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01 November 2018 @ 06:12 pm
buffyversetop5's 2018 session has come to an end, but many thanks to the hardy souls who contributed and commented! For anyone who has missed posting a list, the community will reopen on October 26 and run through November 5, 2019

We had previously discussed opening Top 5 again in January for a short 2018 session. However given current activity it seems unlikely that we'll get many lists during those days with its smaller focus. Instead we'll be having a longer session in October encompassing two weekends. We will maintain our long-running feature on new content with a Flash Forward weekend for 2019 on November 2-3. However, we'll emphasize that people can post their lists during whatever time during the session works best for them and they can also mix up their recs if they can't get together a whole set of either 2019 works or Classic Recs for a list.

We really appreciate everyone who continues to support Top 5 and we'll keep opening the community as long as there are people who want to post to it and see its archive grow. Thanks to all of you for your support!
 
 
01 November 2018 @ 04:02 pm
One of our Classic Fandom treasures is hello_spikey, whose secret identity includes being an award-winning professional speculative fiction writer. Shhhh. We had her first!

While not all of her stories are on AO3 yet, many are. Versatility is her hallmark. I daresay that among her works there is a story with a pairing, a rating, a kink, or a mood to suit the tastes of any Buffyverse fic fan. Here is a brief selection of a very few of my personal favorites, in ascending order of length:

Once More, With Lorne (Teen, 1624 words)
Lorne investigates reports of an entire town bursting into song.

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01 November 2018 @ 10:00 am
We're in the final stretch of this session of Top 5, so if you have any remaining lists, do post them soon!

In the meantime, have some more fan art recs:

22nd of ‘Passion’ by enigmaticagentalice – fanart of Angelus and Jenny. I love the detail of Giles' image in the orb of Thessulah. Read more...Collapse )
 
 
 
Being something of an expert on bad days lately, and wanting to contribute to this fabulous community, I decided I would share five stories I always go back and read when I am feeling down. Now those of you who know me don't need the following explanation, but for those who don't... no, these stories will not all be schmoopy fluff. I'm not known as the Queen of Angst for nothing and sometimes what makes me feel better is really, really angsty or even dark!fic. Read on... if you dare:

1) Red Frame, White Light by sparrow2000: Dark, creepy, and so exquisitely-crafted that it's like a blood red diamond. What is it about? Xander's visit to a 7-11 is anything but a well-lit fest of overpriced snack food. Other than that, all you need to know is that Sparrow does that voodoo that she do so well.

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30 October 2018 @ 03:11 pm
Five Spuffy Stories with human Spike. Some of these are AH and some are with Buffy as the slayer but all have a human Spike. (Some of these stories might be on sites where you have to be a member to access the story.)

1. He Came With the House by Cryptwarmer. All human.
When Buffy rents the house of her favorite celebrity to share a weekend getaway with her sister, she's surprised to find the previous tenant hasn't completely vacated it. Spike turning over a new leaf has sworn off cigarettes and young women but a chance encounter with a determined miracle seeker reminds him that happiness is about more than cutting unhealthy things out of your life; it's about having the bravery to let good things in.

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29 October 2018 @ 06:49 pm
For the last couple of years I’ve challenged myself to do one classic recs post that doesn’t have a Xander in sight - which as most of you know is kind of traumatic for me. Here is this year’s list.

Untitled holiday ficlet by brutti_ma_buoni is a Firefly/Georgette Heyer crossover. Two of my favourite Heyer characters, Damerel and Venetia take tea with Mal and Inara aka Mr and Mrs Reynolds. I’d say the ladies have the upper hand in this one.

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29 October 2018 @ 06:37 pm
Since we’re coming up on Halloween, I thought I'd get in the mood with a list of fics that make me shiver. Here’s five that do the job nicely, or in some cases, not so nicely.

This is not a love story by raynejelly is bleak in the best way - this is the Spike, Xander, Angel scene in School Hard with a twist.

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29 October 2018 @ 04:24 pm
Honest, I was going to try for a 5 fic theme but I was usually one or two fics short. So instead I am going to list five random fics. The only thing they have in common is they all have a slightly different twist and they are not all human AUs. Enjoy!

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28 October 2018 @ 04:31 pm
There is no particular theme that connects these apart from that they're all pretty short and do their job very well.

The Watcher’s Mistress by elisi is a great Buffy/Dr Who ficlet in which Giles and Missy find themselves compatible. This is a lovely idea, nicely executed.

