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17 January 2010 @ 09:11 pm
5 unusual takes on Spike/Buffy relationship  
Prism by penny_lane_42
PG-13, Season 7, episodes "Bring on the Night" through "Chosen". Buffy and Spike as seen by Potentials and Faith. Sharp, insightful character study; inventive use of POVs; great voices - Potentials have more interesting personalities in this fic than they have in canon. From Molly, who initially thinks that

Spike must be a dog ("Buffy talks about Spike being the only one strong enough to protect everyone and Xander’s jibes about him attacking people combined with Dawn’s sarcastic
comment about him needing to be put down made her really think it must have been a dog") to Faith who tries to convince Buffy that she shouldn't run away from her emotions ("I know you think anything that feels good is big-time evil. But that ain’t true."), it's a powerful and gripping story.

In My Dream, You Weren't Mine by amyxaphania
R, post-NFA. When a demon sends Buffy into a dreamscape that brings to life her worst fears about Spike, her friends and her family, can she fight the nightmare to find reality? Intriguing story in which the concept of parallel dimensions could be interpreted as a metaphor of fanficland where an intersection of shippers' worlds could be painful.

What He Wanted by pennydrdful
PG, early season 5. Spike gets his chip out. What’s a Slayer to do? "Angstastic" experience, as one of the reviewers puts it, the fic explores parallels between Buffy and Spike - joy of combat, disempowerment (Spike's chip, Buffy's Cruciamentum), death wish, hidden deep inside. Intense and powerful.

The Glory and the Dream by green_maia
PG, Future!Verse. This story takes place in Green_Maya's Gifts-verse, where Spike was resurrected as a human after "Chosen" in 2003 and went back to the name William. In 2008 he and Buffy were reunited, by 2015 they have two children. "We have a traditional Victorian marriage,” Buffy liked to quip. “He's the wife.” Green_Maya is uncompromising in her exploration how RL tests and transforms a mythic couple. Reflective, sad, with ambiguous ending. The story is dark, but there are sparkles of love and hope in this darkness.

Infinitas Infinitio Infinitus by penny_lane_42
Complete, PG-13, Future!Fic. Buffy turns 40 and she can't hide the fact that she's not aging. Writer's summary: "Learning to live is a lot harder than learning to die. And just when Buffy masters one, she learns she's a novice at the other." Thoughtful character study. Poetic language, intriguing psychologic dilemmas and convincing character voices.
petzipellepingo: buffyversetop5 snow by eyesthatslaypetzipellepingo on January 17th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Very great choices, thanks for posting.
Elena: Buffyversetop5moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, hon!
Amy: Touched Heartsamyxaphania on January 17th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec! :)

I don't think I've read some of the others, so they're now on my to-read list.
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - and I definitely rec you to give a chance to the other stories; they're very well written.
Emmieangearia on January 17th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Fabulous list!
Elena: Buffyversetop5moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon!
penny_lane_42 on January 17th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
You're too sweet! Thanks for the recs, and I can't wait to check out the ones I haven't read yet!
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
*blushes* I hope I'm objective in my love to your fanfiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the way you write Potentials.
Emmie: Fan Art Appreciationangearia on January 17th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
I think you're more than objective - you have excellent taste if you love Lirazel's fic. :)
Deborah: 1st Spuffy.debris4spike on January 17th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
A few great choices there - and I hadn't seen the last one, so something new as well - Thanks!
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - and I think you definitely should give Infinitas Infinitio Infinitus a shot - it's a very beautiful story.
yourlibrarianyourlibrarian on January 17th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
That's such an interesting description of the second one. I think that sort of angle has often been taken for humor fic but not for what it would mean to the characters.
Elena: Buffyversetop5moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
In My Dream, You Weren't Mine is quite a serious story. When I was reading it, I couldn't help but think how often Joss himself uses dreams to explore characters personalities, their fears and frustrations.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on January 17th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Ah - these are marvelous choices. Wonderful fics, every one of them.
Elena: Buffyversetop5moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly! :)