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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] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Today my Tumblr feed included Alkeni's meta Amy Madison: A Dark Mirror and a Distant Echo. I'm not always big on meta but I did like this. It inlcuded a link to two of her stories, also about Amy Madison. I followed one of Alkeni's bookmarks and discovered stories by ScienceOfficerWillowRosenberg. So all of these recs come from me browsing off of a meta.

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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… )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some rarepair femslash recs, by the request of [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll.

My Normal Girl by SharpestRose. Faith/Alonna Gunn in the Wishverse. Living on borrowed seconds. PG-13.

Naked Thoughts by Anna S ([livejournal.com profile] eliade). Anya/Tara UST. When good girls fantasized, they did it at night, alone, behind locked doors. PG-13.

House Full Of Women by wiseacress. Buffy/Tara and a bit of emotional hurt/comfort. PG.

Habits Real Girls Have by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle (or AO3 link). Dawn/Tara. Tara dies, Dawn learns. Never what you expect. PG-13.

Five Lovers Cordelia Chase Never Had by Roz Kaveney. So, what if Giles and Xander left Sunnydale, but Cordelia and Wesley didn't? Cordelia/Joyce, Cordelia/Glory preslash, Cordelia/Buffybot, Cordelia/Tara romance, Cordelia/Willow preslash. R-rated.
[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,
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some classic Mr. Gordo stories, because he deserves it (and also because [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll requested =)

Fuzzy Thoughts (+ additional AO3 link) by [livejournal.com profile] deird1. Mr Gordo and Mr Pointy do not get along very well. G.

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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
Note: The Lucy Stone Six fanvids are reuploads from a closed account. They were originally created before 2016.

1. Lucy Stoner Six’ Handlebars - Willow. I cannot do justice to this. Go. Watch. Now.

2. A Slayer in the TARDIS’ junkie - “Let me tell you something about Willow.”

3. Vanishing446’s Ripper Opening Titles - Ripper years. Damn I wish this was a real series.

4. Laura Shapiro’s Transparent - More Willow and, yeah, another one that’s so awesome I don’t know how to describe it

5. Lucy Stoner Six’s chandelier - Faith. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist.”
[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] 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
I wanted to do an icon post inspired by [livejournal.com profile] kikimay's post one year ago but found it impossible to narrow the hundred of icons I've seen this year to just five, so I decided in the interest of fairness - and spreading the love to as many talented folks as I could - to divide the posts up by icontests. This first one is for [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite The icons are listed in alphabetical order of artist's name (not preference).




1) Faith 5x5 (brighter version) by [livejournal.com profile] double_dutchess for Challenge 123 (July)


2) Illyria #1 by [livejournal.com profile] julie_izumi for Challenge 112 (March) 


3) Beneath You (Spuffy) by [livejournal.com profile] sandy_s for Challenge 128  
In fairness this entire post could have been five icons from this challenge alone.


4) Eskimo Willow by [livejournal.com profile] xclaire_delunex for Challenge 133 (Dec) 
This one is also a tiny "cheat" in that it was an alt rather than an entry.

5) Tara Family Golden Glow by [livejournal.com profile] xlittledreams for Challenge 115 (April)


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

No Take-Backs (Buffy/Faith, PG-13) by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni. Dark AU, in which Scooby gang loses and the Mayor ascends and is now ruling Sunnydale as a big snake.

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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
Since [livejournal.com profile] rebcake stole part of my list (stole, I tell you!) as I was writing this, I had to modify it some.  In no particular order, here are five new contributors to fandom for whom I will drop whatever I'm doing and check out their latest work:

[livejournal.com profile] lady_sybyl, also known elsewhere as Dactylgirl and TerrusDacktellus (and SoulfulSpiketheKiller on Tumblr).  Dactylgirl gives good comic!fic, delivering wonderfully fun, in character, perceptive, touching, sometimes smutty, stories.  They are always well-written, and her character voices are amazing.  I highly recommend her Lost Continent series (Spuffy, S10).  She's also shown she can do angsty, serious storytelling in one of my new, personal all-time favorite fics: Empty Hearts and Heavy Hands (S5, Spuffy).  Even if Spuffy is not your favorite pairing, check that one out.  You won't be disappointed.

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[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 )
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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] 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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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite Faith-centric shortfic from the past year.

The Replacement (Faith, Spike, PG-13) by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey. Post-Gift AU, where Faith is brought to Sunnydale as a replacement slayer. The story sticks as close to canon as it is possible (well, except for bringing back Lydia the Watcher), especially when it comes to Faith's reaction on being a replacement.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Favorite dark or angsty videos from the last year.

Bad Moon Rising by Robins Revenge (Ensemble). BtVS horror vid. Great reminder that sometimes this show was very scary.
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[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Five random fics from 2014 that have no real connection other than that they stayed in my head after I'd read them...

[livejournal.com profile] baudown has been a very welcome addition to our fandom over the last few years. She has a wonderful command of character and language and a new story from her always makes my day. Basement, 1999 is a lovely slice of Spike, Xander pre-slash in which Spike realises that just because he has a chip doesn’t mean he can’t torture Xander just a little. I really wish she’d write more in this ‘verse.