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28 October 2018 @ 08:05 am
Five favorite Buffyverse stories, in no particular order :

1. OK, technically this isn't really a story however... The Art Project by st_salieri.

2. Flight to Egypt , Spike by powerofthebook.

3. Disenchantment , Spike/Buffy by herself_nyc.

4. A Cricket From California , Spike/Buffy by elsaf.

5. Nightswimming , Spike/Buffy by calove.
 
 
27 October 2018 @ 10:58 am
Since we're on our flash forward, I'll start with some recs from one of my favourite annual communities - summer_of_giles

Giles/Cordelia is not a pairing that I automatically think about, but I’m always surprised how well it can work if done well and in aadler’s Better Left Unspoken, it is done very, very well. These are snapshots of Giles and Cordelia through the Sunnydale High years and beyond in a way that makes me both laugh out loud, and made my heart hurt. This is good stuff.

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27 October 2018 @ 11:57 am

There aren't a lot of people still writing and reading Buffy/Angel fic these days, but the ones still active are very dear to my heart. Here are five of my favorites from the last 12 months:

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27 October 2018 @ 10:35 am
Time for your 2018 recs! And don't forget there are more recs being shared on Dreamwidth that you can browse. Here are some to kick us off:

Sunrise by iseetheyelloweyed. A Saint Sebastian oriented Buffy and Angel fan art – a pretty fascinating take and the colors seem perfect. Read more...Collapse )
 
 
 
25 October 2018 @ 12:14 pm
4 favorite posts from masqthephlsphr and 1 from superplin over at Coffee Makers, in no particular order :
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Here are five classics that made me think differently about the characters they focus on (or think about them at all!), while also being great reads.

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24 October 2018 @ 06:52 pm
It's always fun to come across a story that pushes you out your comfort zone as far as ships are concerned. Here are five rare(ish) pairings - I say 'ish' because one isn't really, but it's so awesome I had to include it! *g*

In Nairobi in the Rain by inlovewithnight, Xander meets a strangely familiar girl in a Nairobi bar and realises it is Fred, who died a few weeks before. There’s just something about the atmosphere of this fic that haunts me - it’s just lovely.

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23 October 2018 @ 06:01 pm
It's buffyversetop5 classic recs time again, and to start off my lists this year I wanted to give kudos to authors who can remix - who can take someone else’s story and put a new spin on it, or expand it in an unexpected way. Here are five Remixes that I love.

Walking Higher by Liz Marcs in which Xander visits each of his old friends. This one just kills me and I defy you not to be bawling like a baby by the end. It’s also got a really effective mix of 2nd and 3rd person voice that works beautifully for the narrative. This is a remix of Winter Garden by kirvin.

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23 October 2018 @ 05:59 pm
Join your co-mods petzipellepingo and yourlibrarian in celebrating Halloween through all the time zones until midnight UTC on November 2 (check that in your time zone). Share your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms -- and, as always, crossover content is most welcome!

Classic Recs is running on both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, with the option to copy posts onto Pillowfort and an interactive event at Tumblr. Post at whichever you wish. And if you like the treats someone has shared, let them know by commenting!

Remember that Saturday and Sunday will be our Flashforward 2018 session to highlight current works, but we also have 7 full days this year to share pre-2018 content. Do let us know if you have questions or need any help understanding what/how to post -- we'll be glad to hear from you!
 
 
12 October 2018 @ 12:46 pm
... of recs for all fanworks in the Whedon fandoms! We are 13 days away from the kickoff of the first annual all-in-one buffyversetop5 session which will open at Midnight GMT on October 24 and run until Midnight GMT on November 2. As in the past, this Halloween session will be open for Classic Recs. But we're also going to have a new event -- FlashForward Weekend, October 27 and 28, for your 2018 recs!

For more information see our earlier post discussing this year's events. Don't hesitate to drop us a comment there if you have any questions. We hope to see you and your recs soon!
 
 
29 August 2018 @ 01:10 pm
As we discussed in January's closing post, Top 5 is going through some changes this year. We have expanded our Halloween session to a 10 day period which will run from October 24 to November 2.

As in the past, this Halloween session will be open for Classic Recs. So we hope you'll share your favorite fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms. Content from all time periods before 2018 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK.

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Do let petzipellepingo and me know here in comments if you have any questions.
 
 
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 )