[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] 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] 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] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander asked for some Spander, and who am I to deny her. I know there’s been a Spander epics list already, so I thought I’d offer up a list of one-shots that maybe might have fallen off people’s radar.

First up is Prophecy by [livejournal.com profile] nasty_shrew. The language in this is so beautiful and the way it starts and the way it ends is perfect and so is everything else in between.

Oh look...squirrel... )
[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
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
This may have been the most difficult category to select from.

I didn’t track stories I like back when I first got heavy into Spander so I ended up skimming through a whole list of Spander epics. I do find it interesting that the Spander stories I like now are ones I either did keep track of or did recall once I started reading them.

These aren't out-and-out porn but it is Spander so expect some sex, that is, don't count on them being completely worksafe but they mostly are.

  1. James and Wolfling’s Sands of Time - in season 1, Giles takes Xander in and his life changes completely. It’s just so great to see Xander have a wonderful life and then the courage it takes for him to save his friends in the end. This story rocks.

I'd tell you what the other recs are up to but I'm already blushing! )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite gen stories of the past year, arranged from shortest to longest.

Distractions by [livejournal.com profile] il_mio_capitano (Giles, Xander, PG). A library horror drabble that could really give you chills.

Parent Traps by [livejournal.com profile] aliceinkinkland (Willow, Anya, Xander, Tara, G). After "The Gift," Willow, Tara, Xander, and Anya discuss how they’re going to raise Dawn without turning into their own not-so-perfect parents.

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[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)

[identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
You didn't think I could stop at 5, did you?

Here are 5 more amazingly fab stories starring Willow.

1) Home is Where Your Heart Is (Willow, Xander, Sheila, Ira) by [livejournal.com profile] sandy_s: Another Spuffy legend tries her hand at Willow and once again does it exceedingly well. [livejournal.com profile] sandy_s gives us Willow's last visit with her parents but she also gives us a lovely evocation of the enduring friendship of Willow and Xander. A twofer that's twice as nice for that. This one has a core of sadness and resignation that really resonates. Oh, this one was written for [livejournal.com profile] whichwillow, as are the next two (and The Killer in Me, from my earlier list). That fest really inspires wonderful stories.

More Magic if You Click the Cut )
[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
So the fandom isn't as active as it once was, but there are still communities keeping up the good work. Here are a few challenge responses I liked this year.

[livejournal.com profile] spook_me
Unwrapping by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni. Spike has a rare birthday gift for Dru. She's very happy with it, especially as it's the last one. Spike/Dru.

Four more )
[identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
I do this every year, so why break with tradition? Here are five amazing stories that feature Willow as a central figure.

1) Sewing the Seeds (missing scene from The Beating of the Bounds) (Willow, The Tailor) by [livejournal.com profile] sparrow2000: If all this does is get you to read the incredible The Beating of the Bounds, a Xander-centric AU of superlative depth and artistry, then my work is done. But this tale - featuring Willow - has its own brilliance and needs to be appreciated on its own terms. It's subtle and deceptively prosaic but look beneath its smooth surface and the depths are churning. Join me in ordering Sparrow to write more Willow. She has a knack for it.

Click me for magic )
[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
The [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends Halloween Challenge happens in the last week of October. Participating writers compete to fill the most prompts with short Spuffy stories of 1,000 words or less. It’s actually more complicated, but I can never figure out the rules. The important thing is the results. Whimsical, eclectic and comedic themes expertly written. One of the most fun fandom events of the year. Here are just a few of my favorites:

Party Hard
by [livejournal.com profile] drizzlydaze
On Buffy’s 16th birthday, one week after she’s first told she’s the slayer, she meets Spike.

See the rest of my pics below the cut )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Peers over the parapet and waves at everone. Wow, where did 2015 go!

I admit to shameless pillaging from my end of year review, but then why reinvent the wheel. There were a lot more than five gen fics that I loved this year, so this is just a cross-section of them.

Last Man Standing by [livejournal.com profile] thea_bromine finds a potential trainee watcher having a chat with the head of the Council. This is lovely, vivid storytelling and well worth a read.

And there's more... )
[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... )
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
I know Gabrielle has already posted a dark fic list, but since it is almost Halloween, I thought we could stand to have another one. Here are five Xander fics that play in the shadows of the Buffy ‘verse. These are all dark and delicious and make me go ‘eeeeeek....’

Red Apple Falls by [livejournal.com profile] _dellamore makes me want to go hide under the bed. Bodies are stacking up all over Sunnydale. The Scoobies think they know who’s responsible, but only Xander knows why. It’s amazing what can happen when love becomes obsession. Make sure you read this with the light on.

Hello darkness, my old friend.... )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Okay, I'm not exactly sure what to call this category but they're not chipper, that's for sure.
These are all worksafe.

1. Brave New World by Kaydee Falls asks if we are sure that the real world actually is better than the Wish!verse.

2. Quinara's in the dark / sometimes / i hear you gives a great feel of Spike's insane in the high-school basement PoV.

3. Losing Your Memory by Tay Marie has me in tears each time I watch.

4. Aycheb's Scarlet Ribbons: Yeah, I apologize for inflicing this on you right after Losing Your Memory. Also, I think it's awesome she quoted Alice Sheldon (aka James Tiptree Jr.).

5. Laura Shapiro's Transparent: Eeeeee! Amazing Willow character study.
[identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Recently I’ve been tracking down some favourite old Xander/Oz fics that somehow had slipped through the cracks of my bookmarks. I was really happy to revisit all of these

First up it's Kate Bolin’s wonderful The Curve of Your Lips Rewrites History. Post Graduation, Xander runs across Oz at a truckstop and offers him a ride. This Xander is emotionally all over the place and Oz is as serene as a werewolf can be. The scene by the lake and the aftermath will kill you every time you read it. Bloody gorgeous but not worksafe.

