[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
The Final Cut by [livejournal.com profile] aadler: Dru is going after Jenny and Angelus is playing taunt the watcher. It’s Jenny, Giles, Ethan and Xander on a wicked adventure set in S2 after Angel lost his soul.
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[identity profile] freecat15.livejournal.com
These are very different fics, from hilarious to angsty there's something for everyone, but they are all good for a quick read, all between ~600 and ~2,300 words. All rated PG13 and less.

http://dark-solace.org/elysian/viewstory.php?sid=4675
Requiem for a Poodle by zabjade
A week after Chosen, Buffy thinks about unlikely heroes. Angsty, bittersweet, but wonderfully written. 590 words.

More goodness under the cut )
[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 )
[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] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
A continuation of sorts from my previous post: more icons, all from various [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness challenges during the year excluding Challenge 39 covered in my previous post. Once again, verbiage will be kept to a minimum so the art can do the talking; and artists listed in alphabetical order by name.  (Otherwise I'd never get done here.)

I have set a restriction on myself for these posts: To list the artists only once within each post (so no duplicates, This was a helluva lot harder than I realized when you've got artists so fantastically talented and prolific like [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] teragramm and [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper.  Complicating things is the fact that [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness seems to have a smaller pool of regular participants than some other comms. (But don't quote me on that):





1) Drusilla by [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer for Challenge 57 (November)
BTW, I've seen other icons use this framing device and even this exact texture since then, but none so effectively.


2) Buffy IWRY (It Hurts Every Day) by [livejournal.com profile] muirthemne for Challenge 47 (June)
One of her only icons that round that did not take home a prize is the one that is my favorite. Go figure


3) Dawn by [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri for Challenge 40 (March)
Her Dawn set for [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 was also superb. It's a departure from the style she's established this year of deep shadows.


4) Angel heart graffiti by [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper for Challenge 38 (January)
Sinister, witty and visually striking.


5) Buffy (A Father's Love) by [livejournal.com profile] teragramm for Challenge 51 (August)
In all honesty and with all due respect to the other wonderful artists I adore, this icon is probably in my top 5 for the entire year, if I was really truly forced to pare it down.

yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Dru Top5 - kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) Giles Wallpapers by angelus2hot. A variety of Giles pairings in black and white. I particularly like the Giles/Buffy one with the clock for both its relaxed tone and the watch reminiscent of both Giles and their age difference. Read more... )
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
I hated that what happened to Xander in the episode Consequences was never explored properly on the show. So here are five fics dealing with Faith's attempted rape/murder on Xander.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some of my favorite crossover fanvids. All worksafe.

The Fall of the Eleventh by sheryloh. Firefly/Doctor Who crossover; River & 11th Doctor.
Amazing trailer which makes me want to see the movie... which, of course, doesn't exist. WHYYYYYYY?! Is there at least a fic? Anyone?

More here )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Okay, so I was reading a coffee story posted in 2015, which will be recommended in the January BtVS Top 5, and it reminded me of Lyl’s In Another Life. After the fall of Sunnydale, Willow is found wandering with amnesia. She settles in LA where she works as a barista and falls for Don Eppes from Numb3rs. The relationship just works so well and it’s adorable watching them fall for each other. Totally worksafe.

The rest of the recs are catching up on iZombie, which is surprisingly good so far. )
[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
Five banners that are works of art in their own right (by other talented fan artists) in no particular order. The banners shown here are ones I admired and have influenced me as an artist whether or not I participated in the individual challenges. Check out the banners AND the winning icons that adorn them at the links below:

By [livejournal.com profile] comlodge:

Challenge 22 "A Room Full of Empty" (April)

Challenge 26 "The Same...but Different" (July)

Challenge 36 "Ye Olde Vampyre Gang" (December)

Janice's banners are very specific to the individual challenge themes and have a particular theatrical quality to them, a mise en scene suggestive of stage sets. Challenge 22 is moody and atmospheric; 26 and 36's banners are lush, densely layered, evocative of Victorian drawing rooms and vintage photographs gently fading in an attic trunk. I love her fearless use of textures to "degrade" the images in beautiful ways.

