Title: So Many Bright Lights to Cast a Shadow (1/1)
Fandom: BtVS/ (the merest smidgen of) Supernatural
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~3850
Characters: Faith / (an unnamed) Dean Winchester
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Spoilers: Through 7.22 'Chosen' for BtVS / none for Supernatural 
Summary: A beer, a burger, some sex, and the inevitable downfall of the bad guy.
Warnings: None. 
Author's note:  Written for [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith .

(So Many Bright Lights to Cast a Shadow)
  1. I have been feeling both excited and guilty about the sheer plethora of awesomeness on offer at [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 . I haven't read enough Buffy fic this past while, and this offers an excellent chance to get caught up. I'm feeling full of love for [livejournal.com profile] drsquidlove  fic, Doritos on the Slippery Slope, which is funny and sweet Xander/Giles. For real.
  2. The season opener for Glee, which I have finally got around to watching, left me a little bit cold. They've ramped the autotune way, way up this season. I was also unimpressed that they'd given Santana a boob job (in the text, I have no clue as to whether the actor has also had surgery), and did a whole bit where Brittany was persuaded to falsely accuse the new football coach of molesting her.
  3. [livejournal.com profile] sound_of_bells  has some interesting thoughts on Inception being the ideal fandom. Her thesis is that Inception's awesome world-building, but insipid characterisation, provides the perfect sandbox for fangirls to play in.
  4. There's been a few f-listies talking about relationship problems in the last couple of weeks, and the advice they've received has universally included 'relationships take work'. It's given me some thoughts about the ways that obvious, clear relationship problems and solutions are ubiquitous in both scripted and non-scripted television, and what impact that might have on our collective expectations of how we relate to our partners. And, some follow-up thoughts about what a tremendous douchebag 'Dr' John Gray is, and yet how his Mars/Venus claptrap has permeated pop-psychological understandings of relationship dynamics.
  5. [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight  provides a whole bunch of recs for the [livejournal.com profile] no_tags  anonymous bandom fic exchange. Night writes beautiful, beautiful fic across a whole bunch of fandoms, and this persuaded me to give bandom a shot in the first place. Not that I'm blaming anyone, of course.
  1. I spent four hours reorganising my Delicious tags today. I have reached the limit of my ability to relax and now need to get back to work. Thankfully, this is happening tomorrow.
  2. [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni  is a staggeringly prolific author. Thankfully for Buffy fandom, she is also really, really good. The piece of Oz/Xander smutty goodness she wrote for Secret Slasha, A Talent for Observation, is awesome sauce, and made me go 'Hee!'
  3. I'm liking the kudos function at AO3. It feels a little like the Facebook 'like' function; a low impact way of acknowledging a good fic that you might not otherwise have left a review on. (Disclosure: I don't review everything I read, which is almost certainly horribly rude.)
  4. I've always been a bit wavy on the ethics of writing and reading RPF, but have nonetheless read enough Bandom fic this holiday to sit down with Mikey Way's mother and have a decent chat about his life. Idek, but some of it is glorious.
  5. I'm thinking of writing Faith-meets-Dean-Winchester fic for [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith , and fear that this may just be because I want to meet Dean Winchester.
  1. Barb ([livejournal.com profile] rahirah ) has hit upon the cunning wheeze of the Nertz to you, Joss Whedon! Ficathon. An act of fannish protest against the forces of the comics, and the way that they are separating people from the goodness of the Buffy-verse, participants are invited to rewrite things in S8 that really, really bug them. For those of us who have banished the little of S8 we read from our minds, Barb offers a handy list of prompts. Apparently the wacky Dawn-times did not end with her being turned into a giant. Who knew? (Except for most of my f-list.)
  2. I did not like The Kids are All Right. Everyone in it who was not the titular 'kids' was a total horror, and turning the husband in the world's most stereotypical heterosexual relationship into a woman, does not render a film's sexual politics unproblematic.
  3. A year ago, I thought that everyone flailing over Yuletide was acting in an entirely incomprehensible fashion. Today, I read one of those posts of Yuletide technobureaucracy, about fandoms and characters and some giant list of names of things, and felt so excited that I had a head-rush. Fandom has turned me into a flail-er. I don't think that this is an entirely bad thing.
  4. I had to stop reading [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants  because it made me too grumpy. I may need to stop reading [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets for the same reason.
  5. I only have three more episodes of Supernatural S5 to watch. I almost can't bear to do it, because then it will be over until the S6 boxset comes out. (On the plus side, I've just ordered Dollhouse S2, although S1 was pretty creep-tastic on the consent issues front. I'm not sure that I'm ready to be more disappointed in Joss Whedon.)
While you wait for Yuletide to kick into gear, or even if you're not waiting for Yuletide, [info]winter_of_faith  is open for signups today.



