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[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.
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[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 )
[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] 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
So, sparrow2000, now you know why I've been reading - and commenting - on your stories lately! For the rest of you, some of the stories are dark - I'm looking at you Memento Mori - but I believe they're all worksafe.

  1. We could have quite a lively debate about which of sparrow2000’s stories are the best, but I believe any such list would have to include Magpie. The incredible writing, the detailed descriptions … I don’t know if I can describe what makes sparow2000’s stories so great, but this one has it all.

the rest of the recs will give you chocolate if you click them )
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[identity profile] staringiscaring.livejournal.com
To Turn A Life Around (G, Moist & Billy)
Moist is in first grade when he discovers his true calling.

Mirror, Mirror (PG, Billy/Penny)

Billy was seven the first time he saw Dr. Horrible.

Greatly Exaggerated (PG,Billy/Penny)

In which Penny recovers from a near-fatal accident and tries to get her life back on track.

What A (Hench)men's Gotta Do (PG, Moist)

Doc's been in a bad way, since the events that catapulted him into the Evil League of Evil, and Moist is determined to do something to fix that.

Saving Expertise (PG, Dr. Horrible & Tony Stark Dr. Horrible/Iron Man crossover)

Captain Hammer's day-saving is interrupted by a smartass with a flying suit of armor - which naturally means the third party is a villain, right?
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[identity profile] staringiscaring.livejournal.com
To Turn A Life Around (G, Moist & Billy)
Moist is in first grade when he discovers his true calling.

Mirror, Mirror (PG, Billy/Penny)

Billy was seven the first time he saw Dr. Horrible.

Greatly Exaggerated (PG,Billy/Penny)

In which Penny recovers from a near-fatal accident and tries to get her life back on track.

What A (Hench)men's Gotta Do (PG, Moist)

Doc's been in a bad way, since the events that catapulted him into the Evil League of Evil, and Moist is determined to do something to fix that.

Saving Expertise (PG, Dr. Horrible & Tony Stark Dr. Horrible/Iron Man crossover)

Captain Hammer's day-saving is interrupted by a smartass with a flying suit of armor - which naturally means the third party is a villain, right?
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] deird1 is one of my favorite Buffyverse writers. She's very prolific, and I can't choose only 5 fics - so I make three separate lists. Here's the first one.
No Words
http://deird1.livejournal.com/256747.html
PG. Season 7 through the eyes of Chao-Ahn. Brilliant continuation of ideas of non-verbal communication, started in Hush.
four more )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] deird1 is one of my favorite Buffyverse writers. She's very prolific, and I can't choose only 5 fics - so I make three separate lists. Here's the first one.
No Words
http://deird1.livejournal.com/256747.html
PG. Season 7 through the eyes of Chao-Ahn. Brilliant continuation of ideas of non-verbal communication, started in Hush.
four more )
[identity profile] antennapedia.livejournal.com
Here are my five favorite fics from 2008's edition of [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles, my favorite of the seasonal fests.

[livejournal.com profile] twilightofmagic: "And No Birds Sing" - Giles/Spike, FRT
You can read this as friendship or as pre-slash: the vampire and the Watcher, sharing a flat and not getting on so well. That is, until Giles starts to explore some clues dropped about who Spike is, beneath the leather duster and the braggadocio, and softens a little.

Four more behind the cut... )
[identity profile] antennapedia.livejournal.com
Here are my five favorite fics from 2008's edition of [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles, my favorite of the seasonal fests.

[livejournal.com profile] twilightofmagic: "And No Birds Sing" - Giles/Spike, FRT
You can read this as friendship or as pre-slash: the vampire and the Watcher, sharing a flat and not getting on so well. That is, until Giles starts to explore some clues dropped about who Spike is, beneath the leather duster and the braggadocio, and softens a little.

Four more behind the cut... )
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[personal profile] shapinglight
Oddly, though Spike/Drusilla is an important 'canon' pairing, it's very difficult to write. There's something illusory about the pairing - hard to get a handle on - probably because we saw so little of their 100 year relationship on screen but only its end. This hasn't stopped some wonderful fic writers from filling in the blanks for us over the years, though. Here are five of the best from 2008.

Boats Against the Tide by [livejournal.com profile] bookishwench, Spike/Dru PG13, set on Dover Beach and as melancholy and lyrical as Matthew Arnold's poem of that name, with a delicious twist at the end.

