snickfic: (Darla)
This is apparently the recs post of ficlets about people not Spuffy. I don't think Spike appears once in these fics. I ask you, what's the world coming to?

Much Buffyverse fic goodness this way! )
snickfic: (Angel)
I had a lovely thought this morning: what if Angel hadn't ever come back from hell? Wouldn't that have been nice? None of the boggy on/off S3 ship of angst. No Angel-Buffy-Faith silly love triangle. No Angel taking off at the end of the season and leaving Buffy that much more insecure about relationships. No tai chi. (No, "I may be love's bitch, but at least I'm man enough to admit it." *wibble*)

Then I thought: no Illyria! No Cordy being fabulous! No Rogue Demon Hunter Wesley! No complex wonderful Darla! (I'm not sure what it says that in a show that did so poorly by its female characters, they're still what I'm by far the most interested in.)

And so I was conflicted.
snickfic: (Darla)
Title: Elegy in Six Voices
Characters: the S3 Ats crew plus Darla (in spirit)
Spoilers: Through Ats 3.9 "Lullaby"
Rating / Words: PG / 2100 words
Warnings: Plotless internal meanderings!

A/N: Finally posted in the fannish world: one of my first Buffyverse fics. I hated Darla when she was on BtVS - we’re talking fingernails-on-chalkboard hate – and I wasn’t thrilled when she reappeared on Ats. But as she became more complex as a character she started to grow on me, and the final sequence that built up to "Lullaby" blew me away. And then she died and no one ever mentioned her again. This made me mad, and so I wrote this fic.

And then I never posted it because I decided that the Angel segment was pants. I'm still not sure it isn't. However, [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight got me thinking again, and with some tweaks, here 'tis.

She ought to be mourned )
snickfic: (mood Christmas)
[livejournal.com profile] angearia couldn't decide if she wanted sweet and functional or dark and dysfunctional, so I decided for her.

Merry Christmas, Emmie!

Buffy/Angelus - R for language
The Echo of Sweet Memory )
snickfic: (Giles Xander fascinating)
that Angel, O he of the dubious yet earnest artistic taste, would choose to a Frank Lloyd Wright house as his lair? No, I am not surprised. Not one eensy bit.

(It seems Ennis House, used for the Crawford Street Mansion exterior shots, has appeared in a number of other things as well, including Blade Runner, The Thirteenth Floor, and Vincent Price's quite silly House on Haunted Hill.)
snickfic: (anya bunnies)
I come bearing recs! Losing DSL will severely limit my fic reading, so this'll probably be the last recs post for quite a while.

Gunpowder Tea, by [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia
Spoilers through 3.9 "The Wish" (sort of)
After a new Slayer is called, Wesley goes to Cleveland to put the old one to rest--except she's less dead than he expected. I have a bit of a yen for Buffy/Wesley, although I'm not quite sure why; I'd blame it on Minim Calibre's "Absolution" except that there the ship was neither long-term nor particularly functional, which is what I usually like in my ships. Regardless, this is a lovely, more hopeful look at the possibilities, nominally set in the Wishverse although it could as easily be in a cracky world of the author's own devising (and considering Buffy's end in "The Wish," I think I prefer the latter option).

Roses, by [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia
Spoilers through 6.17 "Hell's Bells"
And another one by this author that I'd heard of but never managed to actually read much of before. She writes wonderfully smooth, evocative prose and describes just enough explicit emotion. I suspect I'll be reading a bunch more of her stuff, but for now I'll just recommend what I have read. This is Giles/Anya in a sweet and very plausible what-if scenario just after the Wedding that Wasn't.

Baby Blue, by anaross
post-NFA
Just when Spike and Buffy finally start working things out, Illyria brings Spike a baby and tells him it's his. I gather that anaross is one of the 'classic' Spuffy authors, and rightly so: this is wonderfully written, with lots of little touches of characterization and plenty of empathy. It also harks back to classical mythology with one of the neatest bits of Buffyverse worldbuilding I've seen in a while, and a particular passage in it now has me wishing for some good Spike/Illyria fic.

Sideways, by [livejournal.com profile] goldenusagi - WIP
Spoilers for, um, characters? *scratches head*
This regularly updated WIP falls somewhere between a canon AU, where the story diverges from some identifiable point in canon, and a "fantasy" (or all-human) AU, where there just so happen to be characters that bear some physical resemblance to the vampires and Slayer we know and love. All the canon mythology and most of the characters are here, in flamboyant new combinations. This is Spike/Buffy first and foremost, so smoothly written and with such confident remixing of the elements that I don't really mind its rather more traditional than canon approach to its good-girl/bad-boy romance.

