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Introductory note: on Buffyforums, there's a season three rewatch and I'm writing a bit about Dead Man's Party. To try to get into the POVs of the Sunnydale characters, I wrote this.

I'm doing well in general, but I'm still fragile -- so if you don't like it, well, you know, be gentle! I include this disclaimer (and would prefer not to link to *this* version, though linking to the AO3 version is okay should I post it there) because I know how divisive this episode is, even if I'm only talking about it glancingly.

The POV style is somewhat inspired by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy's excellent Building Character, which is also of a much higher level of artistry and is strongly recommended.

Disclaimer: Not mine.
Takes place: Sunnydale, around the first week of school in s3, before "Dead Man's Party."
Characters: Giles, Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Joyce.
Word count: ~2500
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Well, I guess I will have to do this eventually.  I have posted a lot of this stuff in the past before, but mostly in private.  Consider this incomplete.  I also have always wanted to post a thing like this but have always hesitated because I will surely come up with a better way to say it in the future.  However, I'm having a rough couple of days due to family issues and I guess if it helps to write this and post it it'll be okay to deal with it not being the best it could be.

I recently posted a slightly different version of this on Mark Field's excellent blog running through Buffy episodes and interpreting them.  His interpretations are very strongly Buffy-centric, which is why I think I disagree with him on aspects of his assessment of Two to Go/Grave, and which led me to write this.  He suggested I post it somewhere else, so, uh, here I am!

Because of pressing personal and fandom issues, I would request that commenters be kind (there is a lot of relate-y material here). I also may not respond to comments due to said issues or the like.

TW: uh, suicide, depression, family dysfunction, addiction, that type of thing.

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Because it's nice to be silly sometimes.

Disclaimers: not mine.
Takes place: AU at End of Days-Chosen.
Genre: comedy, gen, cracky.
Description: Buffy forms a plan of attack on the First.
Warnings: some misogynistic language from Caleb, implied gruesome imagery, evil character death, possibly bad theology
Words: ~1,260.


Rain
If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads )
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TW: long discussion of death and insanity. 

Spoiler warning for BtVS season five.

Notes: Somewhat inspired by an exchange with lostboy_lj yesterday.

However, some of this is somewhat emotional, RL-y stuff which I found out about today.  None of it is specific enough that I feel like I’m sharing anything too personal.  OTOH, it is emotional enough that I am really not guaranteeing I reply to all comments.  It is what it is.  For the record, it’s my grandmother and it’s a long story that I don’t want to get into, thanks (I am mostly saying this so people don't think it's about me or my mother or my non-existent siblings -- there are two generations removed; I'm okay).

Since this is partly actually not about the show, it is very possible that I am wrong.  I’m almost tempted not to allow comments on the entry, but, well, yeah, comments are fine, but keep in mind what I said.

I also didn't edit this or anything, so keep that in mind as well.

Here's the thing about season five. )

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Just released! 

Warnings: um, you remember what happened in Graduation Day with Buffy, Faith and Angel?  Er.  Sort of, use your imagination.  Weirder.  Discussion of blood play (?). 

Disclaimer: Obviously, since this is a script fragment, none of the characters are mine but belong to Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy.
Disclaimer 2: Obviously, this is not actually a script fragment.

Graduation Day, Part 1 ended a little differently in its original conception. )
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Char and rating: Willow, Buffy/Angel, PG-13: sexual content, bondage, some Angel mocking.

Genre: Comedy.

Notes: Not my ship usually, but I had this idea I couldn’t resist.  Hopefully you like it.  Happy holiday season!

Takes place: Post-NFA, not comics continuity.

Summary: Buffy and Angel are a couple sometime post-series.  Willow has arranged for what she hopes will be the perfect holiday present.

Words: around 275.

Disclaimer: All character and the like are owned by Mutant Enemy and other organizations, to none of which I belong.



"You've got the chains and everything?" Willow asked. )
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Get thee to [livejournal.com profile] norwie2010's journal and read his excellent piece, Giles and the "Wild Woman."  My response got long, so I've included it here, a long with a few corrections and addenda.  (I spoke with [livejournal.com profile] ceciliaj and [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle, who have been helpful.)

Rambling about Giles, Dark Willow, and other topics. )
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Get thee to [livejournal.com profile] norwie2010's journal and read his excellent piece, Giles and the "Wild Woman."  My response got long, so I've included it here, a long with a few corrections and addenda.  (I spoke with [livejournal.com profile] ceciliaj and [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle, who have been helpful.)

Rambling about Giles, Dark Willow, and other topics. )
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Part 2. Focuses on Buffy, Willow and some meta elements. Also some personal comments! Enjoy.

SPOILERS obviously. Also, length. Sorry 'bout that...

I would have put this into one post, but LJ was being testy.

Willow )
Time of Your Life Speculation )
Magic )
Buffy )
Personal Reaction )
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Part 2. Focuses on Buffy, Willow and some meta elements. Also some personal comments! Enjoy.