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[personal profile] shapinglight
Oddly, though Spike/Drusilla is an important 'canon' pairing, it's very difficult to write. There's something illusory about the pairing - hard to get a handle on - probably because we saw so little of their 100 year relationship on screen but only its end. This hasn't stopped some wonderful fic writers from filling in the blanks for us over the years, though. Here are five of the best from 2008.

Boats Against the Tide by [livejournal.com profile] bookishwench, Spike/Dru PG13, set on Dover Beach and as melancholy and lyrical as Matthew Arnold's poem of that name, with a delicious twist at the end.

Read more... )
[identity profile] sockmonkeyhere.livejournal.com
My One True Pairing. Why couldn't canon be like this? *sniffle* (*steals a hankie from my angst/drama list*)

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[identity profile] sockmonkeyhere.livejournal.com
My One True Pairing. Why couldn't canon be like this? *sniffle* (*steals a hankie from my angst/drama list*)

Read more... )
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com
Lilah's not a character that we see very much of in fandom, but she was one I always loved on the show. Here are a few fics that I've read over the years that struck a particular cord. They're all one-shots.
 
1. Perpetuity by [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce 
Rating: NC-17
Setting: Post-NFA
Pairing: Wes/Lilah
Summary: Wesley meets a familiar face, over and over and over again.

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[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com
Lilah's not a character that we see very much of in fandom, but she was one I always loved on the show. Here are a few fics that I've read over the years that struck a particular cord. They're all one-shots.
 
1. Perpetuity by [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce 
Rating: NC-17
Setting: Post-NFA
Pairing: Wes/Lilah
Summary: Wesley meets a familiar face, over and over and over again.

Read more... )
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com
Each of these fics will forever be standouts for me for their style, plot creativity, and impact. Athough the pairings differ, they each pack a powerful, angsty, emotional punch that will leave you breathless, hopeful, and anxious. In no particular order...

1. Of Infinite Space by [livejournal.com profile] redbrickrose 
Rating: R
Setting: Post-NFA ignoring comics canon
Pairing: Angel/Buffy/Spike/Faith and every permutation thereof 
Summary: In the chaos and uncertainty following NFA, both vampires and Slayers must break free of past hurts and habits if they ever hope to make a future for themselves... with or without each other. 

Comments: When I first read this story I was enchanted by the style of the prose and the clever use of past, present and future parallels that [livejournal.com profile] redbrickrose was able to draw between the A/B/S/F dynamic and that of the Fanged Four. A beautiful, thoughtful read that believably explores the relationships and roadblocks that exist between the shows forefront heroes.

More recs... )    
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com
Each of these fics will forever be standouts for me for their style, plot creativity, and impact. Athough the pairings differ, they each pack a powerful, angsty, emotional punch that will leave you breathless, hopeful, and anxious. In no particular order...

1. Of Infinite Space by [livejournal.com profile] redbrickrose 
Rating: R
Setting: Post-NFA ignoring comics canon
Pairing: Angel/Buffy/Spike/Faith and every permutation thereof 
Summary: In the chaos and uncertainty following NFA, both vampires and Slayers must break free of past hurts and habits if they ever hope to make a future for themselves... with or without each other. 

Comments: When I first read this story I was enchanted by the style of the prose and the clever use of past, present and future parallels that [livejournal.com profile] redbrickrose was able to draw between the A/B/S/F dynamic and that of the Fanged Four. A beautiful, thoughtful read that believably explores the relationships and roadblocks that exist between the shows forefront heroes.

More recs... )    
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com

Each of the following fics (and authors) left an indelible impression on me as a reader years ago, but I also credit them with heavily influencing my own work. I have always been interested in the interplay between sexuality-as-plot-device and how intimate encounters can work to reveal hidden truths about characters. These stories do just that while also exploring a theme near and dear to me - the value memory and rememberance.

1. By Way of Pain by AmyB
RATING: NC-17 for heavy BDSM and bloodplay
SETTING: Season 6
PAIRING: Spike/Buffy, Spike/Drusilla
SUMMARY: During Dead Things, Spike muses on his experiences with bondage through the years and its effects on who he has become.

More recs... )
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com

Each of the following fics (and authors) left an indelible impression on me as a reader years ago, but I also credit them with heavily influencing my own work. I have always been interested in the interplay between sexuality-as-plot-device and how intimate encounters can work to reveal hidden truths about characters. These stories do just that while also exploring a theme near and dear to me - the value memory and rememberance.

