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Summer 2011 fanfic recommendations

September 2nd, 2011 (04:27 pm)
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Long stories, WIPs:

Dust by knifeedgefic
WIP, 29 chapters, PG so far, NC-17 later. Alternate season 4. Buffy wakes in a Sunnydale that went utterly wrong... Everybody's asleep; the phones are dead; and there is no way out of the town. Buffy's only hope is a certain vampire who managed to stay awake and who was persistent enough to wake her up. Intriguing premise, genre storytelling par excellence, witty dialogues, funny insights into Buffy's and Spike's minds, overall creepy atmosphere -- the story's vitality and finesse make "Dust" one of the most exciting and gripping stories of the year.

Embers by coalitiongirl
PG-13, Completed, 62,000 words. Buffy is a waitress in a gay bar, and Spike is a dashing captain of a space ship... and it's not an alternate universe. It's a current canon, and the story develops the outcome of season 8. Somebody or something attacks and kills slayers - and nobody knows if it's a virus, a spell or a demon. Complex Spuffy dynamics and twisty narrative perfectly complement each other.

Green Card-verse by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13, AU since Something Blue; season 6 has ended so far. "Green Card", the Spuffy way. The Initiative plans are different in this verse and involve conditioning of their selected victims. The chip is giving off different code at a specific point each day - it should be connecting with something at the Initiative and cumulatively affecting Spike's brain. So it's much more urgent to the Initiative to get Spike back - he's not just a loose hostile who knows about their work, he is effectively transmitting a portion of their plans on a daily basis. Because Spike is essential for Scoobies' stand against The Intitative, they have to keep Spike around. Giles offers Buffy to marry him. Since then characters face the same problems as in canon, but the story develops a bit differently. The outcome of season 5 is Dawn becoming a vampire. In season 6 Buffy has to face the consequences of her decision...

My Immortal 2 by elisi
PG-13. WIP, 4 chapters and an interlude so far. Crossover with "Torchwood". The Immortal, Buffy's mysterious lover in TGIQ, is Jack Harkness, famous alien hunter. In the new installment, the year is 2008. Buffy and shanshued Spike meet Jack and Ianto in Cardiff. Elisi continues to toy with different mythologies and different attitudes to life and morals. The result is fascinating.

The Girl With Flaxen Hair by unbridled_b
PG-13, WIP, 13 chapters so far. It's alternate 1880; William Pratt whose mother died recently meets a strange girl, Buffy Summers. She rides to his estate by horse, spends an evening with him and then she has to go back... where? Intriguing plot, a wealth of period details as well as great character voices make the story a must.

Home Is Where They Have to Let You In by slaymesoftly
R, completed, ~58,000 words, post-Chosen, not comics-compliant. After relocating to London Buffy buys there a house that was once William Pratt's family's property. One day she discovers that there is a vampire in her shed. He saves Dawn and Buffy decides to help him. He is so badly burned that even his voice sounds like a rasp; he doesn't remember anything about himself; he only knows that something attracted him to that place... Author takes the characters through the usual hurt/comfort tropes, but she informs the scenes with delicious ambiguity. Fairy tale ambience combined with cunning use of clueless narrator type of storytelling (Buffy's POV) makes the story fascinating!

Marking Time by annapurna_2
Completed. Post-series. Buffy gets a mysterious summons from Giles that takes her to his estate in England. There, she finds Spike who, along with Illyria, was teleported out of the NFA alley in the midst of the big battle. Only hitch is, he’s in an unexplained comatose state, which may or may not have something to do with the infamous Shanshu prophecy. Buffy finally figures out the quickest way to wake him up - but later her decision bites her in the ass... Epic adventure, started in 2005 and completed several days ago.

After the Deluge by gillo
R, WIP, 21 chapters so far. Post-TV series, not comics-compliant. As Spike struggles in LA against newly-risen The First Evil, Buffy find out about him being alive. Plotty ensemble piece. Spuffy-centric.

Coming Through by hulettwyo
NC-17, Completed, 30 chapters. Post-Dead Things. Frustrated, Buffy attacks a demon who transports her into another dimension. Meanwhile, Dawn finds beaten Spike and invites him to Casa Summers.

