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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] feliciacraft.livejournal.com
There were so many amazing fanworks in 2016 that I wish I'd taken better notes! Off the top of my head, I give you five fantastic pieces of artwork from five artists:

Artwork: Mr. Trick
By [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons
The hardest part was picking only one image by the amazing Danna. But! I don't think I've ever seen another artwork of Mr. Trick! I couldn't be happier seeing this fashionable, retro glamor shot of Mr. Trick, a minor yet memorable BtVS demon. (Who alone, as a bonus, commented on the unnatural lack of POC in this supposedly SoCal town. Joss, was that your conscience speaking?) Anyway, this artwork is just gorgeous! (Also, whatever skincare regimen Mr. Trick's using to get that glowing-from-within look, I want it.) ;)

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[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] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
[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] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
There are so many awesome videos in Youtube! I've discovered all these wonderful gems recently, but they were created before 2016.
Top Five Videos )
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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
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 )
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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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[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] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some favorite Buffy vids of the past year.

High by the Beach by [livejournal.com profile] big_n_happy (Cvalda). Vid about Buffy and Lily (aka Anne), about growing up and moving on. Flawless post-Becoming character study.

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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?

More under the cut )
[identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
I love seasonal coms, don’t you? It gives everyone a reason to show off their best work. Here are five of my favorite seasonal com posts in 2015:


Lies My Lover Told Me
fiction posted by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight at [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles
Post-Chosen, Giles and Olivia meet and talk about then and now. The conversation goes in a direction that is not what Giles expected. As usual with shapinglight’s work, the characters are realistic and the dialogue is searing and brilliant.

See my pics below the cut )
[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 )
[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 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] 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.
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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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yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
I Belong to You by restfield. After so many years of fanworks it's not often one comes across something truly different but a video of Angel/Buffy/Mr. Gordo? That qualifies :D

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[identity profile] xspike4evax.livejournal.com
I've come across some great BTVS & Angel fanvids over the years and this year has been no exception for some great videos. It's hard to chose just 5.

My top 5 include:
Spike/darkwillow
Angelus/Willow
Spike alone
Giles/Drusilla
Team Angel (season 5) Mostly features Spike.

Top 5 Vids )
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[personal profile] double_dutchess
Hello all! I'm really grateful for all the great recs in this community, so it's high time for my first attempt at returning the favour. Here are my Top 5 favourite dark/dramatic vids from 2014.

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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] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some of my favorite episodic vids.

Mad World by Morbidpansy aka sioux (Buffy). Terrific 'Normal Again' vid (there is a lot of footage from all seasons of 'Buffy', though).
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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] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some vids about characters who don't get the spotlight often.
Any bad English and awkward phrasing in summaries is mine and shouldn't be blamed on vid authors.

Don't Forget Me by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 (Buffy/Riley) "But she doesn’t love me." Riley as defined by Buffy.
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Some vids for upcoming Halloween, arranged from least to most chilling.

Monster monster by [livejournal.com profile] thedothatgirl. Seven Seasons of Monsters courtesy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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[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.
endeni: (Timebomb)
[personal profile] endeni
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] red-satin-doll.livejournal.com
All of these are Buffy-centric and/or "gen" vids that remind me why I love the Buffyverse, and Buffy Summers, so much. The same superlatives applies to each of them: presenting ideas, themes or arcs in the verse in new or unusual ways; excellent editing to the beat, rhythms, mood and lyrics (as applicable) of the music; matching visual movements from one shot to the next. Listed in alphabetical order by the vidder's screenames.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tribute Trailer" by Afterthebattle -  Finished in time for International Women's Day 2013. I've seen a lot of so-called "epic btvs vids" but this one truly is epic; set to a remix of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold".


"Once" by Afterthebattle -  Unusual in it's focus on Buffy's relationship with Dawn, who gets more "screen time" here than any character save Buffy.

"Die Young" by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls - another meta vid about violence in SDHS, Seasons 1-3 that is both funny and dark.

"Buffy Summers, A Tribute" by MrMorda898 - Somewhat similar in feel and quality to Afterthebattle's tribute trailer but more Buffy-centric.

"It's Not My Time" by MrMorda898 - Another gen tribute trailer from MrMorda but the upbeat title song by 3DoorsDown gives it a very different feel from the other vids on this list.

(One caveat: I'd love to see all vidders remember to include the song credits (title and artist) as the music used is very often new to me.)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Dru Top5 - kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
The Girl Who Falls Down Stairs by kaydeefalls – Work caution advised – A study of women in the Whedonverse and how they come into their various powers. An interesting take that shows a consistent storyline across the different properties of fear and reluctance, followed by a maturity and confidence after the transition.

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yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
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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endeni: (Timebomb)
[personal profile] endeni
FANVIDS:
Changes by thedothatgirl (Worksafe, gen) - A great ensemble overview of BtVS Season 4, thedothatgirl's vids are always gorgeous.
Mah Na Mah Na by kallysten & lynnenne (Worksafe, Angel/Spike) - The vid is so funny and it masterfully highlights the parallels between Spike and Angel.
Maybe Sparrow by fray-adjacent12 (Worksafe, Wesley/Fred) - So epic and moving! :)

PODFICS:
The Future, Soon by tieleen - read by reena_jenkins (Worksafe, gen) - An imaginative and haunting look at the slayers future, read by the talented reena_jenkins.
A Buffyverse Alphabet by shadowscast - read by reena_jenkins (Worksafe, gen) - "A Buffyverse Alphabet" is a great classic and it's fantastic to be able to enjoy it in podfic form, too.
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Default)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Dizzy by [livejournal.com profile] astartexx - Worksafe – Interesting result from a remix challenge, this vid takes a look at the Willow and Spike relationship that could have been. One thing I liked about it is that it suggests a Spike whose arc took a rather different, even oppositional turn, with a Willow whose increasing dangerousness becomes even more obvious.
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Dizzy by [livejournal.com profile] astartexx - Worksafe – Interesting result from a remix challenge, this vid takes a look at the Willow and Spike relationship that could have been. One thing I liked about it is that it suggests a Spike whose arc took a rather different, even oppositional turn, with a Willow whose increasing dangerousness becomes even more obvious.
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