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[livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles is one of my favourite communities, so here are five things that caught my eye this year. I should give a disclaimer that I’m way behind with the entries, so I’m sure there is a pile of other stuff I could have recced that I just haven’t got to as yet.

It’s always illuminating to see the Buffy ‘verse through external eyes, and in [livejournal.com profile] punch_kicker15’s The English Patient: Seven Times Giles Visited the Hospital(and One Time He Didn’t) we see Giles across the seven seasons through the eyes of a resident physician at Sunnydale Hospital. This is good stuff.

More Giles goodness this way... )
[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!

Read more... )
[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! :-)

Read more... )
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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.

There are 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.)
Read more... )
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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 Dru Fics

Oct. 31st, 2011 04:38 pm
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1. Crazy Madcap Redemption, by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey
Ats S5; Spike/Dru; longfic.
In which Dru gets a chance to choose who she is and become her own person. Dru finds Spike hanging about Wolfram & Hart, and Spike, heartsore, lonely, and remembering sweet times past, takes it upon himself to save her. This doesn't work out quite how either of them expect. It's all very satisfying, with lovely characterizations and occasional bits of Spikey's hilarious dialogue.

and the rest )

5 Dru Fics

Oct. 31st, 2011 04:38 pm
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1. Crazy Madcap Redemption, by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey
Ats S5; Spike/Dru; longfic.
In which Dru gets a chance to choose who she is and become her own person. Dru finds Spike hanging about Wolfram & Hart, and Spike, heartsore, lonely, and remembering sweet times past, takes it upon himself to save her. This doesn't work out quite how either of them expect. It's all very satisfying, with lovely characterizations and occasional bits of Spikey's hilarious dialogue.

and the rest )
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1. Shadow Thought It Be, by [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26. Giles/OFC.
In which one Elisabeth, itinerant academic and BtVS fan, stumbles into Sunnydale and can't figure out how to leave. Elisabeth is so fully realized a character, so rich in flaws and quirks, that I can't be bothered to care that according to the author this is technically a self-insert fic. The writing is intelligent and hilarious and wonderful, Elisabeth's frequent metafictional observations are great fun, and her gradual relationship with Giles totally worked for me. This is very much a fic that doesn't sound like it ought to work but really, really does.

and the rest )
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1. Shadow Thought It Be, by [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26. Giles/OFC.
In which one Elisabeth, itinerant academic and BtVS fan, stumbles into Sunnydale and can't figure out how to leave. Elisabeth is so fully realized a character, so rich in flaws and quirks, that I can't be bothered to care that according to the author this is technically a self-insert fic. The writing is intelligent and hilarious and wonderful, Elisabeth's frequent metafictional observations are great fun, and her gradual relationship with Giles totally worked for me. This is very much a fic that doesn't sound like it ought to work but really, really does.

and the rest )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] deird1 is one of my favorite Buffyverse writers. She's very prolific, and I can't choose only 5 fics - so I make three separate lists. Here's the first one.
No Words
http://deird1.livejournal.com/256747.html
PG. Season 7 through the eyes of Chao-Ahn. Brilliant continuation of ideas of non-verbal communication, started in Hush.
four more )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] deird1 is one of my favorite Buffyverse writers. She's very prolific, and I can't choose only 5 fics - so I make three separate lists. Here's the first one.
No Words
http://deird1.livejournal.com/256747.html
PG. Season 7 through the eyes of Chao-Ahn. Brilliant continuation of ideas of non-verbal communication, started in Hush.
four more )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
I don't think I'm alone in wanting stories of the Aurelian vampires before Sunnydale. Preferably stories with something other than (or in addition to) horror, gore, and cruelty. 2010 did not lack for choice:

Whispering Death by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni  (PG13)
Spike, Dru, and Darla enjoy the Spanish Civil War, each in their own way.

Spike’s Victims: Victim no. 10,876, cir. 1895 by [livejournal.com profile] dampersnspoons  (NC17) (First person POV)
The title is the summary. There is also another in the series, take a look.

This Thing of Earth and Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] gillo  (PG)
It takes the whole family to raise a vampire, when the vampire’s mummy is Dru.

