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The One With the Vampires [Jun. 13th, 2007|12:57 am]
You want your canon? We've GOT your canon!


[Current Mood |accomplished]
[Current Music |Something to Be - Rob Thomas]

"Case number 183 A.  We first see the unraveling.  I've watched him . . . change.  I've been able to keep him at peace with the blend I've created but.  Even that seems to be failing.  He spends every waking hour plotting revenge against those who turned him.  Those who walk in the shadowed places forgotten by the sun.  He hates all of them.  But.  They live in fear of him."

You guys know this one, don't you?  You've seen the fics that say they're based on the 'Sixteen Candles 'verse' and thought to yourself, "What does Molly Ringwald have to do with Pete/Patrick?"  And then you clicked the link and suddenly you were immersed in a world full of bloodsuckers and vampire hunters.  That's because this?  Isn't your mother's Sixteen Candles.  For everything you ever needed to know about the canon and fanon of this particular bandom Alternate Universe, I present ALLSCALMTM The Primer.

The Beginning

This story starts, as all stories do, with a song and an idea.  ALLSCALMTM ("A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me") was the third single to be released off of Fall Out Boy's album From Under the Cork Tree.  Following the band's video-with-a-plot for the single "Dance, Dance", FOB wanted to do something different for their next round.  According to a Music Choice interview with band bassist Pete Wentz, they wanted to do something that no one would expect. 

This something included a theatrical music video about vampires and the men who hunt them.  An ambitious production to say the least, ALLSCALMTM required stunt training for Pete, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley and included numerous cameos from various FOB friends and labelmates.  Pete described the concept for the video as "Lost  Boys meets Kung Fu Hustle meets Warriors" which is a pretty accurate description.  Directed by Alan Ferguson, the music video takes on the same organic quality that all good vampire stories have, adapting it to 6:40 worth of tape and telling enough of a story to entertain an audience and leave them thinking 'what happens next?' at the end.

Brendon Urie as one of the Dandies

The Cast

Pete Wentz - hunter and human-turned-vampire out for revenge
Patrick Stump - hunter and 'gadget boy'; records information and tweaks the toys that they use to kill vampires
Joe Trohman - hunter; utilizes hand-to-hand combat to kick vampire ass
Andy Hurley - hunter; utilizes a sword to kick vampire ass
Dirty - gathers information for Patrick straight from the streets
Manager Bob - the mysterious priest who provides Pete and Patrick with the holy water needed for Pete's concoction

Travis McCoy - one of the Vampires from the Hood

William Beckett - Leader of the Dandies as well as the vampire who turned Pete
Mike Carden - William's right-hand vamp, a particularly gleeful and violent Dandy
Brendon Urie - one of the Dandies, skilled at mind control

The Story

In a nameless town overrun with vampires, there are three men and a vampire who aim to protect the humans and eradicate the vampires.  What their history is with each other, we don't know in the beginning.  What we do know is that Pete the Vampire doesn't tolerate things like jammed guns during missions and he's kind of a surly bastard.  We also know that Andy isn't too keen on being criticized while being the bait.  The four of them live and work together, though, from their base of operations in a warehouse or some similar building in town.

Patrick is the brains of the operation.  When we first see him working by himself he's watching back footage of their earlier hunt, making careful notes about Pete.  Patrick is the one who created the blend that Pete drinks, the one that's supposed to keep the bloodlust at bay.  Unfortunately, the concoction isn't working the same way it was at first and Pete is, as Patrick says, 'unraveling'.  He's a vampire obsessed with revenge which explains why he's so angry all the time.  He really hates what he was turned into and Patrick is obviously very worried about him.

Patrick takes notes about the night's mission and Pete's behavior

They keep Pete locked away in a makeshift coffin during the daylight hours, waking him up with the sun sets so that their work can begin.  If Patrick is the brains then Pete, Joe and Andy are the brawn, three very capable fighters both with their fists and the weapons that Patrick fits them with.  They are also a rock band which is pretty cool, considering they have a preternatural creature of the night on bass who can climb walls and rock out at the same time.  Pete also has a soft spot for puppies and doesn't like the fact that the mysterious town priest can't offer him any absolution.  The priest is relevant.  He lurks around town putting pennies in the eyes of the dead; the puppy, however, is not relevant, but pretty darn cute and a subtle indication of the humanity that Pete retains.

