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Five favorite pre-series shorts of the past year, arranged from shortest to longest.

Prodigal Son by [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix (or here is AO3 link). Giles, three encounters after Randall's funeral. Three incredibly powerful insights on how young Ripper was turning into Giles.

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[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.

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[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.

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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.

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[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
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] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
To contrast the last post, here are five fics of varying degrees of seriousness that I liked.

What if? by [livejournal.com profile] mej_lj. The Council is very good at finding and training girls. What happens to all the ones who aren't chosen?

Four more )
[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
The [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends Halloween Challenge happens in the last week of October. Participating writers compete to fill the most prompts with short Spuffy stories of 1,000 words or less. It’s actually more complicated, but I can never figure out the rules. The important thing is the results. Whimsical, eclectic and comedic themes expertly written. One of the most fun fandom events of the year. Here are just a few of my favorites:


Party Hard
by [livejournal.com profile] drizzlydaze
On Buffy’s 16th birthday, one week after she’s first told she’s the slayer, she meets Spike.

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[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Peers over the parapet and waves at everone. Wow, where did 2015 go!

I admit to shameless pillaging from my end of year review, but then why reinvent the wheel. There were a lot more than five gen fics that I loved this year, so this is just a cross-section of them.

Last Man Standing by [livejournal.com profile] thea_bromine finds a potential trainee watcher having a chat with the head of the Council. This is lovely, vivid storytelling and well worth a read.

And there's more... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
As I was waiting for Buffyverse Top 5 to begin this month, these came to mind as in I didn't go looking at my bookmarks.

1. Indri's In the Morning of the Magicians. This is totally my head-canon for how Ripper and Ethan met. It has so many things going for it. Bourgeois Ripper who is put off by his friends' lifestyle. The story Ripper is telling himself keeps changing as he realizes he's not going to make it big as a musician. How Eyghon would not have been invoked without both Ripper and Ethan in the mix, but Ripper denies all blame, putting it all on Ethan. This is what breaks Ethan, taking the blame onto himself and thinking that he doesn't know how to have friends and that's what turns him into the Ethan from BtVS. It's a marvelous tale.

the rest of the recs are at the halloween party / samhain ritual that I'm late for )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
So to prove that I don’t just read Xander-centric fic, here are five that I really like that don’t have a Xander anywhere in sight!

In The Time of Wolves by [livejournal.com profile] valyssia is a brilliant study of Willow’s grief after Joyce’s death. There’s just something about this one that gets right under my skin.

And there’s more... )
[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
Last year, I posted five historical fics, and promised I would post five more. I didn't get around to it then, so here they are now:

1. Sacred, by Valancy -- An encounter between Angel, Spike, and Dru, set sometime after the events of the Boxer Rebellion. This is one of those stories that makes you think, "Oh, of course that would have happened." A beautifully written, emotionally authentic story with spot-on voices and characterization. I've only recently discovered this story, and unfortunately have been able to find very little of the author's other work.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite fanart drawings from the past year.
Click either on the links or on the thumbnails to get to full-size images.
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[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
A Half-Formed Thing by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni (Willow/Tara)
There's probably dozens of fics on the the topic "What if character X got split in two in 'The Replacement'", but this one is excellent - picking Willow apart, the good and the bad sprinkled liberally all over, refusing to pretend that either half is expendable.

Four more )
[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
I adore historical fics, and it was really hard to narrow this list down to five. You may be getting a "Five More" list soon!

1. Sweet William, by Peasant -- The early days of William and the Fanged Four. One of my favorite buffyverse fics, historical or otherwise.

2. A Winter's Tale, by Coquette -- The Fanged Four on a Northern journey. Beautiful writing, engrossing plot.

3. Delight Becomes Pictorial, by glossiolalia -- William/Angelus. Dark, hot.

4. Many Loves, by Anonymous -- The loves of William (and Spike), from turning until after The Gift.

5. Thicker Than Water, by Tara R. -- Shanghai, 1900. An encounter between Angelus and William. Or is it Angel and Spike?
[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
Five fics that will get under your skin:

1. The Loving Dead, by witling -- Xander is being haunted. Is it ghosts, or ghosts of the past? Eerie, atmospheric, and a little bit heartbreaking. A beautifully rendered Xander.

2. Macrame, by Anna S -- Willow overuses magic. Magic has consequences. As always, the writing is extraordinary. Spander.

3. Skin Deep, by Doyle -- A short and very scary season 7 AU. Yikes.

4. Cuckoo in the Nest, by liz marks -- A character study of Tony Harris, an all-too human monster. This will hit you like a punch to the gut. This one stuck with me for a long, long time.

