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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Again, Forgetting by [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (aka Gabrielle) or AO3 link. What if getting a soul didn't make Spike just temporary crazy? And Buffy was the one who had to deal with it.

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[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
I did my list of comedy fics that made me giggle in 2016, so here now is a list of five pretty angsty dramatic fics that made me go wow, I wish I’d written that.

First up is [livejournal.com profile] aadler’s There Ought to be Clowns (The Lying Eyes Remix). Buffy makes Xander a ‘no strings’ offer and Xander accepts. Funny how it becomes impossible to say what you really want once you’ve got what you asked for. I really loved the complicated Buffy characterisation in this story – it’s the road not taken, but feels very true to her character. And the use of repetition is an especially effective bell in her brain. Really good stuff.

Drops breadcrumbs to more lovely slices of storytelling… )
[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

  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 )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Well, I said that I would probably have to do a second set of Gen recs, because there had been so much good stuff last year, so here it is.

Letters Never Sent (the Crumpled Sheets Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] nothorse just killed me. Xander tries to write to Jesse’s parents. I defy you not to at least sniffle a bit with this one. This is a remix of [livejournal.com profile] texanfan’s equally great Lonely Burden.

And the rest of the goodies... )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite gen short stories from 2014 (and the hardest part here was to chose just 5).
Any bad English in summaries is mine and shouldn't be blamed on fic authors.

Building Character by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy (Ensemble, PG-13). Unusual version of "Buffy came back wrong" and at the same time - genial meta-story about writing fanfiction. In order to fix Buffy scoobies are "rewriting" her backstory.
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[identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
I think we all know I have a taste for angst and these are 5 fics which really whet my appetite last year:

1) Red Frame, White Light (Spike, Xander) by [livejournal.com profile] sparrow2000 - If you're looking for something subtle and insidious that will leave you shuddering long after the last word is read, then there's nothing better than this little encounter between Spike and Xander in Season 7. This is a stunner, an absolute stunner, filled with the kind of imagery that takes hold and doesn't let go. Sparrow's use of language, as always, elevates fanfiction to art.

The Next 4 Stories )
[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
I read so many great Fred/Willow fics in the course of making my femslash_minis list that I decided to make a separate post about the Fred/Willow pairing in general. It's not a pairing I'd thought much about except "Oh, they'd be cute together", but there are a lot of fantastic stories out there that go beyond that.

Tikkun Olam: The First Time (the She Blinded Me With Science Remix) (AO3 link) Rated M, by linman, explores the darkness and the good qualities of both women, and why they'd fit together well, in under 1200 words.

The other four behind the cut )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
And continuing towards the other end of the spectrum:

[livejournal.com profile] snowpuppies remains the queen of dark character insight, and Who Am I? (The Warm Champagne Remix) is no exception. Faith in Buffy's body decides to make good on her suggestion to Spike, and... well. Just look at that punchline.

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[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] snogged.livejournal.com
Today I am celebrating the remix. The premise of a remix is simple. You take someone else's story (with their permission, of course) and write it differently. Disney films are an oddly great example of the remix concept, but personally, I think these authors do it better. These are five stories that mixed up this year and of course, each one has a link to the original that inspired it. (I'm not going to lie...there's a lot of femslash here.)

1) Same Strokes, Different Folks by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni - This Willow/Sandy tale is a remix of one of my stories, actually. BMB takes the original tale and turns it on it's timeline. She captures both characters extremely well and I promise she delivers a sting that will make your heart hurt a little for both ladies.

More Remixes )
[identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
No surprise, I suppose, that Willow fics are the subject of my list, but it's still worth doing. These are five fics which I feel represent some of the best stories written about Willow Rosenberg - or any character - in 2013.

1) Less and More Than Friends (Willow/Angel) by [livejournal.com profile] lilbreck: First of all, the writing is gorgeous - exquisitely opaque and delicate. Second, the story is dark at times, but in a quiet, insidiously creepy way that gets under your skin like a cold chill. Third... well, read it for yourself and you'll see everything I love about it and that you'll love too.