The night that Dirty takes a walk around town to gather more information for Patrick is the night that all hell breaks loose.  The Vampires from the Hood are minding their own business and braiding each other's hair when the Punks show up with their mohawks and attitudes, encroaching on territory that obviously isn't theirs and trying to start something.  And start it they do.  In the midst of the fight, one of the Punks takes out Dirty and that's just the beginning.

The Dandies.  Cameos from R-L: Brendon Urie, William Beckett, Mike Carden

Whether or not the Dandies actually have a territory is unknown.  What is known is that if they do, they consider that territory to be in addition to everywhere else.  They walk the streets like they own them and every other vampire in the area scatters at the sound of their heeled shoes on pavement.  Led by a tall, lanky vampire named William, the Dandies wear Derby hats and fancy clothes and everything they do, they do with a certain flair and amount of grace.  For all that they look like English gentlemen, though, the Dandies are vicious and happy to overpower humans and other vampires alike.  They love what they do.

Mike Carden + vampire violence = OTP

The hunters, who had witnessed the start of all of this via Dirty's relay of information to them, show up just as the Dandies are starting to wreak havoc.  They step out of their car, badass heroes there to save the day, and that's when Pete catches sight of William.  He has a flashback to when he was turned and the leader of the Dandies is the one who bit him; Pete's sole motivation after this realization is to kill William and he dispatches of the other Dandies quickly and efficiently.

While Pete's trying to get to William, Patrick has been taken down by a group of female vampires who entrapped him by pretending to be human girls in danger; Joe and Andy are doing a fair amount of ass kicking on their own, and all around them the entire town is a mess of screaming, fighting, batshit crazy insanity.  Just when it looks like it all might be resolved, after Pete has battled his way through the Dandies standing between him and William, who is obviously a voyeur and not a fighter, there is one final twist.

Pete is looking for a little payback

Pete has William pinned to the roof of a car and William disappears, leaving nothing but a pile of clothes.  The police have been called in and drag Pete down, beating him into unconsciousness.  When Pete comes to, he's in the back of a police car being carted somewhere.  He passes Patrick, Andy and Joe, all of whom are also being arrested.  The last thing he sees before he realizes what's going on is William laughing with another police officer and the mysterious priest.  In fact, everyone seems to be in on a joke that Pete obviously doesn't get.  It turns out the joke is that suddenly everyone is either a vampire or working for the vampires.  The town has seemingly fallen and our heroes have fallen with it.

Or have they?

William, leader of the Dandies, doesn't seem to have much to worry about by the end of the night

Other Points of Interest

  • According to Ferguson, the Dandies run about 'seventeen deep' as far as members.  Only thirteen are shown in the group pictured above.
  • Patrick's blend for Pete, which includes garlic and holy water, is ingested roughly three times a day.
  • The car that the hunters drive is emblazoned with a bartskull on the hood.
  • ALLSCALMTM assumes the following in vampire lore and convention: vampires have preternatural strength; vampires cannot walk in the sun; vampires are weakened by garlic and holy water; some vampires are capable of mind control
  • According to wikipedia, Spencer Smith is also featured as a Dandy in the music video.  However there is no footage of him in either the video itself or the making of and so for the purposes of this primer, this isn't a fact.  However, many fics do accept this as ALLSCALMTM canon.

Pete mixes his own drinks

The Segueway Into Fanon

What makes this particular music video so appealing to fans is that it is a universe all on its own.  Like any good story that takes familiar people and puts them in a completely foreign situation, ALLSCALMTM absorbs familiar faces and then spits them into a world that is open to interpretation.  All it takes is one viewing of this music video to see that it's an AU fic unto itself, and many authors and artists have jumped at the chance to flesh out the story that is given in canon.

