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Rebcake's Buffyverse (+ two others) Fanfic Master List — with nominations & awards

Most stories are canon-compliant, unless marked "AU". Unless otherwise noted, all are rated teen and under. But we are talking about vampires and sometimes there are "themes" and "language". Explicit stories are f-locked or link back to f-locked communities.

Drabble=100 words, Ficlet=under 1,000 words, Fic=over 1,000 words

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Philosophy vs. Frivolity

This just came across my dash:

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
--Lord Darlington from "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde

So I've been having thoughts, as one does, about the nature of good and evil as seen through the lens of BtVS. Especially, you know: Spike. There are always posts and discussion about it, this one being most recent, and it's all really interesting. I keep waiting for people to convince me that Spike is capital "E" evil, rather than thoughtlessly destructive (among other things). It comes down to how a person defines evil, which is surprisingly difficult to define. It's sort of like love that way.

But now I'm thinking that maybe the quote above is closer to my philosophy of Spike than anything particularly deep. Tsk.


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Where does the time go?

It's the end of August!?!

Since my last post, I've been buried in a mountain of work, which is sort of nice and sort of not. Of course, there was also a lot of travel arranging, which is like a second full-time job, at least the way I do it. There's also been plenty of recreation, including hosting houseguests, seeing bands, dancing, going to parties, having a girls weekend at a Napa vineyard with the "girls" from college. I also attended a tightly plotted drag show wherein the villain was named PIxie Pardonne Moi (sic). A friend had been tapped to pole dance (badly) during the intermission. Heh. Good times, y'all.

I've missed a lot of fun LJ activity. There were memes that seemed exciting, excellent art and fic — some of which I missed, I'm afraid — and this exciting party celebrating the 5th Anniversary of sb_fag_ends!

FIREWORKS!!!

I only got my act together enough to post a silly prompt, alas, but the mods over there deserve to be fêted! Take a bow bogwitch, quinara, and shapinglight! Garlands also to all the contributors who continue to make that comm so great! Go, read, comment! I know I will.

My recent pre-series Giles fic, Giles and the Mountain, was nominated by very kind person(s) in Round 32 of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfic Awards in the Best Gen, Best Drama, and Best Characterization (for Giles) categories, and also in Round 12 of the No Rest for the Wicked Awards, in the That Old Gang Of Mine (best gen) category. I'm touched that my sporadic work still appeals to somebody out there! There's still time to nominate your favorite fanworks, and make a fellow fan's day!
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Over on Tumblr, there is an interesting discussion going on:

Why isn’t the Buffy/Xander pairing more popular?

There is another discussion about how much people miss LiveJournal and how it's incredibly difficult to follow discussions on Tumblr. Even the interesting ones.

So, if anybody would like to weigh in the above question here on LJ, feel free! The original post by ilikemyshipsnotyours is linked above.

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Fic: Giles and the Mountain

I wrote a story for summer_of_giles! Click on the link below to go read it, if you wish!

Title: Giles and the Mountain
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG
Word count: 1950
Summary: Young Giles and a friend attempt to scale a mountain. Spoiler: It doesn't go well.

Coma Pedrosa

The summer before the start of university Giles and his friend were looking for adventure...

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Oregon, my Oregon. Also: Europe is Go!

The Pacific Northwest Part:

I"m back from my annual pilgrimage to beautiful Oregon!Collapse )

Once I got back, my mind turned to thoughts of Europe:

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Movies of this Week!

You guys! I bring tidings of great joy! Beside all the other good stuff that happened last week, I mean. There are movies to squee about!

Like every year, I largely celebrated Pride Week here in San Francisco by going to the Frameline (LGBTQ) Film Festival at the historic Castro Theater. We all gather, listen to the Mighty Wurlitzer upon which the organist this year played "The Wedding March" to tumultuous applause, among other entertaining things. It's an ultra-fun scene, and the films can be quite wonderful.

I went to three biggish films which will most likely be coming to a theater or streaming device near you:

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Seven Year Itch

It's my fanniversary today!