And the rest... )
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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
Okay, I'm pretty sure I've read Bit Parts before but I did just rediscover it.

1. Wolfling's and Wesleysgirl's All the Wrong Places. I've only read Part 1 so far but it is delightful. Doyle's trapped in a computer, about three years after he's died, talking or e-mailing actually with Wesley.

the other recs are exhausted and wondering if signing up for NaNoWriMo wasn't a mistake )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some of my favorite AU fanvids.
Cut by [livejournal.com profile] spikesredqueen - (Faith, Willow; R for drug use and blood). Dark all-human AU where Faith and Willow experienced pretty much the same things as in 'Buffy' canon. But in all-human 'verse it's even more painful.
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[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Five random fics that got under my skin in 2013.

In the Moment by [livejournal.com profile] whiskyinmind is small and beautifully formed. It’s a terrific look inside Faith’s head and just oozes regret and mighthavebeens.

And the rest… )
[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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[personal profile] shapinglight
I freely admit to not reading as widely in the fandom as I used to. These days, I tend to stay in my comfort zone, which in my case, means I stick with tried and trusted authors. Very bad of me, and I hope there'll be more posts on the comm featuring new writers. But anyway, my tried and trusted authors are all very good and I don't feel guilty about reccing them repeatedly, so there.

So, five fics featuring Faith, all of them fabulous.

In Remission by [livejournal.com profile] quinara, post-series, PG. This was [livejournal.com profile] quinara's entry for [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy. Being [livejournal.com profile] quinara, though, it's very far from typical Spuffy (if there is such a thing), featuring an older and more careworn Buffy, a Spike who has got himself into a spot of bother (to put it mildly) while trying to be a good citizen (it's all Angel's fault really), and a truly fabulous, not to mention awesome, vampire Faith. I'd so love to see more.

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[personal profile] shapinglight
I love all these images of our beloved characters. They have a clarity and directness that appeals to me. [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons is always careful to list sources too.

Click on the link to see the image.

A portrait of Angelus. Simple, but extremely effective.

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[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] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
Alphabetically by vidders' names. I'm listing the music tracks here because even the most accomplished vidders often fail to do so.*

"Red" by Afterthebattle - (Buffy/Spike) Spike POV S5-7. "Losing her is blue like I've never known/ Missing her is dark grey all alone..."  Set to Tyler Ward's down-tempo 2012 cover of Taylor Swift's "Red" from his 3-song CD Covers From the Road.


"Light 'em Up" by Afterthebattle -  (btvs, gen) A "vidlet" that packs an incredible emotional wallop in just 1:23 minutes.  Set to Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'em Up)".

"He's Not My Boyfriend [Humor]" by Afterthebattle - (Buffy/Spike, S4 -6) Reminder: Every once in a blue moon I actually do come across a funny fanvid in this 'verse I enjoy. It's not that I am all about the angst or I lack a sense of humor *ahem*; it's that drama is hard and tragedy is harder, but comedy is damn near impossible to get right. Song: "Hey Na Na" by Katie Herzig.

"O' Death" by Jana (Kayenaatic) - (Buffy) a "high lonesome" Buffy character study on par with  "Suburbia" by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny , "Deeds That Have Made Me" and "Under Stars" by [livejournal.com profile] fray_adjacent12. The haunting title song by Jen Titus is perfect for Buffy but feels timeless: the slow beat of a funeral dirge. BTW - I didn't have to look up the song credits in this case because Jana listed them at the end of the video. Can we get a MAJOR ROUND OF APPLAUSE for this?

"Who Are You, Really?" by xxIrisHaloxx - (Faith, Buffy) Episodic of "Who Are You", one of my all-time favorite episodes. Focusing entirely on Faith in Buffy's body, the beginning has a fun, kicky feel with playful editing of the "making faces" scene in front of the bathroom mirror; and then slowly becomes something darker as Faith's growing discomfort within her stolen skin becomes unbearable. Title track by Mikky Eiko. (Credit goes to [livejournal.com profile] blackie_da_minx for rec'ing it on her LJ.)


* I looked them up on ITunes as needed. You're welcome.
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FANVIDS:
Tightrope by fray-adjacent12 - Boy, the movement and the rhythm of this vid! So amazing!
Born To Kill by thedothatgirl - Such an intense Faith vid! Love the B&W style and the explosive ending!
Final Hour (10th CHOSEN anniversary) by narvinek - OMG, I keep rewatching this new version and I keep comparing it to the old one and, yes, they're pretty different, the focus here is more tightly on Buffy but I really can't choose which one I like best... *_*

META:
Spike in ats s5 by coalitiongirl - This post makes such an interesting point about Spike!
Why We Fight: An Essay on Truth and Purpose by lynnenne - This meta made me really re-valuate the episode "Why We Fight"! ♥
[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
Willow is a fascinating and complex character to me, and I really enjoy fiction that reflects that. Here are five classic Willow fics. I'm going to be cautious and label them all not worksafe.