Man's Best Friend, by [livejournal.com profile] tkp - WIP
Angel post-NFA
After it's over, the survivors (Angel, Spike, Illyria, and Nina) pick up the pieces. Also, Angel gets a dog. This fic uses the titular canine to spark a long character study of Angel and the Angel-Spike relationship. By turns hilarious and poignant in its pitch-perfect characterization of all parties. On long hiatus and possibly abandoned, but it hardly matters: this is journey-not-destination fic.

drabbles by [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds
You know how last time I recced everything [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds had ever written? I completely failed to realize that she'd written drabbles! Lots and lots of drabbles, and in her hands a drabble is like a chocolate-covered espresso bean: crunchy, sweet and sharp by turns, and packing a lot more punch than you'd expect in something so small. A few to get you started: Changed (which makes an S5 connection I'd always wondered about), In Season Six, Buffy Breaks... (what it says on the tin), and We Could Call It Clem! Or Maybe Not (a post-NFA thing which has nothing whatsoever to do with Clem).

Crushed Spaiku, by [livejournal.com profile] mere_ubu
Spoilers through 5.14 "Crush"
"Crush," in haiku. No, seriously. And they're good haiku. How is it that even in seventeen-syllable bites, Spike still manages to break my heart? Mere has also written a bunch of other Spike-centric haiku, including a great sum-up of the apology scene in "Triangle."

The Spikeid, by [livejournal.com profile] quinara
post-NFA
Epic poetry in Spike-voice. What's not to love? I think the first stanza might be the best.

Breaking Dawn, by [livejournal.com profile] joe_sweden
post-NFA (vaguely)
Now for some fluff: In a rosy Spuffy future, Spike and Dawn talk Twilight.
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The Lilac City, by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat
Spoilers for all of BtvS
Well written, plotty, novel-length fic about Xander's slow healing process five years post-"Chosen." The narrative voice is sure-handed with no fluff, and the character interactions and voices are spot-on. Plus, Faith! I love the regional detail - it's set near my childhood stomping grounds, and it fills me with all kind of squee to think of Xander Harris wandering through them.

Shadow Though It Be, by [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26
Spoilers for all of BtvS
30-chapter fic in which a young itinerant ex-academic from our universe stumbles into season 5 of Buffy. The author calls her a Mary Sue character, but if more Mary Sues were so articulate, so witty, and so humanly flawed there'd be far fewer objections to them. Everyone else is wonderfully written, too - I think this author has ruined me for flat Giles depictions. Plus, fun meta and lots of literary humor!

She's written plenty more in the same universe here as well as some neat standalone pieces such as "Shoe Money Tonight", in which the core four play some poker post-"Chosen."

"All Wrong", by Herself
AU post-"Smashed"; NC-17
I said I didn't read smut, but if I were to admit to reading it, this is what I'd point to (although I'd also, if pressed, admit to skipping the smutty parts). "All Wrong" is the first piece in an ongoing story over several hundred thousand words and thirty years. Beautifully written, this is for you if you have any hope at all for Buffy/soulless-Spike.

"The Valorous Vampire: An Examination of Souled Vampires, Fatal Attraction to the Slayer, and Roles in the Fight of Good vs. Evil, By Lydia M. Sothesby," by Gwyneth Rhys
Spoilers through early S7
The Watcher who wrote her dissertation on William the Bloody has written another paper. This is half a fannish summation of the whole vampires-and-souls issue, half the squeeing of an academic with perhaps a more than professional interest in her subject.

"'Ships that Pass into Type", by HonorH
No spoilers
The Buffy crew reads fanfic. Yay, meta!

"In The Same Boat, by Mad Poetess
No spoilers; Firefly crossover.
After Spike's rescued by Serenity as salvage, of course it's River who's not afraid of him. Great voices all around, and sort of sweet.

"THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE CRACKING MOSH TOAD (fragor beelzebufo), by A.C.E. Jenkins" (yes, really) by [livejournal.com profile] lordshiva
Crossover with Dr. Who (10th Doctor), spoilers through the end of the second season; spoilers for Buffy through late season 6.
As described by the author: "Anya has a business plan. The Doctor executes a hostile takeover." Perfect, yes, perfect voices. Bittersweet yet funny, as it should be.

"Splinter", by Yahtzee and Rheanna
Angel fic with spoilers through the end of season 2.
On their way back from Pylea, Team Angel hits a snag. A more pitiable and nuanced exploration of the "Angel goes bad" idea than was ever explored in the show.

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