[identity profile] yourlibrarian.livejournal.com
That groaning squeak you hear is the door being closed on this session of Classic Recs. Although you'll have to put away the pumpkins and garlic until next year, we've had an abundance of tasty treats offered to fill us up ::nom nom:: Many thanks to the folks posting and commenting during this session!

It was particularly great to see people filling requests from The Wish List. We'll be bringing it back again next year for further inspiration.

[livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 will reopen for its 2016 session on January 1, 2017 at midnight UTC (click here for your time zone). So start checking your download folders, your tags, your bookmarks and memories to see what you enjoyed this year and what you want to make sure the Buffyverse community doesn't miss from 2016!

After each session the content on LJ is backed up to our Dreamwidth community. There is also a Whedonverse community at Imzy whose members wanted to have a Classic Recs session there. So if you have (or want) an Imzy account, you're invited to crosspost your recs there. Feel free to ask any questions about that below.
ext_1707915: (morbid much)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five favorite scary stories. Just keep in mind that some of these go with major character death warning. Won't tell which ones, because I'm evil like that. And because spoilers.

Truly and Forever by [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth. What if Willow managed to resurrect Tara? Rated NC-17, and not exactly for the smut.

Read more... )
[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
I'm a big fan of fics where a well-timed spell, a friend stepping in to help, or someone asking the right question at the right time can solve a problem from canon.

Here are five short classic fics in that category:

1. Apotheosis by Ephemeral Night (Willow/Tara, General Audiences). Willow stumbles upon the secret for carrying out the Thy Will Be Done Spell in a more effective manner, and comes up with some clever and audacious to eliminate nearly every threat the Scooby Gang will ever face, and then takes it even further into the ultimate fix-it fic territory. Tagged as "fluff and crack" in AO3, and it's high quality fluff and crack.

The rest under the cut )
ext_1707915: (Darla Scales)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] rebcake asked for pre-series fic focused on Darla or Dru, and I'm happy to oblige (though I doubt I can offer anything new to her). All stories rated PG to PG-13 (yes, I'm shocked, too!)

Traveller by [livejournal.com profile] selenak. Darla might not know the rules yet, but she had always known how to make men break them. Darla and the Master, in the beginning.

Read more... )
[identity profile] yourlibrarian.livejournal.com
Dawn Meets Cordy by onegirlinalltheworld. So this isn't a fic about pre-series Dawn but I thought it was a nifty idea about how Dawn and Cordelia might have bonded in S2.

Read more... )
[identity profile] yourlibrarian.livejournal.com
Just a friendly reminder from your mods to anyone waiting on the sidelines or putting together some final lists: our 2016 Classic Recs session will be ending in 12 hours. Especially if you have Wish List fills, please get those in now!
ext_1707915: (spangel)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
And another spangel rec list, this time it's comedy/fluff. Because one list was clearly not enough.

This Is It by Foxinator ([livejournal.com profile] foxstarreh). Spike and Angel move on. Maybe. Kinda. PG-13.

Read more... )
[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
For [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons, who requested some Spangel. All By Anna S.

1. Untitled --Melancholy, poignant, beautiful.

2. Sleepy -- Short, but it packs a wallop.

3. Gift -- "Once it would have taken force to drive Spike to his knees."

4. Untitled -- The L.A. gang discusses the relationship.

5. Untitled -- This piece just gets to the heart of who they are, and who they are to each other. Quite possibly my favorite Spangel story ever.
ext_1707915: (Chosen2)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some of my favorite buffyverse fanart featuring cats and Spike. (Because it was a thing long before S10!)
I'm pretty sure it's not what [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons had in mind asking for art recs, but, well.. It's fanart, and it's a rec, so technically this post fits the request =)

Read more... )
ext_1707915: (I know what you are after)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five Giles/Spike shortfics, by the request of [livejournal.com profile] spikesjojo.

Four Step Programme by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni, R-rated. Post ‘The Gift’, Spike and Giles have reasons to get closer. More humour than angst or romance.

Read more... )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander asked for some Spander, and who am I to deny her. I know there’s been a Spander epics list already, so I thought I’d offer up a list of one-shots that maybe might have fallen off people’s radar.