By [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper:

Challenge 32 "It Takes Two to Tango" (October)

Challenge 35 "Least Favorite Eps" (November)

Challenge 32's banners are typical of what I think of when I think of Temper's "style" (also typified by her own first place winning icon): warm, soft and inviting glow, muted color palatte. #35's are entirely different; each banner is carefully and precisely coordinanted to the individual icons in terms of colors, and textures so that they seem to be organic extensions of the icons themselves. Manage to be both eye-popping and understated at the same time. The banner for [livejournal.com profile] rua1412's first place winner is particularly stunning.

Bonus by [livejournal.com profile] starry_night

Challenge 23 "Simplicity, It Works for Me" (May)

I am color-matching's bitch. No apologies. Deal with it, kids. The background starry chose resembles a watercolor painting in the rain, soaking the paper. "Pastels" are difficult to pull off without being too-sweet but these hit the spot, matched to their respective icons; while a subtle mix of fonts keeps things interesting without pulling focus..
[identity profile] xspike4evax.livejournal.com
It was so hard to choose just 5. I'm about as artistic as a pot noodle so I have an extra appreciation for all those who are able to produce works of fan art.

In no particular order (all work safe)

I have two by [livejournal.com profile] comlodge they're a variation on the same picture but I couldn't decide which one I liked best so I've put the two up.
(Spike/Dru) More Christmas Cheer

Second Spike/Dru

I loved this peice by [livejournal.com profile] sheppsboy Willow as Elphaba from Wicked

[livejournal.com profile] okdeanna Lovely bit of Spike/Angel over at [livejournal.com profile] bad_swa (adult based community)
Dark & Twisted


This one really made me smile, it was such a unique idea. There are three parts altogether so do check them all out!
[livejournal.com profile] rbfvid Buffy characters as cats
Includes: Spike, Angel, Buffy, Cordy & Willow
[identity profile] awaal.livejournal.com
In no particular order...

Title: Happy Xmas (War is over)
Author: Seraphcelene
Rating: Mature
Summary:"Against the tide we struggle with the skin we're in." Dawn, after.
Why I chose it: The characterization of Dawn is so much more than what was explored in cannon. Dawn has never been a character I particularly like, but this made me sympathize with her. It's also BAngel friendly.

Read more... )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Dead Girls' Party by Erimthar (Post-series - Tara, Cordelia, Anya)
In the Buffyverse, being dead doesn't mean you don't have important work to do. Ever wonder why vampires don't simply kill Slayers in their sleep? This is why.

Four more )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite year 2014 stories that - in one way or another - are about point of view. (Or at least I consider them to be.)
Any bad English in summaries is mine and shouldn't be blamed on fic authors.

Illusions (Angel, Spike, OC, PG-13) by [livejournal.com profile] ash_carpenter. Brilliant outsider POV story, showing that in Sunnydale getting it almost right is never enough. (And you read it right - ash wrote PG-13 gen story, her hand slipped.)
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[personal profile] double_dutchess
Hello all! I'm really grateful for all the great recs in this community, so it's high time for my first attempt at returning the favour. Here are my Top 5 favourite dark/dramatic vids from 2014.

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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] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
After last year's Top 5, I decided I'd keep track of stories I liked so I'd have tons of choices when making my list. I October, when I was going through my list of fanfic faves, I found I had enough for one set of five stories written in 2015. Since then I've come up with another seven. I have to conclude I could have been paying better attention in the earlier part of 2014. For example, I just reread aadler's Maxima Culpa, and that totally would have been on my rec list if I'd been paying more attention.

1) Rahirah's Black Friday. I personally can't imagine shopping on Black Friday but Spike and Buffy do seem made for it.

The other four stories have a hand raised and are calling out "Oh, oh, Mr. Kotter. Mr. Kotter." )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Oh dear, another year where I read a lot of good fic and completely forgot to tag it so I could find it again, but here goes:

[livejournal.com profile] local_max's Making a Good Entrance and [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni's Connected both take on "Chosen", from very different perspectives, and both end up giving me a huge smile while still making some interesting commentary on the show. We critique because we love.

3 more )
[identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip is a talented writer, a supportive fandom cheerleader, and a force to be reckoned with. (I mean that with 110% sincerity. She rocks!) This year, [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip once again showed her talent and quality and I want to showcase five of my favorite works. She wrote plenty more besides, of course, and you should all put this woman on your to-read-now lists!

