ext_15284: a wreath of lightning against a dark, stormy sky (thechain-truth)
[identity profile] stormwreath.livejournal.com
Looks like I get to post the first post-metathon meta. :-)

Author: [personal profile] stormwreath
Summary: Identity, choice and heroism (with a digression on Existentialism) in 'The Chain'
Spoilers: up to Season 8 episode 5, and also for the Firefly episode 'Objects In Space'
Word count: 2,068 
Notes: An analysis of the main themes in episode 8:05, plus a look at Existentialist theory as it applies to Joss's works.

Essay here.

Stay tuned!

Aug. 1st, 2007 06:45 am
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/peasant_/
The Metathon is now officially over, and I hope you all agree it has been a marvelous month. I originally started the com because I was wondering what I could do to encourage a little more meta to be written, and it has exceeded my greatest hopes. I think we all just showed there is still a great deal to be said about this wonderful show of ours.

But it needn't all be over now.

We still have a handful of delayed essays to look forward to, but I have also had a lot of people express interest in continuing to use the com for other essays. This was always my intention and I think we definitely should keep the com as a pimping/posting place for all Buffyverse related meta.

So from now on, the com is open to all Buffyverse meta essays as and when you want to post them. Please still post in the format used for the Metathon - with headers, and tags and spoiler warnings etc. as before. If you are looking for inspiration then the subject list is still available with plenty of marvelous suggestions. Add a comment to the relevant suggestion when you have posted to help people find your essay (no need to say 'taken' or set yourself deadlines, obviously). Or post on a completely new subject as the inspiration takes you. The Buffyverse is our oyster.

In addition, you can link to other people's meta that you come across in your travels. The only rules are that it must be Buffyverse related, it must be a public post, you must follow the usual header and tag rules in your post, and you must inform the author that you have linked to her so she can ask for the post to be removed if she is unhappy with it.
[identity profile] cityphonelines.livejournal.com
Due to me freaking out about applying for student loans and university enrollment this essay is delayed.

My apologies.
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[personal profile] rahirah
Unfortunately this essay was in a head-on collision with my 3D editing schedule, and 3D is bigger and meaner than it is. Delayed till the weekend of the 11th, though I hope to get it done before then.
[identity profile] darklingdawns.livejournal.com

This is essay is unfortuately delayed. Date for posting is unknown as yet, since all of my notes on this have been wiped out. Probably late August or early September, depending upon workload, although I'm hopeful it will be sooner.

Thank you for your understanding!

[identity profile] mabus101.livejournal.com
Author: [profile] mabus101
Summary:[Does Harmony actually have a point here? Could she (or pre-soul Spike, or any other vampire who wanted to) learn to live a moral life (at least as moral as any ordinary human) without a soul? Or do they inherently not get it?]  Dealing primarily with the metaphysics of souls as they relate to Harmony.
Spoilers: Intermittent through AtS S5
Word Count: about 2400
Notes: [profile] darynthe is to blame for this meta; she suggested that I write about soul metaphysics from a Christian perspective, since that was uncommon.  I'm not sure this was what she had in mind, though.  However, the specific question was from [personal profile] icemink.

Fake Cut
[identity profile] bookishwench.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] bookishwench aka Meltha
Summary: Andrew, Riley, and Kennedy are three of the most disliked characters in the Buffyverse. In a show filled with wonderful characters, what went wrong with them?
Spoilers: Through the Buffy season 8 comics and AtS season 5
Word count: Approx. 6,600, excluding works cited list and appendices.
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] buffyversemetathon from a prompt by [livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander, "Riley, Kennedy, Andrew. What made these characters unpopular?" Also, there are a few images in the text, but I don’t think they’ll be too draining on dial-up.

Andrew, Riley, and Kennedy: What Was Joss Thinking?
[identity profile] lokapala.livejournal.com
This essay is delayed. No estimated posting date, although it will be sometime in August =)
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[personal profile] shapinglight
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight
Summary: The Powers That Be and the Senior Partners: Opposing Forces or Two Names for the Same Group?
Spoilers: AtS seasons 1-5, BtVS season 3
Word count: 3130 approx
Notes: Original question posed by [livejournal.com profile] madame_meretrix. All quotes from The Buffyverse Database. Also, I'm well-aware that I've barely scratched the surface of this topic here but it's a start, I suppose.

The Powers That Be and the Senior Partners: Opposing Forces or Two Names for the Same Group?
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[identity profile] stormwreath.livejournal.com
This is my contribution to the essay metathon – it looks at the question of repentance in the Buffyverse, looking specifically at the characters of Willow and Faith and asking whether, and if so how - they repented of the evil actions they committed.

