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.
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
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
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 . . .
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