deird1: Illyria looking like Fred, with text "Fred doesn't live here anymore" (Illyria not anymore)
[personal profile] deird1
This is a repost of something I wrote back on LJ, 9 years ago.




Definitely time for some meta.
Right now, I thought I’d write about the relationship between Fred and Illyria, and how I think it works.

vases, exploration, and love )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Dru Top5 - kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
After the holiday madness is over, don't forget to look back at 2016 and think about the things that were actually good about it, such as Buffyverse fanworks!

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2016.

[livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 will reopen for its 2016 session on January 1, 2017 at midnight UTC (click here for your time zone) and will remain open through 6 PM GMT on January 16th.

So start checking your download folders, your tags, your bookmarks and memories to see what you enjoyed this year and what you want to make sure the Buffyverse community doesn't miss from 2016. If you want to help spread the news, several artists have made us starter treats to entice friends to the party. If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Classic Recs-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Starting at midnight GMT on October 27 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 26) [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 will be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones until midnight November 1. Five days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2016 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!

We've also reopened the The Wishlist. Take a look at what recs people are hoping to see and put together a list. You can also leave your own request for recs.

If you have any questions about the session, check out our profile page or leave them here.
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Re-Integration

We know of at least three human souls that were brought back from death and re-united with the physical body a vampire had taken over -- Angel, Darla, and Spike. As mentioned earlier Darla returned fully human, so the demon who had killed her did not get pulled back. Instead, Darla was revamped later by Dru.

One question I have about vampires is whether they are all the same demon (essentially, clones) or if each demon is somehow unique apart from its human host. It does not seem likely, for example, that the same demon who was killed in Buffy S1 is somehow restored to Darla's body once she's revamped in Angel S2. But if the vampire parasite just creates clones of itself when it finds a human
host, the question becomes somewhat irrelevant. Darla's human brain retained the memory of its life as a demon because the physical form was restored from its point of destruction (in Buffy S1) but with the original human inhabitant restored from its demise in 1609. Read more... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
As the Buffyverse developed, the issue of souls and soulessness became increasingly muddled. In Buffy's early seasons the soul was presented as a form of morality leash on vampires, though its actual definition was a little hazy. As the Buffyverse expanded, particularly on Angel, the mix of demons and humans up to no good made it quite obvious that souls were no guarantee of good behavior, nor was their absence a guarantee of violence and evil deeds. So why is it that the issue of souls for vampires is so key to the presence of morality? Read more... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
I was considering something I mentioned in a discussion about "This is the Picture", which was the repeated use of young women as mentally ill or institutionalized in Joss Whedon's work and how Spike was a rare male recurring character who was shown in the same way. That led me to thinking more about his ensoulment and what a human soul even means in the Buffyverse.

Getting a Soul

There has been, in Buffy fandom, a vigorous debate about what the writers intended to do at the end of S6 with Spike's storyline. Was he always intended to get his soul? The official story is yes but there has always been doubt on this topic. And I'm not sure why because, to my eyes, nothing else really made any sense. Read more... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Although this community is open for posting, it seems that only one person's thought to crosspost content here in the past few years. While Buffyverse meta probably isn't being written as often as it once was, I think there's still enough content out there that we could keep this account active.

One thing I've been noticing in a review of my own meta is that a lot of it was prompted by someone else's post -- sometimes fic or discussion, but often another meta post. It made me think that an interesting challenge might be to do a meta "remix". This could be of a meta post originally written about a different fandom, or another Buffyverse meta post that could use updating or another take.

Would anyone be interested in taking part in this if we set contribution dates at the end of July? I'd like people to commit to making a specific post, but we could do it as a weeklong event instead of set posting dates to keep things simpler.

If you'd be willing to take part, please leave a comment here. If we have at least a dozen people willing to take part, I'll make a new post and we can determine specifics of the posting week, and people can "sign up" to contribute particular topics.
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
The end of the year is almost here and that means it's time to remember the year in Buffyverse fandom! Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2015.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2015. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT on January 1st and will remain open through 6 PM GMT on January 18th. (What time is that in my timezone?)

If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
[identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
Some characters get the flashy, in-your-face character development (Willow, Wesley, Spike, Cordelia) and there are those characters whose character development is so subtle that you barely notice it, but it’s there.

Xander Harris and Bangel

Xander was a jerk to Buffy and her feelings for Angel on many occasions, like this:
Read more... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Classic Recs-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Are thoughts of Halloween creeping up on you? It means Classic Recs is coming up soon at [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5

Starting at midnight GMT on October 28 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 27) we’ll be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones until midnight November 2. Five days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2015 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!



If you haven’t posted at Top 5 before, please take a look at
our FAQ page for tips on how to post. If you have any questions, just post them here.
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
At month's end [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 reopens for its 2014 session. Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2014.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2014. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT on January 1st (6 PM on the 31st in the U.S.) and will remain open through midnight UTC on January 19th.

If you want to help spread the news, several artists have made us some starter treats to entice friends to the party. If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Dru Top5 - kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Feel that change in the air? It means Classic Recs is coming up soon!

Starting at midnight GMT on October 30 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 30) we’ll be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones. Four days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2014 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!

If you haven’t posted at Top 5 before, please take a look at our FAQ page for tips on how to post. If you have any questions, just post them here.
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
At month's end [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 reopens for its 2013 session. Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2013.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2013. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT (6 PM on the 31st in the U.S.) and will remain open through January 19th.

If you want to help spread the news, several artists have made us some starter treats to entice friends to the party. If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Dru Top5 - kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Starting at midnight GMT on October 31 [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 will be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones. Four days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in the Whedon fandoms. All time periods before 2013 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!

If you haven’t posted at Top 5 before, please take a look at our FAQ page for tips on how to post. If you have any questions, just post them here. Read more... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
[livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 will be opening at midnight GMT on Jan 1 for its annual session. Recs for any and all types of fan created works for the Buffyverse are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2012.

Stop by with any questions -- otherwise start making your lists now and spread some holiday cheer to your fellow fans!
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Default)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
That's because on January 1, [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 reopens for its 2011 session. Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2011.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2011. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT (6 PM ET on the 31st in the U.S.) and will remain open through January 18th.

If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/peasant_/
Does anyone wish to take over the ownership and maintenance of this community? It is currently moribund but could be revived, or it could simply be kept in aspic as part of the fandom record.

If nobody is interested I will simply delete it, but that seems a shame since there are some great essays here.

LJ Community Management FAQ
[identity profile] spankulert.livejournal.com
First time try here, so be gentle. "This sucks" is just dandy, as long as it's followed by a "because..." ;)

(let me know if this doesn't count as meta. A little unsure of the definition)

( Back to black(and my journal) )
[identity profile] sevendeadlyfun.livejournal.com
Title: Misandry and The Buffyverse: Rupert Giles

Author: Maggie ([personal profile] sevendeadlyfun)

Summary: Buffy The Vampire Slayer is presented as a feminist triumph, a show where female strength and feminine heroism are given prominence and value. Equally, however, the show engaged in a systematic disparagement of men and masculinity. This essay focuses on Rupert Giles. Later essays will explore the other male characters of BtVS and how possible misandry affected their portrayal.


(Boys Are Bad)
[identity profile] thatotherperv.livejournal.com
Title: Aurelius: the Order of Irreverence
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] thatotherperv)
Summary: Spike is the well-known renegade of the family, but all of them rebelled against the previous generation and the status quo in their own ways. a look at the Master, Darla, Angelus, and Dru as rebels.
Spoilers: let’s say whole series, just to be safe.
Word Count: lil over 2000

essay here

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