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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 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
[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.

Read more... )
[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.
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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] 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... )
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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! ♥

more )
[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..
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite vampire stories from the past year, arranged from longest to shortest.

The Perfect Present by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight (Spike/Drusilla, Angelus/Darla, PG-13). Murders and presents: a perfect Christmas celebration, Fanged Four-style.

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When I Ruled the World by kallysten. Pretty apt choice for the Fanged Four, and a nice "story of us" to remember them by.

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[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... )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Because she's been on an incredible roll this year and seems able to write absolutely anything, so there's no reason there shouldn't be more than one post reccing her stuff.

The Faith Lehane Files (part 2, 3, 4). Because I just love good Found Documentation fic. Eventual Faith/Giles.

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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 Genfics

Jan. 10th, 2011 05:02 pm
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1. Moist and Delicious, by [livejournal.com profile] rebcake
pre-series; Darla
In which Darla meets Jonathan Swift and inspires him to write a certain very famous essay. One of those cases where one of our vampires slides so neatly into history I can hardly believe she wasn't there.

and the rest )

5 Genfics

Jan. 10th, 2011 05:02 pm
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[personal profile] snickfic
1. Moist and Delicious, by [livejournal.com profile] rebcake
pre-series; Darla
In which Darla meets Jonathan Swift and inspires him to write a certain very famous essay. One of those cases where one of our vampires slides so neatly into history I can hardly believe she wasn't there.

and the rest )
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[identity profile] staringiscaring.livejournal.com
Loyalty (Darla/Immortal, Darla/Angel)
Ever wonder what Darla was doing while Angel was busy getting himself captured by Holtz?

I'm Not Supposed to Be Like This (Darla & Spike) Her first inkling comes when she can’t zip her leather pants. At first she thinks she’s just got blood bloat; that pizza-delivery boy definitely tasted high-fat.

Traveller (Darla & The Master)
The Master never told her why he sired her, and she did not ask.

Quiet As She Bleeds (Darla/Angel, Darla/Drusilla, Darla/Lindsey)
Quietly she bleeds into the palm of his hand, moonlight shattering into a thousand dark shards.

And Yet (Darla)
Darla introspection when she comes to Angel in Quickening.

Bonus rec:
The Greatest of These
Darla engages in a routine piece of hunting.
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[identity profile] staringiscaring.livejournal.com
Loyalty (Darla/Immortal, Darla/Angel)
Ever wonder what Darla was doing while Angel was busy getting himself captured by Holtz?

I'm Not Supposed to Be Like This (Darla & Spike) Her first inkling comes when she can’t zip her leather pants. At first she thinks she’s just got blood bloat; that pizza-delivery boy definitely tasted high-fat.

Traveller (Darla & The Master)
The Master never told her why he sired her, and she did not ask.

Quiet As She Bleeds (Darla/Angel, Darla/Drusilla, Darla/Lindsey)
Quietly she bleeds into the palm of his hand, moonlight shattering into a thousand dark shards.

And Yet (Darla)
Darla introspection when she comes to Angel in Quickening.

Bonus rec:
The Greatest of These
Darla engages in a routine piece of hunting.
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
Fics I loved which I haven't seen recc'ed yet, but oh, for a linking theme... it's mainly Giles in a number of guises, but one Darla-fic sneaked in. My favourite characters being written well, in relationships of varying states of happiness and snark: a joy.

[livejournal.com profile] wesleysgirl, Life is What Happens When You're Making Other Plans, very, very sweet human AU, Giles/Wesley in their cautious, repressed selves. Not a vampire in sight, but a great deal of bookbinding talk, which is utterly in character.

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[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
Fics I loved which I haven't seen recc'ed yet, but oh, for a linking theme... it's mainly Giles in a number of guises, but one Darla-fic sneaked in. My favourite characters being written well, in relationships of varying states of happiness and snark: a joy.

[livejournal.com profile] wesleysgirl, Life is What Happens When You're Making Other Plans, very, very sweet human AU, Giles/Wesley in their cautious, repressed selves. Not a vampire in sight, but a great deal of bookbinding talk, which is utterly in character.

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Venus and Mars by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight
http://shapinglight.livejournal.com/916661.html
Standalone, PG-13; London, October 1874. Darla and Drusilla visit the National Gallery and encounter a gentleman who is intrigued by them. Clever, inspired, twisted story told by an clueless OC.
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Venus and Mars by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight
http://shapinglight.livejournal.com/916661.html
Standalone, PG-13; London, October 1874. Darla and Drusilla visit the National Gallery and encounter a gentleman who is intrigued by them. Clever, inspired, twisted story told by an clueless OC.
click 4 more )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Those wacky Aurelians! They sure do get up to some shenanigans. Take a look at some of their adventures before they ever made it to the sunny Hellmouth.

