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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] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com

  1. gloss' Theses on a Philosophy of Power - this one is just brilliant. The Slayer, during the Bolshevik Revolution, is a Red. The oppression of Slayers through the writings of Karl Marx.

the rest of the recs are scratching their heads, wondering what the heck a drop bear is )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
To contrast the last post, here are five fics of varying degrees of seriousness that I liked.

What if? by [livejournal.com profile] mej_lj. The Council is very good at finding and training girls. What happens to all the ones who aren't chosen?

Four more )
[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
AN APPETIZER:

Academic
Author: [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy
Character: Lydia
Posted at [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday on July 30, 2014

This drabble is about Lydia (the Watcher). Her past, present, and future in 100 words. It just stuck with me.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some historical fics that surprised me - either by the choice of setting or by the use of it.

A Lost Letter of Jane Austen and Darla's Letter by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey. A clergyman's daughter writes her sister about two new acquaintences, a Mr. and Mrs. Angelus.
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[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
So who here doesn't like rec lists? That's what I thought. I try to keep track of good fic for characters that aren't part of the core group, both here and at [livejournal.com profile] fantas_magoria. Here are a few of my favorites, in order of appearance:

Lydia Chalmers, Watcher — Lydia first appeared in Checkpoint, and made Watcherdom adorable. Presumed dead in the bombing of the Council by the First.

Buffybot — Introduced in Intervention, this charming creation can do comedy and tragedy with equal panache. Destroyed by Hellions.

Holden Webster, Vampire — A one-episode vampire who gets to Buffy in entirely new ways. Risen and dusted in the course of Conversations with Dead People, but not forgotten

Harmony, Vampire Personal Assistant — AtS Season 5 Harmony is the poster girl for "Evil, Soulless Things Try Harder". Still ticking, but without, you know, a heartbeat.

Dana, Slayer — Our first hint that the Slayer Empowerment Spell wasn't going to cure all ills. Dana only appeared in Damage, but we know her existence is creating ripples throughout the Slayer organization.

Be sure to check the comments of each post for additional links!
[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.

4 more )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
These stories encompass a variety of moods and styles, but all end up revealing something you never realized you needed to know.

losing farther, losing faster  by [livejournal.com profile] teaotter PG
Joyce’s brain tumor diagnosis only explains part of why she sees something else when she looks at Dawn.


You'll laugh, you'll be inspired, you'll wipe away a tear... )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Just five 100-word flashes of brilliance.

Escape by [livejournal.com profile] garnigal. A Slayer and a Watcher, as things have always been.

Learning Curve by [livejournal.com profile] gilescandy. There really are no controlled circumstances in Sunnydale.

(Not) In Her Element by [livejournal.com profile] readerjane. In Sunnydale, the jump-rope songs teach self-defense.

Someone by [livejournal.com profile] a2zmom. She is no one.

In Which Owl Discovers An Office Key In His File by [livejournal.com profile] graycardinal. Come on. It's a Winnie The Pooh crossover, what else do you want?

And a bonus, since I'm partly responsible for it but didn't actually write it:
Substitute by [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs. Well, it's one way to fix "The Gift"...
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I've spent a lot of time this year reccing this story, and now I'm going to rec it again.

In the Morning of the Magicians by [livejournal.com profile] indri, Giles/Ethan, R. [livejournal.com profile] indri is one of the all time greats of the fandom, and this novel length fic shows you why. Set in London in the early 70s, it tells in brilliantly imagined detail of Ripper's first meeting with Ethan Rayne and of their catastrophic raising of Eyghon. The sense of place and period is just wonderful.

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I've spent a lot of time this year reccing this story, and now I'm going to rec it again.

In the Morning of the Magicians by [livejournal.com profile] indri, Giles/Ethan, R. [livejournal.com profile] indri is one of the all time greats of the fandom, and this novel length fic shows you why. Set in London in the early 70s, it tells in brilliantly imagined detail of Ripper's first meeting with Ethan Rayne and of their catastrophic raising of Eyghon. The sense of place and period is just wonderful.

Read more... )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
The little gals often have big stories, sadly hidden from the viewer. Fortunately, we have many talented writers who can spotlight them beautifully. Here are a few of the many standouts from 2011:


Lydia, Sunday, Buffybot, Harmony, Vi, Newbie and Future Slayers on Parade! )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
The little gals often have big stories, sadly hidden from the viewer. Fortunately, we have many talented writers who can spotlight them beautifully. Here are a few of the many standouts from 2011:


Lydia, Sunday, Buffybot, Harmony, Vi, Newbie and Future Slayers on Parade! )
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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 )
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Thought You Should Know by [livejournal.com profile] angearia
http://angearia.livejournal.com/53356.html
35 chapters so far. R. Middle of BtVS season 8. A sprawling epic about Buffy's adventures as she leads her slayer army against a mysterious nemesis. (Hopefully recent Twilightgate won't impede Angearia's plans). Gen; the main pairing is Buffy/Spike.
four more )
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Thought You Should Know by [livejournal.com profile] angearia
http://angearia.livejournal.com/53356.html
35 chapters so far. R. Middle of BtVS season 8. A sprawling epic about Buffy's adventures as she leads her slayer army against a mysterious nemesis. (Hopefully recent Twilightgate won't impede Angearia's plans). Gen; the main pairing is Buffy/Spike.
four 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.
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[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] rebcake.livejournal.com
Don’t you just love those random, seemingly inconsequential walk-on characters? Sometimes they become regulars (Harmony, Jonathan), sometimes they show up again a couple more times (Ethan Rayne, Sandy the vampire/victim from Doppelgangland), or maybe they just go on with their “lives” (Sheila from School Hard, my personal favorite). Don’t you want to know more about them? Now you can, with these delightful, mostly canon, fill-in-the-blank back-stories.

