19 January 2014 @ 08:02 pm
buffyversetop5's 2013 session is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared lists, chimed in, or created new work in the Buffyverse last year.

Top 5 will re-open at midnight GMT on October 30 for Classic Recs. As this is our "all time periods" session, if anyone had a list they didn't get to post, hang on to it! We'll be looking forward to seeing it then :)
Five random fics that got under my skin in 2013.

In the Moment by whiskyinmind is small and beautifully formed. It’s a terrific look inside Faith’s head and just oozes regret and mighthavebeens.

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20 January 2014 @ 12:49 am
1) Cousins to the War by jo_anne_storm: Okay, I've never watched Teen Wolf but I heard a lot about the similarities between Xander and Stiles and got curious. I don't regret a second of it. I'm glad that it's Stiles visiting Xander instead of the other way around. I'm also glad that Stiles is Xander's cousin and not his lover.
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18 January 2014 @ 09:02 pm
I couldn't come up with any unifying theme other than "I liked these."

Moon Gods by pug. Oz/Willow, Rated Teen.
This is a gorgeous description of a few moments for Oz and Willow on a full moon night in Season Four. Pug has a really different take on Oz/Willow than I’ve seen before, using evocative language and imagery to create something stark and poetic and beautiful.

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19 January 2014 @ 12:19 am
And continuing towards the other end of the spectrum:

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.

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19 January 2014 @ 12:16 am
Oh dear, another year where I read a lot of good fic and completely forgot to tag it so I could find it again, but here goes:

local_max's Making a Good Entrance and brutti_ma_buoni's Connected both take on "Chosen", from very different perspectives, and both end up giving me a huge smile while still making some interesting commentary on the show. We critique because we love.

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I'd be the world's biggest liar if I claimed I could actually whittle down foxstarreh's stories last year to "five best" because
there are too many and all of them excellent; this is just a small sampling

"Those Things" - (Buffy/Angel/Spike; Dawn, post-NFA) This is the fic that turned me into a B/A/S shipper. Just lovely.

"On the Edge" - (Buffy, early-mid S6, canon compliant) "Buffy's afraid of drowning. She figures she should be afraid of heights now, too." Character study for a prompt by leni_ba.

"White Wedding" - (Willow/Tara, AU) One of the most chilling character studies of Willow I've ever read; controlling things (and people) has become all too easy.

"Ash" (Buffy, Angel, Spike; Buffy/Spike, post-Chosen) Spike left her nothing to hold onto after the Hellmouth; Angel offers a way to help. The numbness of grief before the damn of emotion breaks.

"Save the World" (Gen, Tara, Kennedy, AU episodic of Chosen) Exactly what I always imagined Tara's role would have been in Chosen, had she lived.  AWESOME. (Why aren't there more AU S7 fics with Tara in them? Get on it, fandom, pretty please.)

Bonus - yes, I'm cheating; but "Survivor's Reunion" (Gen, Buffy, Xander, Spike, Harmony, ensemble; post-Chosen) was one of my favorite comedic fics of the year. The gang meets up for their tenth year class reunion; Harmony is organizing the event. There will be monsters - and awkward conversations with ex-boyfriends.
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 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.

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My last list, which I'm doing now because I may be away this weekend.

Five fannish things I really enjoyed in 2013, in no particular order.

First, some wonderful meta from lostboy_lj, The Monomythology of Buffy. Buffy on Campbell's 'classic' hero's journey, all explained in pretty pictures. Brilliant!

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16 January 2014 @ 09:21 pm
How could I let the year go by with celebrating some stories that brought the pain in all the best ways? I couldn't, so here are some beautifully bleak tales to wrap the shiniest silver lining in foggy clouds:

1) Word Association (Buffy/Angel) by librarian2003: The summary of this reads "Be careful what you wish for" and I hesitate to offer more detail than that for fear of spoiling this tragic ride. Just know that it was written by Jo and that should be enough to get you clicking that link immediately. It's a masterpiece of pain and indifferent cruelty.