They laughed, they cried, they got spanked, and they thought deep thoughts… )

[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Those wacky Aurelians! They sure do get up to some shenanigans. Take a look at some of their adventures before they ever made it to the sunny Hellmouth.

They laughed, they cried, they got spanked, and they thought deep thoughts… )

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A second rather disorganised post, but these stories all need reccing to the comm, and in fact some possibly have been recced before and I missed it.

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A second rather disorganised post, but these stories all need reccing to the comm, and in fact some possibly have been recced before and I missed it.

Read more... )
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Sorry. It's a bit of a naff description, but I'm not in the right headspace to categorise properly.

These are five fics I really enjoyed in 2009. They don't have anything in common and one of them (tragically) is a WIP. I have another post's worth of recs for another day, which is similarly lacking in an overall theme.

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Sorry. It's a bit of a naff description, but I'm not in the right headspace to categorise properly.

These are five fics I really enjoyed in 2009. They don't have anything in common and one of them (tragically) is a WIP. I have another post's worth of recs for another day, which is similarly lacking in an overall theme.

Read more... )
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
There's no proper title for this (I also had it down as 'Where's there's a skill', and other cheesy headings). The topic here is poems and fics which draw on something bigger than fandom, weaving Jossverse motifs into wider cultural themes, but never losing sight of the fandom audience. (In other words, they are very, very clever, but also hugely fun for fans).

[livejournal.com profile] quinara, Spikeid II and III. Because it's in epic iambic pentameter, and based on the Aeneid, and yet it's accessible, funny, touching and in-voice. They're heroes, dammit. They deserve this poem.

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[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
There's no proper title for this (I also had it down as 'Where's there's a skill', and other cheesy headings). The topic here is poems and fics which draw on something bigger than fandom, weaving Jossverse motifs into wider cultural themes, but never losing sight of the fandom audience. (In other words, they are very, very clever, but also hugely fun for fans).

[livejournal.com profile] quinara, Spikeid II and III. Because it's in epic iambic pentameter, and based on the Aeneid, and yet it's accessible, funny, touching and in-voice. They're heroes, dammit. They deserve this poem.

Read more... )
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Thriller by [livejournal.com profile] buffyanne - All – Really, what song could be better for the horror side of the Buffyverse? Even better (for some of us) buffyanne skillfully weaves together both Buffy and Supernatural here, making this an awesome recruiter vid. And the narrator? Genius.

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Thriller by [livejournal.com profile] buffyanne - All – Really, what song could be better for the horror side of the Buffyverse? Even better (for some of us) buffyanne skillfully weaves together both Buffy and Supernatural here, making this an awesome recruiter vid. And the narrator? Genius.

Read more... )

5 Babyfics

Nov. 1st, 2009 06:33 am
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Babyfics are a major guilty pleasure of mine. These, however, have no guilt whatsoever associated with them. Five pairings, five different flavors ranging from sweet domesticity to character study to tear-your-heart-out angst.

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5 Babyfics

Nov. 1st, 2009 06:33 am
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[personal profile] snickfic
Babyfics are a major guilty pleasure of mine. These, however, have no guilt whatsoever associated with them. Five pairings, five different flavors ranging from sweet domesticity to character study to tear-your-heart-out angst.

Click for more )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (AnyaTop5-kathyh)
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1. Explosion by [livejournal.com profile] a2zmom - G – I loved this view of how people Buffy doesn't even know have benefited from her actions.

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yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (AnyaTop5-kathyh)
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1. Explosion by [livejournal.com profile] a2zmom - G – I loved this view of how people Buffy doesn't even know have benefited from her actions.

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Tanya is a friend of mine so it feels a bit embarrassing to collect only her works in a separate post. But her manips are so amazing it took me a long time to select only five of them. Check her LJ for other stuff. Seriously. She rarely posts anything besides her art.

Faith: Sinful Soul by [livejournal.com profile] marvelgirl_artmore manips )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Tanya is a friend of mine so it feels a bit embarrassing to collect only her works in a separate post. But her manips are so amazing it took me a long time to select only five of them. Check her LJ for other stuff. Seriously. She rarely posts anything besides her art.

Faith: Sinful Soul by [livejournal.com profile] marvelgirl_artmore manips )

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