Five really good ones... )
[identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Don’t you just love those random, seemingly inconsequential walk-on characters? Sometimes they become regulars (Harmony, Jonathan), sometimes they show up again a couple more times (Ethan Rayne, Sandy the vampire/victim from Doppelgangland), or maybe they just go on with their “lives” (Sheila from School Hard, my personal favorite). Don’t you want to know more about them? Now you can, with these delightful, mostly canon, fill-in-the-blank back-stories.

Five really good ones... )
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com
At least, this Spuffy shipper did. Love them or hate them, Buffy/Angel was the 'ship that started it all and I have nothing but respect for it because of how it influenced the characters' journies, their choices over the course of the show, and their future relationships. As it turns out, I like my Bangel the same way I like my Spuffy - with lots of angst. A majority of the following fics go AU from canon at some point, are creative, hauntingly beautiful and well written. You won't find any cotton candy romance here.

1. and every breath we drew was (hallelujah) by [livejournal.com profile] biggrstaffbunch 
Hard R, covers BtVS S3 - AtS S5
Summary: Angel, Buffy, and reunion. Happy endings don't come easy. Sometimes they don't come at all. Six times our star-cross'd lovers never made it to their final act.

Review: I love thoughtful, canon character studies and this is one of the best I've seen. You not only come away understanding Buffy and Angel as a pairing better, but also as individuals who are deeply flawed. The writer alternates between POVs in each vignette using the 2nd person, which could be distancing or confusing, but only adds to the intimacy and sad reflection these characters undergo in this piece. Her prose is beautiful, dramatic, and captivating as she takes us through some pivotal moments in the Bangel relationship. She's the type of writer I look at and wonder, "Where have you been all my life?" Clearly dabbeling in the Bangel waters, that's where.

Cause there's beauty in the breakdown )
[identity profile] clawofcat.livejournal.com
At least, this Spuffy shipper did. Love them or hate them, Buffy/Angel was the 'ship that started it all and I have nothing but respect for it because of how it influenced the characters' journies, their choices over the course of the show, and their future relationships. As it turns out, I like my Bangel the same way I like my Spuffy - with lots of angst. A majority of the following fics go AU from canon at some point, are creative, hauntingly beautiful and well written. You won't find any cotton candy romance here.

1. and every breath we drew was (hallelujah) by [livejournal.com profile] biggrstaffbunch 
Hard R, covers BtVS S3 - AtS S5
Summary: Angel, Buffy, and reunion. Happy endings don't come easy. Sometimes they don't come at all. Six times our star-cross'd lovers never made it to their final act.

Review: I love thoughtful, canon character studies and this is one of the best I've seen. You not only come away understanding Buffy and Angel as a pairing better, but also as individuals who are deeply flawed. The writer alternates between POVs in each vignette using the 2nd person, which could be distancing or confusing, but only adds to the intimacy and sad reflection these characters undergo in this piece. Her prose is beautiful, dramatic, and captivating as she takes us through some pivotal moments in the Bangel relationship. She's the type of writer I look at and wonder, "Where have you been all my life?" Clearly dabbeling in the Bangel waters, that's where.

Cause there's beauty in the breakdown )
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There have always been Slayers. There have always been their Watchers. And there have always been those who are never Called...

five fics )
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There have always been Slayers. There have always been their Watchers. And there have always been those who are never Called...

five fics )
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
This isn't a perfectly coherent group, but I think they all have something in common: taking a strong format/theme/gimmick and running with it successfully. Each one made me think 'I would never have done that - but I wish I could!' (Several are not rated, but nothing seriously over PG-13).

In no particular order:

Pentimento: 52 moments that never happened to Dawn (and one that probably will) by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat- an amazing run of drabbles inserting Dawn into seasons 1-4. Funny, sad and insanely clever - the best kind of fic.

four more to knock your socks off... )
[identity profile] brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com
This isn't a perfectly coherent group, but I think they all have something in common: taking a strong format/theme/gimmick and running with it successfully. Each one made me think 'I would never have done that - but I wish I could!' (Several are not rated, but nothing seriously over PG-13).

In no particular order:

Pentimento: 52 moments that never happened to Dawn (and one that probably will) by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat- an amazing run of drabbles inserting Dawn into seasons 1-4. Funny, sad and insanely clever - the best kind of fic.

four more to knock your socks off... )
[identity profile] athenewolfe.livejournal.com
I love Spawn - Here are my top 5 Spawn fics that were completed in 2006.

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Sneaking in while I have a few minutes spare, since I managed to make a list! I wanted to include Three Deep, but I didn't want to lose any of the other fics, so it can go in its own seperate category as 'Superb Virtual Season'!

But onto the recs. These are all long(ish) fics that I've enjoyed during the year and that everyone should read. :) Read more... )
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Sneaking in while I have a few minutes spare, since I managed to make a list! I wanted to include Three Deep, but I didn't want to lose any of the other fics, so it can go in its own seperate category as 'Superb Virtual Season'!

But onto the recs. These are all long(ish) fics that I've enjoyed during the year and that everyone should read. :) Read more... )

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