Back in 2008, at the urging of herself_nyc — whose birthday it is! — I posted my first fic, Becoming Anne. This "urging" is no reflection on her estimation of my storytelling. (I'm pretty sure she thinks I'm too easy on Spike.) At that point, all she'd ever read from me were comments on her work. But she pointed me at LiveJournal and I'll be forever grateful.

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New fic!

For seasonal_spuffy I did a short update to my WIP, Fire in the Soul:

Title: Fire in the Soul (6a/9)
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2075
Pairing: Spike/Buffy, with Dru and OCs.
A/N: Thanks for the quickie beta by MiAmor. NOT comics compliant.
Summary: A few years after Sunnydale’s spectacular demise, Buffy and her crew are getting on with their lives in San Francisco. A not entirely unwelcome blast from her past (Spike! It's Spike!) blows into town, but he’s brought more than the generally allowable amount of baggage with him.

6a — In which our heroes get closer to the source of the big, brewin' evil, if not each other.

To start at the beginning: Chapter 1 on LJ / Chapter 1 on DW / On AO3

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Fic: Time Is Tight

Title: Time Is Tight
Author: Rebcake
Characters: Willow Rosenberg, Nikki Wood, Bernard Crowley (and the gang)
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 5110
Summary: The final fight with Glorificus takes Willow to a place she’s only read about.

A/N: For Round 114 of femslash_minis the Nikki Wood round. Ended up not so mini. Aaronlisa requested time travel, subway, and waiting but no Robin (mentions okay) or either of the girls dying and no comics canon preferred. I consulted BtVS Season 9 #6 for background on Nikki and her Watcher, but this story isn’t based on the comics.

New fic, and it's a departure for rebcake! My first femslash, I think. To read the story, click the link:

Caught in the cold crackle of Glory's portal, Willow kept her head...


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New noms! Nom, nom, nom.

My story The Other Half has been nominated in Round 31 The Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards in the Best Comedy and Best Quickie Fic categories. Very exciting!

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It's a fairly gen S5 story with Spike and all the Summers gals, from the sb_fag_ends prompt last October "Masque of the Red Death". It hasn't had that much response — I like to think because so many good things were being posted thick and fast at the time — so it's nice to know that somebody thought well enough of it to go to the trouble of nominating. Thanks, dear reader!

I am nearly ready to post a new story, though it is unfortunately not my seasonal_spuffy story, which I haven't started yet. Tsk.

Otherwise, life continues to have quite a few high points, including lunch with enigmaticblues when she was in town last week. There is also loads of work bringing in the money, if not the fun.

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Some Buffyverse Time-Travel Fic Recs

I'm working on a time-travel fic, so naturally my mind has turned to thoughts of Rome Spring other time-travel fics. Because what better way to procrastinate? It’s a trope that Buffyverse fic writers have thoroughly explored to good effect. That makes it tough to choose! I'll probably have a whole other list or two, perhaps one just for Our Heroes Go Back in Time: To War! But first off: Classic Buffyverse Time travel! This list contains mostly het, some slash, and Buffy or Spike. Usually both. AO3 links, where possible. In alphabetical order:

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Things I Am Enjoying

So many good things!

1.herself_nyc is writing Buffy fic again! She is continuing her Bittersweets opus in the scary story Mr. Grieves and the Vengeance Girl. Give it a look and let her know what you think! (Hint to reader: catch up with previously posted parts of this story here (LJ) or here (AO3), and when Spike reveals his identity to servant girl Kate switch to the new post here.

2. The Headline Awards have been announced! There are several old favorites among the winners in the Giles categories, but also, even better, some I haven't read before! I know what I'll be doing this weekend!

3. The Buffy Rewatch atfantas_magoria is loads of fun! Check it out!

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I have yet another plan!

Unbeknownst to myself, I've been casting about for a new RL project. I've had vague notions of various trips I could take, and causes that I ought to throw myself into, but nothing was firming up because I had to have my gall bladder out first.

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2014 flew by...

Present! *pant, pant, pant* I always want to keep up with you guys, but my good intentions seem to lead to the usual place. 

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Briefly...

I had a plan, and it was to do more fandom things this fall. Things have not been going according to plan, as you may or may not have noticed. If you want to hear the Flying Spaghetti Monster laugh, tell it your plans*, amirite?

