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16 January 2018 @ 05:03 pm
Thanks to everyone who contributed posts and who came by to cheer on the posters! Your mods, petzipellepingo and I, feel it can't have escaped anyone's notice that this was the smallest session we've had at Top 5 during its 12 years, and that the two week session had most of its contributions in the first five days.

We've discussed what we should do going forward and think that, although there's still enough new fanwork production each year to support an annual session, the fact that so much of it is shared at other sites now tends to contribute to the difficulty in knowing when it was produced, and possibly stumbling across content that is being reshared rather than newly created. Some changesCollapse )
14 January 2018 @ 03:59 pm
Just a reminder that buffyversetop5 closes in just over 48 hours. So if you have any final lists to share for 2017 content, send them on out!
08 January 2018 @ 11:29 am
Buffy in Japanese - by lilyginnyblack, a meta series on Tumblr analyzing the effects of translation on the series and the choices made in how different characters are portrayed. Read more...Collapse )
02 January 2018 @ 04:30 pm
When I was doing my last post about icons I enjoyed this year, I realized that I had enough icons made by sweet_lyri to do a post of icons made by her. So here are 5 icons, that I enjoyed and were made by the talented sweet_lyri.

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02 January 2018 @ 04:12 pm
Here are 5 icons, in no particular order, made this year, that I thought were exceptionally beautiful.

1. pmulL8.png by timet0begin

2.pmusKx.png by nadya149

3. pmuux5.png by longerthanwedo

4. pmu3yN.png by scarred_loretta

5.pmuSFq.png by scarred_loretta
02 January 2018 @ 09:50 am
Favorite 2017 meta posts, in no particular order :

1. Meta on the vampires of the Buffyverse by hannahforlove.

2. Meta on Fred and Illyria by deird1.

3. Meta on Buffy's relationships with Spike and Angel by itsnotmymind.

4. Meta on School Hard by molly_may.

5. Meta on Faith's mental state by itsnotmymind.
02 January 2018 @ 03:23 am
Last rec, last batch of fan art!  Btw I'd like to thank rbfvid, on whose tumblr I found a lot (if not all) of these.

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer by GinaAmyart -- lovely piece of art featuring Buffy and her vampires.

  • Slayer by saqmandesign -- fun, Tim Burton style Scoobies t-shirt design.

  • Buffy as Xena by lucife56 -- Buffy looking lovely and fierce as Xena.

  • Eyeballs to entrails by India Mayes -- beautiful illustration of this classic Spike quote.

  • Buffy sketch by sanshodelaine -- another one of this artist's gorgeous artworks.

02 January 2018 @ 02:55 am
Of course I had to make a list of artworks for my favourite character too.

  • Inktober punk!Spike by amandarotten -- what's not to love, indeed.

  • A good poker night by lucife56 -- it's Spike! With a box of kittens!!

  • Spike sketch by sanshodelaine -- one of a whole series of amazing Spike and Buffy works by this artist.

  • Spike study by nmcil12 -- a wonderful pencil portrait of Spike (my favourite of this year's portraits).

  • Spike by lilith-luxe -- gorgeous artwork, just in time to be included in the 2017 list.

02 January 2018 @ 01:59 am
I love digital art and manips, but hand-drawn art is extra special to me. Here's a top 5 (in random order) for my favourite ship:

  • Happy Shiptember by kjmartinet (bottom image is Spuffy) -- strong shipper manifesto.

  • Spuffy WIP by lucife56 (NSFW) -- still just a sketch, but very intense.

  • Buffy selfie by kaoribriefs -- Buffy and Spike in bed, this time super cute.

  • Slayer Romance by Brenda Chi -- a fun Spuffy comic cover. Angel broods!

  • Stained glass window by thenewbuzwuzz (NSFW) -- super creative and original. (And at least some drawing was involved, so I feel justified in including it in this list :-)

01 January 2018 @ 07:35 am
Five favorite 2017 drabbles, in no order :
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31 December 2017 @ 05:37 pm
I’ll finish my spamming with five fics that have nothing in common apart from the fact I thought they were great and they were written in 2017.

