“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people!”
1. Something old
2. Something new
Something for your fav character/pairing:
Me and pairings, not so much. I read them occasionally, I write them less often, but I don’t need them at all. When it comes to characters, though, there’s no question who’s my favorite: Xander, with no close competition. There have been a lot of good Xander stories, and I’m not even going to TRY to narrow it down to just one.
A continuing pleasure is “Slay Hard” by m_mcgregor. A conscious and effective re-telling of the first Die Hard movie, this one was also a minor Highlander crossover (in the sense of using that show’s mythos without any of its characters), and quite rightly put Xander in the John McClane role. (And the description of Xander by Angelus is still one of my favorite Buffy fanfic moments.) Fun from beginning to end, with lots of good stuff throughout.
Incredibly good, in so many ways I can’t begin to count, is “Father Goose and the Black Knight”, by Litmouse. It’s a Buffy/Law & Order: SVU crossover; the formatting and spelling drive me crazy all over the place, but the story is so solid throughout, with hundreds of good moments and almost as many fantastic insights, it almost leaves me in awe.
Finally: even though it’s not A story, the Twisting the Hellmouth series “Oh, the Places He Goes!” is a long-running treat. Posted by phouka, the stories were (she freely acknowledges) written by her brother; each one is a crossover with a different fandom, and it stretches out over 28 stories and 185,000 words. One — toward the middle — is rather grim, but all the rest are funny, and entertaining, and respectful to the other fandoms. I re-read them on a regular basis, and always enjoy doing so.
It’s only a coincidence that everything I named here was a crossover. Plenty of good non-crossover Xander stuff, these are just the ones I specifically remember.
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4. Something for a character you don’t like / pairing you don’t ship
5. Something that’s underappreciated by the universe
6. Something that’s a gateway drug
7. Something you reread/rewatch/look at again