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Fics, Recs, Awards, and Stuff. No Nonsense.

Hey everybody! I am poking my head out of my burrow with some fandom news! No Rest for the Wicked Awards has announced the winners of Round 11 and several of my f-listies are on the list! Congratulations, all you talented people! I got this little beauty:

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It's very cool and warm and fuzzy, but the main thing is to keep on ficcing, amirite? There is no better proof of this than an excellent new story, posted just today by one of the winners, [personal profile] beer_good_foamy . Go, read The Queen, The Soldier as soon as you possibly can. No need to thank me.

Also, sb_fag_ends is inspiring an outpouring of seasonal Poe-themed Spuffy, and if you are inclined to enjoy such things you won't be disappointed. Because there are so many stories going up, comments are few, so if you find something you like, let the author know! I've put up a few things, and have a few more in the pipeline, although this week is really far too busy in real life for me to do as much as I'd like. All are on the lighter side, but that is apparently how I'm rolling nowadays. Here they are:

The Other Half (prompt: The Masque of the Red Death)
Sing It Out (prompt: Spiritual Song)
Spare Me (prompt: The Spectacles)

Have a great Halloween Week, my darlings! I'll be thinking of you!


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The Beat Goes On

Just a life post to say what's happening around here. It's Pride here in San Francisco, so there are festivities aplenty! According to the paper, a million people participate! As is my custom, I spend the lead-in to the big event going to various Frameline Film Festival films. Sometimes the films are okay, sometimes they are really, really good, but this year's standout, Anita's Last Cha-Cha (Ang huling cha-cha ni Anita, Philipines), was unexpectedly fantastic! It's primarily about a young girl's first crush, but it's filled with the interlocking stories of women and girls: moms, kids, maidens, and crones. Why are there not more movies like this? The adorable director, Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, spoke at the screening and is the cutest thing ever! Smart ladies being funny never gets old, you know? If you ever get the chance, see this one.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at a friend's place 1/2 block adjacent to the "Pink Parade" which is a sort of unofficial/official ante-party on Saturday for the Absolutely Official gathering on Sunday. Dolores Park is overrun with ladies of all stripes and their supporters letting their freak flags fly. There are costumes, amusing signs, and lots and lots of skin. We set up on the sidewalk, brought food, hung out, and occasionally made forays into the big excitement. In the evening, I went to Castro Theater for the Saturday night film, Cupcakes. The film was very good, and might be of special interest to you Eurovision-heads out there, but getting to the theater was even more exciting, as I somehow got caught in the most frenzied dance pit I've seen for a couple of decades. Heh. Walking home through the height of the street party was also an adventure. My buddy, Saint Sara, was with me for all of this, and I had to wonder how many more times a couple of old ladies will be able to manage navigating such enthusiastic crowds. Oh well, I haven't broken a hip yet!

I'm gearing up for the annual trek to the Pacific Northwest, which starts next Thursday. I'm not sure how many "30 Days of Buffy" entries I'll crank out before or during, but right now my big fandom contribution is helping herself_nyc to upload all of her stories to AO3! Her site went down a bit ago, and while it's still accessible via Wayback Machine, I'm thrilled that her work will be in multiple "current" places. Many of her earlier stories are on AllAboutSpike, and most of her Spuffy stories are at ElysianFields, thanks to the wonderful mod Susan sjp9920, but there isn't anyplace that's complete and unlocked, as far as I know. Feel free to point me in the direction of any little-known stories by Herself. I'm starting to think that I'm an archivist at heart.

Everybody having a wonderful summer?

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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 8

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Favorite Friendship:

Friendship is sooo important on the show. I am sad about the characters on Buffy that don't have important friendships. Even Cordelia is keenly aware of the utter shallowness of her relationships:

CORDELIA: Bummer for her. It's awful to feel that lonely.
BUFFY: Hmm. So you've read something about the feeling?
CORDELIA: Hey! You think I'm never lonely because I'm so cute and popular? I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone. It's not like any of them really know me. I don't even know if they like me half the time. People just want to be in a popular zone. Sometimes when I talk, everyone's so busy agreeing with me, they don't hear a word I say.
BUFFY: Well, if you feel so alone, then why do you work so hard at being popular?
CORDELIA: Well, it beats being alone all by yourself.
Out of Mind, Out of Sight

And look what a lack of friends does to Marcie! And Jonathan! Fer crying out loud, it drives him into the clutches of Warren!

