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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Again, Forgetting by [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (aka Gabrielle) or AO3 link. What if getting a soul didn't make Spike just temporary crazy? And Buffy was the one who had to deal with it.

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[identity profile] punch-kicker15.livejournal.com
1. The Heart Stone, by [livejournal.com profile] carlyinrome, (Kendra/OFC) is a tale of a budding romance between Kendra and an unforgettable OFC. It's short but manages to pack in heart-thumping action, humor, and all the feels in the world.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five favorite shippy shorts from the past year, and one vid as a bonus.

very good bad thing by spangel. Cordelia's POV on Buffy. So accurate that it hurts.

Waylaid by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy (or AO3 link). Faith/Tara in the Wishverse, and it's surely the lightest and most hopeful Wishverse story I've ever read.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five favorite Angel/Spike things of the past year. Well, actually, six. Ok, probably seven.

Someone I Know by [livejournal.com profile] verucasalt123 Angel should stay away. Of course. He doesn't. Of course.
Just a short and very possible encounter set somewhere around "School Hard".

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yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
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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shapinglight: (Buffyversetop5)
[personal profile] shapinglight
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] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
LJ coms are exactly that: communities. Places where we come together to share the fandom with people who are on our friends list and people who are not. Without communities, I would not have met a lot of wonderful people on LJ. I want to give a shout out to five +1 communities that brought fandom to our little corner of the world in 2016. (I simply couldn’t limit the list to five, so I’ve added a bonus.) This is also an expression of gratitude to the moderators of all communities who give of their time to create a fandom experience for the rest of us.

[livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends
Created in August 2010, this community promotes Spike/Buffy fanfic and meta up to 1,000 words in length (as well as limited postings of artwork). It's a great concept, especially for those of us who really enjoy the opportunity to participate in brief spurts. The community is moderated by [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch, [livejournal.com profile] quinara, and [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight. I have to say their annual Halloween challenge has been one of the highlights of my fandom year. As of the end of 2016, the community will sadly no longer have active mods, but it remains open for anyone who wants to showcase their work. Thank you for your contribution to the fandom!

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five favorite scary stories. Just keep in mind that some of these go with major character death warning. Won't tell which ones, because I'm evil like that. And because spoilers.

Truly and Forever by [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth. What if Willow managed to resurrect Tara? Rated NC-17, and not exactly for the smut.

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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.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
And another spangel rec list, this time it's comedy/fluff. Because one list was clearly not enough.

This Is It by Foxinator ([livejournal.com profile] foxstarreh). Spike and Angel move on. Maybe. Kinda. PG-13.

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[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
For [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons, who requested some Spangel. All By Anna S.

1. Untitled --Melancholy, poignant, beautiful.

2. Sleepy -- Short, but it packs a wallop.

3. Gift -- "Once it would have taken force to drive Spike to his knees."

4. Untitled -- The L.A. gang discusses the relationship.

5. Untitled -- This piece just gets to the heart of who they are, and who they are to each other. Quite possibly my favorite Spangel story ever.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
And another list based on the request by red_satin_doll - five stories about voiceless victims.

An Unexpected Afterlife by [livejournal.com profile] settiai. Tara was surprised to discover that being dead wasn't really that different from being alive. And even thoug story is from Tara's POV, she is not speaking just for herself. Tara/Cassie Newton, G.

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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.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Five classic Angel/Spike stories, arranged from shortest to longest.

Victrola by [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey. William, Angelus and that terrible modern music.

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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Superstar by spuffyisthenewbangel. Oz/Spike constructed reality vid with some very nice voice montages. Warning for flickering overlay.

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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
I'd love to say I'm so nice that I deliberately fulfilled [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll's request, but I just happend to have the same idea. Still, here you go.

1. A Nice Little Business by Lilachigh - Alice Pringle. Sounds like an OC, doesn’t she, but no, technically she fits this category. In the author’s words: the vampire lady referred to by Spike in The Replacement, when, sarcastically, he tells the Scoobies that he has been having a cup of tea with the lady who runs a tea-stall in the local garbage dump.
The rest of the recs went to The Bronze for Disco Night )
[identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
I became inspired by [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll's classic recs wishlist. Among other things, she asked for rare pairs, Mr. Gordo, stories that explore the POV of voiceless victims, and overlooked characters. Some of these stories do double, or even triple duty!

1. Little Red Riding Hood, by Circe -- This is a rare pair, and an overlooked character, and it's from the POV of a voiceless victim. And it's fantastic. Spike/Janice

2. Stars and Crosses, by Emelye -- This is definitely a rare pair; it fits in another wished for category as well, but I'm not saying more -- there's a surprise, and it made me grin from ear to ear when I first read it.

3. Untitled ficlet, by Anna S -- This one explains itself: Spike/Lorne (the ficlet is in the second half of the linked post)

4. The Wall Series, be Debechan,Teland,and TheSpike -- Xander/Ethan -- this qualifies as a rare pair, right? Dark and dirty.

