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18 January 2016 @ 12:02 pm
An extra special thank you to everyone this year who posted and commented, and all our past contributors. Without each of you, buffyversetop5 would never have reached the 10 year mark and there would be no reason for it to continue forward. This year as well as past years have brought new attention to a lot of wonderful work, so don't forget that the community is searchable by tags or memories all year round if you're ever looking for something to enjoy.

We hope that you will all join petzipellepingo and me again this year when Top 5 opens on October 27 for its Classic Recs session. We'll also be bringing back The Wish List for the occasion in September!
 
 
So while I was sorting through files for my previous post in order to include one of my favorite of teragramm's icons I realized "Oh but she also produced this one....and hey, what about this one....and I really loved this banner...."   So the only sensible thing to do was make another post: 4 icons and one banner. Icons are listed chronologically.  This is an artist I tend to associate with clear, bright colors (especially "teragramm blue"), but obviously she is every bit as skilled with muted tones and deeply saturated effects. Once again, I'll let the images do the talking:

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1) Drusilla retro (Center Crop) for btvsats20in20 Round 10 (June)



2) Faith #2 for whedon_elite Challenge 123 (July) we123b_iconbyteragrammaugust2015_BMC.jpg


3) Buffy "Happiness" for btvsats20in20 Round 12 (August) teragrammhappinessicon20in20rd12august2015.jpg

 
4) Tara #3 for btvsats20in20 Challenge 58 (November) teragrammSS58-5_2015.jpg


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5) Winged Buffy Banner (February)
Speaks to my soul, my Buffy-loving heart, and my Winged Buffy kink all at once. Dean Jackson's quote suits the character beautifully as do the ethereal, almost abstract wings that resemble extensions of her gown fluttering in the breeze, rather than literal feathered wings.






 
 
 
18 January 2016 @ 04:51 am
We can all use a little laughter these days, right? Here are a few of the many stories that tickled me in 2015 from shortest to longest.

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18 January 2016 @ 12:09 pm
Some of my favorite past year's long fic, arranged from shortest to longest.

signifying nothing by 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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A continuation of sorts from my previous post: more icons, all from various 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 sweet_lyri, teragramm and tempertemper.  Complicating things is the fact that slayerstillness seems to have a smaller pool of regular participants than some other comms. (But don't quote me on that):

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1) Drusilla by 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 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 sweet_lyri for Challenge 40 (March)
Her Dawn set for btvsats20in20 was also superb. It's a departure from the style she's established this year of deep shadows.


4) Angel heart graffiti by tempertemper for Challenge 38 (January)
Sinister, witty and visually striking.


5) Buffy (A Father's Love) by 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.

 
 
I was trying to cull through all the 2015 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 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:

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1) Buffy/Tara #3 (Please may I make a home in you?) by kwritten


2) Willow/Oz by rua1412


3) Cordy/Xander by sweet_lyri


4) Spuffy #2 by teragramm


 5) Fred/Gunn by tempertemper

 
 
17 January 2016 @ 04:45 pm
Yes, I know that everything sparrow2000 writes is excellent, but here are my top five picks from the past year:

1. No Lodging is probably me favorite fic of the year. It's tragic and haunting, and the language and imagery just stayed with me.

2. Words to Live By is a fascinating and original look at Xander in one of his darker moments.

3. One of These Days is a little slice of Giles' and Ethan's history. It's now head canon for me.

4. Pushing Limits is Xander/Lindsey pre-slash. Xander's living for the moment. At least, for the moment.

5. Distraction is Spike/Xander. A slice of their life together, and the voices are absolutely perfect.
 
 
17 January 2016 @ 03:16 pm
I wanted to do an icon post inspired by 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 whedon_elite The icons are listed in alphabetical order of artist's name (not preference).

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1) Faith 5x5 (brighter version) by double_dutchess for Challenge 123 (July)


2) Illyria #1 by julie_izumi for Challenge 112 (March) 


3) Beneath You (Spuffy) by sandy_s for Challenge 128  
In fairness this entire post could have been five icons from this challenge alone.


4) Eskimo Willow by 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 xlittledreams for Challenge 115 (April)


 
 
17 January 2016 @ 11:49 am
Just a reminder to anyone watching who was planning to post a list but hasn't gotten it up yet, speak now or hold your recs until Classic Recs in October. During that session all previous time periods are open for rec posts so your contributions will be highly welcome then!
 