That said, friendship isn't exactly without its pitfalls. Most of the friendships on the show have their breaking points, as well as their triumphant moments. The Buffy/Willow friendship is really central, but also fraught with problems due to their matching superiority/inferiority issues. Willow/Xander is probably my favorite at the point where it alone saves the world, but is very disturbing at other points along the way. People rightly give Xander a hard time for the way he tries to control Buffy's love life, but the same could be said of Willow regarding Xander's relationships, exactly zero of which she accepts. The Buffy/Xander friendship is even more up and down. He struggles for years over his "friend-zone" status with her and constantly switches between "supporto-guy" and "attacko-guy".

There are interesting relationships outside the Core Three. Dawn/Tara, Dawn/Spike, Buffy/Giles all have strong familial overtones, which I enjoy, but that doesn't allow for a fully equal exchange. Buffy/Giles especially ends up breaking when he can't accept her autonomy. Spike/Clem is a huge hoot. Giles and Ethan's ex-friendship is incredibly interesting to me, if not exactly healthy. Workplace friendship Anyanka/Halfrek makes me wish better friends for Anya. Riley's friendship with Graham pretty much saves his life, so I think it's under-appreciated. Forrest, on the other hand, is exactly the kind of controlling friend nobody needs.

I really appreciated the all-too-short Buffy/Tara friendship. Having Buffy accept her as her own person allowed Tara to come just a bit more out of her shell, and Tara's understanding and non-judgmental attitude was exactly what beleaguered, depressed Buffy needed.

But the Spike/Buffy friendship was probably my favorite, even if it was fated to be just one iteration of their tumultuous story. He accepts her as she is, she brings him into a more meaningful life. They share humor, strength, and a love of the fight. It's what Xander once described as "a solid foundation for future bliss". That future may never materialize anywhere outside of fanfic, but it's still a foundation. I'm guessing this is a minority "favorite".

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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 7

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Least Favorite Male Character:

There are lots of men on Buffy to dislike. Some I love to hate. Some I only hate some of the time. There are hardly any guys on the show that I feel neutral about. All of them have disappointed me at some point or other. Even darling Oz screws up.

I'm doing a rewatch right now, and I'm finding Xander less charming than ever before. I don't hate him, though. He's pretty realistic with good and less good traits; his crimes are small time, personal ones, mostly, and he seems to show growth to a certain extent over the course of the show.

A character trait that I find disturbing is paternalism — a person, organization, etc., that protects people and gives them what they need but does not give them any responsibility or freedom of choice. In Buffy, there are a range of men (and sometimes women) who exhibit this trait, and I don't like 'em: Quentin Travers, Angel, Maggie Walsh, later-season Willow Rosenberg. Riley Finn has a real tendency in this direction, but he never really pulls it off. There's deadbeat dad Hank Summers on the other side of the equation. Is taking on more responsibility for people than they want you to really worse than not taking any responsibility for your actual children? There are some "daddy" figures on the show that are really wonderful: Giles, Richard Wilkins III (The Mayor), and D'Hoffryn.

There are characters who are horrible, but too funny to really hate: Principal Snyder, Ethan Rayne, enormous user Parker, pre-coming out Larry. Larry is an example of lovely character growth. He's a HUGE jerk who becomes a sweetie pie and a hero. He's a cautionary tale against writing off people, really.

But then there's the out-and-out misogynists: Pete from Beauty and the Beasts, the yucky swim team/coach combo from Go Fish, the horrible werewolf hunter from Phases, Tucker Wells from The Prom, Kralik from Helpless. These are mainly one-shot villains, though, and I don't feel like they have enough impact to rise to the level of "the worst".