Most fanfiction revolves, logically, around Pete.  His history is only hinted at in the video, after all.  What the audience is given as far as information is vague at best.  William turned him, yes, but what happened before and what happened after?  Fanfiction also explores the relationship between Pete and Patrick more closely in many cases.  Patrick spends the beginning of the video either gazing at Pete or thinking about Pete and he obviously cares, behaviors that have led many authors to want to tell the story behind that as well.

Some authors pick William as a focal point.  As the leader of the Dandies he is charismatic and suitably mysterious, begging for speculation on his past and future.  Often these fics involve the inclusion of even more persons associated with FOB and company, including but not limited to Ryan Ross, Jon Walker, Gabe Saporta and assorted others. 

For the most part, fanon changes from work of fiction to work of fiction.  Sometimes the unnamed town in which the video takes place is assumed to be Chicago and sometimes it remains nameless; sometimes Spencer Smith is already a vampire and sometimes he isn't.  There are varying degrees of darkness involved in the stories; some act as prequels and others as sequels while some are a combination of the two.  No matter what the premise or the assumed canon, the fics that are set in this particular 'verse are imaginative and a fantastic continuation of the story the video has already given us.

Fanfiction Set in the 16 Candles 'Verse
*Please note that because these are vampire stories, some warnings do apply.  Read the author's notes carefully if you have a particular squick and aren't sure if it might show up in the fic or not.

Stars When You Shine by ficbyzee - Prequel to the video, William-centric
And Keep the Things You Forgot by ficbyzee - Sequel to 'Stars When You Shine', William-centric
Sugar, we're going down swinging by _audrey and sharpest_rose - art and fic collaboration, Pete/Patrick
Kiss away young kills and thrills by _audrey and sharpest_rose - coda to 'Sugar, we're going down swinging', art and fic collaboration, Pete/Patrick
Bloodsucking's Just Another Way to say I Love You by cyclogenesis - the aftermath of Pete's turning, Pete/Patrick
the blessing of darkness by megyal - the conventions of vampires, Pete/Patrick
Blood on the sheets and your name on my collarbone by  fluffontop - the whole 16 Candles story, various pairings

You should also:
Watch the making of the video: 1 2
Write more fic!  No, seriously, this universe is just begging for more fic.  There are so many stories that haven't been told yet so go forth, be fruitful and multiply. 

And as if I could forget . . .

Watch the Video!

I don't blame you for being you, but you can't blame me for hating it. - "A Little Less Sixteen Candles..."

Posted on: June 13, 2007

From: 0nlymemories
2007-06-13 07:14 am (UTC)
You WIN. Seriously. I say this as someone writing a big sprawling bandom vampire AU that is completely in-no-way-related to this 'verse. More vampires fic for everyone!

All the cool kids are doing it.

Or, um. All the cool kids should be doing it? Something like that.

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[User Picture]From: twigged
2008-07-02 01:36 am (UTC)
Sorry to reply to such an old comment, but I'm a little obsessed with the vampire-verse right now. Do you happen to have the original pic your icon is from? Or as a last resort, is it sharable?

(to the OP: nice primer!)
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From: 0nlymemories
2008-07-02 04:00 am (UTC)
I don't have the pic, sadly, but it's totally shareable! I'm pretty sure that the maker info is in the pic info.
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[User Picture]From: mayqueen517
2009-01-18 07:24 am (UTC)
I thought I had the one from that icon, but it turns out that I DO have this one!


Dunno if that helps or what, but I'm rather fond of Blow-up!Pete!
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From: ficbyzee
2007-06-13 07:21 am (UTC)
:D!!!! This primer = made of win. (I have no vampire icons anymore. SO SAD.)
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[User Picture]From: cyclogenesis
2007-06-13 07:35 am (UTC)
There's a point where you see them pass by the 50th St subway station, which is in midtown Manhattan. I don't think it was shot there, but it sort of looks like it was shot on a set meant to be acting as a noirish Manhattan...
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[User Picture]From: fianna_fialena
2007-06-13 09:03 am (UTC)
Your Smile Reminds Me Of Switchblades is the third installment in _audrey and sharpest_rose's series. :)

sharpest_rose also did a "14 reasons why I love the 16 candles video" spam here, though maybe you should ask her before you include that. ^-^

Aside from that: this is awesome! \o/ *bookmarks*

and: why are there not more 16 candles video picspams! :o Anyone have any?

