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Fanfic recommendations, winter 2011-2012

March 1st, 2012 (08:09 pm)
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Nowadays, I read less fanfiction than usual. Russian politics is eating the most of my free time; I became addicted to political blogs and sites, and I spend there too much of my life.
Still, I read fanfiction a bit, and I collect links. Here's my rather short list for the winter 2011-2012. I'm sorry if I omitted somebody.
Rec me stories you enjoyed! I bet that after the elections Russia will descend into its usual political apathy and I'll have enough time to read about Buffy's adventures!

Spuffy long stories, WIPs

Team Slayer by brutti_ma_buoni
PG-13. WIP, 9 chapters (ficlets) so far. Alternate season 5. Set-up: Spike didn't return to Sunnydale in season 4. Buffy and friends didn't get to find out about the Initiative except via Riley and Professor Walsh. They took it at face value, and, in the end, Scooby gang was destroyed. Now Buffy slays in Cleveland, alone, until she meets Spike. Together, they have to stop The Initiative.

My Elizabeth by thepuddinhead
NC-17. WIP, 22 chapters so far. Sequel to "Yours, William" (in that story, Buffy decided to stay with William in 1880). In the new installment they come aboard the ship that makes its way to the New World. According to the writer, "it will be darker than “Yours,” and feature vampires, demons and slayers. There will be blood."
Usually, by the time the writer finishes the first story, she usually runs out of obstacles to overcome and leaves the characters in a safe place. There is no need for a sequel, technically. But Thepuddinhead decided to follow in Joss' footsteps and after wrapping up all the storylines in "Yours, William" she started her new story the way Joss starts a new season - creating a new problem, new Big Bad, new settings. Meanwhile the characters got fleshed and developed, while the universe she created became truly fascinating.

Influence of Demons by gabrielleabelle
NC-17. Completed, 71,000 words. Goes AU after S5's Checkpoint. Five years ago, Buffy and Spike fell into a portal to a dimension ruled by demons. Finally, reunited, their goal is to get back home. However, the years in this dimension have changed them. Spike's long isolation keeps him distant, and Buffy's enforced life at a brothel has caused her to forget the Slayer she used to be. Somehow, they'll have to find themselves again to defeat a powerful enemy and make it home.

Dust by knifeedgefic
PG so far, NC-17 later. WIP, 31 chapters. 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.

Wayward Souls by naughtynyx88
PG-13, WIP, 7 chapters so far. AU since Becoming. Buffy/Spike. Spike sticks around to help Buffy and ends up getting quite a surprise (see the title)... Intriguing start,a promise of fascinating dynamics.

Spuffy short stories

Aftermath by coalitiongirl
PG, season 9, post-Freefall. After a near-death experience, Buffy and Spike try to redefine their relationship.

The Revenge of Santa Claus by shapinglight
PG-13, post-TV show. Spike finds himself in the role of Santa. Buffy and Illyria are along for the ride.

A Little Gratitude by coalitiongirl
PG-13. Spuffy-enhanced end of season 5.

Lover's Dream and Locked by evangelin1202
G. Two drabbles, post-Lovers Walk and post-Something Blue.

Meanwhile, on the fire escape... by coalitiongirl
G. Pre-season 9. Spike and Buffy are kissing on the fire escape. Six POVs. Fluffy schmoop. Or schmoopy fluff. Whatever you prefer :)

Band-aid by coalitiongirl
PG. Season 9. Spike, Dawn. Spoilers for upcoming issues of comics.

Most Amazing by a2zmom
PG, drabble, season 9, Buffy/Spike. Possible spoilers for the future issues.

Hell on Wheels by shapinglight
Season 5. During their flight from Glory Spike has stolen Porsche instead of Winnebago.

A Breach of Confidence by mushroomgal
PG. During “Normal Again”, Spike told Scoobies about his affair with Buffy.

Can't Be Real by tennyo_elf
PG. Season 9. A season 9 Spuffy baby fic. Spoilers for future issues. Warning: it's controversial, so read at your own risk.

Shadows by coalitiongirl
PG, season 9, post Slayer, Interrupted, Buffy has a decision to make. Buffy, Spike.

Five times the test was positive (and one time it wasn't) by coalitiongirl
PG. Season 9, spoilers for #5. Buffy has to make a life-changing decision and Spike is there for her.