A new ficlet by baudown is always a pleasure because I love her elegant use of language and the way she can paint such a detailed portrait in such a short time. Trapped is a prime example - it’s Xander contemplating the contradictions of his vampire, beause no one can do contrary quite like Spike.

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31 December 2017 @ 05:30 pm
Here are five longer fics from summer_of_giles I really enjoyed.

Second Sight by il_mio_capitano finds our intrepid Watcher thrown back to his 21 year old self, two months before Eyhgon. This isn’t about the Eyhgon incident, but it is about choices. I really liked the portrayal of Giles’ father in this fic, and his grandmother is wonderful - just remember to comb your hair and wash behind your ears before you meet her.

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31 December 2017 @ 05:15 pm
Sticks head above the parapet...I'm not around much the next couple of weeks, so I'm going to front-load my entries, so apologies for the spamming.

A lot of my reading this year came from summer_of_giles. One of the days was an open call for drabbles, using the last line of the last drabble as the first line of the next drabble challenge. They were all great fun, but here are five that really caught my eye.

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31 December 2017 @ 03:53 pm
buffyversetop5 is now open for its 2017 session and will remain open through 6 PM UTC on January 16th (click here for your time zone). The 2017 session welcomes recs of any fan-created Buffyverse works either started or continued during the past year.

So please join me and petzipellepingo in celebrating another year in the Buffyverse fandom. Check your download folders, your tags, your bookmarks and memories to see what you enjoyed last year and what you want to make sure the Buffyverse community doesn't miss from 2017. And if you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
12 December 2017 @ 11:58 am
Just a reminder that buffyversetop5 will reopen for its 2017 session on January 1, 2018 at midnight UTC (check that in your time zone). So start sifting through your download folders, your tags, your bookmarks and memories to see what you enjoyed this year and what you want to make sure the Buffyverse community doesn't miss from 2017!

Remember that you can watch and post either on our Dreamwidth site or here on LiveJournal -- just remember to come by to share glad tidings of fanworks gone by :)

01 November 2017 @ 11:02 am
That groaning squeak you hear is the door being closed on this session of Classic Recs. Although you'll have to put away the pumpkins and garlic until next year, don't forget to let the creators know how much you've enjoyed the tasty treats that have been shared. It's been great to see the many folks posting and commenting during this session!

We want to remind anyone watching that the only reason membership has become moderated on our LJ account is due to spam accounts (we had 3 of them attempt membership just this past week). Actual people wanting to join and post are very welcome, so hello to a few new folks who are also now members!

buffyversetop5 will reopen for its 2017 session on January 1, 2018 at midnight UTC (check what that is in your time zone). So start checking your download folders, your tags, your bookmarks and memories to see what you enjoyed this year and what you want to make sure the Buffyverse community doesn't miss from 2017!
01 November 2017 @ 08:14 am
Coming in under the wire for this one, so descriptions are going to be on the terse side.

1.  They Make Solitude and Call it Peace by Mosca. Buffy/Willow, PG-13 Lovely look at post-Chosen Buffy and Willow. Terrific dialogue between the two on matters both weighty and frivolous.

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31 October 2017 @ 06:37 pm
A couple of years back I did a post of crossovers. I’m a sucker for a well done crossover, and in all these cases you don’t need to know the other fandom for the story to work just fine. Here are five that I really like - BTVS crossed with five separate fandoms.

Thrift by Te and Pares is a crossover with The Sentinel. Blair Sandburg comes to Sunnydale to meet one Rupert Giles, expert in the supernatural. But before he can meet our favourite Watcher he runs into Faith. Let’s say it’s an educational experience for both of them. Be sure to have some tissues ready to mop up the brain tissue dribbling out of your ears.