More Wonderful Willow )
[identity profile] later-tuesday.livejournal.com
Unfortunately Remix the Drabble hasn't held a round in quite some time.
:(
There's still some good stuff there though. Hopefully they'll have another go soon.

All this has happened before, and all this will happen again )
[identity profile] later-tuesday.livejournal.com
Unfortunately Remix the Drabble hasn't held a round in quite some time.
:(
There's still some good stuff there though. Hopefully they'll have another go soon.

All this has happened before, and all this will happen again )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Buffyverse is the perfect playground for unusual ideas - and ficwriters who play in Joss' sandbox are very inventive.

Fair Dinkum by [livejournal.com profile] deird1
http://community.livejournal.com/still_grrr/692035.html
PG. Somewhere in the beginning of season 5, Buffy reads a book “Slayers of the Early 20th Century; A Study” and discovers interesting facts about slaying in Australia.
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Buffyverse is the perfect playground for unusual ideas - and ficwriters who play in Joss' sandbox are very inventive.

Fair Dinkum by [livejournal.com profile] deird1
http://community.livejournal.com/still_grrr/692035.html
PG. Somewhere in the beginning of season 5, Buffy reads a book “Slayers of the Early 20th Century; A Study” and discovers interesting facts about slaying in Australia.
click 4 more )
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] deird1, Just the Four of Us: complicated, ambitious, waaay outside the author's comfort zone (or so she writes, anyway), and she pulls it off beautifully.

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[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] deird1, Just the Four of Us: complicated, ambitious, waaay outside the author's comfort zone (or so she writes, anyway), and she pulls it off beautifully.

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[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
1- A Short Rest by [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia: When Xander gets the flu, Giles is right there to help. Giles/Xander friendship (with a bit of canonical Giles/Jenny)

Check the other four... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
1- A Short Rest by [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia: When Xander gets the flu, Giles is right there to help. Giles/Xander friendship (with a bit of canonical Giles/Jenny)

Check the other four... )
[identity profile] spiralleds.livejournal.com
Better With Age by [livejournal.com profile] cindergal
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Giles/Anya
Why I chose this: I love the parallel between well worn jeans and Giles. As well as the bookending of the question "Who do you think is the sexiest?"

More Gilesy goodness )
[identity profile] spiralleds.livejournal.com
Better With Age by [livejournal.com profile] cindergal
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Giles/Anya
Why I chose this: I love the parallel between well worn jeans and Giles. As well as the bookending of the question "Who do you think is the sexiest?"

More Gilesy goodness )
[identity profile] spiralleds.livejournal.com
Remix Redux is one of those ficathons that not only gets me writing, but gets me reading outside of my low hanging fruit/familiar authors standard mod. The following are my five favorite Jossverse fics from [livejournal.com profile] remixredux08 that I read (as I didn't manage to read all that were a part of the ficathon), but didn't beta:

Title:
She's Getting Married (The It's Not to Us Remix)

Author: [livejournal.com profile] secondalto
Rating: PG
Fandom/Characters: Angel the Series/ Angel, Spike, Buffy
Why I chose this: Fabulous funny expansion of [livejournal.com profile] mommanerd's original drabble. By the time I reached the "Are we there yet?" I thought I was going to lose it.


Here be four more. )
[identity profile] spiralleds.livejournal.com
Remix Redux is one of those ficathons that not only gets me writing, but gets me reading outside of my low hanging fruit/familiar authors standard mod. The following are my five favorite Jossverse fics from [livejournal.com profile] remixredux08 that I read (as I didn't manage to read all that were a part of the ficathon), but didn't beta:

Title:
She's Getting Married (The It's Not to Us Remix)

Author: [livejournal.com profile] secondalto
Rating: PG
Fandom/Characters: Angel the Series/ Angel, Spike, Buffy
Why I chose this: Fabulous funny expansion of [livejournal.com profile] mommanerd's original drabble. By the time I reached the "Are we there yet?" I thought I was going to lose it.


Here be four more. )

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