New York (1970) by [livejournal.com profile] duh_i_read  (PG)
It all comes down to style.

Theatre of War by [livejournal.com profile] meridian_rose (PG13)
Spike and Dru harvest the battlefields of Europe. (Yes, another war story. I like to see how our vamps interact with the sweep of history. It's a thing.)

Bonus NC-17 offering, not for everyone:
The Body Electric by [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun  (NC17)
Unexpected uses for new technologies!
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
I don't think I'm alone in wanting stories of the Aurelian vampires before Sunnydale. Preferably stories with something other than (or in addition to) horror, gore, and cruelty. 2010 did not lack for choice:

Whispering Death by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni  (PG13)
Spike, Dru, and Darla enjoy the Spanish Civil War, each in their own way.

Spike’s Victims: Victim no. 10,876, cir. 1895 by [livejournal.com profile] dampersnspoons  (NC17) (First person POV)
The title is the summary. There is also another in the series, take a look.

This Thing of Earth and Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] gillo  (PG)
It takes the whole family to raise a vampire, when the vampire’s mummy is Dru.

New York (1970) by [livejournal.com profile] duh_i_read  (PG)
It all comes down to style.

Theatre of War by [livejournal.com profile] meridian_rose (PG13)
Spike and Dru harvest the battlefields of Europe. (Yes, another war story. I like to see how our vamps interact with the sweep of history. It's a thing.)

Bonus NC-17 offering, not for everyone:
The Body Electric by [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun  (NC17)
Unexpected uses for new technologies!
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Halfway There by [livejournal.com profile] indri - PG-13 – Wonderfully spare account of Giles' journeys to rescue the Potentials in S7. She gives these many near nameless and faceless girls (and the ones who didn't make it) some real meaning, and makes Giles' life's work resonant.

Read more... )
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Halfway There by [livejournal.com profile] indri - PG-13 – Wonderfully spare account of Giles' journeys to rescue the Potentials in S7. She gives these many near nameless and faceless girls (and the ones who didn't make it) some real meaning, and makes Giles' life's work resonant.

Read more... )
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I love seeing Our Heroes and Our Buffyverse from the outsiders' points of view. Here are five fics that do just that, with quite varied results.

1. Orbital Debris, by [livejournal.com profile] st_salieri
post-series
AKA What the Poor Souls on the ISS Saw During Buffy Comics #34. Hilarious; unmissable.

and the rest )
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I love seeing Our Heroes and Our Buffyverse from the outsiders' points of view. Here are five fics that do just that, with quite varied results.

1. Orbital Debris, by [livejournal.com profile] st_salieri
post-series
AKA What the Poor Souls on the ISS Saw During Buffy Comics #34. Hilarious; unmissable.

and the rest )
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Where "long" = "more than one chapter."

1. Better Late Than Never (11 chapters), by [livejournal.com profile] cindergal
post-Intervention
Spike and Buffy head back to the 1970s to retrieve an artifact to help them defeat Glory. Sweet and hopeful and very quietly romantic. Plus: time travel! and Ripper!

and the rest )
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Where "long" = "more than one chapter."

1. Better Late Than Never (11 chapters), by [livejournal.com profile] cindergal
post-Intervention
Spike and Buffy head back to the 1970s to retrieve an artifact to help them defeat Glory. Sweet and hopeful and very quietly romantic. Plus: time travel! and Ripper!

and the rest )
[identity profile] kerkevik.livejournal.com


 
Hi,

       and here are five of the most imaginative buffyverse fics I have ever read; most recent first; funniest last - again :-)


(metem) Psychosis by mabus101 (Alt-S6)
http://mabus101.livejournal.com/2009/05/17/

Toy Soldiers by Perri Smith(S3 Wesley)
http://www.neon-hummingbird.com/suns/fanfic/perri/toysoldiers.html

techsupport@demon.com  (Pre S5 BtVS / S2 AtS)
http://rhiannon.dreamhost.com/angel/fanfic/techsupport.html

The Waking by Mad Poetess (adult content warning)  (Alt S7)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/96662?view_adult=true