First up is Prophecy by [livejournal.com profile] nasty_shrew. The language in this is so beautiful and the way it starts and the way it ends is perfect and so is everything else in between.

Oh look...squirrel... )
ext_1707915: (Chosen2)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five stories featuring Dracula, because it seems appropriate for the season. Mostly comedy. (I know, poor count would be appalled).

...Or May I Call You Buffy? by MarcusRowland. Dracula is writing to Buffy. From hell. Because some guys clearly don't know when to stop.

Movie Night by [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix (or here is AO3 link). Buffy, at the movies in Transylvania, runs into an old... well, friend isn't quite the right word.
Read more... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
There are so many awesome videos in Youtube! I've discovered all these wonderful gems recently, but they were created before 2016.
Top Five Videos )
ext_1707915: (Chosen2)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
And another list based on the request by red_satin_doll - five stories about voiceless victims.

An Unexpected Afterlife by [livejournal.com profile] settiai. Tara was surprised to discover that being dead wasn't really that different from being alive. And even thoug story is from Tara's POV, she is not speaking just for herself. Tara/Cassie Newton, G.

Read more... )
ext_1707915: (Cordy Reads)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some rarepair femslash recs, by the request of [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll.

My Normal Girl by SharpestRose. Faith/Alonna Gunn in the Wishverse. Living on borrowed seconds. PG-13.

Naked Thoughts by Anna S ([livejournal.com profile] eliade). Anya/Tara UST. When good girls fantasized, they did it at night, alone, behind locked doors. PG-13.

House Full Of Women by wiseacress. Buffy/Tara and a bit of emotional hurt/comfort. PG.

Habits Real Girls Have by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle (or AO3 link). Dawn/Tara. Tara dies, Dawn learns. Never what you expect. PG-13.

Five Lovers Cordelia Chase Never Had by Roz Kaveney. So, what if Giles and Xander left Sunnydale, but Cordelia and Wesley didn't? Cordelia/Joyce, Cordelia/Glory preslash, Cordelia/Buffybot, Cordelia/Tara romance, Cordelia/Willow preslash. R-rated.
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Open on Sunday hasn’t had a post since July. As a memorial, I found five great - I went through a bunch but I didn’t read them all -  drabbles written for an Open on Sunday prompt.

1. [livejournal.com profile] punch_kicker15’s If You Are What You Say You Are because I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

2. [livejournal.com profile] romanyg’s Woman of Property because I’m also a sucker for angst

3. [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy’s Advant Gardener because no one writes humor like Beer Good Foamy

4. [livejournal.com profile] baudown’s Parlour Games because awesome Spander

5. [livejournal.com profile] nihilistbear’s Kiss from “Once More With Feeling” because ouch!

And while I’m here, the first prompt since April has recently been posted at Giles Shorts. Go. Write.
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
The Prompt: Write about changes in relationships (friend to enemy or vice versa), or introduce characters that have never met, or something else that fits the theme.

Party Demons by [livejournal.com profile] kantayra - The world might be ending but at least Clem’s made a new friend. Hee!

Sleeping Arrangements by [livejournal.com profile] gwynnega - given that they're drabbles, it can be hard to describe the story without ruining the surprise

Unconventional by [livejournal.com profile] glassslipper - ditto

All in the Retelling by [livejournal.com profile] xmirax - rescuing the world from Angelus as told by one who lived to tell the tale

Hubris by [livejournal.com profile] knotted_rose - I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Angel story.

Edited on 30 Oct to include author names,
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1. Brace Yourself by Enigmatic Blue. Spike / Buffy. A rewrite  of season 6 where Buffy more easily accepts her attraction to Spike. A ritual to free Spike of a curse has unexpected consequences. And, given this category, I’m pretty sure you know what those consequences are. *grin*

the rest of the recs listened to sappy 80s love songs and are balling their eyes out )
ext_1707915: (spangel)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five classic Angel/Spike stories, arranged from shortest to longest.

Victrola by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey. William, Angelus and that terrible modern music.