Author: [personal profile] stormwreath
Summary: Humans Gone Bad - Faith and Willow. How do they repent for their murderous actions?
Spoilers: BtVS seasons 1-8, Angel seasons 1-4
Word Count: 3,827
Notes: Original suggestion from [personal profile] bakatulip

Tell me how to make it better - Willow, Faith and repentance
[identity profile] erin-starlight.livejournal.com
Author: erin-starlight
Summary: What does it take for Angel to achieve Perfect Happiness.
Spoiler: From BTVS all through ATS.
Word Count: 1956

What does it take for Angel to achieve Perfect Happiness? )
[identity profile] aycheb.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] aycheb

Summary: The special treatment of girl’s stories in BtVS

Source texts: All of BtVS including the S8 comic issues 1-4. AtS S1 The Prodigal S3 Lullaby, S4 Inside Outand S5 Damage

Word count: 2642

Notes: The original prompt was [livejournal.com profile] azdak’s "People are gonna die. Girls are gonna die." (Buffy, S7). Examine the special status of "girls" in the Buffyverse. The quote made me think of how the vulnerability of the potentials seems to contradict the series’ original mission statement about subverting passive female stereotypes. I went from there to thinking about the many ways in which the series did do that (the subversion thing) and how in that sense girl’s stories really do have a special status in the ‘verse. So it’s not entirely unrelated to the original topic even though if I were marking me, I think I’d fail.

Reader, I destroyed him.
[identity profile] 2maggie2.livejournal.com
Title: Through a Glass Darkly

Summary: Reflections on Faith as Buffy's 'dark' Mirror 
Spoilers: Through BtVS 7; AtS 4
Word Count: 2675
Notes: In response to a suggestion from [personal profile] bookishwench.  Unbeta'd
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[identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] moscow_watcher

Title: Ten Years of Buffy and Spike

Summary: Spuffy fanfiction is invariably popular. Why?
Spoilers: All BtVS seasons.
Word count: around 1200

Notes: Thanks for [livejournal.com profile] latestartercds for beta work.
I'd be happy to hear from other fans, whether they agree or disagree. Usually I post within Spuffy community and share my thoughts with like-minded people. I'd love to know outside opinions.
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/peasant_/
Author: [livejournal.com profile] peasant_
Summary: An exploration of Giles’ behaviour and motives in Season Seven.
Spoilers: The whole of Season 7 BTVS, up to and including 7-22 Chosen. Frequent references to events in earlier seasons.
Word count: 4,842
Notes: Idea suggested by [livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander.

You need to learn: Giles in BTVS Season Seven
[identity profile] darynthe.livejournal.com
Title:   BtVS fandom future - in 10 years from now?
Author:  darynthe
Idea by:  peasant_
Summanry:   Investigation of the present and future of the fandom compared with the biggest other fandoms out there.  Many numbers and references.
Link: http://darynthe.livejournal.com/56521.html

Apologies for this not being betaed.
[identity profile] dlgood.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dlgood

Title: Vampires amidst the Community: The Role of the State in Dealing with Supernatural Threats to the Civilian Population

Summary: Investigating the question of whether The Initiative was a logical answer to the Demon world, and whether the Buffyverse still needs such an organization even now? The response will consider the role of civic institutions in a world with a shadow supernatural element. This involves Analysis of the Initiative in specific, and roles of The State in general.

Spoilers: All episodes of BtVS and AtS, particularly BtVS S4 and S7.22 Chosen

Word count: 5,125

Notes: The term "The Slayer" can be used to describe both the slayer herself, and an organization developed upon pursuit of core mission areas.

Author Info: The Author holds a Master’s in Public Policy (International Relations Concentration), served for two years on his city’s Traffic & Transportation Planning board, and currently works in congressional/legislative affairs for the US Navy.
[identity profile] darynthe.livejournal.com
Metaphysics of the soul in the buffyverse
Author;    [profile] darynthe
Summary:   The definition of soul in the Buffyverse, some explanations to paradoxes and a study of the Anima as the ultimate frontier of the soul.  
Spoilers:  Everything there is to spoiled is touched here.
Word count:  About 1900
Notes:  feedback appreciated.  Sorry didn't have a chance to have it betaed.  
Idea;  asked by [personal profile] avidrosettewho gave such good ideas that I took up on them all.

[identity profile] thatotherperv.livejournal.com
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] thatotherperv)
Summary: the beginning of a meta series I’ve been planning…1.5 essays for the purpose of the Metathon. Why science must be a consideration in the practicalities of vampirism (intro to the eventual series). And the real essay: How a feline model can be used to understand some vampire physiology.
Spoilers: let’s say whole series, just to be safe.
Word count: “It’s just magic” is 807 words, “Vampires as Cats” is 3200.

Notes: For those who don’t know me, a little on my background: My career goal is to be a zoo vet. My bachelor’s is in zoology, sort of split emphasis between ecology and pre-veterinary curriculum. I had a sociology minor in college and I have a Master’s in public policy related to wildlife, which is sort of irrelevant for this, but you know…basically, I’m not a total science egghead. I’ve already begun my DVM, though I’m still early in the curriculum. I often see the world through the prism of the life sciences…including canon.

links to the individual essays behind here )
[identity profile] icemink.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] icemink

Summary: This essay examins both Joyce and Darla in their roles as mothers. It looks at how demons and humans approach the same role in very different ways.

Spoilers: There are spoilers through the end of both shows, so season 7 of Buffy and season 5 of Angel.

Word count: 6142

Notes: Please let me know what you think, even (actually especially) if you disagree. I know that some of the ways I have chosen to interpret the show are just that, interpretations, and I'd love to know what people thing about them.

Are You Ready to Be Strong?: Motherhood in Buffy the Vampire Slayer


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