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16 January 2014 @ 08:54 pm
Five Fabulous Fics Written By velvetwhip in 2013.  
velvetwhip is a talented writer, a supportive fandom cheerleader, and a force to be reckoned with. (I mean that with 110% sincerity. She rocks!) This year, velvetwhip once again showed her talent and quality and I want to showcase five of my favorite works. She wrote plenty more besides, of course, and you should all put this woman on your to-read-now lists!

1) Discomforting - Willow/Spike (FRAO). In this story, Willow and Spike struggle to live life without Buffy. velvetwhip captures the angst, the internal struggles of both characters. She is able to make this pairing seem believable, and judging from the comments, she was able to entrance readers who normally don't read Spike/Willow pairings. She also writes what could be one of the steamiest sex scenes ever. Yum!

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16 January 2014 @ 05:12 pm

Because I couldn't leave well enough alone and Lucy wrote way too many good things to leave off for just one post. The superlatives remain the same. More shippiness here than the last post. In no particular order.

"Lover, I Think We're Falling" (NC-17, Buffy/Angel(us), AU of Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered, warnings for non-con) For the IWRY Marathon 2013 Very good, very, very dark, it reminds me if anything of snowpuppies's "Innocence (the if you love me remix)" .

"Shadows and Light" (Gen; Tara, Glory, episodic of "Tough Love") A look inside what Tara's thoughts, including her fears and the temptation to make it all "go away", during one of the most horrifying scenes in the entire series. Has a special place in my heart because Tara's heroism and sacrifice while she was tortured to protect Dawn is almost entirely taken for granted by fandom because she's a "good person".

"Wearing the Pants" (PG-13, Jenny/Giles, S2) Inspired by a prompt on <lj user=dragonyphonix>'s journal: "Jenny & Giles + pants". So much fun. Reminds me why I adored that pairing with a scene I wish we had seen, and could well have; once again, it reads like a scene that landed on the cutting room floor, thanks to crackling humor and spot-on character voices.

"Cut up Angels" (PG, Buffy, Faith, implied B/F, AtS S2 post-Sanctuary) - Another entry for kwritten's lady-love fest, this time in response to a prompt from ever_neutral: "Buffy/Faith: I don't like you human. You remind me of things I hate in me." Can be read as gen or shippy. Buffy visits Faith in prison. The thick glass that separates them is nothing to the barriers they've throw up between one another even as they crack and break.

"Just Another Small Fracture" (R, Willow/Spike, S3, AU of Lovers' Walk) In response to a request from snogged; Spike kidnaps Willow and things go...a bit differently. Simultaneously compassionate and disturbing, as it should be.

16 January 2014 @ 02:43 pm
I've already rec'd Lucy's Buffy & Tara friendship fic "Talk to Me"; This year she vowed to be Anya, a "vengeance demon" for oft-neglected women of the 'verse and their relationships to each other and she's kept that promise in a big way by creating marvelous must-read stories. These are just a sample: one shippy, the rest gen-friendship, all female-centric.

"Putting the Check in Checkpoint" (Buffy, Anya, Ensemble, S5 episodic of "Checkpoint") - For snickfic's lady-love fest prompt: "Buffy and Anya. A moment when they understood each other perfectly." This fic is my headcanon now -  the way it should have been. It feels like a true "deleted scene" from that episode in every way. Perfection. I can't imagine anyone improving on this.

"Holding on to Forever" (Buffy, mentions of Dawn, midS5, post-The Body) - written for lynzie914's prompt for a Buffy fic: "My friends assure me my heart will heal, but they also believe that CPR works like on TV. (Six broken ribs and a cracked sternum. Good as new.)" at kwritten's lady-love fest. An achingly lovely portrait of Buffy's struggles to function in the face of overwhelming loss.