Behind the Scenes by sweetprincipale
R. Season 6. Completed, ~380,000 words.
Writer's summary: "A working relationship turns into friendship and love. The relationship of Spike & Buffy is mirrored by the actors portraying them, so that Spike & Buffy can find true happiness. Complete with real life difficulties and alternate dimensions." Interesting attempt to combine RPF and traditional fic; not for everybody's tastes, but definitely worth checking.

You an' Me Against The World by Sweetprincipale
R, season 4, during and after "Something Blue". Completed. ~85,000 words.

Steps Taken by the Heart by tennyo_elf
PG. Completed, 3 chapters. Between the scenes of season 8 and snippets of season 9.

Spuffy short stories:

Getting Back In Touch by stormwreath
PG. Post-season 8. How has Spike found out that Buffy is in San Francisco? Funny, clever, inventive construction of the narrative and character voices through the prism of modern communication techniques.

All Quiet on the Northern Front by brutti_ma_buoni
PG, post-series. Prompt: 4th July. Buffy and Spike in a mysterious Scottish castle over July.

That One Time by exposeyou
R. Pre-series. Spike/Angel, Spike/Buffy.
Buffy finds out about "that one time" between Spike and Angel during s6 of Btvs/s3 of Ats.
Interesting historical background (this is the first fic I read in which Spike works for the Russian secret police :) and unusual -- but very effective! -- composition.

Extinguished by anviloverheaven
R. Alternate Wishverse where Buffy and Spike are frenemies and lovers. Powerful, heartbreaking and utterly brilliant.

Getting Across the River by quinara
G. Post-series. Buffy, Spike, Dawn and cookies - irresistible combination!

Unexpected Assignment by hello_spikey
PG-13, BtVS, post-season 5. Lydia Chalmers gets an assignment as Buffy's watcher and arrives to Sunnydale where Scoobies try to pass Buffybot for Buffy. Hints of Spuffy, Spike/Lydia friendship.

The Feeling of Being in Motion Again by bayloriffic
R, post-season 8. After a rough year, Buffy’s living in San Francisco with Xander and Dawn, working in a coffee house by day and patrolling with Spike by night.

Faster or More Clever by redreh_esila
Spuffy one-shot, PG. Spike POV of his last moments in Chosen

More Moments by coalitiongirl
PR-13, Spike and Buffy, snapshots of a year gone wrong.

Everything Turns to Gold by smells_corrupt
PG-13. Prompt- Stairway to Heaven. Post-series, after a battle that brings Spike and Buffy into to contact again.

Reverence by angearia
PG, end of season 5. "She trusted him now."

Baptism by eilowyn
PG-13, season 7. Missing scene in the basement. Bittersweet.

Lovers Walk by angearia
PG. What if Angel never showed up at Buffy’s house in “Lovers Walk”?

A Thousand Ships Have Sailed by quinara
'Distractions, Segues and Metafantasy' by quinara
PG, post-series. Phone conversations between Spike and Buffy during/after AtS Season 5, where they're trying to build some sort of long distance relationship.

You Can't Always Get What You Want... by anviloverheaven
Post-series. R. Shanshued Spike is miserable - at least when Buffy isn't around...

Afterdeath by shapinglight
PG, start of season 6. Drabble. Prompt: Knocking on Heaven's Door.

Inside by ljs
PG-13, post-series, Giles-Anya. Giles will do anything to bring Anya back.

Hers by gryfndor_godess
PG-13. Post-season 8. Buffy invited Spike to a party. (Canon!) Buffy got drunk. (Canon!) In two months we'll find out what happens next - and, so far, the situation begs for a fanfic. Gryfndor_Godess writes vintage Buffy -- funny, poignant, a bit obnoxious in her possessiveness yet incredibly touching and sweet in her insecurities. Seriously, even if season 9 canon will turn out as a big disappointment, it will be worth waiting for because it produces fics like this.

Silence in the Gardens by quinara
PG, post-series. Buffy and Spike having a relationship by phone.

Mine by terapsina
PG-13. Post-series. Spike had a lot of reasons to avoid Buffy - but she can't remain oblivious forever.

All About the Outfit by angearia
G, start of season 9. Buffy invites Spike to the party. Based on the first preview page of season 9.

Some Other Things by anviloverheaven
PG, Something Blue fill-in-the-blancs.

