5 Favorite Meta for 2013 - the "Series" edition
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.
Fragments of My Imagination: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - by Mark Fields, aka "Sophist" on the AV Club. A richly-detailed analysis of every episode of BtVS from WTTH to Chosen with emphasis on symbolism and metaphor, as well as the numerous cultural references made within the series. Unlike most rewatch series of this sort, each post is written with no spoilers for the following episodes. Link to the introductory post above; scroll halfway down the page to find tags for each season on the right.
BtVS and Consent Issues - by Theresa Basile aka "Lady T". An examination of "rape, sexual assault, or consent issues as a main plot point or as a featured event" of various episodes of BtVS in chronological order. I highly recommend starting with this post outlining her goals with regards to this series. (Warning for possible triggery issues. This is the buffyverse, after all.) "In Defense of Buffy's Later Years" is not part of the series per se but worth a look. (ETA: thanks to petzipellepingo's heads-up, the main link is now fixed.)
Willow Character Study Meta - by zooeys_bridge These three meta posts are not technically a "series" in the same way the above entries are, or at least not given a common label, and yet they are so much of a piece with one another that it seems appropriate to include it here. Zooey goes very, very deep into Willow Rosenberg: Who Willow is, her insecurities, what makes her a fascinating character, but also why her arc in S6 is deeply problematic at best.
And now for a little something on the lighter side:
Buffy Studies: Getting to the Truth - by fttstar07 The latest entry in this three-part series posted last spring after a 2-year absence is an intense love letter to Buffy and Spike in S7: "I’m gonna prove Buffy loved Spike and it was more than this simple friendship nonsense. It was love. Real, romantic love." SPEAK TO MY SOUL. The evidence is carefully laid out, episode by episode; the most recent entry takes us from Sleeper to Showtime, with a promise of more to come. Her description of the final scene in Showtime, with a callback to S3's Lovers Walk, sets my inner fangirl alight; as does her generous, compassionate love for both Buffy and Spike. MORE, PLEASE.