"A Lesson in Understanding" (Joyce, Giles, early S3, episodic of "Anne") - Inspired by a prompt from velvetwhip. Another "it should and COULD have been this way" that gives Joyce Summers her due, and the series only occasionally offered us: the humanly-flawed but very real complexity, love and quiet strength inherited by both her daugthers. Summers blood, indeed.

"Corruption's Only A Sin When it Doesn't Get Finished" (NC-17, Cordelia/Lilah, AtS) - Something on the lighter side for the Fifth Annual Femslash Kink Meme on Dreamwidth. I don't read NC-17 fics, I'm not into sex scenes, I haven't watched AtS (what happens to Cordy? *sniffle* I just can't) ergo this fic isn't anything I'm into...except when it's this sexy, funny and just plain damn delightful?  I can be seduced.

"Through Dirt" (Kennedy, S7 post-Get it Done; character death) - Another fic that "fills in the holes" inspired by a prompt, this one from dragonyphoenix, who felt that Chloe's suicide was brushed off far too easily on the show. Lucy takes the tantalizing hints of a greater complexity to Kennedy's character that are hinted at on the series, but never really developed, and burrows deep beneath the surface in this character study. Haunting from start to finish.
16 January 2014 @ 01:53 pm
Again, couldn't think of an overrarching theme except the above.

It doesn't look like anyone else is going to rec these, so I am.

The Act of Losing, by brutti_ma_buoni, Spike/Buffy, PG. Warnings for major character death. I had to miss this out from my previous post of sb_fag_ends ficlets by this author, but as I said before, I could have chosen any of her work for the comm, because they're all wonderful. This one is just too good to miss. Very, very sad, though.

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14 January 2014 @ 11:28 am
1) From Beginning to End by kally77. Kally77 has put together a few fumetti in the Buffyverse. This one goes AU after "The Gift". She also posted the drabble-length Sire & Father.

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13 January 2014 @ 03:34 pm
Loser by kimberly_a - A light hearted look at Spike's less than heroic moments.

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11 January 2014 @ 04:53 pm
I freely admit to not reading as widely in the fandom as I used to. These days, I tend to stay in my comfort zone, which in my case, means I stick with tried and trusted authors. Very bad of me, and I hope there'll be more posts on the comm featuring new writers. But anyway, my tried and trusted authors are all very good and I don't feel guilty about reccing them repeatedly, so there.

So, five fics featuring Faith, all of them fabulous.

In Remission by quinara, post-series, PG. This was quinara's entry for seasonal_spuffy. Being quinara, though, it's very far from typical Spuffy (if there is such a thing), featuring an older and more careworn Buffy, a Spike who has got himself into a spot of bother (to put it mildly) while trying to be a good citizen (it's all Angel's fault really), and a truly fabulous, not to mention awesome, vampire Faith. I'd so love to see more.

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11 January 2014 @ 09:31 am
1) Forget-me-not by mierke: Ten years have passed since Chosen. Buffy, Xander, Willow and Giles meet by the crater where Sunnydale used to be every year to catch up on what's happening in their lives. Bittersweet and sad, shows you how the Scoobies have drifted apart yet still make time to see each other and catch up. Just like blood-related families on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
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10 January 2014 @ 03:36 pm
I love all these images of our beloved characters. They have a clarity and directness that appeals to me. chasingdemons is always careful to list sources too.

Click on the link to see the image.

A portrait of Angelus. Simple, but extremely effective.

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Honestly, I could have chosen any of the ficlets brutti_ma_buoni posted on sb_fag_ends in 2013, because they're all brilliant, but here are five of my absolute favourites.

Since they're all written for prompts, make sure you read the author's notes as well as the ficlets. Needless to say, Fag Ends being a Spuffy short fics comm, all of them are Spuffy in some way.

Well...I sing, PG.
An hilarious AU, in which the Fanged Four are a vampire rock band seriously in need of a drummer.

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09 January 2014 @ 03:52 pm
Bit of a feeble title, but these fics don't have an overarching theme, except that I enjoyed them all a lot.