 
 
17 January 2016 @ 04:58 pm
Some favorite gen stories of the past year, arranged from shortest to longest.

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

Parent Traps by 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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Here are five open_on_sunday entries I really enjoyed last year. And looking back through links I’ve collected I’m embarrassed that I didn`t get around to commenting on a few on them, so I really must recify that! But that aside, they are all great in their different ways.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin by xspike4evax is a lovely look inside Cordy’s head as she wonders what she sees in Xander.

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16 January 2016 @ 02:59 pm
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...Collapse )
 
 
Another fanvids that I can't leave un-recced:

When I'm Up, I Can't Get Down (Firefly, Wash) by 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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14 January 2016 @ 07:35 pm
1) Five Things Giles Regretted and One He Didn't by shapinglight. Great set of drabbles, all tied to the events in Chosen. Insightful, sad, and very fitting. Read more...Collapse )
 
 
 
14 January 2016 @ 03:46 pm
Some of my favorite AU stories from the past year, arranged from shortest to longest.

No Take-Backs (Buffy/Faith, PG-13) by 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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13 January 2016 @ 08:58 am
Some favorite Dawn and Spike shortfic of the past year. Stories arranged from shortest to longest.

Pretty Little Liars by shapinglight (Dawn & Spike, PG). Post-Gift ficlet. Spike notices one thing, at which Dawn is much better than him. (And it's not applying black nail polish.)

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11 January 2016 @ 11:45 pm
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 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!

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11 January 2016 @ 01:31 pm
Some of my favorite Tara-centric shortfic of the past year, arranged from shortest to longest.

Same Mistakes by aliceinkinkland (Buffy/Tara, PG-13). Inspired by Whedon quote, where he admitted considering having the Powers That Be grant Buffy a wish at the end of Chosen to bring Tara back.
As you already guessed from the title, it's not a fluffy story, and a lot of painfully accurate parallels are made.

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10 January 2016 @ 07:58 pm
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 baphrosia. 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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10 January 2016 @ 02:26 pm
Some favorite Buffy vids of the past year.

High by the Beach by 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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09 January 2016 @ 09:55 am
Some favorite crossover stories of the past year, arranged form shortest to longest.

All In A Day's Work by beer_good_foamy (Buffy-centric, crossover with the song "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots", PG-13).
To be fair, Buffy wasn't entirely sure how she was supposed to stop a giant robot about to attack Tokyo. But still, being told that someone else would handle it felt a bit weird.
Yes, it's crossover with a song. Yes, it works. Go read it!

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07 January 2016 @ 03:55 pm
I tried to pick fics that sparrow2000 didn't rec already but I had to mention aadler's awesome remix.

All the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile by cori_the_bloody: Post-Chosen. Xander’s been reeling from all the change in his life. New city, new job…it’s all a bit overwhelming. He’s still got a lot to be thankful for, though, and his friends are determined to remind him of that fact. One-shot written for a Christmas fic exchange.
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06 January 2016 @ 10:23 pm
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 sandy_s: Another Spuffy legend tries her hand at Willow and once again does it exceedingly well. 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 whichwillow, as are the next two (and The Killer in Me, from my earlier list). That fest really inspires wonderful stories.

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06 January 2016 @ 05:53 pm
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 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.

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06 January 2016 @ 01:47 pm
Since rebcake stole part of my list (stole, I tell you!) as I was writing this, I had to modify it some.  In no particular order, here are five new contributors to fandom for whom I will drop whatever I'm doing and check out their latest work:

lady_sybyl, also known elsewhere as Dactylgirl and TerrusDacktellus (and SoulfulSpiketheKiller on Tumblr).  Dactylgirl gives good comic!fic, delivering wonderfully fun, in character, perceptive, touching, sometimes smutty, stories.  They are always well-written, and her character voices are amazing.  I highly recommend her Lost Continent series (Spuffy, S10).  She's also shown she can do angsty, serious storytelling in one of my new, personal all-time favorite fics: Empty Hearts and Heavy Hands (S5, Spuffy).  Even if Spuffy is not your favorite pairing, check that one out.  You won't be disappointed.

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06 January 2016 @ 01:29 pm
It’s a new golden age for fans of good Spike/Buffy fic, much of it funny. There is a whole fresh crop of excellent writers dipping into the Buffyverse for the first time. Here are five that have found new things to say — in sparkling prose — about the pairing. In alphabetical order:

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06 January 2016 @ 09:54 pm
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.

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Unwrapping by 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.

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06 January 2016 @ 09:52 pm
To contrast the last post, here are five fics of varying degrees of seriousness that I liked.