In Sickness and In Spells by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13. Alternate season 5. Ensemble, Buffy/Spike.

As Long As You Both Shall Live by brutti_ma_buoni
R, alternate s4. Buffy/Spike.

Awake and Asleep by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13. Alternate s5. Buffy/Spike.

Romance 101 by rahirah
G. Barbverse, very shortly after A Parliament of Monsters. Buffy and Spike's Valentine Day. Little lovely scene.

The Volatile Vampire Venture by beer_good_foamy
PG-13. Post-series. Ensemble, Buffy/Spike. Just as it seems that things are starting to run smoothly in Cleveland, the Slayers have to face a brand new enemy. Also, Spike is in mortal danger from... Buffy? And what's up with Dawn's secret weapon? And what happened to Buffy's face?!? Find out what happens when vampires stop sucking and start blowing. ...Up. Brilliantly funny.

Choker by norwie2010
R. Season 6. "There were the three of them here, now. The woman in his head, the woman under him and he with his hands on the scarf around her neck." Very dark.

Candles Are For Wishes by tennyo_elf
PG. Post-Chosen. For Buffy's birthday Willow makes a gift - a candle that once blown out brings happiness to the person who blew it out. Hijinks ensue.

Eternal Vow by tennyo_elf
PG-13, future!fic. Tissue alert!

Something New by itsayamsham
PG, post-Something Blue. Little funny ficlet.

First Dance by shapinglight
PG, BtVS season 4, the Wedding From Hellverse version. Anya's take on the vampire/slayer wedding is a howl.

The Last Dance by hello_spikey
PG. Spuffy wedding. Deliciously funny and schmoopy.

Till Death by brutti_ma_buoni
Pg-13. Post-Chosen. Could Buffy trust Spike to kill her?

Not Your Average Superhero by abelina
NC-17, during Superstar, after Buffy and Jonathan encounter Spike. Hawt! :)

A Matter of Taste by quinara
PG. Season 7. “Do you really think Wind Beneath My Wings is that bad a song?”

Oldies are goldies: The Dating Game by msclawdia
R, season 5. To drive Spike off, Buffy decides to go to a date with him... After all, boys run away as soon as they get to know her better - don't they?

Other characters and couples:
Shades of Grey by scribesds
PG. Post-series. In the post-apocalyptic world, Angel is completely alone... is he? Scribesds managed to find a typically Jossian combination of epic and intimate, sad and unexpectedly funny. You can hear PTB cackling around the corner as Angel gets a companion...

For Grace by coalitiongirl
PG-13. Post-season 8. Buffy/Angel; Buffy and Spike friendship. Buffy doesn’t forgive because she needs to, or because it’s deserved. She does it because she’s Buffy.

Leather and White by storm-brain
G. Spike's coat POV.

Five Superpowers Xander Is Not Sorry, Upon Reflection, That He Doesn't Have by shadowscast
G, Gen. Xander. Funny and charming "5 things" story.

Reason for Being by angelus2hot
PG-13. Giles is a vampire turned by Drusilla.

The Four Horsemen by ares132006
PG, Buffy and Angel fight the good fight.

Rope Burns by samsom
NC-17, Cordelia/Angel.

Ex-pats United by lilachigh
G, drabble. Perfect threesome: Spike, Giles and football.

Collateral Damage by ares132006
R. Post-show. Buffy and Angel in a bleak post-apocalyptic world.

You’re Batman! by salvage_5x5
PG-13, post season 8. Angel/Faith.

Lifeline by il_mio_capitano
G. Buffy, Giles

Closure by local_max
PG. Season 7. Willow visits Warren's mother.

Much Better Than This by angelus2hot
PG-13. Alternate Becoming. Buffy/Angel. Tissue warning!

Moving On by samsom
G. "Angel", season 2, Cordelia. "He. Fired. Her. She shook her head, unable to get the words to make sense."

Signal Jam by readerjane
G, "Angel" season 5. Angel, Harmony.

What Do You Want From Me? by salvage_5x5
R. Angel/Faith. AtS season 2. Faith stayed with Angel Investigations in season 1. When Angel fired everybody, Faith refused to leave.

Can't Go Back Again by samsom
R, Angel and Darla in season 2.

A Woman's Work by samsom
R. Cordelia discovers Angel with Darla. Intense and chilling.

