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In this post I recced one of pprfaith’s works (“Glitter Is Forever”), commenting that it didn’t allude to how Buffy had become one of the Avengers in this private ’verse. Well, I followed out enough links to find out, and the result was worth it.

i have seen nearly every city” relates how Buffy and Natasha got to know one another, and what it meant to them, and — eventually — how that led to Buffy joining the other proto-Avengers to deal with the Chitauri attack in NYC. Lots of good lines, interesting insights. Worth reading and then going back and reading again, and then bookmarking for further later re-visits.

tonight, let us not become tragedies” is more a supplement than a sequel, but nonetheless a valid and profitable side-work. Check and enjoy.

aadler: (Bitca)

Back when my online fandom presence activity was done through e-mail communication and my own website (still found here, but lamentably outdated except for my own story listings), I kept a roster of fanfic recommendations that I faithfully maintained and expanded. Somehow that didn’t accompany me on my near-total shift to LiveJournal. I still see nice stories here and there, though, and today seems like a good time to point to a few of them.

the Perils of Witch Slaying (or How Buffy Ended up in Dinoland)”, by pprfaith, is a short crossover between Buffy and Jurassic World. (Which I haven’t yet seen, but will watch within the next few days purely because of how much I enjoyed this story.) It’s both true-to-character as far as Buffy is concerned, and entertaining and fun in its own right, and the closing lines are delightful.

Glitter Is Forever” (by the same author) likewise crosses Buffy, this time with the MCU Avengers, but — unless it was done in a previous fic I haven’t found — doesn’t explain how she got there, though she seems to be a member of the team by that point. This one is lighter and more whimsical, but fun enough to read and enjoy and maybe go back a few weeks later and read again. (Which I did, as I did with “the Perils of Witch Slaying”.)

Finally, one from much further back: I’d enjoyed but then forgot about “Agent Barton's Strictly Professional Interest”, by im_ridiculous, until something reminded me of it and I had to expend some effort and exercise some Google-fu skills to relocate the story. Not a crossover, and having nothing to do with Buffy (can you believe it of me? yes, I do occasionally and even unashamedly read non-Buffy fics), this one is also MCU, pre-Avengers. All talk, no action whatsoever, and a hoot from beginning to end.

These stories, and their authors, deserve recognition and appreciation. This is mine. Go thou and do likewise.

aadler: (Wood)

In Chapter 11 of “Xander and Yet ANOTHER Demon”, a BtVS/SG-1 crossover which served as my unexpected introduction to the delightful imagination of Diane Castle, it is described how a drunken Xander took an equally drunken Anise on a quest for Twinkie-flavored ice cream. He was adamant about what he wanted, and loudly proclaimed that he wouldn’t return to that particular establishment until they stocked Twinkie-flavored ice cream

Well, that day is here.

Which leaves only the one question: can Buffy fandom predict the future, or can Buffy fandom CREATE the future?

aadler: (Skyline)

As should be eminently clear by now, my introduction to fanfiction came about through the pleasure I took in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That has stuck with me for over eighteen years by now, and will doubtless last for quite a while to come. And I’ve enjoyed stories in other fandoms, especially since so many of the Buffyfic writers I followed were less single-minded than I am in their areas of interest, even while my primary allegiance remained fixed on the Sunnydale crew.

My first introduction to non-Buffy fanfic — the first I remember, anyway, and certainly the first I remember enjoying — was “Banging Your Head Against a Red-Haired Brick Wall” (X-Files) by Blair Provence. There have been other really good ones over the years; excellent examples include [livejournal.com profile] marylane23’s “Hollywood Makeover” (Veronica Mars) and [livejournal.com profile] astolat’s “Queen of Spades” (Casino Royale). Those are single-shots, though, and remembered pleasures, not anything to do with anything that’s still going on …

An exception is Chris Dee’s Cat Tales, a collection of Batman/Catwoman stories. The first one was done in 2001, I first discovered their existence in 2005 (or maybe early ’06), and I’ve been following them since. I won’t say Dee is the ideal ficcer; her depiction of action (e.g., fight scenes) is perfunctory when she bothers at all. The intricacies of emotion in two striking people feeling their way through the pitfalls of a relationship with one another, however, is an unending treat. Her most recent story took so long to complete, and went so long with no evident sign of follow-up, that I was afraid she had run through everything she had to say. (It happens to the best of us. I honestly figured I myself would have been over the urge by now.) Today, however, I checked the site, and a new tale has begun. I heartily recommend that anyone who enjoys Batmania — or even just good, fun writing — go there and start with the first story, then follow your heart.