5. Red Frame, White Light, by sparrow2000 -- Post-soul Spike's craziness takes a slightly different form. His encounter with Xander is shivery perfection.
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Yay! I thougth this was starting tommorow but it's today! Oooh, and loving the batty background.

Of course I'm going to start with slash. Wow, and every single one of these has Giles in it. Fixated much?

1. Indri's In the Morning of the Magicians is now my head canon for Ripper/Ethan, how they met, and why they invoked Eyghon. Delightful.

the rest of the recs have started a donnybrook over what kind of porny music they should be playing )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
1) Forget-me-not by [livejournal.com profile] mierke: Ten years have passed since Chosen. Buffy, Xander, Willow and Giles meet by the crater where Sunnydale used to be every year to catch up on what's happening in their lives. Bittersweet and sad, shows you how the Scoobies have drifted apart yet still make time to see each other and catch up. Just like blood-related families on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Check out the rest! )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Five terrific fics from [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles 2013.

The Last Watcher by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight is Giles/Ethan and a brilliant reminder that sometimes Giles at his most civil is also Giles at his most terrifying. Just lovely.

For more Giles loveliness... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
If you've been following you'll notice I went a bit overboard with recs this year.
;-)

I basically found a bunch of stories I adore and then put them into categories. Here are five that are awesome but didn't get put into any of the other categories. I marked the two that are not worksafe.

1) Dealing by estephia
Not worksafe.
Ethan/Lindsey
Ever wonder how Lindsey got those tats?

The rest of the recs are sharing a joint and gazing about at all the pretty fall leaves ...  )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
All of these are pre-2013 postings. I just first discovered them recently.

1) The Butterfingers G. D. I. Stark Guide to Problem Solving by Epiphanyx7
Avengers verse
Starks' A. I. bots are building another bot. Adorable story.

So in the end there always ends up being some sort of tiny, insignificant anomaly --- not a mistake, or anything. Just a... a loophole, in the programming parameters. This line totally reminds me of a plotline from Freefall, and you can see another example of robots creating robots in Girl Genius.

The rest of the recs are busy wondering: if it's still the Day of the Dead, why aren't there more zombies skulking about ...  )
[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
Spike can be good or evil and everything in between... and still be in character. Here are 5 wonderful fics by very accomplished writers. I found each of these stories fascinating for a number of reasons, one of them being the authors’ interpretations of Spike and how each one rang true to me.

Please be warned, some of these stories contain upsetting subject matter including issues of nonconsensual and/or underage sex. I will leave it to the authors to provide the exact warnings they feel are appropriate.

SEE MORE BEHIND THE CUT )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Buffyverse vampires are interesting in any era, don't you think? They've been all over the world, and had loads of adventures. Below are just a few of the things written about them in 2012:

The Third Defenestration of Prague (Spike/Dru) by Kairos [livejournal.com profile] perpetual PG13 — One shot
Spike and Dru are in the fight of their (un)lives.

More Tales of the Vampyres... )
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I've spent a lot of time this year reccing this story, and now I'm going to rec it again.

In the Morning of the Magicians by [livejournal.com profile] indri, Giles/Ethan, R. [livejournal.com profile] indri is one of the all time greats of the fandom, and this novel length fic shows you why. Set in London in the early 70s, it tells in brilliantly imagined detail of Ripper's first meeting with Ethan Rayne and of their catastrophic raising of Eyghon. The sense of place and period is just wonderful.

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I've spent a lot of time this year reccing this story, and now I'm going to rec it again.

In the Morning of the Magicians by [livejournal.com profile] indri, Giles/Ethan, R. [livejournal.com profile] indri is one of the all time greats of the fandom, and this novel length fic shows you why. Set in London in the early 70s, it tells in brilliantly imagined detail of Ripper's first meeting with Ethan Rayne and of their catastrophic raising of Eyghon. The sense of place and period is just wonderful.

Read more... )
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1. Devouring Time, by [livejournal.com profile] quinara
pre-series; one-shot.
Darla goes on safari! I love the portrayal of Darla here, that she will dare the hazardous African sun for the sheer experience of the thing. The writing is gorgeous, the whole thing is suffused with sunshine, the setting is beautifully evoked (and we all know how I am about setting). This fic reminds me anew just how much I love Darla.

and the rest )
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1. Devouring Time, by [livejournal.com profile] quinara
pre-series; one-shot.
Darla goes on safari! I love the portrayal of Darla here, that she will dare the hazardous African sun for the sheer experience of the thing. The writing is gorgeous, the whole thing is suffused with sunshine, the setting is beautifully evoked (and we all know how I am about setting). This fic reminds me anew just how much I love Darla.