1. By Way of Pain by AmyB
RATING: NC-17 for heavy BDSM and bloodplay
SETTING: Season 6
PAIRING: Spike/Buffy, Spike/Drusilla
SUMMARY: During Dead Things, Spike muses on his experiences with bondage through the years and its effects on who he has become.

More recs... )
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Of Blood and Time by [livejournal.com profile] jinxed_wood (PG) - Crossover with Doctor Who - In this fic, set during "Human Nature," Drusilla runs into 'John Smith' and recognizes that he is not what he seems. It is rare to find a well-written Dru, since she's crazy but not stupid and evil but still sympathetic.
Alias, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, and another Doctor Who under the cut )
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Of Blood and Time by [livejournal.com profile] jinxed_wood (PG) - Crossover with Doctor Who - In this fic, set during "Human Nature," Drusilla runs into 'John Smith' and recognizes that he is not what he seems. It is rare to find a well-written Dru, since she's crazy but not stupid and evil but still sympathetic.
Alias, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, and another Doctor Who under the cut )
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Though I've enjoyed lots of shows I get into few of the fandoms. So my favorite thing ever to come across are crossovers among the Buffyverse, Firefly and Supernatural. Crossovers are so often hard to get right but it's a real joy when they do.

1. Territory by [livejournal.com profile] strangecreature - All – Cordelia, Wesley and Angel run into someone else having a vision.
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yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ClassicRecsWitch)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Though I've enjoyed lots of shows I get into few of the fandoms. So my favorite thing ever to come across are crossovers among the Buffyverse, Firefly and Supernatural. Crossovers are so often hard to get right but it's a real joy when they do.

1. Territory by [livejournal.com profile] strangecreature - All – Cordelia, Wesley and Angel run into someone else having a vision.
Read more... )
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Willow (1/1) by [livejournal.com profile] iwrotethat (PG-13/T) - Bits and pieces of Willow's life.
This is my favorite Willow fic. It's a lovingly crafted portrait, that doesn't make Willow too sappy nor too dark. The author has a wonderful understanding of the character. It's just an excellent study of Willow.
Freeze frame. Willow kissage. )
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Willow (1/1) by [livejournal.com profile] iwrotethat (PG-13/T) - Bits and pieces of Willow's life.
This is my favorite Willow fic. It's a lovingly crafted portrait, that doesn't make Willow too sappy nor too dark. The author has a wonderful understanding of the character. It's just an excellent study of Willow.
Freeze frame. Willow kissage. )
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com

This post is somewhat nostalgic for me because these were the fics I was reading early on in my lurker days before I had an LJ or was writing. Each of these stories are excellent and although they are permanent WIPs, you won't be disappointed with the plots. They range in chapter length from 10-47. Most written during or prior to 2006.

1. A Dying Dream by Europanya ([info]euro_fics)
RATING: NC-17
SETTING: Canon through BtVS, AU for AtS S5
PAIRING: Buffy/Spike
SUMMARY: A decade after closing the Hellmouth and doing time in Hell, Spike is living in San Francisco, a lone vampire in a world nearly wiped clean of demons, when Buffy unexpectedly finds her way back to him. [19 chapters]

More recs under the cut )More recs under the cut )
 
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com

This post is somewhat nostalgic for me because these were the fics I was reading early on in my lurker days before I had an LJ or was writing. Each of these stories are excellent and although they are permanent WIPs, you won't be disappointed with the plots. They range in chapter length from 10-47. Most written during or prior to 2006.

1. A Dying Dream by Europanya ([info]euro_fics)
RATING: NC-17
SETTING: Canon through BtVS, AU for AtS S5
PAIRING: Buffy/Spike
SUMMARY: A decade after closing the Hellmouth and doing time in Hell, Spike is living in San Francisco, a lone vampire in a world nearly wiped clean of demons, when Buffy unexpectedly finds her way back to him. [19 chapters]

More recs under the cut )More recs under the cut )
 