The Problem with Kindly Interventions by quinara
G, post-series, Andrew, Dawn. "Now that's someone who needs more Trek porn in their life." Fun!

This is Me, Being Brave by anviloverheaven
PG, post-series. Buffy and Dawn's confrontation on the eve of Dawn's wedding.

Three Ribs by readerjane
G. 3 drabbles. Prompt: rib. Ensemble.


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Posted by: angelus2hot (angelus2hot)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
Spike/Buffy married

Oooh! I haven't read some of these!

*blushes* and I'm on the list!? Thank you very much for reccing mine!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)

Hopefully you'll find interesting stories to read.
And, of course you are on the list!

I think we have interesting times ahead of us. I hope season 9 of "Buffy" will inspire all the factions of fandom - Buffy fans, Angel fans, Spike fans - to write new stories about these characters. These new times will be favourable to the fans who can enjoy different ships. :)

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)

Thanks for including my ficlets. Much appreciated.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)

It's a joy to rec you stories, Deb.

Do you plan to read season 9? Hopefully, new comics will inspire you to write more.

Posted by: norwie2010 (norwie2010)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)

Oh, thanks for the many recs - your recs are always very, very welcome. :) (It is a shame i have to work this weekend - indulging in Buffy fics is way more pleasant. ;-)

(And thanks for reccing my 3 words - i promise my next piece will be lighter.)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)

I loved your story, although I admit that I usually read lighter and fluffier stuff. Joss verse is so dark that we need to brighten it up a bit!

Looking forward to your next fic! :)

Posted by: norwie2010 (norwie2010)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
My Immortal 2 by ruuger

Thank you for the rec! And I am thisclose to actually having finished the 'verse. (DW came along and distracted me with meta!) So hopefully next time you do one of these marvellous posts it won't be a WIP anymore. *crosses fingers*

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)

And I am thisclose to actually having finished the 'verse.

I'm both happy and sad to hear it. Happy because I want to read the ending; sad, because you, apparently, plan to say good-bye to Jossverse...

Posted by: Alexandra (gryfndor_godess)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for the rec, hon! You always come up with the kindest descriptions. And thanks as always for compiling this list! :)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)

You're so very welcome, honey! I adored "Hers"; I feel so spoiled by the great authors who write in Buffyverse. :)

Posted by: Quinara (quinara)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Buffy sparkles

Ooh, thanks for all these recs! :)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)

You're welcome! I enjoy your stories very much. "Silence in the Gardens" is particularly good.

Posted by: Barb (rahirah)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the rec. :)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)

Welcome! It's a joy and honor to rec such wonderful stuff as "Romance 101".

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
Belle loves books

Yay recs! \o/

And thank you! ♥

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)


I adored your version of "Lovers Walk." Looking forward to your next stories!

Posted by: Cate (smells_corrupt)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the list, and thanks for including me!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)

You're welcome honey!

Posted by: dalgren (dalgren)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)

Большое спасибо за обзор! Я совсем отстала от фанфиковоф жизни!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)

Может быть, вольешься снова в наши стройные спаффские ряды? Текущий комиксовый сезон обещает быть Spuffy-friendly, возможно, поэтому народ подтягивается.

Posted by: dalgren (dalgren)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)

Posted by: Rebcake (rebcake)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)

¡Yay! So many things I missed! I appreciate that you are going farther afield than LJ to bring back the goodies. I'm hopeless at tracking things as posting places get more scattered. (Though I missed some LJ postings, too.:( )

Thank for all your diligent organizing!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)

Hope you will find more interesting stuff to read. I find Buffy fans in the most unexpected places. :)

Posted by: makd (makd)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
fred reading

Adding this to Memories.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)

You're welcome.

(Pity you keep your recs f-locked. I'm happy I have access to them, but sometimes I'm frustrated that I can't send other fans there)

Posted by: exposeyou (exposeyou)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Spike tongue

Thank you for including me! Can't wait to check the rest of these stories out.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)

I enjoyed the freshness and originality of your story; hope you'll be writing more BtVS fic.

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Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)

You're welcome! Hope you'll find stories you'll like on this list. :)

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Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)

Hey, Natalie!
I love what happens between Angel and Faith in current season and I love that budding Angel/Faith fandom is so creative!

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