[identity profile] feliciacraft.livejournal.com
I'm a fan of the [livejournal.com profile] giles_shorts community, especially the "first line last line" challenge, where the last line from someone else's drabble becomes your first sentence. It takes a lot of discipline, something our favorite Watcher would surely have approved.

For your divertion, may I present five drabbles inspired by prompts from Giles-shorts:

Inherited Skill by [livejournal.com profile] quaggy_mire

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[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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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Who ever gets tired of icons, or amazed that we can still find new and interesting takes on images that have become very familiar over the years? Well, here are some that definitely caught my attention.

Buffy #10 by longerthanwedo. I liked the psychedelic, cosmic look of this icon. Also #14 of Willow and Tara looks particularly dreamy.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five favorite Giles-centric stories of the past year, arranged from shortest to longest. Well, five and a bonus.

Reluctant Masquerade by [livejournal.com profile] xspike4evax. A bit of Giles POV on Wesley circa BtVS season 3, perfectly spot-on.

Déjà vu by [livejournal.com profile] darkheartwalsh (DHW). There is a dead woman in his bed. It isn't the first time.
Stunning and absolutely heartbreaking portrayal of Giles soon after "The Gift". Also, it's probably the most efficient parallel I've ever seen used in buffyverse fics.

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[personal profile] shapinglight
As usual, I can't collect five things in a particular category and time is running out, so here are five of my favourite fandom things from 2016.

First some wonderful fan art.

Venus and Mars by [livejournal.com profile] rbfvid (Restfield). This piece was inspired by one of my fics (of the same name) but that's not why I'm reccing it. I'm reccing it because it's beautiful and clever, and in all ways absolutely superb.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five fluffy or/and funny short stories from 2016, arranged from shortest to longest.

Arrival by yeahyeahno. Giles is facing the biggest horror of his life (no kidding, I can relate).

A Slayin' Song Tonight by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy. Five holiday decorations that can be used to slay vampires, and one vice versa. AKA the Scooby Holiday Meet-Up is about as peaceful as you'd expect.
And can I just say - the Giles' one. *uncontrollable giggling*
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[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
One of my images was originally created toward the end of 2015 but has been reworked in 2016. Since I wasn't sure if that should count, I made it my extra.

  1. Restfield's Not Thinking About Buffy - OK, I'm not good with images so I don't know what to say but it's in how he's looking away from her, how she's in the smoke. I adore it.

the rest of the links are getting me a copy of Drawing for Dummies so maybe I could sketch something cool for next year's rec list )
[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
I'm a big fan of fics where a well-timed spell, a friend stepping in to help, or someone asking the right question at the right time can solve a problem from canon.

Here are five short classic fics in that category:

1. Apotheosis by Ephemeral Night (Willow/Tara, General Audiences). Willow stumbles upon the secret for carrying out the Thy Will Be Done Spell in a more effective manner, and comes up with some clever and audacious to eliminate nearly every threat the Scooby Gang will ever face, and then takes it even further into the ultimate fix-it fic territory. Tagged as "fluff and crack" in AO3, and it's high quality fluff and crack.

The rest under the cut )
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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] 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] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
I'd post the actual wallpapers but Photobucket is acting up again "grumbles" so... I'll just have to point them out :
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[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] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
In 2014 I wrote The Perfect Cup of Tea and I learned that Brits really don’t like it when you get tea making wrong. Note: I have since corrected my mistake and promise to never, ever do anything so heinous to tea, even if only in a story, again.

1. Gill O’s Tea Parties Suck, was written as a response to my story. I like to think my error, in that it produced such a delightfully humorous response, was almost worth making.
the rest of the recs are having a cup of tea and then having another one. Because they're small. )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
1. Samantha Winning’s Asylum - Buffy, Faith, and Cordelia are in a mental institution and something’s really wrong in a horror movie kind of a way. I’m very, very disappointed this isn’t a real movie even though it’d be too scary for me to watch with the sound on.
the recs are wondering if they could live in a Barbie world )
[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 )
[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
So while I was sorting through files for my previous post in order to include one of my favorite of [livejournal.com profile] teragramm's icons I realized "Oh but she also produced this one....and hey, what about this one....and I really loved this banner...."   So the only sensible thing to do was make another post: 4 icons and one banner. Icons are listed chronologically.  This is an artist I tend to associate with clear, bright colors (especially "teragramm blue"), but obviously she is every bit as skilled with muted tones and deeply saturated effects. Once again, I'll let the images do the talking:

1) Drusilla retro (Center Crop) for [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 10 (June)

2) Faith #2 for [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite Challenge 123 (July) we123b_iconbyteragrammaugust2015_BMC.jpg

3) Buffy "Happiness" for [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 12 (August) teragrammhappinessicon20in20rd12august2015.jpg

4) Tara #3 for [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Challenge 58 (November) teragrammSS58-5_2015.jpg

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5) Winged Buffy Banner (February)
Speaks to my soul, my Buffy-loving heart, and my Winged Buffy kink all at once. Dean Jackson's quote suits the character beautifully as do the ethereal, almost abstract wings that resemble extensions of her gown fluttering in the breeze, rather than literal feathered wings.

[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.

[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
Yes, I know that everything [livejournal.com profile] sparrow2000 writes is excellent, but here are my top five picks from the past year:

1. No Lodging is probably me favorite fic of the year. It's tragic and haunting, and the language and imagery just stayed with me.

2. Words to Live By is a fascinating and original look at Xander in one of his darker moments.

3. One of These Days is a little slice of Giles' and Ethan's history. It's now head canon for me.

4. Pushing Limits is Xander/Lindsey pre-slash. Xander's living for the moment. At least, for the moment.

5. Distraction is Spike/Xander. A slice of their life together, and the voices are absolutely perfect.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite Buffy vids of the past year.

High by the Beach by [livejournal.com profile] big_n_happy (Cvalda). Vid about Buffy and Lily (aka Anne), about growing up and moving on. Flawless post-Becoming character study.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite crossover stories of the past year, arranged form shortest to longest.

All In A Day's Work by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy (Buffy-centric, crossover with the song "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots", PG-13).
To be fair, Buffy wasn't entirely sure how she was supposed to stop a giant robot about to attack Tokyo. But still, being told that someone else would handle it felt a bit weird.
Yes, it's crossover with a song. Yes, it works. Go read it!

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[identity profile] baphrosia.livejournal.com
Also known as the only five entries (so far!) in the Narwhal!verse...

What's this, you say?  You've heard of the Penguin!verse, but not the Narwhal!verse?  It all started from THIS prompt.

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[identity profile] baphrosia.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] drizzlydaze gives good AU.  She's the undisputed queen of coming up with AUs on the fly during the high-pressure, high-stakes :) fag-ends Halloween contest.   Some of my favorite entries from this year include:

BUSINESS AS USUAL This is the first in a series of ficlets wherein William is Buffy's Watcher - or is he? HERE is the (to date) last entry in the series, and includes links to all the other in-between parts.  The links are listed in the order in which they should be read.  The series runs the gamut from angst to comedy, and back again.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Or, it's "Buffy-centric angsty shortfic", to be more specific. Stories arranged from longest to shortest.

Third Wheel by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight aka Glassdarkly (Angel/Buffy & Darla, PG-13). Set during 'Surprise', this is a slightly AU BtVS season 2, in which Ethan Rayne's costume spell in Halloween had rather different consequences.
I'm a sucker for relationship studies where main focus is not romance per se but Buffy's development, and this one absolutely nails it.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some gorgeous BtVS posters I've enjoyed in the past year.
Click either on the links or on the thumbnails to get to full-size images.
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[identity profile] draconin.livejournal.com
Since people seemed quite taken with the first set here are five more, probably better known than the first set.

Living History by LizMarcs
Rating: PG, Worksafe
Some people have come from a place far, far away and a time far, far ahead to ask for help on an urgent matter. The time they were aiming for? February 2008. The place? Moscow. The problem? Somehow they've ended up in Cleveland, September 2003. And that’s just the beginning of the trouble; they seem to be descendants of the Scoobies and are determined not to change the past... but they haven't reckoned with Xander. Superbly written with a fascinating plot, some of the most beautifully crafted OCs I've ever seen and a wonderful portrayal of Xander and Faith. Very highly recommended!

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[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
The Learning Curve by [livejournal.com profile] il_mio_capitano: Immediately after Becoming Part 2. How Giles came to learn about Buffy's note and Joyce's first encounter with Buffy's "watcher."
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[identity profile] draconin.livejournal.com
The HP 'verse is the commonest one for fics where the author re-writes history by inserting a character (internal or external) who knows what's supposed to happen and is determined to change things but the Buffy 'verse has its examples too...

