I have seen nearly every city by pprfaith - Buffy Summers and Natasha Romanov keep meeting. Eventually, they stop questioning it. (Avengers/Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossover, R, gen) / With podfic by reena_jenkins
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Safeverse by shapinglight (Spike/Giles with plot) NC17
A Season 7 Giles juggles a chipped/souled/triggered Spike, a secretive and hostile Council, and the Potential Slayers who depend on him. It’s even harder when The First keeps popping up wearing the face of his allies. 8 chapters posted.
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Four People Who Failed Their Watcher Training (And One Who Didn’t) by beer_good_foamy (Ensemble) R for bad, bad words
Five double-drabbles of awesome. Crossover with Farscape/Top Gear/Scrubs/HIMYM/Dexter.
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Spike is doing his best in the bleak world left after Glory uses the Key. The Scoobies see things differently.
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Title: Fractured Mirror
Summary: Halfrek grants Xander a wish in the episode “Two to Go.”
A/N: These are just a couple deleted scenes... in theory they could fit right into the episode without changing anything.
Warnings: dub-con, bloodplay, breath play, character death
Prompts: threading a needle, broken glass, bootlaces, "every me in every you", candle wax, spanking, pain/pleasure. I fit in what I could.
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Redemption - Scattered Thoughts by beer_good_foamy. Meta that I don't think has been recced yet, but even if it has, can't be recced often enough IMO (which also applies to BGF's masterful Buffy, the Vampire Slayer vs Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
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The Third Defenestration of Prague (Spike/Dru) by Kairos perpetual PG13 — One shot
Spike and Dru are in the fight of their (un)lives.
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Love the One You’re With by BarbC rahirah (Willow/Harmony) PG13
Just look at the pairing. What more do I need to say?
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losing farther, losing faster by teaotter PG
Joyce’s brain tumor diagnosis only explains part of why she sees something else when she looks at Dawn.
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Originally posted on DreamWidth http://buffyversetop5.dreamwidth.org/330
When I posted my first list of "top 5" meta for the year I already knew I would do a second list, because there were too many good meta from the year to limit to just five. What I hadn't known or planned on was how neatly the two lists would fall into groupings. Where the first concerned itself with issues within the Buffyverse itself; this second set combines analysis and history with personal meditations and observations. My response to BtVS was on first watch and continues to be a combination of emotion and intellect I haven't experienced with anything else in pop culture; and essays that reflect this complicated response and bridge the two not only touch a chord in me, they demonstrate why the story of a Slayer and her friends still matters.
"Some Willow [Rosenberg]-y Thoughts, Part 1" by local_max The brief self-assessment at the beginning of this essay, followed by his usual incisive examination of Willow's arc, nearly breaks my heart; in describing himself, it feels as though he is describing me on my behalf because I lack the courage to do so. And as always, his examination of Ms Rosenberg sets me back on my heels to reconsider everything I thought I knew about her.
"Moar Buffy Meta for Mid Season 6" by coracle33 Her (I am assuming gender, with apologies) analysis of Willow and Buffy's shared addiction arc - the misdirect both characters make from from the real sources of their problems onto their addictive habits - and why it works for her is very much against the grain of general fan opinion regarding that storyline. She argues persuasively for it nonetheless, and as another member of fandom who struggles with depression, she reminds me all over again just why S6 strikes struck a deep emotional and intellectual chord in me. She's only written two posts, both about S6, on her LJ, but I hope for more in 2013.
"In Which I Ramble On" by rahirah A sharp, incisive meta about interpersonal fandom dynamics, factional divisions and the toxic results of hanging onto our own "principles" to the exclusion of respecting one another, by one of the most respected voices in this fandom. Can’t we all just get along? The cherry on top: one of my favorite descriptions of Buffy Anne Summers, bar none.
