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15 January 2013 @ 05:10 pm
Top 5 Meta, Take 3 (Because it hurts my heart to leave these off)  
More meta-y goodness from 2012. Because meta essays just don't get enough love. (Parts 1 & 2   ere  and   ere )  I had originally promised myself not to repeat authors but changed my mind.  Humor me, gentle reader.  Hopefully more love will mean more meta essays in future, so share the love!
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"Buffy and Spike Ramblings"   by  angearia   If there is anyone in the fandom, including myself, who loves Buffy Anne Summers and expresses that love more tenderly and thoughtfully than Emmie does, I haven't met them yet.  (Granted, I've only been in this fandom less than a year, but still...) How often do you come across a meditation, more prose poem than essay, on Buffy's feelings for Spike that begins with a poem from Pablo Neruda?  I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving.
"Effulgent Love"   by  angearia  Because I couldn't choose.  I call this Emmie's definite statement on Buffy's love for Spike, her declaration in Chosen, and the "evolving state of her heart" over seven+ seasons. So many choice sentences and phrases that sing to my soul:  Buffy shows Spike all the ways she loves in Season 7 and it culminates with her verbal declaration in "Chosen", that final barrier to her fully opening her heart again, that damaged, battered organ that's been too afraid to love ever since her father left her, ever since Angel traumatized her in Innocence and the back half of Season 2 and the more in Season 3
"Giles and the Wild Woman"    by  norwie2010  The journey of one Rupert Giles, how he is tested, challenged and changed by the women of Sunnydale, especially Buffy, Willow and Jenny, and how he tries to navigate the evolution "from tamer" under a patriarchial structure, "to tutor, to guide", the man who in the end steps back to support the narrative of the female heros.  And if that sounds dry, never fear; norwie enlivens academic concepts with a witty style as dry as a three-olive martini.
"A Conversation that  Might Interest You, Dear F-list"  by  local_max   A direct response to norwie's meta, going deeper into the themes of power and gender, on the shifting relationships of Giles and all the women on the show, including Faith and Anya, most especially Willow; also touches briefly on the parallels between Xander and Spike in the later seasons.
"The Chosen O"   by  lostboy_ljI couldn't decide between all of his metas in 2012;   "Buffyverse Monsters, Part 2"   is worth reading just for his meticulous analysis of Buffy's conversation with Holden Webster in CWDP (yes, I just cheated and slipped in a 6th. Shhh...)  But this is one of the most interesting and provocative takes on the final scene between Buffy and Spike, hence the title; lush romanticism contrasted with post-modern referentiality and a nod to Star Wars. Worth it just for the utterly gorgeous screencaps of SMG's face during that scene and every shift in her expression. I just wanna bask....

Originally posted on DreamWidth  http://buffyversetop5.dreamwidth.org/330395.html
yourlibrarian: ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslayyourlibrarian on January 15th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
Just read the Giles one by norwie2010, a really interesting discussion!
red_satin_doll: Come What May outtakered_satin_doll on January 15th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Did you then follow to local_max's response in meta form? It's fascinating how well they both argue their respective positions, and how I can find myself agreeing and disagreeing with both simultaneously.
Kiki May: Buffy'smilekikimay on January 16th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! You're recs are incredibly interesting!
red_satin_doll: Come What May outtakered_satin_doll on January 16th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're enjoying them! (Did I miss your meta from the year? I may end up doing one more post anyway.)
Shapinglight: horse head nebulashapinglight on January 16th, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)
Again, thanks for the links. Have only read that last one.
red_satin_doll: Come What May outtakered_satin_doll on January 16th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
It was funny how each post I did here jogged my memory of other ones (the real trick was figuring out which of those hundred or more I've got bookmarked were actually 2012.)
applesith on January 17th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
LiveJournal: pingback_botlivejournal on January 17th, 2013 08:18 am (UTC)
Wednesday, January 16
User oni_9 referenced to your post from Wednesday, January 16 saying: [...] and More meta-y goodness from 2012 [...]
norwie2010: WCHnorwie2010 on January 17th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, shiny recs! Thanks a lot for pointing out the good stuff (and including me ;-)).

I still have to answer to some of the things you wrote and i hope that i'll get around to it on the coming weekend! A free weekend for me! Whoohoo!
red_satin_doll: Come What May outtakered_satin_doll on January 17th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Sweetie you wrote a lovely response a few months ago on my LJ about Joss and his politics re: the working class that I STILL have to respond to, so - no worries. ;)

And re: including you, thank you for writing it. part of my nefarious motivation here was hoping that it would inspire folks to write (as well as read) more non-fiction pieces.
baudown: pic#111143280baudown on January 17th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
These recs were excellent. Thanks.
red_satin_doll: Come What May outtakered_satin_doll on January 18th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I just read your story Enemy/Mine btw and left a comment there
LiveJournal: pingback_botlivejournal on January 20th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
Giles through Sunday, January 20
User il_mio_capitano referenced to your post from Giles through Sunday, January 20 saying: [...] - Xander/Giles/Oz [YOUTUBE LINK] Misc + : recommends some interesting Giles meta from 2012 [...]