For the short-ish duration that I have been in Buffy fandom, I have been hugely admiring of the posters of [ 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 [ 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 [ profile] katekat1010  for [ 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 [ profile] spring_with_xan .

Near Enna's Walls is a Deep Lake )

dipenates: (Xander - OMWF)
[ 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.

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Title: These Precious Things, Let Them Wash Away
Fandom: BtVS
Rating: R
Icon: by
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 )
Title: A Watcher Scoffs at Gravity
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Fandom: BtVS
Characters: Xander, Willow
Warnings: None.
Summary: Written for the prompt "The Scoobies bring back Buffy" at
Icon: by
Length: ~1800

A Watcher Scoffs at Gravity )



Title: Dirty Boy
Rating:  R
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Fandom: BtVS
Characters: Xander and Faith 
Warnings: Rape and child abuse
Summary: Xander feels like he and Faith are on the same page, like they have a connection. Episode tag for 3.05 "Consequences".

Dirty Boy )
dipenates: (Xander - OMWF)
Title: Five Times People Noticed Xander's Bruises didn't all come from Patrol
Rating:  R
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Fandom: BtVS
Characters: Xander/Cordelia, Xander/Faith, Xander and Angel, Xander and Spike, Xander and Oz
Warnings: Violence, sex and very ugly language
Length: ~1500
Icon: by 
A/N: I'm extremely honoured to have been nominated for the
White Knight awards. Thanks to whomever did this, it made my whole week.

I'm also extremely honoured to have been nominated for round two of
Absence of Light. Thanks so much to you, kindly anonymous nominator.

Absence of Light Awards

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