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01 November 2017 @ 02:24 am
Let's squeeze in some more Buffy vid recs.

Camelia1986 - Halloween in Sunnydale: THE Buffy Halloween vid as far as I'm concerned, should be rewatched at least once yearly!

Nicole Anell - White Rabbit: Restless episodic vid, set to Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit. Mesmerizing.

Brad CPU & Milly - Polka Slayer: Buffy overview vid, with polka. Great fun!

Rowena - BtVS abridged William Tell Overture: the Complete Buffy in just a little over 3 minutes.

Jetpack-monkey / Luminosity & Kamil - It's the End of the World As We Know It: remastered version of a true classic.
31 October 2017 @ 06:26 pm
So okay, I tried hard to come up with a theme and that was taking too long so I decided to just post a list of 5 classic stories I go back to and read over and over again. There's fluff and angst and absolutely no thematic or tonal connection between any of these stories - except my love.

1) The Key to Her... Heart? by Purplefeen: What do you get when you mix a witch in a dire predicament, two horny vampires, some alcohol, overcomplicated excuses and schemes, and the Scooby Gang? Well, what you get here is a delightfully sexy, fun-filled romp featuring Willow, Spike, Angel, and a lot of naughtiness. Guaranteed to bring you joy... if you're over 18, that is. This one is NOT for the kiddies.

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31 October 2017 @ 03:04 am
Another list of vid recs, this time focusing on Buffy's romantic relationships. Love triangles, unwanted suitors, and disappointing lovers galore!

thedothatgirl- Gordon: Hilarious hostility between Angel and Riley!

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30 October 2017 @ 10:00 pm
So here are my Top 5 Post-Chosen Spuffy Recs that are superclassic (at least a decade old):

1) Disenchantment by Herself. This story made me fall in love with Spuffy! The depiction of a Buffy in her 30s, still alive, kind of ok, but just so lonely in a way she couldn't even articulate. Some angst, but the joy Buffy feels at her unexpected reunion with Spike truly makes me emotional, even upon re-reading. And the sex in this fic is so hot. There is an unfinished sequel I wish she'd finished.

2) The Butterfly Effect by CousinJean. A very beautiful fic where a post-Chosen Buffy travels back in time to Season 2. Buffy and Spike end up connecting in a sort of inevitable, visceral way that show how truly drawn to one another they are, regardless of the timing of their meeting.

3) Pinch Hitter by Dreamweaver. This post-Chosen Buffy gets sent into an alternated dimension early Season 5. Of course she goes to find Spike to bang! Spike is amenable. There is some pretty good biting in this smut if you're into that.

4) Only Time Will Tell by Damperandspoons. I had trouble deciding on which Victorian fic to include on this list, but ended up with this one. It's not totally historically accurate... but Buffy and William are very sweet in this fic, and the ending is satisfying. Enjoy!

5) My Life Closed Twice by Anaross. Being in a post-NFA Spike's poetry class is such a treat. It is worth a read, whether you agree with Anaross' take on Buffyverse lore or not.

Why did I decide to rec only decade-old Post-Chosen fic? No reason, just felt like it! Probaby you have all read these classic fics... they are very popular. But if you haven't, they are an excellent place to start.
30 October 2017 @ 12:07 pm
Another bit of everything here, hope you find something you like!

1) The Collector by sparrow2000. I came across this during a previous Top 5 session and thought it was a gem. The bits of humor, the sad truths, the evidence of continuing friendship shot through with the difficulties of having faced so much separately as well as together, all in evidence here. Although connected to another story it can stand alone. Read more...Collapse )
29 October 2017 @ 06:15 pm
I really admire people who can put visuals together, either art or videos. I can play with words to my heart’s content, but pictures are way beyond me. Here are five vids that have got under my skin over the years.

If you’re looking for a reminder that Buffy wasn’t just about quips and kicky boots, then
Bad Mood Rising by Robin’s Revenge is just the ticket. I love the use of a much more brooding version of this song to look at the darker side of Scoobydom.