and the rest )

5 Dru Fics

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1. Crazy Madcap Redemption, by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey
Ats S5; Spike/Dru; longfic.
In which Dru gets a chance to choose who she is and become her own person. Dru finds Spike hanging about Wolfram & Hart, and Spike, heartsore, lonely, and remembering sweet times past, takes it upon himself to save her. This doesn't work out quite how either of them expect. It's all very satisfying, with lovely characterizations and occasional bits of Spikey's hilarious dialogue.

and the rest )

5 Dru Fics

Oct. 31st, 2011 04:38 pm
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1. Crazy Madcap Redemption, by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey
Ats S5; Spike/Dru; longfic.
In which Dru gets a chance to choose who she is and become her own person. Dru finds Spike hanging about Wolfram & Hart, and Spike, heartsore, lonely, and remembering sweet times past, takes it upon himself to save her. This doesn't work out quite how either of them expect. It's all very satisfying, with lovely characterizations and occasional bits of Spikey's hilarious dialogue.

and the rest )
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1. Alternative Lifestyle, by A.C. Chapin.
Buffy/Giles.
"Her Watcher captured, the Slayer finds herself in a strange place where her parents are still alive, Drusilla's soul was never restored, and Rupert Giles doesn't even wear leather." A cracky yet grim yet sexy-like-whoa AU that sits just this side of canon. I only wish there were more of it.

and the rest )
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1. Alternative Lifestyle, by A.C. Chapin.
Buffy/Giles.
"Her Watcher captured, the Slayer finds herself in a strange place where her parents are still alive, Drusilla's soul was never restored, and Rupert Giles doesn't even wear leather." A cracky yet grim yet sexy-like-whoa AU that sits just this side of canon. I only wish there were more of it.

and the rest )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
I don't think I'm alone in wanting stories of the Aurelian vampires before Sunnydale. Preferably stories with something other than (or in addition to) horror, gore, and cruelty. 2010 did not lack for choice:

Whispering Death by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni  (PG13)
Spike, Dru, and Darla enjoy the Spanish Civil War, each in their own way.

Spike’s Victims: Victim no. 10,876, cir. 1895 by [livejournal.com profile] dampersnspoons  (NC17) (First person POV)
The title is the summary. There is also another in the series, take a look.

This Thing of Earth and Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] gillo  (PG)
It takes the whole family to raise a vampire, when the vampire’s mummy is Dru.

New York (1970) by [livejournal.com profile] duh_i_read  (PG)
It all comes down to style.

Theatre of War by [livejournal.com profile] meridian_rose (PG13)
Spike and Dru harvest the battlefields of Europe. (Yes, another war story. I like to see how our vamps interact with the sweep of history. It's a thing.)

Bonus NC-17 offering, not for everyone:
The Body Electric by [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun  (NC17)
Unexpected uses for new technologies!
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
I don't think I'm alone in wanting stories of the Aurelian vampires before Sunnydale. Preferably stories with something other than (or in addition to) horror, gore, and cruelty. 2010 did not lack for choice:

Whispering Death by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni  (PG13)
Spike, Dru, and Darla enjoy the Spanish Civil War, each in their own way.

Spike’s Victims: Victim no. 10,876, cir. 1895 by [livejournal.com profile] dampersnspoons  (NC17) (First person POV)
The title is the summary. There is also another in the series, take a look.

This Thing of Earth and Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] gillo  (PG)
It takes the whole family to raise a vampire, when the vampire’s mummy is Dru.

New York (1970) by [livejournal.com profile] duh_i_read  (PG)
It all comes down to style.

Theatre of War by [livejournal.com profile] meridian_rose (PG13)
Spike and Dru harvest the battlefields of Europe. (Yes, another war story. I like to see how our vamps interact with the sweep of history. It's a thing.)

Bonus NC-17 offering, not for everyone:
The Body Electric by [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun  (NC17)
Unexpected uses for new technologies!
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Mechanisms (Riley/Buffy, PG-13)

Riley thinks about Buffy and their relationship in season five in this bleak and realistic look at their relationship.

All Shadows Chased Away (Riley/Buffy, PG)


A snippet of Buffy and Riley in the summer after season four with a bittersweet atmosphere.

Dangerously Cheesy (Riley/Xander, R)

A domestic yet in character look at movie night with Riley and Xander.

Unified Theory (Riley/Fred, PG-13)


Fred and Riley meet at a math camp in their teens. The Fred voice is pitch perfect and Riley is written well. Its totally cute story of summer crushes.