1) Discomforting - Willow/Spike (FRAO). In this story, Willow and Spike struggle to live life without Buffy. [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip captures the angst, the internal struggles of both characters. She is able to make this pairing seem believable, and judging from the comments, she was able to entrance readers who normally don't read Spike/Willow pairings. She also writes what could be one of the steamiest sex scenes ever. Yum!

More )
[identity profile] debris4spike.livejournal.com
5 more of [livejournal.com profile] comlodges work - Enjoy

Family

We all love families - here are Angelus, Spike & Drusilla.


Drenched in Blood

What can I say - Spike, in all his gloried colour.


The Tell-Tale Heart

A Spike image - but led by the thought that William's heart is still beating.


How it ends

Spike in his final moments in Chosen.


Love is hard

Buffy as she looks across the wreck that is now Sunnydale (in Chosen)
[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
I think of livejournal as my fanfic center of the universe, but branching out from LJ can be rewarding as well. Fanfiction.net had many great stories posted in 2013. Here are five great stories from there (that weren't also posted to LJ as far as I know.)

1. Repercussions by Jinxgirl. Buffy, Faith, Angel. Rated T.
This is a gut-wrenching depiction of what would have happened if things had gone according to Buffy’s plan in Graduation Day, Part One.

The rest beneath the cut )
[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] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
All of these are either part of a series or a rec for the series as a whole.
None of these are worksafe, but none are terribly squicky either.

1) Of Old Mystics by omphalos and Wolfling: Giles/Ethan - Giles, now head of the Council, rescues Ethan from the Initiative only to learn that they are a bonded pair, Order and Chaos, who must work together to save the world. One of my favorite go-back-to stories.

The other five recs are eyeing each other and wondering who's going to clean up the mess from that Halloween bash ... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Okay, I had a bunch of stories left over and no great way to group them! They are still awesome stories.

1) Amnesia!Spike by Mahaliem
Whenever I rec it I get a bunch of people agreeing it's wonderful but I hardly ever see it recced

Spike nodded in agreement. He was just getting used to hearing his name. Whatever had happened earlier in the evening had wiped his memory clean. He didn’t know who he was, and to hear the lot of them talk, he didn’t know what he was, either. In fact, he only knew one thing about himself. Luckily it was a very important thing.

He had a really cool coat.


the other recs are busy agreeing that Spike's coat really is cool )
[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] shapinglight has been one of my favorite writers since I came to LJ and before. When I read her stories, I can see every scene vividly in front of me. I sometimes forget it came completely from someone's imagination.

The following 5 stories are a good representation of her work. She is currently uploading some of her works to Ao3 under the name glassdarkly. In the meantime, you can find most of her stories on her personal journal or at [livejournal.com profile] glassdarklyuk (you must friend this journal to read it, but in doing so you will have access to her extraordinary "indulgent" kink-fics).

(Please see author’s warnings if applicable)

SEE MORE BEHIND THE CUT )
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[identity profile] staringiscaring.livejournal.com


I love how it blends together the Sin City trailer and Angel the series. BadFred is awesome at making interesting short films that masquerade like vids.Read more... )
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[identity profile] staringiscaring.livejournal.com


I love how it blends together the Sin City trailer and Angel the series. BadFred is awesome at making interesting short films that masquerade like vids.Read more... )
[identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
Websites and communities that can "help" you get a project completed. In no particular order :

Riters_r_us : This community is intended as a resource for fan fic writers, betas and anyone else interested in improving their writing. Great place for discussions on grammar, spelling, etc.

BtVS_Award_Info : a community that has been created so that people can stay aprised of nomination openings and closings and the current status of Buffy based awards sites. The website currently comprises 17 current websites, and a listing of sites on hiatus.

The Angel and Spike timeline : confused about what happened when - look no further.

The Buffy and Angel Dialogue Database : one stop for all your dialogue needs.

Banner grab . Need a banner for your latest tale? Stop on over and make a request.
[identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
Websites and communities that can "help" you get a project completed. In no particular order :

Riters_r_us : This community is intended as a resource for fan fic writers, betas and anyone else interested in improving their writing. Great place for discussions on grammar, spelling, etc.

BtVS_Award_Info : a community that has been created so that people can stay aprised of nomination openings and closings and the current status of Buffy based awards sites. The website currently comprises 17 current websites, and a listing of sites on hiatus.