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29 October 2017 @ 03:43 pm
I think it’s fair to say that most Xander writers have tried their hand at a Xander in Africa fic at one point or another. (I know I have…) A number of them came from the scatterlings and orphanages ficathon back in 2006, and it would be easy to just point to all the stories there, but for the sake of spreading the love, I’ve chosen a couple from there and the rest from elsewhere on the interwebs

All Who Wander by Aeneas is a wonderful example of the genre. Xander goes to Libya searching for slayers. Things go downhill, fast! This story has got angst up the wazoo, but it’s also aching beautiful and if you haven’t read it, go do so, now! BTW, this is in three parts - start with part on the bottom tag - Libya)
(As an aside, but not part of this list, there’s also a sequel in which Buffy follows in Xander’s footsteps - Outpost. It’s equally lovely and I live in hope at some point it becomes more than a one-shot - a girl can dream!)

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29 October 2017 @ 04:41 pm
Stories I love, in no particular order :

"Flight to Egypt" by powerofthebook. A scene from Not Fade Away.

"Standoff" by powerofthebook. Spike/Dawn

Death is no gift by kaymickbee. Giles reflects

Postcards from the end by renee2939. The gang post-"Chosen"

Nightswimming by calove. Spike, Buffy and a swimming pool.
29 October 2017 @ 10:55 am
Last year in the classic recs season I challenged myself to rec some non-Xander related fics, since it’s well known where my fic preferences lie. Here’s what I came up this year for the same self-challenge.

If you want a demonstration of how to create humour in the midst of angst and keep it to 100 words, then look no further than Substitute by speakr2customrs and beer_good_foamy. Dawn’s up on Glory’s tower, so I really shouldn’t be giggling - right...

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I tend to be off playing in my own sandbox and don't bandwagon well, so I sometimes enjoy very different fics than everyone else, to the point I've been exasperatedly asked: well, don't you like ANY older fics? Well of course I do!! And I thought I'd start with some of my favorite NC-17 ones! All links are EF, which requires registration to read explicit material. And this is just a little taste- there's a lot more i enjoy...maybe I'll have to do part 2.

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29 October 2017 @ 04:04 am
Hand-drawn fan art is the most special fan art to me. And it gets even better if the artists draw scenes that we could never get to see on TV or in the comics, because they're too steamy. Here are five NSFW fan art works, three Spuffy and two Spangel. Apart from the first one these are pretty recent, but (barely) not from 2017.

dualbunny - Captivated: This is an illustration of Nautibitz' Spuffy fic Captivated. Gorgeous and hot!

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29 October 2017 @ 02:14 am
I love comics and animation, and fan vids -- and here is a list of 5 that combines them both!

stormwreath- Angel:After the Fall opening credits : Great credits for my all-time favourite Whedonverse comics series.

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29 October 2017 @ 01:59 am
Five (or really 6) Spangel(ish) vids, some serious, some funny.

Sisabet - The Bucket: This one just gives me all kinds of warm Spangel feelings. Not overtly slashy, but the subtext is oh so clear.

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28 October 2017 @ 10:12 am
I love buffyversetop5 classic recs. It's a great time to rootle around in the vault and rediscover fics that got me hooked on fandom way, way back in the day. As we're coming up to Halloween, here are five fics that make me shiver.

Three Ring by brutti_ma_buoni finds Xander and Willow on a school trip to a less than normal circus. There aren’t any clowns in this fic, but if there were, I’m damn sure they’d be scary. This story always makes me want to go back and read Something Wicked This Way Comes. This is Gen.

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27 October 2017 @ 06:04 pm
Join me and co-mod petzipellepingo in celebrating Halloween through all the time zones until midnight UTC on November 1. Share all your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms. Content from all time periods before 2017 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK. And if you like the treats someone has shared, let them know!