Read more... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com

Okay, maybe not "we're all mad" but each of these features madness.

1. nwhepcat's Keeper of the Book is new to me so my comments are from my first read - Wow, the tension is amazing. Half-way through and I still don’t know what’s driving Xander. He tried to kill Cordelia. Giles, and in fact the entire Council in London, are missing. I have no idea what’s going to happen. … And I just finished it. Wow. Wow wow wow. Read this. Now.

the rest of the recs are taking one step beyond )
ext_1707915: (Chosen2)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some classic Mr. Gordo stories, because he deserves it (and also because [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll requested =)

Fuzzy Thoughts (+ additional AO3 link) by [livejournal.com profile] deird1. Mr Gordo and Mr Pointy do not get along very well. G.

Read more... )
ext_1707915: (spangel)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Superstar by spuffyisthenewbangel. Oz/Spike constructed reality vid with some very nice voice montages. Warning for flickering overlay.

Read more... )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
It’s a known fact that I have a mild predilection for young Mr Harris, so I challenged myself that I would do at least one list where Xander is nowhere in sight! *g*

Arrhizal by [livejournal.com profile] sunnyd_lite is a terrific look inside River’s head as she thinks about Simon and the rest of the crew. Beautiful evocative use of imagery makes this one a keeper.

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs... )
ext_1707915: (Dawn Blue)
[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some classic Dawn-insert fics, arranged from shortest to longest.

Small Spaces by [livejournal.com profile] deird1. Dawn and Wesley slowly become friends. Starts from season 3. G-rated.

Read more... )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Here are five Giles/Xander fics, which is my second favourite ship. These range from the ridiculously cute to the ridiculously angsty.

Starting with cute, The Beginning of Knowledge by [livejournal.com profile] mireille719 is some lovely incremental snapshots of Giles and Xander’s relationship in which Xander buys post Valentine’s Day chocolate and Giles folds laundry.

This way for the pretties... )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander put up a wishlist entry for some Xander/Larry. It’s a pairing that can work wonderfully and it’s a shame there’s not more of it about.

I’ve got to start with [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat’s Things We Never Talk About. Xander suffering from the “aspect of the demon” thing from Earshot while Larry finds himself having a shock initiation into the trials and tribulations of Scoobydom. And there’s a whole complication with Faith that always has me on the edge of my seat. Welcome to boy world…

More X/L fun this way... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1. Dead!Giles 'verse by [livejournal.com profile] thea_bromine. Spike helps a dying Giles. Things get strange.

2. Of Old Mystics by Omphalos and [livejournal.com profile] wolfling. After the Council has fallen, Giles rescues Ethan from the Initiative only to learn that together they have a destiny. One of my long-time faves.

3. Responsible Adults by mydiera and [livejournal.com profile] sadbhyl. Giles/Ethan/Joyce. On the night Ethan would have pulled that Fyarl transformation spell on Giles, Joyce joins them. Things change from there.
Note: Sadbhyl wrote an essay: When You Girls Are Older You'll Understand (Rupert Giles/Joyce Summers/Ethan Rayne)

4. Bookends by [livejournal.com profile] il_mio_capitano. Buffy/Giles. Mmm, a story that brightens my day when a new chapter is posted.

5. In the Morning of the Magicians by [livejournal.com profile] indri. Ripper/Ethan back in the day. On of my favorite BtVS stories.
[identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
I'd post the actual wallpapers but Photobucket is acting up again "grumbles" so... I'll just have to point them out :
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[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1. The Very Secret Diary of Andrew Wells by deird1 - Andrew’s journal, not exactly what you’d expect

2. hearing, seeing by [livejournal.com profile] kwritten - Dawn and Spike, grieving for Buffy, take a road trip without telling anyone

3. The Twelfth Sister by rowan (littlerhymes) - just so you know, very dark, but I'm pretty sure you alreay know that.

4. All Set Down - Oh Goddess, yes!

5. devo79’s Blackout - I always cry at the end
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Note: The Lucy Stone Six fanvids are reuploads from a closed account. They were originally created before 2016.

