I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility. Sexuality is fluid, and the Denali sisters being such independent, adventurous, sex-positive ladies, I wouldn’t put it past them to be open to experimenting. They probably have in the past, although if they really consider themselves sisters perhaps not with each other (then again. .. the Cullen ‘kids’ all consider themselves to have the same parents and yet have no problem sleeping together so who knows lol). If Tanya found herself having feelings for a woman I don’t think she’d feel weird about it and would definitely pursue it. Whether she would end up turning her, I don’t know. I don’t think the Denali have the angst about being vampires that some of the Cullens do, so if the prospective female partner wanted to be turned I think Tanya would do it, but I don’t think she’d force the issue. She’s proven herself capable of having sexual relationships with humans after all, and I don’t think she’d force immortality on someone. It would have to be the human’s choice.
“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
Vampires without “special powers” appreciation post. Because you don’t need to see the future or read minds to be awesome.
SM says the Denali girls are from what is now Slovakia, but she also a) gave them Russian names (other than Kate) and b) mentions that Tanya has a slight Russian accent in MS. At the time the Denali girls were born, Slovakia was under the rule of the kingdom of Hungary, and the Slovak language more closely resembles Polish than Russian. But let’s talk about their names and the cool Russian style of nicknames. I like to think the sisters use these kind of nicknames for each other.
IRINA is the Russian form of Irene, meaning ‘peace.’ Possible diminutives included Ira, Irochka, Irishka. In Slovak it’s Irena, with diminutives like Irenka and Irchka.
TANYA is not a full name—it’s the common first level diminutive of Tatiana. So likely Tanya’s ‘real’ name was/is Tatiana. Tanya is the nickname. A further, more affectionate nickname might be something like Tanechka or Tanyushka. In Slovak, it might be Tana or Tanichka.
KATE is obviously not a Russian/Slovak name, and neither is Katrina. That’s Dutch/German actually. I think SM was going for Ekaterina, which is the Russian form of Catherine. The first level nickname is generally Katya, and further diminutives might be Katyushka or Katenka. In Slovak, it’s Katerina, with nicknames like Katka, Kachka, Kachenka,
SASHA is a nickname of Alexandra/Aleksandra, which was probably her real name. A more intimate nickname would be something like Sashenka. Sasha is also the Slovak nickname for Alexandra.
Male names have common nicknames too. Sasha’s immortal child was named VASILII, his nickname would likely be Vasya, and further endearments would be Vaska, Vasenka, or Vasyok. In Slovak, it would have probably been more like Vasil.
I don’t really read any Carlisle/OC stuff, I’m kinda fascinated by Carlisle/Esme since we get so little in the books (we only find out they met when she was human in the Guide, never in the actual books!) so I tend to read C/Es stuff. I can be really picky too though, I have a very clear perception of so many of these characters (but especially Carlisle) in my head that it doesn’t take much for a story to turn me off. Everyone calling him “Dad” or “Daddy” is a big one. Just no. Doesn’t happen in the books or movies. It’s grossly over-simplifying the Cullen family dynamic to reduce him to being ‘daddy,’ IMO. Snarly/violent/hissing Carlisle turns me off too. He’s one of the only ones who never behaves like that in the books—Rose and Edward and Alice might hiss and snarl and bare teeth in a frightening way—he doesn’t. He’s been working on this “being human” thing a lot longer than the others and thus, IMO, is a lot better at it. Even Jacob admits how human Carlisle seems, more than the rest of them. I have zero interest in feral, snarly Carlisle unless it’s you know, flashback fic set when he was a newborn still trying to come to grips with everything.
The closest thing I’ve written to a Carlisle-love-interest-that-isn’t-Esme is a one shot about him and Tanya. Back before the guide came out, I assumed they had known each other for a long time (there’s a line in BD about “centuries of friendship”) but then the guide says they didn’t meet until the 1930s. I went with SM’s original Denali outline which was that Carlisle met the three sisters “early on” when they were “just starting to look into the vegetarian thing.” This is the first time Carlisle had met anyone else with golden eyes, let alone a WOMAN with golden eyes, so I imagined there was an attraction there even if ultimately their lifestyles were too different for it ever to have worked out.
Rosalie seriously does not get enough credit.
Like everyone is so impressed with Edward’s self-control, and I’m not knocking it, she’s his singer that’s got to be hard. Good job, Edward. But he’s been a vampire for 85-90 years (depending if we’re using book timeline or movie timeline). He’s had a lot of practice controlling himself by the time he meets Bella.
But let’s think about what Rosalie did. As a newborn, she killed seven people without spilling a drop of blood. That’s not exactly noble lol but it would take an incredible amount of control and focus to do that. I mean she apparently tortured Royce slowly but again—never spilled any blood and didn’t give in and bite him. As a newborn.
Then less than two years later, she carried a bleeding 6’5” (so, you know LOTS of blood) man over 100 miles without giving into the thirst. She was barely out of her newborn year!
There’s so much more to her than being a vain ‘bitch,’ like really.
And the Denali girls were a devoted family even BEFORE they switched to a more civilized diet. Isn’t that supposed to be impossible? They were human eaters when their mother died and they loved her and have mourned her for centuries. They have loved each other as sisters for centuries. And then (according to the Guide version), Tanya discovered the vegetarian way in much the same way Carlisle did (trying to go cold turkey/starving herself in the woods). She never once interfered or tried to break up E/B’s forever love. She’s not a bitch at all, actually! If anyone is, it’s probably Irina, but her would-be mate was killed by werewolves so you know it’s not like she doesn’t have her reasons.
eyes on “precious, only meant for Bella” Edward. By the end of the story she’s lost a sister, and is the only one in her coven who hasn’t found her soul mate after a thousand years. The funny thing is it doesn’t even make sense Edward rejected her. She’s a beautiful, experienced woman, loyal to her and Edward’s family, and who taught herself to be a vegetarian. He should be fascinated by her like he is by Carlisle. I know we’re supposed to think “Oh, look, Edward has waited for his true love and Bella is so special to him he has no eyes even for this gorgeous woman”, but my first reaction is “Tanya could do so much better. Maybe Edward was gay before he met Bella” XD
I am so frustrated by how Tanya is portrayed in fic. But yeah, I can see why people jumped to that conclusion. I think that this “Tanya the skanky bitch who will do anything to get Edward” happened between Tanya being mentioned as the blonde bombshell who wanted him in Eclipse and us actually meeting her in Breaking Dawn. She was perfectly nice in BD! She didn’t put the moves on Edward at all and totally respected his bond with Bella. In that year or so of waiting for BD, this fanon idea of Tanya was developed and sadly it has stuck, despite her actual canon depiction.
I feel so bad for her. I mean I don’t actually have a problem with her being single in and of itself—it’s the fact that she lost her sister and the guy she had a crush on is with someone else AND she’s Forever Alone in a coven of couples. Isn’t that what we were supposed to feel so bad for Edward about?
I think she could have been awesome for Edward. I really don’t see why they couldn’t have dated for awhile but never fell in forever vampire love. Not everyone you date is going to end up being your soulmate, and I think she could have been good for him. She understands being a vampire, carrying around guilt for killing people, and the choices involved in the vegetarian way of life better than Bella ever could/will.
Keeping Up With the Cullens - Episode 2, pt 4 - Denali