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

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06 January 2016 @ 09:48 pm
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.

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05 January 2016 @ 05:51 pm
Also known as the only five entries (so far!) in the Narwhal!verse...

What's this, you say?  You've heard of the Penguin!verse, but not the Narwhal!verse?  It all started from THIS prompt.

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05 January 2016 @ 01:20 pm
drizzlydaze gives good AU.  She's the undisputed queen of coming up with AUs on the fly during the high-pressure, high-stakes :) fag-ends Halloween contest.   Some of my favorite entries from this year include:

BUSINESS AS USUAL This is the first in a series of ficlets wherein William is Buffy's Watcher - or is he? HERE is the (to date) last entry in the series, and includes links to all the other in-between parts.  The links are listed in the order in which they should be read.  The series runs the gamut from angst to comedy, and back again.

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foxstarreh is one of my favorite all-around authors.  In no particular order:

HUNGER (Buffy & Spike, PG) A short, dark, creepy AU set in early S6.

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05 January 2016 @ 10:43 pm
Bobby, Roger and Eileen by 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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04 January 2016 @ 04:46 am
Some of my favorite angsty shortfic of the year, arranged from shortest to longest.

Wrong Number by TheFoxinator aka 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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03 January 2016 @ 05:46 pm
Well, I said that I would probably have to do a second set of Gen recs, because there had been so much good stuff last year, so here it is.

Letters Never Sent (the Crumpled Sheets Remix) by nothorse just killed me. Xander tries to write to Jesse’s parents. I defy you not to at least sniffle a bit with this one. This is a remix of texanfan’s equally great Lonely Burden.

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02 January 2016 @ 10:14 pm
Caster Sugar first part and second: I'd requested a story - Spike eating the Band Candy - that thisficklemob had been thinking on for years. Spike reverts to William, which does make sense now that I think on it. It's delightful.

Gabrielle's Answering Prayers: Joyce and Angel's relationship in the summer between seasons 2 and 3. It's brilliant.

Il Mio Capitano's Double Dipping: One of three recs for stories set in "Band Candy". (The others are Caster Sugar and the Saturday NIght vid.) Ripper and Joyce don't go as quietly as Buffy thinks.

Punch Kicker's If You Are What You Say You Are: Okay, I adore this because Joyce is saved. What can I say? I like Joyce.

FeliciaCraft's Lust at First Sight: Giles falls.
 
 
 
02 January 2016 @ 08:36 pm
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 shapinglight at 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.

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The 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 drizzlydaze
On Buffy’s 16th birthday, one week after she’s first told she’s the slayer, she meets Spike.

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02 January 2016 @ 10:02 pm
Or, it's "Buffy-centric angsty shortfic", to be more specific. Stories arranged from longest to shortest.

Third Wheel by shapinglight aka Glassdarkly (Angel/Buffy & Darla, PG-13). Set during 'Surprise', this is a slightly AU BtVS season 2, in which Ethan Rayne's costume spell in Halloween had rather different consequences.
I'm a sucker for relationship studies where main focus is not romance per se but Buffy's development, and this one absolutely nails it.

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02 January 2016 @ 09:00 pm
Sad That You Can't Hear by dragonyphoenix (G, ~500 words). After Jenny's death, Giles talks to her.

The road never travelled; for which we yearn by kerkevik_2014 (G, 100 words). During the Burning Man Jenny seeks the answers and gets more than she bargained for.

This Isn't A Kingdom by ilovehowyouletmefall (NC-17, ~35 000 words). It's beautifully crafted longfic set in Wishverse, where Rupert Giles and Jenny Calendar unexpectedly find themselves working with a group of students, struggling to hold back the forces of darkness.
Story is a bit dark, as you expect from the wishverse fic, but it's not hoplessly dark.

And some fanart:
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01 January 2016 @ 09:33 pm
Some gorgeous BtVS posters I've enjoyed in the past year.
Click either on the links or on the thumbnails to get to full-size images.
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31 December 2015 @ 04:48 pm
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 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.

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31 December 2015 @ 05:56 pm
That's right, it's been ten years since buffyversetop5 opened for its first annual session! The 2015 session of Top 5 is now open for recs of any fan-created Buffyverse works either started or continued during the past year.

The Top 5 session will remain open through 6 PM GMT on January 18th. (What time is that in my timezone?). Your mods are yourlibrarian and petzipellepingo.

If you have any questions, leave them here or take a look at our posting guidelines. Stop on in and help us celebrate ten years of recs as well as another year in the fandom.

Happy New Year!