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[livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles is one of my favourite communities, so here are five things that caught my eye this year. I should give a disclaimer that I’m way behind with the entries, so I’m sure there is a pile of other stuff I could have recced that I just haven’t got to as yet.

It’s always illuminating to see the Buffy ‘verse through external eyes, and in [livejournal.com profile] punch_kicker15’s The English Patient: Seven Times Giles Visited the Hospital(and One Time He Didn’t) we see Giles across the seven seasons through the eyes of a resident physician at Sunnydale Hospital. This is good stuff.

Now for a vid - In the Depth of Night by [livejournal.com profile] gilescandy is Giles/Willow with our Watcher no longer in Sunnydale, but remembering his feelings for a young girl he left behind. This has a lovely yearning, melancholy feeling, which hits just the right note for this ship.

As someone without a visually artistic bone in my body, I really admire artists who can capture the essence of a character is an image. That’s what [livejournal.com profile] nmcil12 does with this banner - Sorry to Barge In. To me, the combination of the art and the words is perfect illustration of everything that makes me love Giles as a character.

Back to fic and The Marcellus Variation by [livejournal.com profile] ljs is Giles/Anya, in which Xander and Anya have broken up, Giles and Anya are in the Magic Box and Xander decides to do a spell about soulmates. I can’t put my finger on why this fic works for me so well, it just does, and Giles/Anya make such a perfect couple.

Finally, [livejournal.com profile] double_dutchess gave us the sublime combination of Monty Python and Giles at his troubled, glasses-removing, forehead-rubbing best. It’s a vid that is cunningly called Giles is Worried and it makes me smile every time I watch it.

Maybe by the time classic recs comes around in October I’ll have caught up with the rest of 2016 SoG and can rec some of them, then...

Date: 2017-01-05 01:46 am (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Classic Recs is handy that way -- anything you forgot to rec this time, or which was created a bit earlier than you recall when you're compiling year-end recs can find a home ;)

Date: 2017-01-05 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
Thanks so much for the rec, especially on a list with so many great SoG entries!

Date: 2017-01-05 09:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhw
I loved Punch_Kicker15's fic! It's got to be one of the best things I've read this year. =)

Date: 2017-01-06 12:04 am (UTC)
double_dutchess: (Giles worried)
From: [personal profile] double_dutchess
Summer of Giles really is a great community. My favourite of your picks is The English Patient; such a wonderful and original fic.

Thank you for including my worried Giles vid in your list! I guess the title could have been more clever, but it does cover the content extremely well :-)

Date: 2017-01-06 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Great picks.
Oh, and "slight apocalypse" is one of my favorite Giles' moments, it's really so him =)

Date: 2017-01-10 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com
Nice! :) I hadn't seen most of these, and I loved "The English Patient" and "The Marcellus Variation".

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