Classic Recs is running on both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth this year. Post at whichever you wish, although if you prefer to post on LJ you don't need to duplicate your post on Dreamwidth as it will be imported there once our session closes. And if you read us on Dreamwidth, do drop us a comment there to let us know so we have an idea of who's following along.

We look forward to hearing groans, squeaks and rattles soon – because that means fans are opening the vaults and caskets of fanworks past as they get posts ready for buffyversetop5's Classic Recs!
25 September 2017 @ 11:02 am
Are thoughts of Halloween creeping up on you? It means Classic Recs is coming too!

A month from now at midnight GMT on October 28 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 27) we’ll be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones until midnight November 1. Five days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2017 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready! Read more...Collapse )
16 January 2017 @ 03:06 pm
Another annual session has come to a close, and we'd like to thank everyone who contributed a list, as well as all the friendly voices welcoming the posts. This community would not exist without each of you.

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Top 5 will open again on October 28th at midnight UTC for its Classic Recs session over Halloween. If you have any yet unposted lists for this session, please remember us then as we'll be looking forward to all your treats!
16 January 2017 @ 09:14 pm
Because nothing takes my mind off things like combinations of crack, fluff, smut, and Spuffy. When I think of every one of these fics, one of the first summaries that come to mind is "everything is happiness, and nothing hurts". None of the stories take themselves too seriously. Most of them are full of smut. All of them make me smile and laugh. (It's late. Sorry! I somehow thought the end time was midnight local.)

1. 10 Ways to Defrost Your Vampire Boyfriend by TerrusDacktellus (DactylGirl, lady_sybyl). I think the title says it all.

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16 January 2017 @ 10:01 am
I want to thank the mods for keeping this comm open for all of us to look back and celebrate the wonderful works and people in our beloved fandom. It's all too easy to dwell on the negative, and forget all the amazing things happening all around us.

So, may I have your attention a little longer for some awesome fanwork creators worthy of wider celebration and special mention:

From thenewbuzwuzz: Blackout Spuffy poetry made from shooting scripts. Such creativity!

1. Fool for Love (VAMPIRE...)
2. "Angel", "Doppelgängland" and "Welcome to the Hellmouth" ("what's it like where you are?...", "good girls...", "past SHATTERS...")
3. "Hush" and "Some Assembly Required" ("- CONTINUING - MORNING...", "at the graveyard...")

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I'm a fan of the giles_shorts community, especially the "first line last line" challenge, where the last line from someone else's drabble becomes your first sentence. It takes a lot of discipline, something our favorite Watcher would surely have approved.

For your divertion, may I present five drabbles inspired by prompts from Giles-shorts:

Inherited Skill by quaggy_mire

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16 January 2017 @ 07:02 am
The Final Cut by aadler: Dru is going after Jenny and Angelus is playing taunt the watcher. It’s Jenny, Giles, Ethan and Xander on a wicked adventure set in S2 after Angel lost his soul.
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15 January 2017 @ 06:03 pm
1. The Heart Stone, by carlyinrome, (Kendra/OFC) is a tale of a budding romance between Kendra and an unforgettable OFC. It's short but manages to pack in heart-thumping action, humor, and all the feels in the world.

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15 January 2017 @ 10:24 pm
Again, Forgetting by velvetwhip (aka Gabrielle) or AO3 link. What if getting a soul didn't make Spike just temporary crazy? And Buffy was the one who had to deal with it.

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15 January 2017 @ 12:45 pm
Just a reminder to everyone that the 2016 annual session will be closing in approximately 24 hours, so if you've got any last posts to share, send them out :)
14 January 2017 @ 08:01 pm
Five favorite shippy shorts from the past year, and one vid as a bonus.

very good bad thing by spangel. Cordelia's POV on Buffy. So accurate that it hurts.

Waylaid by beer_good_foamy (or AO3 link). Faith/Tara in the Wishverse, and it's surely the lightest and most hopeful Wishverse story I've ever read.

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