The Angel and Spike timeline : confused about what happened when - look no further.

The Buffy and Angel Dialogue Database : one stop for all your dialogue needs.

Banner grab . Need a banner for your latest tale? Stop on over and make a request.
[identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
These are a few of my favorite guaranteed to make me giggle things, in no order :
[livejournal.com profile] shapinglight's Wedding from Hellverse series - just consider making Drusilla a bridesmaid...

[livejournal.com profile] the_visitor's Mrs.Cuddlesworth the Vampire Slayer - thought all the chosen were young things did you?

[livejournal.com profile] james_translate's Spike's story for dummies - need I say more...

[livejournal.com profile] awmp's Cuddling : a Spike/Buffy cartoon - the illustrations alone are worth the visit.

and lastly, my all time favorite :

[livejournal.com profile] st_salieri's Art Project aka Cordelia and Wes make a chart of Angel's love life - no liquids near keyboard please.
[identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
These are a few of my favorite guaranteed to make me giggle things, in no order :
[livejournal.com profile] shapinglight's Wedding from Hellverse series - just consider making Drusilla a bridesmaid...

[livejournal.com profile] the_visitor's Mrs.Cuddlesworth the Vampire Slayer - thought all the chosen were young things did you?

[livejournal.com profile] james_translate's Spike's story for dummies - need I say more...

[livejournal.com profile] awmp's Cuddling : a Spike/Buffy cartoon - the illustrations alone are worth the visit.

and lastly, my all time favorite :

[livejournal.com profile] st_salieri's Art Project aka Cordelia and Wes make a chart of Angel's love life - no liquids near keyboard please.
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[personal profile] snickfic
1. And I Will Therefore Fix It, by [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds
This fic is set during Bargaining and yet is possibly the single best Restless-related fic I've ever read, and is also a marvelous character study. The night before the big night, Willow dreams.

and the rest )
snickfic: (Spike Dawn peace)
[personal profile] snickfic
1. And I Will Therefore Fix It, by [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds
This fic is set during Bargaining and yet is possibly the single best Restless-related fic I've ever read, and is also a marvelous character study. The night before the big night, Willow dreams.

and the rest )
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Apologies if any of these have been recced before, I have a lousy memory!

Serenity, Nevada by Christina K.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4552093/1/Serenity_Nevada
Summary: Oz's summer road trip takes him to a sleepy little town in Nevada- one that just woke up with a big new problem, and the local sheriff and citizens may have to face a reality they never expected before the closing credits. Crossover with Firefly.

It's a lovely AU romp in which Sheriff Malcolm Reynolds and his team have to deal with a sudden incursion of the supernatural. Fortunately they have a little help from a familiar Buffyverse character...

four more )

Hope you'll like them.
[identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
Apologies if any of these have been recced before, I have a lousy memory!

Serenity, Nevada by Christina K.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4552093/1/Serenity_Nevada
Summary: Oz's summer road trip takes him to a sleepy little town in Nevada- one that just woke up with a big new problem, and the local sheriff and citizens may have to face a reality they never expected before the closing credits. Crossover with Firefly.

It's a lovely AU romp in which Sheriff Malcolm Reynolds and his team have to deal with a sudden incursion of the supernatural. Fortunately they have a little help from a familiar Buffyverse character...

four more )

Hope you'll like them.
[identity profile] sueworld2003.livejournal.com
Thought I'd rec five things from Deviantart that appealed to me for one way or another.

Firstly not strictly an artwork but worth including I thought.

1) Buffy the Vampire Slayer photo comic by nattyvampireslyr

Bags more fun then season 8 turned out imo, and shorter too...*g*

http://nattyvampireslyr.deviantart.com/art/Buffy-The-Vampire-Slayer-Comic-155363297Read more... )
[identity profile] sueworld2003.livejournal.com
Thought I'd rec five things from Deviantart that appealed to me for one way or another.

Firstly not strictly an artwork but worth including I thought.

1) Buffy the Vampire Slayer photo comic by nattyvampireslyr

Bags more fun then season 8 turned out imo, and shorter too...*g*

http://nattyvampireslyr.deviantart.com/art/Buffy-The-Vampire-Slayer-Comic-155363297Read more... )

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