Broken English by estepheia. Giles/Ethan, rated R.
Not only do I love this fic, but there was a long stretch of time when it looked like it wouldn't be finished (the first part was posted way back in 2007), but estepheia, despite being very busy in RL, came back and finished it. So pleased! A terrific story from a Buffyverse fandom legend.

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Five fannish "love letters" to my favorite underappreciated and overlooked friendship in the Buffyverse. Only two of these stories include Dawn "onscreen" but all of them mention her in some way, echoing S5's "Family". In a world defined by violence and certain death, Love is the most courageous possible choice, their gift to one another. Alphabetical by authors' pennames.

"Talk to Me (That's What Friends Are For)" by clockwork_hart1 - (Gen; Buffy, Tara, implied B/S & W/T; S6 episodic of "As You Were") Lucy's responded to my prompt for a Buffy and Tara friendship fic in which Tara "is a complex human being, NOT a perfect angel or saint". This lovely deleted scene that was everything I wanted and more. Buffy and Tara offer each other comfort, solace and support after Buffy breaks up with Spike and Tara reluctantly confesses her own anger towards Willow. Bonus: (comlodge's gorgeous banner for the story.)

"Re-Make, Re-Model" by elviswhataguy - (Buffy, Tara; implied B/T, early S6) Somewhat darker and more explictly "shippy" than "Warmth" (below); Buffy struggles with feelings of depression, anger, attraction to Tara as they try to bond with Tara via mundane things: schoolwork and soup. Deftly explores multiple similarities and parallels between the two characters that run deep beneath the apparent differences; an accurate portrayal of what depression actually feels like. (Credit, gratitude and a plate of warm home-made brownies to punch_kicker15 for introducing me to this author in their rec list.)

"Blurring the Lines" by kwritten - (Buffy/Tara; AU) The author's summary reads: AU- Tara doesn't die in "Seeing Red"; use of Key-canon. This is the one I'm having the hardest time describing (my brain is coming up with "Virginia Woolf?") Full disclosure: the first time I read this delicate, almost abstract open-ended prose-poem I didn't "get" it. It's not plotty in any traditional sense, it could be set almost anytime between the moment Buffy knows Dawn is the Key; it's probably S6 but could be the summer before S7. It feels like the seed of or a snippet from a true 'verse of it's own. MORE, PRETTY PLEASE? ETA: Kwritten just made my wish come true and added chapter two. *SQUEES*

"Take a Moment" by lanoyee - (Gen; Buffy, Dawn and ensemble, S6 post-Grave)  Buffy, Dawn, Giles and the Scoobies grieve for Tara at her funeral in this "deleted scene" fic that's part narrative, part prose-poem that satisfies what I want and need: proper tribute paid to Tara after her death and acknowledgement of her importance to beyond "Willow's partner". Spare and melancholy with a surprising warmth beneath the sadness, it gave me what I wanted AND needed. (Inspired this meta post that is one of my favorite things I have ever written.)

"Warmth" by thedissociation - (Buffy, Tara, Dawn, implied B/T; S6 episodic of Dead Things.) - Buffy's confession and breakdown to Tara in DT has been one of the most frequent and convenient starting points for Buffy & Tara fics; this is one of my favorite versions. Can be read as friendship or 'shippy' depending on which way you squint. The label or catagory isn't what matters here; the most important thing is the sense of "family"; the interweaving of sadness, love, confusion and hope; of emotional comfort freely given and reluctantly received.
Goodbye, JustRewards.com. Farewell, spikeskat.rogue-poet.com. Au revoir, The-Sandlot.com. You still may be partially available via Wayback Machine, but I miss you in all your full-functionality.

When websites die, some excellent but not well-distributed fics die with them. Which is why I am SO EXCITED when favorite writers start to put their old stuff up on Archive of Our Own, where it will presumably gain immortality a longer life. In addition, AO3 and some other sites allow for ePub download to reading devices, something that wasn't around when the stories were originally written. Thanks to AO3, Elysian Fields, and The SpuffyRealm for keeping up with new technologies — but especially thanks to the writers who care enough to feed the fic-hungry beast*, even if they aren't active in the fandom anymore.