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Absolution - Part I and Part II by [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre (R) - This is my all-time favorite Wesley story (which is why it's above the cut). It's definitely in the Top 10 Best Buffyverse fan fictions I've ever read--probably in My Top Ten Best Fanfics Ever, in any fandom, actually. It also has the distinction of being the first baby!fic I'd read that I thought actually *worked*. This is particularly surprising, considering that it's the Chosen One herself who is pregnant (given the heading of this post, you likely can already guess who the father is). However, this story actually deals with the implications of the Hellmouth being sans Slayer. I mean, you really can't do a roundhouse kick in the third trimester. Without this fic, I probably would have never dared to read any other baby!fics, since it is a genre that is so rarely well-done.
What's a Rogue Demon? )
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Absolution - Part I and Part II by [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre (R) - This is my all-time favorite Wesley story (which is why it's above the cut). It's definitely in the Top 10 Best Buffyverse fan fictions I've ever read--probably in My Top Ten Best Fanfics Ever, in any fandom, actually. It also has the distinction of being the first baby!fic I'd read that I thought actually *worked*. This is particularly surprising, considering that it's the Chosen One herself who is pregnant (given the heading of this post, you likely can already guess who the father is). However, this story actually deals with the implications of the Hellmouth being sans Slayer. I mean, you really can't do a roundhouse kick in the third trimester. Without this fic, I probably would have never dared to read any other baby!fics, since it is a genre that is so rarely well-done.
What's a Rogue Demon? )
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Sympathy for the Devil by [livejournal.com profile] ladyoneill - Best. Faithfic. Ever. (Which is why it's above the cut.) I already know that it is considered one of the classics of Buffy-fanficdom and has been recced all over the place already, so I'd be surprised if anyone hasn't read it. However, if you haven't...oh boy!
More recs behind the cut )
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[identity profile] gwynevere1.livejournal.com
1. Sympathy for the Devil by [livejournal.com profile] ladyoneill - Best. Faithfic. Ever. (Which is why it's above the cut.) I already know that it is considered one of the classics of Buffy-fanficdom and has been recced all over the place already, so I'd be surprised if anyone hasn't read it. However, if you haven't...oh boy!
More recs behind the cut )
[identity profile] spiralleds.livejournal.com
In the past year, I've been reading a goodly amount of Mal/River fic. It's a small niche in the fandom, that's for sure. These are five of my favorites from five of my favorite Mal/River authors.

[livejournal.com profile] hereswith is my favorite Mal/River writer (if I didn't make the five different writers rule, Hereswith would have gotten a majority of the spots) and Never Go Back is my favorite story. If you are willing to try only one Mal/River story, make it this one.

Quotes and four more stories )
[identity profile] spiralleds.livejournal.com
In the past year, I've been reading a goodly amount of Mal/River fic. It's a small niche in the fandom, that's for sure. These are five of my favorites from five of my favorite Mal/River authors.

[livejournal.com profile] hereswith is my favorite Mal/River writer (if I didn't make the five different writers rule, Hereswith would have gotten a majority of the spots) and Never Go Back is my favorite story. If you are willing to try only one Mal/River story, make it this one.

Quotes and four more stories )
[identity profile] athenewolfe.livejournal.com
Top 5 BTVS/Stargate Crossovers Completed in 2007. I adore Buffy and Stargate Crossovers so here is my round-up of 5 Best Stargate Crossovers Completed in 2007!

1) Contact with the Great Unknown (Dawn/Jonas) by LiastraLee
Rating: FR 18

Why? Two characters who are not explored in-depth in the show are explored in depth here. This is a wonderful exploration of what could be

Summary: Two people with secret identities and no lives connect when they become neighbors.

Read more... )
[identity profile] athenewolfe.livejournal.com
Top 5 BTVS/Stargate Crossovers Completed in 2007. I adore Buffy and Stargate Crossovers so here is my round-up of 5 Best Stargate Crossovers Completed in 2007!

1) Contact with the Great Unknown (Dawn/Jonas) by LiastraLee
Rating: FR 18

Why? Two characters who are not explored in-depth in the show are explored in depth here. This is a wonderful exploration of what could be

Summary: Two people with secret identities and no lives connect when they become neighbors.

Read more... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
Top Five Threesome Fics:

1- Saturation by [personal profile] wesleysgirl and [personal profile] janedavitt: Xander/Giles/Spike

What happens when you think you're perfectly happy with someone - and then there's a knock at the door and it all changes?
Check the other four... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
Top Five Threesome Fics:

1- Saturation by [personal profile] wesleysgirl and [personal profile] janedavitt: Xander/Giles/Spike

What happens when you think you're perfectly happy with someone - and then there's a knock at the door and it all changes?
Check the other four... )

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