5. Domestic Bliss, by nomelon -- Spike/Riley, which I think qualifies as a rare pair, too. This is a must-read, even if you think this pairing is a non-starter for you (as it was for me, until I read it, and then WOW). It's original and captivating and emotional and hot. Trust me on this one.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some of my favorite past year's long fic, arranged from shortest to longest.

signifying nothing by [livejournal.com profile] kwritten (Dawn-centric, PG-13, ~31 000 words). Season six character study. After her sister's death and resurrection, Dawn grapples with her own humanity and tenuous grasp on reality; as her depression swings her from reckless to numb, she reaches out to new friends for help and a new perspective.
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[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
A continuation of sorts from my previous post: more icons, all from various [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness challenges during the year excluding Challenge 39 covered in my previous post. Once again, verbiage will be kept to a minimum so the art can do the talking; and artists listed in alphabetical order by name.  (Otherwise I'd never get done here.)

I have set a restriction on myself for these posts: To list the artists only once within each post (so no duplicates, This was a helluva lot harder than I realized when you've got artists so fantastically talented and prolific like [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] teragramm and [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper.  Complicating things is the fact that [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness seems to have a smaller pool of regular participants than some other comms. (But don't quote me on that):

1) Drusilla by [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer for Challenge 57 (November)
BTW, I've seen other icons use this framing device and even this exact texture since then, but none so effectively.

2) Buffy IWRY (It Hurts Every Day) by [livejournal.com profile] muirthemne for Challenge 47 (June)
One of her only icons that round that did not take home a prize is the one that is my favorite. Go figure

3) Dawn by [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri for Challenge 40 (March)
Her Dawn set for [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 was also superb. It's a departure from the style she's established this year of deep shadows.

4) Angel heart graffiti by [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper for Challenge 38 (January)
Sinister, witty and visually striking.

5) Buffy (A Father's Love) by [livejournal.com profile] teragramm for Challenge 51 (August)
In all honesty and with all due respect to the other wonderful artists I adore, this icon is probably in my top 5 for the entire year, if I was really truly forced to pare it down.

[identity profile] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
I was trying to cull through all the 2015 [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness entries when I realized that nearly half of the "top 5" from that comm actually came Challenge 39 "Love is in the Air" (the Valentine's challenge). So why fight it?  This was one of my favorite challenges/prompts from any of the icontests this year, in a completely "Can we do it again? Can we do it again?" way. Artists made icons of canon and non-canon pairings and everybody brought their A-game. So, herewith are 5 of my favorites from that round (with kudos to moderator [livejournal.com profile] starry_night for her inspired prompts:)

Once again, the list is ins alphabetical order of artists' names) and as with my previous post, I'll eschew my usual verbosity and let the images speak for themselves:

1) Buffy/Tara #3 (Please may I make a home in you?) by [livejournal.com profile] kwritten

2) Willow/Oz by [livejournal.com profile] rua1412

3) Cordy/Xander by [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri

4) Spuffy #2 by [livejournal.com profile] teragramm

 5) Fred/Gunn by [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper

[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)

yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Dru Top5 - kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) Giles Wallpapers by angelus2hot. A variety of Giles pairings in black and white. I particularly like the Giles/Buffy one with the clock for both its relaxed tone and the watch reminiscent of both Giles and their age difference. Read more... )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Another fanvids that I can't leave un-recced:

When I'm Up, I Can't Get Down (Firefly, Wash) by [livejournal.com profile] thedothatgirl. Tribute to 'Wash', pilot extraordinaire, husband, friend and dinosaur wrangler.

What A Wonderful World (AtS & BtVS) by robinsrevenge. If anybody asks me what’s so special about Buffyverse, I could just show them this vid. There is everything.

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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] feliciacraft.livejournal.com
Hello, gentle readers of this lovely fandom. First-time poster here, because...I have recs! Now the challenge is to group them by five and somehow come up with creative categories for them. :)

1. Answering Prayers (Joyce/Angel, R) by [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip. Buffyverse is deep and wide, but have you ever expected to find stories shipping Joyce/Angel? I confess I hadn't. The character of Joyce, who is not as fleshed out in canon as I'd have liked, absolutely comes alive with Velvetwhip's well-paced and restrained story-telling. It's an interesting POV that will have you question your previous opinions of Buffy, who is, in comparison, just a child. This nuanced, angsty story is full of both sense and sensibility, simultaneously clever and plausible, such that it's made a convert out of me! Rejoice for Joyce!

But wait, there are FOUR more... )
shapinglight: (Spuffy destroyer)
[personal profile] shapinglight
I forgot to bookmark things I wanted to rec this time around, which was stupid of me. So I'm just going from memory here and have probably forgotten loads of great things. But anyway, here are five random fandom things I enjoyed in 2015.

First some fic.

Ipseity by [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr. Buffy/Spike, Teen and up. A wonderful long, plotty fic, featuring an amnesiac post-Chosen Buffy and her friends', and Dawn's, attempts to help and restore her. Lots of angst ensues.

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[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] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
I can't top the Narwhal!verse (how did I not now about this?) but here are five fics that made the crackfic fan in me grin like a loon this year.

Based on a True Story by Oxnate. Mayor Richard Wilkins III isn't afraid of anything... but his shadow. Of all the werecreatures in the world, here's a hole I haven't seen anyone poke their head out of before.

Four more )
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Bobby, Roger and Eileen by [livejournal.com profile] double_dutchess (Angel/Buffy/Spike). The most adorable resolution for those pesky Bangel vs Spuffy wars, that never cease in Buffyverse fandom. No one have to cry tonight, right?

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

Wrong Number by TheFoxinator aka [livejournal.com profile] foxstarreh (Harmony's POV, but it's all about Cordelia, G). The day after Cordelia's death, Harmony and Angel struggle to make sure all of her friends know.
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