Here are just a few, in alphabetical order:

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04 January 2014 @ 08:25 pm
Originally, I was going to include one story by elviswhataguy in the fanfiction.net list, but I realized that there was so much great work it deserved its own post.

elviswhataguy writes thoughtful, subtle Buffyverse stories that offer fascinating insights into the character's minds. I love all of the little details about what demon-fighting tasks they're working on, the books they read, the odd little incidents that they remember.

1. Let It Bleed Willow/Faith, Rated M.
The first story in the Wickedgeekyverse trilogy. There's an intriguing plot, and along the way both Willow and Faith are struggling through the hard work of redemption--and find themselves unexpected allies, friends, and eventually lovers.

The way we see the relationship through the point of view of the other characters (Kennedy, Buffy, Dawn and Xander) is also terrific. Nobody is in the story just to be a one-dimensional cheerleader for the relationship, or a jerk about it. Xander in particular is well-drawn in this story; the story explores both his worst qualities and his best. He's a complex person who has his reasons to be less-than-thrilled about a Willow/Faith relationship.

The thing that takes it over the top for me is Faith: she is alternately hilarious, idiotic, aggravating, endearing, and insightful, and her journey to something approaching a real relationship is a joy to read. The sequel, Beggar's Banquet, is less plotty, and includes a Giles point-of-view chapter where Faith and Giles hunt a dragon in Cleveland.

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04 January 2014 @ 03:45 pm
I think of livejournal as my fanfic center of the universe, but branching out from LJ can be rewarding as well. Fanfiction.net had many great stories posted in 2013. Here are five great stories from there (that weren't also posted to LJ as far as I know.)

1. Repercussions by Jinxgirl. Buffy, Faith, Angel. Rated T.
This is a gut-wrenching depiction of what would have happened if things had gone according to Buffy’s plan in Graduation Day, Part One.

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04 January 2014 @ 10:21 pm
5 more of comlodges work - Enjoy


We all love families - here are Angelus, Spike & Drusilla.

Drenched in Blood

What can I say - Spike, in all his gloried colour.

The Tell-Tale Heart

A Spike image - but led by the thought that William's heart is still beating.

How it ends

Spike in his final moments in Chosen.

Love is hard

Buffy as she looks across the wreck that is now Sunnydale (in Chosen)
04 January 2014 @ 10:19 pm
I wonder how many of you have seen comlodges work ... if not, you are in for a treat.


An amazing Spuffy manip from the episode Wrecked.

When you say you love me...

Another Spuffy manip.


For all Spuffy lovers - we love the dream of them together.

Just Sitting

A lot of time was spent by Spike & Buffy "just sitting" on the back porch of Revello Drive.

Spiked Angel

Not worksafe, but not truly explicit - a Spangel manip
04 January 2014 @ 01:21 pm
1) Beer Good Foamy wrote a crossover between Buffy and Welcome to Night Vale Radio Silence that outdoes even the usual awesomeness of a Beer Good story.
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the crisscrossing, interlocking, violently conflicting paths of other equally righteous men. Welcome to Night Vale.

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03 January 2014 @ 05:23 pm
Five terrific fics from summer_of_giles 2013.

The Last Watcher by shapinglight is Giles/Ethan and a brilliant reminder that sometimes Giles at his most civil is also Giles at his most terrifying. Just lovely.

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03 January 2014 @ 03:49 pm
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 dualbunny , "Deeds That Have Made Me" and "Under Stars" by 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 blackie_da_minx for rec'ing it on her LJ.)

* I looked them up on ITunes as needed. You're welcome.
02 January 2014 @ 08:35 pm
Today I am celebrating the remix. The premise of a remix is simple. You take someone else's story (with their permission, of course) and write it differently. Disney films are an oddly great example of the remix concept, but personally, I think these authors do it better. These are five stories that mixed up this year and of course, each one has a link to the original that inspired it. (I'm not going to lie...there's a lot of femslash here.)

