While The Powers That Be went off-tangent with a seasoned comics writer, creating another set of Voltron Force pilots, among #KeithandAllura fanshippers, we continue our fan-ship adventure by looking for K/A in other realms of genre fiction.
When Voltron fanfiction writer Paulina Ann introduced fans to her fanfic arc Chivalry, where she sent K/A time-travelling back to medieval Arus, I was challenged to read more of knights, clad in suits of armour and wielding broadswords. But I also wanted to read about kickass princesses / ladies of nobility wearing armour and wielding their own weapons to defend their realms and kingdoms.
While I had a blast reading sci-fi romance and regency romance through most of 2014, I decided to bravely step out of my comfort zone and read another romance sub-genre. By the beginning of 2015, armed with my mobile Kindle app, I stumbled upon the ebooks of historical medieval romance author Kathryn Le Veque.
Her medieval landscape was completely different to the polite society of Regency and Victorian historical romance. Her medieval world was bloody and brutal, which reminded me of Beast King GoLion, the original Japanese anime version of Voltron that was rife with blood, gore and dismemberment. But once I got used to the medieval landscape, I was entranced, smitten even.
One of Kathryn Le Veque’s novels I particularly loved was so close to our favourite fandom couple. “Unending Love” is about a knight and his lady with physical attributes identical to Voltron Force Keith and Allura: handsome knight Maddoc du Bois had black hair and blue eyes; And Adelind de Aston, an earl’s granddaughter with blonde hair and green eyes. The book cover had even a Black and Blue colour palette.
I loved the book so much, I even got the audiobook edition and would listen to it while doing the dishes or cooking dinner during arsenic hours. And yes, I even cried when I first read this book. (If this was a tweet I’d be hashtagging #hopelessromantic #sorrynotsorry).
Then, I realised, writing Voltron KA shippy fanfiction is indeed a mixture of sci-fi, romance, fantasy, paranormal, and even medieval. Thus, my Voltron AU medieval KA fanfiction “Claiming His Princess Bride” was born as a reply to a KAEX Challenge raised by cheetoy called ‘Royal Twist’. To date, the FanFic has grown to twenty-one chapters, and I will be adding the final set of chapters by the end of November 2015.
Coincidentally, on 29th October, Kathryn Le Veque is generously sharing her characters from one of her series The Wolfe Pack. She has opened the doors to writers who are keen to write and continue her characters’ journey through fanfiction on Kindle Worlds.