More Xander/Oz goodness )
[identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Okay, so I was reading a coffee story posted in 2015, which will be recommended in the January BtVS Top 5, and it reminded me of Lyl’s In Another Life. After the fall of Sunnydale, Willow is found wandering with amnesia. She settles in LA where she works as a barista and falls for Don Eppes from Numb3rs. The relationship just works so well and it’s adorable watching them fall for each other. Totally worksafe.

The rest of the recs are catching up on iZombie, which is surprisingly good so far. )
[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.
[identity profile] xspike4evax.livejournal.com
Some of my fave Spike, Willow and Spillow art work from this year.

Some nudity but nothing shocking. Enjoy!

In no particular order

1. Spillow by [livejournal.com profile] blondebitz

2. Willow by [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer

3. Spike by [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons

4. And two Spike's by [livejournal.com profile] comlodge


[identity profile] xspike4evax.livejournal.com
It was so hard to choose just 5. I'm about as artistic as a pot noodle so I have an extra appreciation for all those who are able to produce works of fan art.

In no particular order (all work safe)

I have two by [livejournal.com profile] comlodge they're a variation on the same picture but I couldn't decide which one I liked best so I've put the two up.
(Spike/Dru) More Christmas Cheer

Second Spike/Dru

I loved this peice by [livejournal.com profile] sheppsboy Willow as Elphaba from Wicked

[livejournal.com profile] okdeanna Lovely bit of Spike/Angel over at [livejournal.com profile] bad_swa (adult based community)
Dark & Twisted

This one really made me smile, it was such a unique idea. There are three parts altogether so do check them all out!
[livejournal.com profile] rbfvid Buffy characters as cats
Includes: Spike, Angel, Buffy, Cordy & Willow
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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
Some favorite angsty shortfics from the past year.
Any bad English in summaries is mine and shouldn't be blamed on fic authors.

Diner at the end of the apocalypse (Spike, Willow, Wesley, PG) by [livejournal.com profile] lilithbint. A witch, a watcher and a vampire meet in a diner, and - as you already guess - this isn't a funny story...
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some amazing buffyverse cosplay from the past year.
Click either on the links or on the thumbnails to get to the full photosets.

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[identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Dead Girls' Party by Erimthar (Post-series - Tara, Cordelia, Anya)
In the Buffyverse, being dead doesn't mean you don't have important work to do. Ever wonder why vampires don't simply kill Slayers in their sleep? This is why.

Four 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.)
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite LJ fanart from the past year (or probably, "favorite non-Spike fanart" would be more correct).
Click either on the links or on the thumbnails to get to full-size images.

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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] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some of my favorite character study vids (picked from playlist by randomizer, 'cause I was unable to chose between them otherwise).

Scarlet Ribbons by [livejournal.com profile] aycheb aka hazelk62. Eerie and hypnotizing Slayers vid.
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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] baudown.livejournal.com
Five fics that will get under your skin:

1. The Loving Dead, by witling -- Xander is being haunted. Is it ghosts, or ghosts of the past? Eerie, atmospheric, and a little bit heartbreaking. A beautifully rendered Xander.

2. Macrame, by Anna S -- Willow overuses magic. Magic has consequences. As always, the writing is extraordinary. Spander.

3. Skin Deep, by Doyle -- A short and very scary season 7 AU. Yikes.

4. Cuckoo in the Nest, by liz marks -- A character study of Tony Harris, an all-too human monster. This will hit you like a punch to the gut. This one stuck with me for a long, long time.

5. Red Frame, White Light, by sparrow2000 -- Post-soul Spike's craziness takes a slightly different form. His encounter with Xander is shivery perfection.
[identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
I think these five stories featuring Willow Rosenberg are all pretty darn awesome and I hope you agree:

1) Otherwise a Perfect Sky (Xander, Tara, Willow) by [livejournal.com profile] aadler - What can I say about this? It's brutal and yet somehow delicate, poetic yet gritty, and absolutely heartbreakingly perfect. This post-apocalyptic take on The Gift (a remix of [livejournal.com profile] deird1's also very terrific Come Crashing Down) stands with the best of them.

Four More Terrific Tales )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some of my favorite horror fics.
Any bad English and awkward phrasing in summaries is mine and shouldn't be blamed on fic authors.

Cicatrix by Teland & [livejournal.com profile] debchan (Ensemble, NC-17) Buffy dies during "Prophecy Girl". Permanently. And though Willow still manages to close the Hellmouth, it's not such a good news...
Thing that I love the most about this extremely dark story is that it doesn't use the obvious way to bring hell to Sunnydale (that would be Master rising). It choses more subtle path, based on character's natural urges, flaws and insecurities - and that's much more scary.
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[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.

4 more )
[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
All of these meta posts are part of a "series" (minimum of two entries) in which at least one entry was posted in 2013.

Dawn Summers: Fighting for an Alternative Feminist Narrative - by [livejournal.com profile] kwritten This link takes you to "part 4" (really 5 parts including the introduction), which in turn has links to all the previous entries in the series. I don't know if this is the very first meta ever written about Dawn, but it's the first one I've come across; which is astonishing when you consider her importance and impact to BtVS. Winner of Best Meta in round 10 of the No Rest for the Wicked Awards, and deservedly so.

Of course you want to read more.... )

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