1) Same Strokes, Different Folks by brutti_ma_buoni - This Willow/Sandy tale is a remix of one of my stories, actually. BMB takes the original tale and turns it on it's timeline. She captures both characters extremely well and I promise she delivers a sting that will make your heart hurt a little for both ladies.

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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 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.)
02 January 2014 @ 02:51 pm
No surprise, I suppose, that Willow fics are the subject of my list, but it's still worth doing. These are five fics which I feel represent some of the best stories written about Willow Rosenberg - or any character - in 2013.

1) Less and More Than Friends (Willow/Angel) by lilbreck: First of all, the writing is gorgeous - exquisitely opaque and delicate. Second, the story is dark at times, but in a quiet, insidiously creepy way that gets under your skin like a cold chill. Third... well, read it for yourself and you'll see everything I love about it and that you'll love too.

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02 January 2014 @ 05:55 pm
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... *_*

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"! ♥
02 January 2014 @ 05:31 pm
Vengeance is Mine by hufflepuffsneak (PG, gen, crossover with Marvel's Avengers, mentions of child abuse) - “Hey, I’m Natalie.” Natasha gave a name close to the truth, the child deserved that, but she hadn’t been a successful vengeance demon for the past six decades by handing out her true name to just anyone. (EDIT: Yay, the link is now working properly!)
Natasha as a vengeance demon! *_* Full disclosure: this ficlet was written for me as an Halloween treat (and at such it hits all my weak points... :D)

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01 January 2014 @ 10:34 am
Well it looks as if I might be first up to post - happy new year everyone! :)

baudown gives good drabble, and I can only envy her effortless talent for telling huge stories with such economy and style. Here are five of my favourite drabbles from her written in 2013. Most, but not all are Spike, Xander in some form or another.

My favourite drabble hands down of the year ‘Til I’m Gathered Safely In. The last line especially makes me sigh.

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31 December 2013 @ 07:46 pm
Happy New Year! The 2013 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 run through January 19th. Your mods are yourlibrarian and petzipellepingo. If you have any questions leave them here or take a look at our posting guidelines.
17 December 2013 @ 10:56 am
At month's end buffyversetop5 reopens for its 2013 session. Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2013.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2013. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT (6 PM on the 31st in the U.S.) and will remain open through January 19th.

If you want to help spread the news, several artists have made us some starter treats to entice friends to the party. If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
04 November 2013 @ 06:07 pm
Thank you to everyone who provided lists and additional contributions in comments! It was great to see all these works remembered.

Top 5 will re-open on January 1 for its 2013 session, for all fanworks created or continued in this year. petzipellepingo and I look forward to welcoming all your new lists!
04 November 2013 @ 02:04 pm
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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03 November 2013 @ 10:47 pm
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 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!
03 November 2013 @ 05:36 pm
These might be obvious choices, but the classics are classic for a reason, and the first couple of these aren't even that old! And c'mon! I know some of you have skipped a couple of these. I did too, once upon a time.

West of the Moon, East of the Sun by knifeedgefic (NC17, Ensemble) Over 400,000 words, complete.
On LJ / On BSV / On SR / On EF (members only) / On FF.net
Strap in for an entirely alternate S5 from the POV of the characters. It features dreamscape rendevous, silencing spells, dimension hopping, tall towers, and very bad weather, among other things.

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03 November 2013 @ 03:42 pm
For all the depictions of mental illness and emotion dysfunction, there isn't a ton of Buffyverse fic showing our beloved (and not so beloved) characters getting professional help. Here are a few that go there:

Once in a Lullaby (Five Things That Happened Somewhere Else) by doyle_sb4 (PG13, Normal Again-verse Buffy)
Buffy has a disconcerting habit of killing her doctors. Therapeutically speaking.

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