Heaven’s Most Wanted” is all I ever wanted from Season 9 but was too afraid to ask for. The last fic we rec’d of hers was on Dear Collectress’ Christmas list, but there’s more, dear reader, so much more. With 22 works on AO3 in the Supernatural fandom, including a new Demon!Dean series that explores the character development and saving of Dean Winchester, Elliex really should be in the SPN Writer’s Room (in my humble opinion). Read on for some pretty sound writing advice and an interesting look into the process of a fanfic writer.

Also–a shout out from me to El–who left a kind comment on my 1st ever DCBB entry and pretty much made my day by reading my little ‘ole canon-based case fic. Thanks hon!

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

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1.) What/Who inspired you to write fanfiction?

Though I’d known about the genre for a very long time, I only started actively reading and seeking out fanfiction a couple of years ago. As I worked my way through some truly amazing ‘verses and standalones, mostly Supernatural but some other fandoms too, I realized that many of the writers spoke about how much they enjoyed writing, how they hadn’t shared their work before, and how sharing gave them confidence. As someone with a stack of fiction manuscripts in varying states of completion and length that I’ve never had the nerve to share publicly, this resonated with me.

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After mulling it over for a few months, and writing a few practice fics that will never ever see the light of day, I took the plunge and posted my very first piece on AO3 – it’s not great; it’s not even good, but it was a necessary first step for me. And then I slowly began posting more. I still remember that simultaneous thrill and anxiety at watching the hit counts on early fics go up, and kudos (and/or comments) were like gifts from readers. Though I still feel that combination of thrill and anxiety, sharing has gotten easier for the most part. And like anyone, I continue to appreciate every kudo and/or comment I receive.

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This is it, my friends. The last Fanfic Wednesday post by yours truly, the Diva, and I’ve been compiling this list all summer long. On October 7, 9pm on the CW, season 10 of Supernatural premieres with a newly demonized Dean Winchester. I leave you with 7 of my favorite Demon!Dean fics, to help prepare for the upcoming angst I have a feeling we are in for. Some are gen, some are smutty, but most of these stories read better than the S10 promos and that’s…troubling and awesome at the same time. The transformative community really knows how to take a canon theme and create works that not only reveal the weaknesses of a Dean without the boundaries imposed by network execs (and bad writing), but also remains true to the man who fans wish/hope/dream Dean Winchester is capable of being–with the help of Sam and Cas, of course. Over the summer, promotions for S10 have been confusing and seem very OOC for the Dean Winchester who has undoubtedly evolved over the years. The “frat boy” image of the promos is not good enough for me! I need more depth, show writers. Enter these amazing takes on Demon!Dean and the struggle to balance his human existence with demonic desires.

Enjoy and thanks for spending the summer reading fanfic with me!

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xoxo The Collectiva Diva

1) there’s a light in your eye that keeps shining

Author: xylodemon

Word Count: 1,463

Summary: Cas only sees Dean’s humanity.

Pairing: Castiel/Dean Winchester

My Thoughts

In my S10 head canon, I see Sam and Castiel working together to save Dean. Not only that, but in this story, Cas realizes he’s been in love with Dean for a long time and he does something about it. This is pretty much exactly how I wish/hope/dream the season premiere would go down.