Eta: If there is anything that anyone would like me to write about Faith, then please do say so. Otherwise, I will come up with something depressing all by myself.
A Watcher Scoffs At Gravity has been nominated in two categories in the Xanderrific White Knight Awards.

Thank you, kindly nominatrix.

ETA: Preview is my friend.
I'm writing (incredibly slowly) a post-Chosen Riley fic, and watched Dead Things again for reference. Of course, watching a single episode of Buffy is almost impossible, so I ended up watching through to Entropy. I always remember Entropy as a series of plot points; mini-explosions throwing some things together and blowing others apart, but there are some beautiful (and enraging) moments, which gave me some thoughts.

It's not you, it's me

It's in this episode that it becomes evident that, despite some tap-dancing and hand-waving, the show does not intend to satisfactorily explain Xander's decision to dump Anya on their wedding day.

Obsessed, as I am, with family dysfunction and origin stories, I might have been tempted to lean more heavily on Xander wigging out because he grew up in a house chock full of toxic relationships and emotional (at least) abuse. Or, the show could have used Anya's point-of-view to critique marriage and relationships, and reveal that after a lifetime of smiting errant suitors / husbands / boyfriends, Xander was afraid of meeting her expectations.

What we get instead is a confused mish-mash of Xander wanting a relationship but not being ready for marriage, and not letting Anya know about this soon enough. It feels almost like it's tapping in to that 'men are afraid of commitment' trope, which is a very conventional place for the show to go, as well as seeming a little bit incongruous within their relationship's arc. 

Read more... )
For the short-ish duration that I have been in Buffy fandom, I have been hugely admiring of the posters of [livejournal.com profile] katekat1010 . And who hasn't? They are both exceedingly pretty, and always speak to the content of the fic she makes them for.

This spring, for [livejournal.com profile] spring_with_xan , she was kind enough to make one for Near Enna's Walls is a Deep Lake. I will spare you too much squeeing, but it's very stylish, and captures the most lovely expression on Xander's face.

Show me the poster )
Title: Near Enna's Walls is a Deep Lake
Fandom: BtVS
Rating: R

Word Count: ~800
Characters: Buffy & Xander
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Poster: By [livejournal.com profile] katekat1010  for [livejournal.com profile] spring_with_xan 
Summary: Missing scene from 6.19 "Seeing Red". Buffy and Xander talk on the floor of the bathroom. 
Warning: References canonical attempted rape.   
Author's note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] spring_with_xan .


Near Enna's Walls is a Deep Lake )

To celebrate the fact that [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest  (a multi-fandom fest that focuses on the experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) prompts are open for claiming, I've pulled together a few recs for my favourite fic that deals with transition or gender identity.

Read more... )
dipenates: (Xander - OMWF)
[livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle  is nothing if not a provoker of thoughts on the Buffyverse, and there's a fascinating discussion going on over at her place about whether Xander is or is not an interesting character. (The jury seems to be coming down on 'is not'.)  This, as with so much her commenters write, got me thinking, and the subsequent tl;dr is a bit much to be contained in comments. 

Firstly, and obviously, it's a good thing that we're all interested in different things. Buffy fandom is incredibly rich precisely because we all have different views on a multiplicity of things, and the huge variety of opinions translates into an amazing bounty of fic that explains, amplifies, critiques and comments on canon. There is something truly awesome about knowing that you can read new  fic every day in Buffy fandom that will make you think about something you've never thought about before.

One of the thing that interests me about Buffy canon is its representation of  sex and gender. A large number of commentators and writers, many rooted in the traditions and culture of fandom, have positioned BtVS as a (third-wave) feminist text. From its opening scene, the show undermines existing tropes about who is and is not a hero(ine), monster, warrior, or victim. This undermining is frequently done along gender lines.

Whether BtVS can be said as a whole to succeed as a feminist text, it has places of both strength and weakness in the narrative arc and perspectives of Xander, who transitions from sexist Everyboy to (somewhat) enlightened Everyman between seasons one and seven. Moments in "The Pack" and "Consequences", particularly, undermine the reimagining of gender roles that the rest of the text undertakes.