"Being a Buffy Fan on the Internet 1998 - 2012" by shadowkat67 . A personal response and historical timeline of nearly every major development in this fandom from the beginning: the near-simultaneous birth of BtVS and the explosion of fandom on the internet; the sites were fans congregated, celebrated and fought; every major controversy, faction and war. Recommended for cultural historians, long-time fans nostalgic for the "good old days" - or not; and newbies like myself who had no idea what they'd gotten themselves into and are trying to avoid the landmines.
Originally posted on DreamWidt http://buffyversetop5.dreamwidth.org/330
"Untitled (Ruminations on Writing Fanfiction, Personal Expression, and Depression)" by angearia This one hit me hard because I see myself in every word of it. A very personal meditation about writing in fandom, and finding small spaces of release and relief in letting the words flow on the page; the unfair stereotypes of the people who are unemployed and/or work very hard in crushing "menial" jobs just to get by; and how unemployment and depression combine to strangle creativity. Like Buffy, Emmie is full of love - and courage. Simply admitting that one is un- or underemployed (i.e. poor), or depressed, is terrifying in a world interprets both states as personal failures and moral sins. (ETA:
I didn't realize when I posted that this meta is friendslocked. Post is now unlocked.)
What It Is To Burn by quinara. Spike/Buffy, R (I'm guessing). Set post Chosen, after three years in a long distance relationship with Spike, Buffy's the one who cracks first. I love the way quinara writes both these characters. They're them but with a thoughtful, deeper edge.
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"Rules of Engagement: Violence and Hyperreality in the Buffyverse" by lostboy_lj may be my "if you only read one meta from 2012" choice. Why Buffy and Spike's relationship in S6 is not directly analogous to abusive relationships in RL, using "Smashed" as it's focal point.
"Buffy, the Vampire Slayer vs Buffy the Vampire Slayer" by beer_good_foamy. Most post-modernist thinky-thoughts; how the show's title represents the central problem of the narrative for it's titular protagonist, and how Buffy resolves her dilemma in "Chosen".
"Word of Willow: "Witch", Mirrors, and Mommy Issues" by local_max. What I hope to be the first of several Willow-centric essays from someone who has plumbed the depths of Willow's character more thoroughly and compassionately than any fan I know of.
"Warren Mears" by itsnotmymind. Draws parallels between Warren, Faith and Spike, how they mirror, intertwine and intersect thematically and within the story itself, and what they represent re: Buffy's psychology. Wonderfully complex.
"Where Did I Go? A Farewell to the Buffybot" by mcjulie. One of the few essays I've seen in these parts about one of the Buffyverse's most memorable characters. (While I'm here, I'll note that mcjulie has also taken on the awesome task of continuing the "Episode Polls" and discussion where gabrielleabelle left off, starting with S5's "Tough Love". Especially recommended is her poll and meta commentary on "The Gift".)
Also posted on Dreamwidt http://buffyversetop5.dreamwidth.org/329
sb_fag_ends = Don't know what I can say about this amazing place that I haven't said before, but if you don't read there, you are really missing out. For whatever reason, almost everything posted there is original, smart, gripping in some way (you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe), and well written. They are all short ficlets (although some can be strung together as stand-alone chapters that form a "verse"), so a great place to go for a quick read to fill some time. You may also discover some authors you didn't know about.
sb_ashtray - for fics that got too long for sb_fag_ends, or were finished too late for that week's prompts, or that otherwise weren't suited for that community. The same sort of quality, because it's mostly the same authors or others just as good.
fantas_magoria - A wonderful archive of fics written for every season of BtVS. They are on season 7 now, so I don't know where it will go from there, but the listing of fics already posted or linked to should keep anyone busy reading for years! Each round is a different episode and any fics that take place in the episode, or take off from that episode are eligible.
Lastly, seeking_spike - a community to help you locate fics, art work, etc you may have lost track of and want to reread.***Despite the Spike-centric name for this community, it's actually for any and all of the characters and/or ships in the Buffyverse. :) It is not a rec community, but one to help readers locate things they've already seen somewhere.
Escape by garnigal. A Slayer and a Watcher, as things have always been.
Learning Curve by gilescandy. There really are no controlled circumstances in Sunnydale.