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From: vampyre_hunter
2007-06-13 09:08 am (UTC)
This is brilliant.
Vampires = better than life
Vampire boys(in bands) = better than regular vampires.
Therefore, this primer = better than anything! (Except maybe William Beckett with those teeth. Because, yeah.)
You are a true champion, duckling.
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[User Picture]From: fayemeadows
2007-06-13 01:31 pm (UTC)
Wow. Amazing primer, really great job! :D
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[User Picture]From: xcarex
2007-06-13 04:05 pm (UTC)
You may want to add that there is a community that was created especially for the posting of Sixteen Candles-verse fiction, bandamnation. It isn't quite as busy as it once was, but it's certainly a place to either a) post your own fic from this verse for people who are really into it, or b) read beyond the suggested links. :D
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[User Picture]From: ceresi
2007-06-14 01:14 am (UTC)
Despite my immense love of this video, I had no clue there was a Making Of! *bops self* Thank you for the primer! :D
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[User Picture]From: _audrey
2007-06-15 11:28 am (UTC)
Cool! I've been waiting for somebody to do this.

(Don't forget! There's also Mary's awesome one-stop site for nifty 'Sixteen Candles' factoids and screencaps - Case #183A. :D)
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[User Picture]From: exsequar
2007-07-26 10:01 pm (UTC)
What an awesome primer! I've watched the video a few times, but I didn't pick up on some of the subtleties of the story that you've highlighted here. Actually, what drew me into bandslash once and for all was when someone on my flist linked to a VAMPIRE AU BANDSLASH FIC and I was all :O!! Must. READ! (It was Stars When You Shine) Aaaaand I was completely sold. That was only a few days ago, but I'm already completely obsessed with all these boys. So this vid and the AU it birthed has a special place in my heart! Thank you so much for the great post!
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From: mjesssx3
2007-09-01 05:29 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: seraph05
2007-10-11 02:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this will intrest anyone or not but i'm writing a fairly in depth fic set in the world of a little less sixteen candles a little more touch me - http://seraph05.livejournal.com/4296.html with patrick, pete, joe, andy, gerard, william, brendon, trvis, ryan, frank, mikey and a whole host of other characters you're sure to recognise from the punk rock world we love so dearly XD It's called Of Vampires And Rock Stars and i'd love some more reviews on it if anyone is looking for one.
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[User Picture]From: neko_newee
2009-09-27 07:57 am (UTC)
hahaha, this is exactly what I was thinking. I recommend this fic too. It's one of the main fics that got me into bandom :D
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From: faded_memories
2007-11-29 08:15 pm (UTC)
Let's try this again, shall we?

This is awesome, and I found it just in time for me to make use of it. Thanks.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-12 07:55 am (UTC)
"The Dandies. Cameos from R-L: Brendon Urie, William Beckett, Mike Carden"

From L-R, I think you mean?
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[User Picture]From: xingou
2008-05-21 06:01 am (UTC)
This was truly awesome. A whole section of bandom finally makes sense to me now....
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[User Picture]From: sceneofhate
2009-06-20 04:07 am (UTC)


A fanfic me and my cuz have been working on http://holystardown.livejournal.com/2009/06/14/
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-01-15 02:39 am (UTC)

My theory

[I've been able to keep him at peace with the blend that I've created. Even that seems to be failing. -Patrick S.] After reading your wonderful piece you've created here, and thinking over all the facts, I have a pretty strong theory to propose. Because the priest was on the Dandies' side, and from looking at Patrick's quote, I bet the holy water Pete got was fake. That's why it wasn't working. (Either that, or Patrick's just really bad at alchemy.)
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[User Picture]From: jack_is_love17
2010-07-25 03:35 am (UTC)
I was actually looking for the community that is meant for fics based on this video, but I appreciate this all the same.
I'm in the starting baby stages of attempting my first a little less sixteen candles video, and this is some help. So thank you!
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