Loss of Blood by tennyo_elf
PG, season 9, spoilers for issue 8 (due in April). Buffy goes through an ordeal and Spike wants to be there for her.

The Heart in Reverse by penny_lane_42
PG-13. Season 6. Buffy has never found Spike attractive. Which is weird, seeing as how she's sleeping with him now.

Her Right Hand by gryfndor_godess
PG-13. Season 9, post-#8 (spoilers for a future arc). Buffy and Spike have to cope with a new ordeal...

Ambush by mushroomgal
G. Spike, Dawn, Buffy. A bit of Christmas fun.

Hooked by readerjane
G. Spike-the-babysitter.

Movie Night by readerjane
PG, post-series. Buffy and Spike want to rent a Christmas movie.

Leave That Lamp Alone by brutti_ma_buoni
PG, post-series. A genie offers to grant Spike's three wishes.

Plummet by coalitiongirl
PG. Season 9, post-Freefall. Spike wants Buffy to have normal, Koh is dubious, Dowling is helpful, and Buffy is one of the above (and also kind of thinks Spike's dumb).

Integrity by readerjane
G, alternate Becoming 2. The first Spuffy alliance comes about a little differently.

The Neighs Have It by readerjane
G, post-series. Spike would do anything for Buffy... would he? Fluff.

Claws by mushroomgal
G, post-series. Spike, Christmas, kitten... :)

Father of Lies by brutti_ma_buoni
PG, during Chosen. "History is a funny old game."

Overcome by brutti_ma_buoni
PG, season 6. Buffy, Spike, patrolling, banter. Funny and bittersweet.

Nagging Doubt by mushroomgal
G. "Chosen". Missing scene in the basement.

Numbers Crunch by anviloverheaven
G. Post-Chosen. A very Spuffy Christmas.

Other ships

Connection by lusciousxander
PG-13. Start of season 9. Xander dreamed about normal life when he couldn't have it. Now magic is dead, vampires are showbiz darlings and slayers are considered murderers. Xander tries to live a life of an average Joe, but it's hard to stay away from the good fight. Xander/Dawn, Xander/Spike, ensemble. Plotty, occasionally funny, occasionally heartbreaking story of a man caught between two worlds.

Somewhere, Over the Rainbow by ashes1753
PG. Alternate late season 5. Runnings away from Glory, Buffy and her team land in Pylea and meet Angel and his team. Buffy/Angel.

67 Characters In Search Of A Memory by beer_good_foamy
PG-13. Post-TV series. At Dawn 's prom, Buffy and Faith find something about each other.

Four times Angel keeps his halloween traditions and one time he doesn't by landrews
PG-13, Angel, Cordelia. Beautiful character piece.

The Watcher and the Watched: El Santuario by eurydice72
PG-13, post-Chosen. Faith's on the run again, and Wesley offers a partnership to save Angel from W&H's intrigues.

Movie Night by coalitiongirl
G, season 9. Spike, Xander.

Nothing to Dread by rebcake
NC-17. Season 2. Christmas. Spike/Drusilla. Exquisitely naughty.

Dialogue between Spike, Anya, Angel, and Cordelia gryfndor_godess
PG-13. Shouldn't they all be happy after reuniting with their loved ones? Fun!


Posted by: Rebcake (rebcake)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)

Oooh! Politics! When are your elections? We're having a massive country-wide bout of crazy over here, and it probably won't let up until November. Or January. Or never. It's getting to the point that I'm thinking that BtVS fanfic is the last refuge of the sane!

Thanks so much for the links! There are a few things on here that I cannot believe I missed, and now I don't have to! Thanks also for reccing my smutty Spru story. I'm sure I'll get coal in my stocking next year! (Or maybe something more fun.)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)

Our presidential elections will take place March, 4. In three days. On one hand, all official media claim that Putin wins with big advantage - according to the polls he gets 60% of votes. OTOH, he behaves strangely. He made only one public appearance, on the biggest Russian stadium, Luzhniki, and he said a very strange speech about the last stand, "we'll die protecting our ideals". He looked very nervous. He warned that evil forces want to destroy Russia. It was very unsettling. The people who has 60% of votes don't behave like that.
All the members of my family will vote against Putin, but that's all we can do, alas. It looks like the authorities will try to falsify the results at any cost. They don't give the permission to organize a meeting for the honest elections in front of Kremlin, and it means there could be blood. Me and my son went to the previous meetings, but these meetings were officially authorized, so the police didn't touch us. And now I'm afraid that my son will go to an unauthorized meeting and there will be consequences.