(Not) In Her Element by readerjane. In Sunnydale, the jump-rope songs teach self-defense.
Someone by a2zmom. She is no one.
In Which Owl Discovers An Office Key In His File by graycardinal. Come on. It's a Winnie The Pooh crossover, what else do you want?
And a bonus, since I'm partly responsible for it but didn't actually write it:
Substitute by speakr2customrs. Well, it's one way to fix "The Gift"...
The Faith Lehane Files (part 2, 3, 4). Because I just love good Found Documentation fic. Eventual Faith/Giles.
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Unanswered and In This Garden, Verdant And Bright by snowpuppies. Two very different looks at what happens to Dana after "Damage" - because I'm just a sucker for good Dana fic, and snowpuppies is one of the best writers in the fandom.
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You ever feel like you don't want to invest your time in any new authors, because you don't want to be disappointed? Here are five authors new to Spuffy and the Buffyverse within the last year. All are talented writers who know what grammar is and how to use it, are quite adept at a clever turn of phrase, can plot with the best of them, and keep our heroes and sidekicks the characters we know and love without any blatant character-bashing (not even Angel!). These authors get bonus points for avoiding OverlyBitchy!Buffy/Saintly!Spike.
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Future fic. Decades down the road Spike and Buffy meet up again for the first time since Sunnydale. Plotty goodness. A really interesting and believable future for Our Heroes. Great characterizations, and believable motivations. Also, the author gets the medical details right. I appreciate that! Warning: still a WIP
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1) Swan Song (Buffy/Angel; PG) by librarian2003: If you haven't discovered Jo's impossibly brilliant stories by now... well, you have missed out. Whether you like the Buffy/Angel pairing or not, this story (like all her others) will leave you breathless with awe and emotion. Also, you'll never think of Swan Lake the same way again.
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If you'd like to take a look at the rest of the outstanding stories from this year's IWRY, then go here. You won't regret it. You have no idea how hard it was for me to narrow this list down to five.
1) Le Petit Mort (First Slayer/OFC; NC-17) by snogged - I realize that the First Slayer isn't the most well known of Buffyverse denizens, but this ficlet features her in the most intriguing way. An angsty-sexy take on the beginnings of a primal battle that will surely satisfy.
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Xander’s Kingdom by il_mio_capitano is terrific Xander, Giles Gen. The boys have been in the desert searching for a magical dodaah for Buffy, but things haven’t gone exactly to plan. The atmosphere in this is great and there are lines of dialogue that just kill me. (Xander, Giles, PG13)
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Ca Ira. Pre-series, set in the heady (or should that be headless?) days of the French Revolution, and featuring an OC Slayer and her lover, both with a way with words. PG-13. Written for femslash_minis.
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We also wanted to remind everyone that buffyversetop5 has a mirror on Dreamwidth and if you are having problems posting you can always make them there as well. Once this session has ended we will be importing the new content there as soon as access to LJ continues long enough to do so.
We can take questions at the Dreamwidth site as well if you are trying to reach us and are unable to do so here -- both of your mods, yourlibrarian and petzipellepingo have accounts there.
My Heart Was Never Pure by smellslikecorruption - Hard things/soft things. (K+, gen, Wesly-centric)
Life, Continuing by bruttimabuoni - An AU from mid-Not Fade Away, in which Wesley goes onwards, somehow. (Teen And Up Audiences, Wesley/Illyria)
Seasons Keep On Marching by bruttimabuoni - Just before Chosen, someone offers Giles a choice. He tries to choose wisely. But taking anything from Wolfram & Hart has consequences, no matter how wisely you choose. More people than just Giles will share those consequences, for good or ill. (Teen And Up Audiences, Giles/Lilah)
Memory has left me with that name alone by tigriswolf - Not everyone is born with a name on their hand – only the lucky ones. (PG, Spike/Xander)
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! :)
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.
The Top 5 session will run through January 14. If you have any questions leave them here or take a look at our posting guidelines.
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 2012. 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 14th.
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!