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13 January 2009 @ 02:16 am
Most original plots  
Joss provided us with countless ploys to develop the universe he created: alternate dimensions, slayer dreams and memories, not to mention good old sci-fi technologies and, last but not least, characters worth exploring. Here are 5 stories based on unusual plot bunnies.

Nothing Ventured by shapinglight
One-shot, NC-17, between Hell Bells and Seeing Red on BtVS and post-Couplet on AtS. Spike visits Angel in LA and talks with him about Buffy without naming her. Angel thinks they're talking about Dru and gives him some advices... Terrific idea and masterful execution: sharp dialogues, minimalist descriptions, spiced with lethal irony. A character-study-cum-tearjerker-par-excellence.

Like Mice in a Cornfield by denny_dc
First chapters The last chapter
R, future!Fic, R. 70 year into the post-apocalyptic future, Spike works in police department and still dreams about Buffy. One night he meets in a bar vampire Buffy who doesn't recognize him, and the next day he discovers that she's his new partner... Spike isn't quite sure whether or not to believe his eyes or his dreams. Denny weaves a complex plot that, surprisingly, leads into canonic universe - and the ending is bleak, sad and brilliant.

Slayer Memories by hello_spikey
PG-13. Post-Damage. Buffy meets Dana the Crazy Slayer and tries to puzzle out why Dana talks about Spike in present tense... Writer alternates Buffy perspective in past-tense and Dana perspective in present-tense and the result is fascinating.

April Come She Will by speakr2customrs
R, starts during I Was Made To Love You, goes AU after that episode. Warren manages to reprogram Aprilbot and to include the Three Laws of Robotics in her behavior. April turns into the most adorable and funny Mary-Sue one can imagine - she helps Buffy, keeping her house impeccably clean and accepts the proposition Spike whispered to her before she had thrown him out of the window... Fast-paced, funny, inventive and absolutely outrageous!

Persons in Mirror by maryperk73701
Post-NFA, NC-17 for language mostly. Spuffy, Xander/Anya, Angel/Cordy, Willow/Oz. The fic starts as a "mirror" story: Sunnydale teenagers Buffy, Spike, Willow, Xander, Angel, Cordelia watch the popular show Joan the Vampire Slayer about Joan, Randy and their friends who fight vampires in a little town Rainypeak. On Halloween Buffy and her friends go to the costume shop and get invitations to a party organized by show's creator Jake Wheaton. As soon as they're there, a spell reverts them into their true selves. They find out that The First and The Beast have brainwashed Scoobies and Fang Gang, but Giles had found a way to disrupt their spell for a brief moment of time, so he used the show about Joan to trigger their memories and the Halloween party to gather them without raising the suspision...
yourlibrarian: AnyaTop5-kathyhyourlibrarian on January 12th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I've only read the first one but these others sound like great stories.
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, they are very different but all of them are incredibly inventive plot-wise.
sueworld2003sueworld2003 on January 12th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh another excellent group of fics. Thanks for posting those.
Elena: Duster_by_awmpmoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Enjoy, honey! Every time I read a fic with an unusual plot I admire the creativity of Jossverse ficwriters.
brunettepetbrunettepet on January 13th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I've read this first on this list, and it's brilliant so I'm looking forward to reading the rest.
Elena: Duster_by_awmpmoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
I hope they won't dissappoint you!
The Mezzaninedeird1 on January 13th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Great list! Just read Slayer Memories - it really is brilliant.
Elena: fatemoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
I agree, Slayer Memories is brilliant.

I'm so happy my list proved useful to you.
FemailoftheSpeciescafedemonde on January 13th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Think I'll try Persons in Mirror. Sounds really good! Thanks!
Elena: Duster_by_awmpmoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's an intriguing take on BtVS. When I started reading I thought it was an AU, and when it turned out to be a post-NFA story, I was very surprised.
cozzybobcozzybob on January 13th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Awesome selection! Read the first and Slayer Memories--truly brilliant stuff. *off to read the rest!*
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Enjoy - I hope you will like the rest!
Deborah: Saved the world.debris4spike on January 13th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
I had seen a couple of these, but that last one looks a great story - so have bookmarked for later!
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Enjoy! Hope you will like it!
Shapinglightshapinglight on January 13th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
They all sound wonderful, Moscow, and thanks for reccing my story.

One thing, though, the story is set pre-Seeing Red, not when Spike is on his way to Africa
Elena: fatemoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
the story is set pre-Seeing Red, not when Spike is on his way to Africa

Oops. Sorry. Fixed it.
Carolinejamalov29 on January 13th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oh these sounds so exciting ! I will definitely check them out.Thank you.
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 13th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - and I hope you will like these.