SPOILERS obviously. Also, length. Sorry 'bout that...

I would have put this into one post, but LJ was being testy.

Willow )
Time of Your Life Speculation )
Magic )
Buffy )
Personal Reaction )
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Part 2. Focuses on Buffy, Willow and some meta elements. Also some personal comments! Enjoy.

SPOILERS obviously. Also, length. Sorry 'bout that...

I would have put this into one post, but LJ was being testy.

Willow )
Time of Your Life Speculation )
Magic )
Buffy )
Personal Reaction )
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I'm giving a conference talk tomorrow (!) so won't be online for a few days.  So if I don't reply for a while, it's probably because I'm doing that.

Spoilers! )

In other comix news, I read The Shepherd's Tale and enjoyed it!  No deep thoughts (like, none) which might just be from exhaustion from having deep season eight thoughts all the goddamn time.
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I'm giving a conference talk tomorrow (!) so won't be online for a few days.  So if I don't reply for a while, it's probably because I'm doing that.

Spoilers! )

In other comix news, I read The Shepherd's Tale and enjoyed it!  No deep thoughts (like, none) which might just be from exhaustion from having deep season eight thoughts all the goddamn time.
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I'm giving a conference talk tomorrow (!) so won't be online for a few days.  So if I don't reply for a while, it's probably because I'm doing that.

Spoilers! )

In other comix news, I read The Shepherd's Tale and enjoyed it!  No deep thoughts (like, none) which might just be from exhaustion from having deep season eight thoughts all the goddamn time.
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I feel like I’ll always have more to say, because this issue helped solidify some thoughts I’ve had about several of the arcs. But, well, it’s late, and the new issue is coming out in a few days. So consider my previous 37 post to be the Season Eight Buffy post, and this one to be the post about this issue.  Also, this may not be coherent.  Sorry!

I’m heading to a conference on Thursday, and have to prepare a talk for then (well, technically, Friday). So I might well be too busy to write anything substantial on 38, assuming of course I even process it quickly enough, before getting back on about Sunday or so. I am still going to read it on Wednesday though.

Click! )
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I feel like I’ll always have more to say, because this issue helped solidify some thoughts I’ve had about several of the arcs. But, well, it’s late, and the new issue is coming out in a few days. So consider my previous 37 post to be the Season Eight Buffy post, and this one to be the post about this issue.  Also, this may not be coherent.  Sorry!

I’m heading to a conference on Thursday, and have to prepare a talk for then (well, technically, Friday). So I might well be too busy to write anything substantial on 38, assuming of course I even process it quickly enough, before getting back on about Sunday or so. I am still going to read it on Wednesday though.

Click! )
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I feel like I’ll always have more to say, because this issue helped solidify some thoughts I’ve had about several of the arcs. But, well, it’s late, and the new issue is coming out in a few days. So consider my previous 37 post to be the Season Eight Buffy post, and this one to be the post about this issue.  Also, this may not be coherent.  Sorry!

I’m heading to a conference on Thursday, and have to prepare a talk for then (well, technically, Friday). So I might well be too busy to write anything substantial on 38, assuming of course I even process it quickly enough, before getting back on about Sunday or so. I am still going to read it on Wednesday though.

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So believe it or not, this is actually not my review of issue #37, which, well, I don't know if I will get around to writing.  We'll see. But what I do have instead are some thoughts about the structure of season eight with regards to Buffy, and in particular how I feel much of the season grows out of season seven and "Chosen" in unexpected ways.  So this isn’t so much about the #37 itself, though obviously I draw from it; the issue is part of what helped me solidify some of these thoughts.  As ever, I am forever indebted to my flist who have written marvelous, marvelous things from which I (possibly not even consciously!) steal heavily.   This isn't particularly coherent (sorry!) because I just got exhausted from writing it.  Also, you deserve an award if you can read this through to the end.  

Spoilers up to #37, plus very minor spoilers for the covers to #38.

37 covers: Chen vs. Jeanty )
The Split in Buffy: A Simplified History )
Buffy's Connections in Season Eight )
So, About Last Gleaming )
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So believe it or not, this is actually not my review of issue #37, which, well, I don't know if I will get around to writing.  We'll see. But what I do have instead are some thoughts about the structure of season eight with regards to Buffy, and in particular how I feel much of the season grows out of season seven and "Chosen" in unexpected ways.  So this isn’t so much about the #37 itself, though obviously I draw from it; the issue is part of what helped me solidify some of these thoughts.  As ever, I am forever indebted to my flist who have written marvelous, marvelous things from which I (possibly not even consciously!) steal heavily.   This isn't particularly coherent (sorry!) because I just got exhausted from writing it.  Also, you deserve an award if you can read this through to the end.  

Spoilers up to #37, plus very minor spoilers for the covers to #38.

37 covers: Chen vs. Jeanty )
The Split in Buffy: A Simplified History )
Buffy's Connections in Season Eight )
So, About Last Gleaming )

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