1. Lucy Stoner Six’ Handlebars - Willow. I cannot do justice to this. Go. Watch. Now.

2. A Slayer in the TARDIS’ junkie - “Let me tell you something about Willow.”

3. Vanishing446’s Ripper Opening Titles - Ripper years. Damn I wish this was a real series.

4. Laura Shapiro’s Transparent - More Willow and, yeah, another one that’s so awesome I don’t know how to describe it

5. Lucy Stoner Six’s chandelier - Faith. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist.”
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
I'd love to say I'm so nice that I deliberately fulfilled [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll's request, but I just happend to have the same idea. Still, here you go.

1. A Nice Little Business by Lilachigh - Alice Pringle. Sounds like an OC, doesn’t she, but no, technically she fits this category. In the author’s words: the vampire lady referred to by Spike in The Replacement, when, sarcastically, he tells the Scoobies that he has been having a cup of tea with the lady who runs a tea-stall in the local garbage dump.
The rest of the recs went to The Bronze for Disco Night )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1. rebelrsr’s Forging Bonds - dom/sub ‘verse with Tara as the dom.

2. Naughty Fae’s Whitechapel - Spike/Xander in an all human AU based on Ripper Street

3. Deja Without a View - [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip’s masterful retelling of [livejournal.com profile] aadler’s amazing Dust Over Pompeii for the Circle of Friends remix. Willow/Riley. I could have chosen to remix this story but I looked at it and told myself it was an impossible remix. I was so very, very wrong.

4. [livejournal.com profile] booster17’s Sleeper - Xander/Faith. If I describe the story, I’ll give it away. This has been one of my faves since I first read it.

5. [livejournal.com profile] drsquidlove’s New York - Xander/Giles. This is an amazing epic. I really can’t sum it up better than the author: Xander is thirty-seven. Divorced. Two kids. 4000 miles from Sunnydale and his Hellmouth childhood. Also, straight. Only someone forgot to tell Giles. In fact... where the hell is Giles?
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
In 2014 I wrote The Perfect Cup of Tea and I learned that Brits really don’t like it when you get tea making wrong. Note: I have since corrected my mistake and promise to never, ever do anything so heinous to tea, even if only in a story, again.

1. Gill O’s Tea Parties Suck, was written as a response to my story. I like to think my error, in that it produced such a delightfully humorous response, was almost worth making.
the rest of the recs are having a cup of tea and then having another one. Because they're small. )
[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
I became inspired by [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll's classic recs wishlist. Among other things, she asked for rare pairs, Mr. Gordo, stories that explore the POV of voiceless victims, and overlooked characters. Some of these stories do double, or even triple duty!

1. Little Red Riding Hood, by Circe -- This is a rare pair, and an overlooked character, and it's from the POV of a voiceless victim. And it's fantastic. Spike/Janice

2. Stars and Crosses, by Emelye -- This is definitely a rare pair; it fits in another wished for category as well, but I'm not saying more -- there's a surprise, and it made me grin from ear to ear when I first read it.

3. Untitled ficlet, by Anna S -- This one explains itself: Spike/Lorne (the ficlet is in the second half of the linked post)

4. The Wall Series, be Debechan,Teland,and TheSpike -- Xander/Ethan -- this qualifies as a rare pair, right? Dark and dirty.

5. Domestic Bliss, by nomelon -- Spike/Riley, which I think qualifies as a rare pair, too. This is a must-read, even if you think this pairing is a non-starter for you (as it was for me, until I read it, and then WOW). It's original and captivating and emotional and hot. Trust me on this one.
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1. Samantha Winning’s Asylum - Buffy, Faith, and Cordelia are in a mental institution and something’s really wrong in a horror movie kind of a way. I’m very, very disappointed this isn’t a real movie even though it’d be too scary for me to watch with the sound on.
the recs are wondering if they could live in a Barbie world )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com

  1. gloss' Theses on a Philosophy of Power - this one is just brilliant. The Slayer, during the Bolshevik Revolution, is a Red. The oppression of Slayers through the writings of Karl Marx.

the rest of the recs are scratching their heads, wondering what the heck a drop bear is )

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