[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.

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[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?
shapinglight: (dark avenger)
[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?
[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] 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.


Here.
[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
[identity profile] hotspur18.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hotspur18
Summary: The nature of the human soul.
Spoilers: All seasons A:tS and Buffy (no comics)
Word count: 2200 (approx)
Notes: [livejournal.com profile] woman_of_'s request for a discussion on 'a Soul does not a good person make. Human evil in BtVS or AtS'
(this has become more a debate on the nature of a soul, but hm. I think it all gets covered…)

The nature of the human soul

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