It’s certainly been worth it for me.

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Continuing the meme/challenge begun and tracked here.

Fandom Snowflake Challenge, Day 13 )

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge, Day 8 )

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge, Day 5 )

Remix recs

Jun. 29th, 2015 11:24 am
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After a little time to go browsing through this year’s RemixRedux offerings, I have some recs to make. I didn’t try to read everything, I just 1) looked to see what was done for me, 2) looked to see what was done for various people I know and like, and 3) checked what was available in the fandoms that interested or intrigued me. The result:

Buffyverse stories
  • One to Go (the Junior Watcher Remix)”, of course. The remix done for me, but well worth reading even if it had nothing to do with me. As I mentioned already, it left me wishing for more, always a sign that someone has found a rich vein of possibilities.
  • Unintended Consequences (the Ghost in the Shell Remix)”, for [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq. Ingenious application of an Eiland short to a later and larger event.
  • Just Can’t Kill the Beast (the Green, Green, My Jealous Heart Remix)”, for [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun. Faith drops in for a visit while Buffy’s away, with unexpected results.
  • Letters Never Sent (the Crumpled Sheets Remix)”, for [livejournal.com profile] texanfan. Short, awful, and hopeless. Just thinking about it still hurts. Read it.

Non-Buffyverse stories
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge, Day 14 )

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge, Day 13 )

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge, Day 10 )

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge, Day 7 )

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Per [livejournal.com profile] snickfic:

“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people!”

The Days:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something for your fav character/pairing
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
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Per [livejournal.com profile] snickfic:

“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people!”

The Days:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something for your fav character/pairing
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
aadler: (Default)
 
Per [livejournal.com profile] snickfic:

“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people!”

The Days:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something for your fav character/pairing
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
aadler: (Default)
 
Per [livejournal.com profile] snickfic:

“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people!”

The Days:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3.
Something for your fav character/pairing )
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
aadler: (Default)
 
Per [livejournal.com profile] snickfic:

“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people!”

The Days:
1. Something old
2.
Something new )
3. Something for your fav character/pairing
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
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[livejournal.com profile] snickfic has done it again: just as I finished her Self-Promotion Meme, she lays out another one, and — once again — I’m biting.

“And now, to complement the self-reccing meme, a meme for reccing things made by other people! As always, fully customizable.”

The Days:
1.
Something old )
2. Something new
3. Something for your fav character/pairing
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
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So, still three days till the author reveal at Remix Redux. I signed up for Remix Madness this year as well, but got hit with other stuff and wasn’t able to do anything … but nobody remixed me, either, so I don’t feel guilty.

While we wait for that April 18th deadline, here are some recs from my own reading.

First Dream (the Readiness Remix)”.
Man in Motion (the Free Falling Remix)”.
Good Girl (The People Are Talking Remix)”.
The Ropes (the Once and Again Upon a Time remix)”.
Anyone Can Tell”, by [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce. What? Sometimes I like the original story better than the remix.

I note that in this year’s remix, there were only fourteen Buffyverse stories. So many talented writers remain in the fandom, with (apparently) new ones continuing to come in, it’s been easy to lose sight of the fact that BtVS and A:tS have been over now for more than a decade. The day may come when only ancient diehards like me remain. Not here yet, but it may come.

On that note, it’s now fifteen years since I wrote my first Buffyfic. That’s longer than I’ve spent doing anything else in my life. How weird is that?