Private Conversations by CN Winters (adult content warning) (S4?)
http://cnscaldron.com/cannon/wt/private.htm


   Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
   Ray.
[identity profile] kerkevik.livejournal.com


 
Hi,

       and here are five of the most imaginative buffyverse fics I have ever read; most recent first; funniest last - again :-)


(metem) Psychosis by mabus101 (Alt-S6)
http://mabus101.livejournal.com/2009/05/17/

Toy Soldiers by Perri Smith(S3 Wesley)
http://www.neon-hummingbird.com/suns/fanfic/perri/toysoldiers.html

techsupport@demon.com  (Pre S5 BtVS / S2 AtS)
http://rhiannon.dreamhost.com/angel/fanfic/techsupport.html

The Waking by Mad Poetess (adult content warning)  (Alt S7)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/96662?view_adult=true

Private Conversations by CN Winters (adult content warning) (S4?)
http://cnscaldron.com/cannon/wt/private.htm


   Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
   Ray.
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Strictly speaking, only four of these are actually set in S4, but the other one is also full of S4 flavor, and all feature the delightful unlikeliness of early-season Spuffy.

1. Achilles Heel, by Elizabeth
A demon curses Spike and Buffy to UST, basically. Eventually, desperate, they decide to resolve that dratted ST! One of the true classics of Spuffydom from before we had more than the barest hint of it in canon.

and four more )
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Strictly speaking, only four of these are actually set in S4, but the other one is also full of S4 flavor, and all feature the delightful unlikeliness of early-season Spuffy.

1. Achilles Heel, by Elizabeth
A demon curses Spike and Buffy to UST, basically. Eventually, desperate, they decide to resolve that dratted ST! One of the true classics of Spuffydom from before we had more than the barest hint of it in canon.

and four more )
[identity profile] sueworld2003.livejournal.com
Well trust me to lower the tone eh? *g* But hey, erotica plays a large part in fan fiction in general let alone in our fandom, so no best of list could be without some great examples of this type of writing. So five fics that involve slavery or bondage in some way that I've read and enjoyed during the past year. All extremely well written of course...*g* Read more... )
[identity profile] sueworld2003.livejournal.com
Well trust me to lower the tone eh? *g* But hey, erotica plays a large part in fan fiction in general let alone in our fandom, so no best of list could be without some great examples of this type of writing. So five fics that involve slavery or bondage in some way that I've read and enjoyed during the past year. All extremely well written of course...*g* Read more... )
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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 )
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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.
click 4 more )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Buffyverse is the perfect playground for unusual ideas - and ficwriters who play in Joss' sandbox are very inventive.

Fair Dinkum by [livejournal.com profile] deird1
http://community.livejournal.com/still_grrr/692035.html
PG. Somewhere in the beginning of season 5, Buffy reads a book “Slayers of the Early 20th Century; A Study” and discovers interesting facts about slaying in Australia.
click 4 more )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Buffyverse is the perfect playground for unusual ideas - and ficwriters who play in Joss' sandbox are very inventive.

Fair Dinkum by [livejournal.com profile] deird1
http://community.livejournal.com/still_grrr/692035.html
PG. Somewhere in the beginning of season 5, Buffy reads a book “Slayers of the Early 20th Century; A Study” and discovers interesting facts about slaying in Australia.
click 4 more )
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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... )
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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.

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.

Read more... )
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
A preoccupation of mine for the past year, so I bring you fics on the Council, its personnel and its practices, now and before. Roughly in a (chrono)logical order, for once!

[livejournal.com profile] deird1, Falling into Shadow: the pain of the less-than-physically-perfect Slayer, and her reluctant Watcher. Bring hankies.
Read more... )
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
A preoccupation of mine for the past year, so I bring you fics on the Council, its personnel and its practices, now and before. Roughly in a (chrono)logical order, for once!

[livejournal.com profile] deird1, Falling into Shadow: the pain of the less-than-physically-perfect Slayer, and her reluctant Watcher. Bring hankies.
Read more... )
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] deird1, Just the Four of Us: complicated, ambitious, waaay outside the author's comfort zone (or so she writes, anyway), and she pulls it off beautifully.

Read more... )

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