1. Martian Manhunter by Mediancat
Rating: PG, Worksafe
As the result of a bet that we spend most of the story waiting to find out the nature of, Veronica Mars is in the Buffyverse, knowing what's coming and unable to do anything about it... or can she? If you're familiar with mediancat's work then you're probably already anticipating wonderful writing. If you're a fan of the Veronica Mars series then look no further: this is for you! :-)

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[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
I’m a sucker for stories that say ‘what happens next’ post series, because there are so many possibilities. Here are five ‘what ifs..
Half a Sky of Stars by [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat has my all time bullet proof kink – strong, confident Xander who has found his place in the world. Just gorgeous. Oh and this is het.

Drops a trail of breadcrumbs... )
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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?

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[personal profile] endeni
So, it was hard to narrow down to just five but here's my pick: five Buffyverse podfics, from five different readers:

- American Girls, written by impertinence and performed by podklb / gen, Buffy-centric, over 3 minutes long. Also, full discolure: I created the cover for this podfic, I just love it so much! ♥

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five of my favorite parody fics, arranged from shortest to longest.

Spike's Fury by [livejournal.com profile] coalitiongirl. Buffy, Angel, Spike, PG-13. The alternate ending of season 8 comics. Much better than canon one.

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[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
This round of Buffyverse Top 5 just wouldn't be complete without:

Conclusive Etymology of a Summers by [livejournal.com profile] clockwork_hart1 (Lucy). I love this story so much it inspired my very first fanfiction poster for another author. One of my favorite Buffy character studies, delicately etched and sympathetically observed. When it comes to Buffy Summers and the Summers sisters, Lucy owns my soul: She loved to watch her sister write. As Dawn scribbled and scrawled her soul down into books, she knew that the monks had given her a gift.

Civilian by [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (WIllow, Riley, mentions of Willow/Tara, Willow/Kennedy, Buffy/Riley and Riley/Sam, canon-compliant post-series)  A story aching with regret in every word as a chance encounter brings the terrible weight of memory crashing down about WIllow's ears. One of the best, most devastating endings of any fic I've read this year; packs an incredible wallop. If it doesn't hit you in the gut, we may need to check you for a pulse. There’s a story there and a painful one, but she’s not one to go poking at wounds to watch them bleed, so she puts a solicitous hand on his arm.

Three Coins in a Fountain by [livejournal.com profile] rahirah (POM-verse; Buffy/Spike, the Immortal; POM/Barbsverse). She stood, five foot two of righteous Slayer fury, and the Immortal actually took a step backwards. Told you she was out of your league, mate. This one is so much fun -  60-something Buffy  and Spike Summers-Pratt are given an assignment by the Immortal to fetch some rare coins. There are...complications. This was one of the fics that made it safe for me to be a Spuffy shipper again this year. I love that our heros are older, a little plumper, comfortable in their fuller bodies, still fully sensual and sexual beings; still as snarky, sarcastic and witty as ever. And chapter 1 inspired a very meta conversation between Barb and [livejournal.com profile] quinara re: Buffy and Spike's late seasons body issues and representation; how cool is that? Chapter 2; Chapter 3 and Chapter 4.

PIece of Cake by [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr; (Buffy/Spike, Buffy/Angel, Drusilla, Willow, Faith; mentions of Spike/Drusilla, and Angel/Dru). Lorelei's return to writing btvs fanfiction was one of the happiest events of the year, IMO.  If you haven't checked out her fag_ends ficlets, let [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight's rec list get you started. Piece of Cake was the winner of Best NC-17 at the last Round of Sunnydale Memorial fanfiction awards, deservedly so.  I don't read porn. I don't read NC-17. I sure as heck don't read all-human AU fics except...if anyone can get me to read one, it's [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr. Superb characterization, sex that is genuinely sexy but she pulls no punches on issues of non-consent. My favorite chapters are actually the two featuring Willow, who is beautifully drawn here in a supporting role; she's becoming a Willow-writer to watch.

And finally one more from [livejournal.com profile] kwritten: taxes? - also complete here on AO3 (Buffy/Tara, Anya, Olivia, Dawn, AU S6) The remaining piece of the Finding a Balance B/T 'verse (more, please?) written for [livejournal.com profile] kikimay's prompt: taxes, Buffy S6 AU. Because I'm curious to see what you would do if you were Marti Noxon. This is the fic that opened up the Buffy/Tara, Dawn 'verse to the other ladies and introduced Olivia to it, which makes even richer. Anya gets to be the true hero, working on Buffy's taxes post-resurrection as she should have in the series, and negotiating with the WC on Buffy's behalf. A gem.

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