Then there's Warren. He's arguably a Great Man, a genius. He's completely aware of his choices, but he chooses to use his gifts for entirely selfish, destructive ends. He's given plenty of opportunity to rethink his trajectory but remains unrepentant to the end. Was anybody sorry to see him go?


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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 6

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Favorite Male Character:

Spike. This turned out to be a hard one, and not because it's hard to pick a favorite. It's just hard to come up with something to say that will encompass all of why he's a favorite without just echoing things that have been said better by a heckuva lot of people.

So many facets! He's loyal, funny, smart, inventive, observant, emotionally fluent, and interested in sex. He likes to dance. He gets along better with women than with men. He has a heaping truckload of "manly" defense mechanisms to keep other (usually male) people from seeing his perceived weakness. Like many other BtVs characters, he loves language and has an enormous amount of fun playing with it.

Most of those features fit Xander as well, however, so I don't feel I've really put my finger on what makes Spike unique.

Um, he fears very little, aside from bears. He's up for a challenge. He's pugnacious and stirs up trouble for fun. If he doesn't care about something, he really doesn't care about it. Conversely, if he cares, he cares a lot. He's got buckets of joie de un-vivre. He's gleeful, bless 'im.

Lest we forget, he's also a notorious vampire, a killer, a predator, and an unrepentant (until much later), violent criminal.

Okay. So here's something I've been musing on for a while and it's bound to come out wrong, but here goes: Spike works as a sort of metaphor for awful people, a window, if you will. Here in the USA, we have an increasing tendency to respond to horrible, terrible behavior with, "That's inhuman! What a monster!" But really, the scariest thing is that it is humans that are responsible for all those things we wish to call "inhuman". By demonizing the perpetrators, we give ourselves a convenient, but inaccurate, narrative that "we" are nothing like "them". But if you dig a little, you'll find that most of these "monsters" loved their mamas, or their dogs, or Bach, or they were really good at parcheesi, or something. It's not easy to accept that horrible people are, well, people. So much easier to write them off. Spike, started off as a terrifying, dangerous threat and then developed into a complex person, eventually becoming a hero vital to the good of humanity. His is a fun story, but also a tremendously deep, complicated, and thought-provoking one.

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Went to see the Afro-Cuban All Stars perform at SF Jazz on the weekend. Once the gals in the band kicked off their heels, the party really got started!

Coming up: the Frameline LGBTQ Film Festival leading up to Gay Pride Weekend at the end of the month. There are five films I want to see this Saturday, many of them in conflicting time slots. Talk about first world problems...

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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 5

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Least Favorite Female Character:

Glory. I adore her minions, but Glory herself holds little appeal or dread for me. Her tantrums are tiresome. She's vain, shallow, entitled, and screechy. And she's not funny. I understand that she's supposed to be a counterpoint to Buffy, but unlike with Buffy, I have zero sympathy or, more importantly, empathy for her or her situation. She's just...unpleasant. As far as Hellgods go, I vastly prefer Illyria.

Even Maggie Walsh is a far more interesting character/villain. One thing I do like about Glory is that she and April together give Buffy the opportunity to say this:

I've had it with super-strong little women who aren't me.
Buffy, in I Was Made to Love You
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The opera was splendid! Bill Irwin was in it! Not so much in a singing capacity, but still! Tonight we're headed to the historic Castro Theater to see the newish Hayao Miyazaki movie, "The Wind Rises".


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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 4

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Favorite Female Character:

Buffy. Do I really need to explain?

However, what I really love is that there are so many female characters to choose from. I mostly love 'em all at one point or another. The first episode I watched was Reptile Boy, and I remember thinking that Cordelia was really funny and interesting. I didn't watch the show again for 7 years or something, but that wasn't Cordy's fault.

When I finally got around to watching, I started with Season 2. Drusilla and Sheila in School Hard were both fresh and women that we don't get to see all that often. Sheila especially felt real to me in a way that pop culture rarely gets right. When I went back to the beginning, the opening scene with Darla in Welcome to the Hellmouth confirmed that I was in the right place. Since then, I've come to love sassy!Jenny, Joyce, Faith, vamp!Harmony, Tara, and a couple dozen other fantastic female characters. None of them are perfect, but that just makes them easier to love, IMO.