1) The Power and The Other Thing by [livejournal.com profile] mosca.Willow/Tara, Willow/Glory (not really the focus of the story) Gorgeous Wishverse story, with Nerdy Willow, Super-witch Willow, and Scary Willow all wrapped up into one. I really enjoy the way the characters from Angel were worked in. The tone is a bit chilly and remote and matches the world-building wonderfully. This is one of the most hopeful Wishverse stories I've read, but the hope seems earned. This is one of those stories that I think should get a lot more recognition than it has.

The other four below the cut )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
For a supposed horror-influenced series, BtVS was rarely truly horrifying. Luckily, there are fans willing to correct that. Here are five fics that have stuck in my head for years.

The Twelfth Sister/The Twelfth Sister Revisited (AO3 link thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rebcake) by Rowan. What if the Watchers' Council had managed to put Faith in custody and keep her? This fic is truly disturbing and sad... and then you get to the end, which will stay with you forever.

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yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
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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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yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Faith by [livejournal.com profile] valyssia - #18 - There are a number of nice pairing icons in this post of Faith and Buffy or Willow and Buffy but this solo one of Faith is a stunner.
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For my very first post to this community I wanted to list some of my favorite Buffyverse meta essays of the year. Fiction seems to be the overwhelming fan vehicle of choice, at least here on LJ/DW, but it was meta essays that pulled me into this fandom. These are by no means "the best" of the year (my full list would be closer to 10 or 11 essays), but represent some that are my touchstones for this 'verse and it's fandom:

"Rules of Engagement: Violence and Hyperreality in the Buffyverse"  by  [livejournal.com profile] lostboy_lj   may be my "if you only read one meta from 2012" choice. Why Buffy and Spike's relationship in S6 is not directly analogous to abusive relationships in RL, using "Smashed" as it's focal point.

"Buffy, the Vampire Slayer vs Buffy the Vampire Slayer"  by  [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy.   Most post-modernist thinky-thoughts; how the show's title represents the central problem of the narrative for it's titular protagonist, and how Buffy resolves her dilemma in "Chosen".

"Word of Willow: "Witch", Mirrors, and Mommy Issues"  by  [livejournal.com profile] local_max .   What I hope to be the first of several Willow-centric essays from someone who has plumbed the depths of Willow's character more thoroughly and compassionately than any fan I know of.

"Warren Mears"  by  [livejournal.com profile] itsnotmymind .   Draws parallels between Warren, Faith and Spike, how they mirror, intertwine and intersect thematically and within the story itself, and what they represent re: Buffy's psychology. Wonderfully complex.

"Where Did I Go? A Farewell to the Buffybot"   by  [livejournal.com profile] mcjulie .   One of the few essays I've seen in these parts about one of the Buffyverse's most memorable characters. (While I'm here, I'll note that mcjulie has also taken on the awesome task of continuing the   "Episode Polls"   and discussion where [personal profile] gabrielleabelle  left off, starting with S5's  "Tough Love".  Especially recommended is her poll and meta commentary on "The Gift".)


Originally posted on LiveJournal http://buffyversetop5.livejournal.com/341066.html

[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
For my very first post to this community I wanted to list some of my favorite Buffyverse meta essays of the year.  Fiction seems to be the overwhelming fan vehicle of choice, at least here on LJ/DW, but it was meta essays that pulled me into this fandom.  These are by no means "the best" of the year (my full list would be closer to 10 or 11 essays), but represent some that are my touchstones for this 'verse and it's fandom:

"Rules of Engagement: Violence and Hyperreality in the Buffyverse"  by  [livejournal.com profile] lostboy_lj  may be my "if you only read one meta from 2012" choice. Why Buffy and Spike's relationship in S6 is not directly analogous to abusive relationships in RL, using "Smashed" as it's focal point.

"Buffy, the Vampire Slayer vs Buffy the Vampire Slayer"  by  [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy.  Most post-modernist thinky-thoughts; how the show's title represents the central problem of the narrative for it's titular protagonist, and how Buffy resolves her dilemma in "Chosen".

"Word of Willow: "Witch", Mirrors, and Mommy Issues"   by  [livejournal.com profile] local_max.  What I hope to be the first of several Willow-centric essays from someone who has plumbed the depths of Willow's character more thoroughly and compassionately than any fan I know of.

"Warren Mears"   by  [livejournal.com profile] itsnotmymind.  Draws parallels between Warren, Faith and Spike, how they mirror, intertwine and intersect thematically and within the story itself, and what they represent re: Buffy's psychology. Wonderfully complex.

"Where Did I Go? A Farewell to the Buffybot"  by  [livejournal.com profile] mcjulie.  One of the few essays I've seen in these parts about one of the Buffyverse's most memorable characters.  (While I'm here, I'll note that  [livejournal.com profile] mcjulie  has also taken on the awesome task of continuing the  "Episode Polls"  and discussion where  [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle  left off, starting with S5's "Tough Love". Especially recommended is her poll and meta commentary on  "The Gift".)

Also posted on Dreamwidt http://buffyversetop5.dreamwidth.org/329742.html
[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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