We Three Kings ( Riley/Graham/Forrest, NC-17)


Three Intiative boys go on a camping trip in this sexy character study in season four. This is amazingly hot and insightful.
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Mechanisms (Riley/Buffy, PG-13)

Riley thinks about Buffy and their relationship in season five in this bleak and realistic look at their relationship.

All Shadows Chased Away (Riley/Buffy, PG)


A snippet of Buffy and Riley in the summer after season four with a bittersweet atmosphere.

Dangerously Cheesy (Riley/Xander, R)

A domestic yet in character look at movie night with Riley and Xander.

Unified Theory (Riley/Fred, PG-13)


Fred and Riley meet at a math camp in their teens. The Fred voice is pitch perfect and Riley is written well. Its totally cute story of summer crushes.

We Three Kings ( Riley/Graham/Forrest, NC-17)


Three Intiative boys go on a camping trip in this sexy character study in season four. This is amazingly hot and insightful.
[identity profile] angelstoy.livejournal.com
These are some of the Spangel stories that I can't gelp reading over and over again

1. Dark Skies by Jenny - Story summary that she gives: William meets a stranger at one of his mother's card parties. The echoes of that meeting haunt him, until insane, alone in the basement of Sunnydale High School, Spike has to find the strength to face the author of his nightmares.

I don't know why, but this story made the best sense to me as to why Spike would hate Angel for so long

http://www.squashduck.com/ltd/darkskiesfic/index.htm

2. Friday by [livejournal.com profile] girlpire - Story summary that she gives: What would you do if there were no tomorrow?

I absolutely LOVE the writing in this one!!

http://girlpire.livejournal.com/137712.html

3. Subspace by [livejournal.com profile] toobusy2write  - Story summary that she gives: AU human - Days after Spike turns eighteen, he gets sucked into a whole new world by a mysterious man, but is it one he's ready for? 

This story just sucked me in right from the get go!!

http://toobusy2write.livejournal.com/80106.html#cutid1

4. Beauty and the Beast by Shara Nesu - Story summary she gives: Obsession controlled Angelus’ life and now it controls Angel. For centuries, he wanted to own and fantasized about one person - Spike. Angel never believed that he would ever possess Spike, but one day, after an accident while fighting some demons, Spike loses his memory. Will Angel tell the truth to Spike? Or will he lie?

I just LOVE this story!!

http://www.redssoulmates.com/angel_spike/shara%20nesu/beautyandthebeast.htm

5. Lost and Found by Pet and Foxhunt2blue Story summary they give: Twenty-five years after the final battle against the senior partners Spike finds something he thought he'd lost

Again, this story just sucked me in right from the get go!!

http://www.redssoulmates.com/angel_spike/Pet%20Foxhunt2blue/lostandfound.html

[identity profile] angelstoy.livejournal.com
These are some of the Spangel stories that I can't gelp reading over and over again

1. Dark Skies by Jenny - Story summary that she gives: William meets a stranger at one of his mother's card parties. The echoes of that meeting haunt him, until insane, alone in the basement of Sunnydale High School, Spike has to find the strength to face the author of his nightmares.

I don't know why, but this story made the best sense to me as to why Spike would hate Angel for so long

http://www.squashduck.com/ltd/darkskiesfic/index.htm

2. Friday by [livejournal.com profile] girlpire - Story summary that she gives: What would you do if there were no tomorrow?

I absolutely LOVE the writing in this one!!

http://girlpire.livejournal.com/137712.html

3. Subspace by [livejournal.com profile] toobusy2write  - Story summary that she gives: AU human - Days after Spike turns eighteen, he gets sucked into a whole new world by a mysterious man, but is it one he's ready for? 

This story just sucked me in right from the get go!!

http://toobusy2write.livejournal.com/80106.html#cutid1

4. Beauty and the Beast by Shara Nesu - Story summary she gives: Obsession controlled Angelus’ life and now it controls Angel. For centuries, he wanted to own and fantasized about one person - Spike. Angel never believed that he would ever possess Spike, but one day, after an accident while fighting some demons, Spike loses his memory. Will Angel tell the truth to Spike? Or will he lie?

I just LOVE this story!!

http://www.redssoulmates.com/angel_spike/shara%20nesu/beautyandthebeast.htm

5. Lost and Found by Pet and Foxhunt2blue Story summary they give: Twenty-five years after the final battle against the senior partners Spike finds something he thought he'd lost

Again, this story just sucked me in right from the get go!!

http://www.redssoulmates.com/angel_spike/Pet%20Foxhunt2blue/lostandfound.html

[identity profile] duh-i-read.livejournal.com
Five gen fics set during or before season 1. General spoilers for the whole season, but none extending to season 2.


Season 1  )
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Five gen fics set during or before season 1. General spoilers for the whole season, but none extending to season 2.


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