I want it to be Monday already....

Speaking about much more pleasant things, I absolutely adored "Nothing to Dread"! It's so deliciously naughty, so bittersweet and so in character for both Spike and Dru.

Posted by: Alexandra (gryfndor_godess)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you for reccing my fics and for putting together this list! *hugs*

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)

You're very welcome, honey! I love your stories!

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)

Thanks for reccing my little fics. Much appreciated.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)

It's a great pleasure to rec your stories.

Using the occasion to ask your permission to rec "Truce" at BuffyWorld community on Dreamwidth (their rules - see the link - demand a permission from the author.)
I'd love to rec one of your Spuffy stories, but, so far there is a lot of Spuffy fics and zero Spangel stories.

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)

Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
russia by acidroses

Good luck with the elections!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm quite pessimistic about them, but - who knows? - maybe something will change for the better.

I love your icon. Can't believe you have a Russian map among your icons!

Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
funny hat

Your rec posts are still a treasure. :)

Thank you for reccing me and for providing me with pointers to nifty fics to check out!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)

Thank you, honey! It's a great pleasure to rec your story!

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the recs and for reccing me, sweetie! Good luck with the elections. Sometimes RL pulls us away from the beauty that is the Buffyverse.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)

*hugs you* I *do* remember about your request for a banner, honey. I hope I'll make it the next week, after the elections. Hopefully something will change in Russia after all the protests against our terrible bureaucracy.

Posted by: slaymesoftly (slaymesoftly)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)

It is not possible to rec Dust too often or too highly!

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)

Golden words!~

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: March 1st, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot for the rec!

And I really hope things turn out well with the elections. You guys really deserve a break.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)

It's a pleasure to rec your stories!

As to the elections, they're already falsified. Turns out, there is a shortage of absentee passes in all the regions of Russia. :(

Posted by: a2zmom (a2zmom)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)

As always, thanks for the rec.

I suspect politics over there are even crazier than here and thruthfully, here in the US they've gotten insane.

I am so glad you like LAndrews story. She's a marvelous writer.

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)

It's always a pleasure to read your stories. And a Spuffy story written by a Bangel shipper is especially interesting, because it informs the ship with a different perspective.

As to our elections... *sighs* TV channels air pro-Putin propaganda 24/7, while the other candidates have very little screentime. There are some strange manipulations with absentee passes: there is a shortage of absentee passes in all the regions of Russia while some people sell them on the streets. Looks like it will be the dirtiest elections in Russia.

Landrews is a very good writer. She makes me appreciate Angel in the most amazing ways. She makes me love him for his flaws.

Posted by: a2zmom (a2zmom)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)

Posted by: ashes1753 (ashes1753)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)

Wow!! Thankyou so much for recommending me! :D

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)

You're very welcome, hon!

Posted by: coalitiongirl (coalitiongirl)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the recs (and reccing me)! <333

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)


To me, there are two seasons 9 - yours and Jossian. Your version somehow reconciles me with Jossian one.

Posted by: jennylayne (jennylayne)
Posted at: March 5th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)

Love your recs, I have been reading them for years... can I friend you?

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 5th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)

Hey, sweetie! Sorry I didn't reply before. The elections have been eating all my time. Of course, you can friend me. I friend you back.

Posted by: tennyo_elf (tennyo_elf)
Posted at: March 19th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)

Thank you for the recs! I always love your tastes and that you included me makes me smile big time! *huggles

(I hope things are cooling down in your neck of the woods.)

Edited at 2012-03-19 10:31 am (UTC)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: March 19th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)

*huggles back* :)

Nah, it looks like the authorities are about to start a witch-hunt against the opposition. State-controlled TV has aired (twice a week!) a show about "corrupt opposition". According to our TV, organizations who tried to monitor elections were USA-financed to stir trouble in Russia. It's disturbing and scary. Looks like they want to exterminate any semblance of opposition against Putin's regime.

I try to be optimistic. I can always find consolation in fanfiction. :)

Posted by: tennyo_elf (tennyo_elf)
Posted at: March 27th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)

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