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Hey, a friend just called with the offer of a ticket to the opera tonight! Showboat, here I come!


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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 3

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Favorite Song Used In An Episode: There are too many to choose from! Buffy makes great use of music throughout. Band appearances at the Bronze are usually fantastic, notably Cibo Matto doing "Sugar Water" in When She Was Bad, Aimee Mann doing "Pavlov's Bell" in Sleeper, and The Breeders doing whatever the hell they want in Him. For me, Michelle Branch's song "Goodbye To You" was a bit on the nose for the end of Tabula Rasa, but it's certainly effective. Background music is also terrific, and a standout for me is "Faith in Love" by Devil Doll in Harsh Light of Day. Sexytimes! And don't even get me started on Once More With Feeling, which is packed with wonderful songs, all of which are just right for their purpose. I could never choose between them.

For me, it comes down to two: "Blue" performed by Angie Hart in Conversations with Dead People and the "Main Title Theme" performed by Nerf Herder on either end of almost every episode. They set the tone for the entire episode, and do it in such different ways. The Theme lets the viewer know that this is supposed to be a fun, rollicking ride, and that even with all the death, monsters, and mayhem, you should enjoy yourself. Surf music has always perfectly captured that "fun in a minor key" mentality that is so very Buffy. Since surfing is all about the challenge of facing your fears — what could be more terrifying and exhilarating than giving yourself to and triumphing over an ocean — it is really genius that surf music is the intro to the show. On the other hand, "Blue" forces a shift in thinking. For the final push, the final apocalypse, all the characters have to face themselves, one way or another. It's introspective and asks questions about individuality and yearning for understanding from others. Or not. Who knows? It's poetry and it's thoughtful and emotional, and that's where we're headed. Co-writer Joss Whedon is putting us on notice that things are going to be different. And, for better or worse, they are.


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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 2

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Favorite Episode: This one is not tough at all. It's Fool For Love, y'all!

So many good episodes and still this one stands out: unexpected back story, loads of "historical" stuff, glimpses of slayers past, super funny Harmony, dead sexy Dru, and bonus Chaos Demon! This episode is a big fat payoff for continuity buffs. It explains Spike's name(s), his Slayer obsession, his scar, his coat, and his breakup with his paramour of 100+ years. The subway/alley back and forth is a dazzling, heart in the throat scene. It's also the episode that launched a thousand fanfics, and would be worthy for that alone. To top it all off, both Spike and Buffy get to fight back tears. Mmmmm, emotional.

I think the reason I like it so much is that it opens up the Buffyverse. We aren't just in this one, probably sucktastic, moment on the Hellmouth. We're all over the world and all through time. We are multitudes! There was some of this in Becoming back in Season 2, but that was mainly through Angel's eyes, and this gives us a whole host of possible perspectives. It's clear that we can't trust the teller of the tale, either, and that encourages the viewer to be a more active participant in the story. Nifty, yes?


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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 1

Okay, I'm in! Late, but in. I might as well, since I'm still thinking about Buffy, forming opinions, and currently doing a rewatch. Plus, I want to talk to you guys. So, here is my stab at this. Away we go!

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Favorite Season: This will probably be the toughest question in the whole set for me. All of the seasons, even the first one, have excellent qualities. I am especially fond of seasons 2, 4, and 6, though. Two has an excellent arc, the addition of Spike, Dru, Oz, and a great villain in Angelus. It's not as cinematically pretty as Four, which I love for Buffy. It's arguably her best year. She's having fun, meeting people, and overcoming vast conspiracies. She's hit her stride, and hasn't been poleaxed by the whammy of Five yet. Six I love for the sex. Partly. I'm invested in Six. I care deeply what happens. For me, the show becomes more than entertainment in Six. I don't think I'd be as fascinated with the show without Six. It goes deeper, emotionally, than I expect televised stories to go.

All three seasons are absolutely crucial to my Buffy love. If I had to pick one to take to a desert island, I guess it would be Four. No. Two. Wait. Um, possibly Six.

You know what? I don't have to give up any of them! All three of them are my favorite! 66 episodes of Buffity goodness!

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