Read more... )
I've been nominated over at Absence of Light. Thank you so much, kindly anonymous nominator.

Absence of Light Awards

Dirty Boy (R; Xander/Faith) has been nominated in the best dub/non-con section, the existence of which tells you all you need to know about the glorious smorgasbord of angst on offer over there.
Title: These Precious Things, Let Them Wash Away
Fandom: BtVS
Rating: R
Icon: by
[info]visualthinker11 
Word Count: ~2000
Characters: Xander and Spike
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: They were all on the same team now, and preparing to battle The First. Xander couldn't get his mind off the events that happened in the bathroom, though.
Warning: Discussions of attempted rape. 
Author's note: Spoilers through Season Six

These Precious Things, Let Them Wash Away )


In November's [livejournal.com profile] still_grrr  challenge, The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter came second (to[livejournal.com profile] deird1 's beautiful Falling into Shadow) in the fic section.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] xlivvielockex, for the really beautiful award, which captures the intentions of the fic so perfectly, and for keeping the comm running like a Swiss watch.

Congrats to the other fic winners: [livejournal.com profile] deird1, [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni, and [livejournal.com profile] duh_i_read .  

(The awesome icon for this post is [livejournal.com profile] sentine 's.)
Title: The Dream
Fandom: BtVS/AtS
Rating: R
Word Count: ~540
Characters: Drusilla and Angelus
Summary: He visits her at her convent.
Warning: Angelus torments Drusilla. Intimations of violence, torment and general unpleasantness. Religious (specifically Catholic) imagery.
Author's note:  Written for [livejournal.com profile] still_grrr . Literary prompt: The Dream of the Rood (Unknown Author, 10th century) Prose translation by E.T. Donaldson. Electronic Old English text by Mary Rambaran-Olm

Listen, I will speak of the best of dreams. )


A Watcher Scoffs at Gravity, which was written for a prompt at [livejournal.com profile] still_grrr , was a runner up for Best Post-Series Finale Fic at the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards.

Thank you very much to Elisabeth ([livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams) for organising the awards, and to everyone else who was involved.

Congratulations to Best Post-Series Finale Fic winner, [livejournal.com profile] dawnofme , who won for One Glorious Summer, and to fellow runner up  Dreamweaver, who wrote Coming Back Wrong.

Congratulations also to f-listers who won awards: [livejournal.com profile] snowpuppies  and Barb ([livejournal.com profile] rahirah ).
Title: Stumbling on the Fields of Praise
Fandom: BtVS
Rating: PG
Length: ~740
Warning: Deals with religious issues.
Summary: "In Sunnydale, no one went to church. Which was kind of ironic, because there was so little that was truly bad in Huxley, Iowa and yet he could count the people who hadn’t gone to church on one hand."
Author's notes: Riley is the only character on BtVS that I can ever recall going to church. (With the exception of Drusilla, before she was turned.)  

Stumbling on the Fields of Praise )
Title: The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter
Fandom:
BtVS / AtS
Rating:
PG13
Characters:
Giles and Angel
Disclaimer:
Not mine.
Length:
~1400
Icon:
[livejournal.com profile] xmaidelx
Warning: Discussions of Wesley's relationship with his father, which was canonically emotionally abusive.
Summary:
After Wesley thinks that he's shot his father, Angel calls Giles for advice. Episode tag for 5.07 "Lineage".
A/N:
Written for a prompt at [livejournal.com profile] still_grrr .

The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter )


I won a prize for A Watcher Scoffs at Gravity, over at [livejournal.com profile] still_grrr.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] xlivvielockex for the awesome banner, and to all of the mods for making the comm run smoothly.

Congratulations to other fic winners [livejournal.com profile] angelus2hot[livejournal.com profile] deird1[profile] brutti_ma_buoni[profile] tiger_bri_duck and [livejournal.com profile] ozmissage.  

*I feel obliged to point out that this is a Josh Lyman quote and that I am Not Serious. 



Thank you very much to the people who nominated and voted for Five Times People Noticed Xander's Bruises didn't come from Patrol at the Absence of Light Awards.  This fic won Fan Fave in the Best Gen section. 

Many congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] stormwreath[livejournal.com profile] ubiquirk, and [personal profile] lily_lovely, who won the other awards in that section, and to everyone else who won. 

Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] lilbreck for the banner, and to all of the mods and others who make the awards function. 

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