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    I asked this question in another thread, but thought it would be best to start a new thread.

    Buffy fan fiction has been around for a long time. Iím familiar with many of the classic Spuffy fan fictions, but what are the classic fictions in other pairings? The most popular Spangel? Or Tillow? Or Spander? Or Baith? Or Bander? Or whatever your favorite relationship may be?

    Iíd be interested in particular in fics that arenít just about casual sex or humor for humorís sake, but make a real case for the relationship within the limitations of canon characterization.

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    Not really sure what your question is. Are you just looking for recommendations for fics of traditional 'ships', or something a little different/specific?

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    I think it comes down to what you'll buy from watching the show, because I don't think there are any fics out there that could persuade me that certain pairings would ever work. Does the Fuffy fic exist that would persuade me that Buffy and Faith could have an adult loving equal relationship? I'm doubtful

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowiMetdaSlayer View Post
    Not really sure what your question is. Are you just looking for recommendations for fics of traditional 'ships', or something a little different/specific?
    In the Spuffy fan fiction threads, posters are discussing the "classic" fics by popular writers of the last decade that everyone has read. And I was just thinking about what the most popular fics of other pairings would be.

    I know that Spangel and Spander are popular and I've read a few - but it'd be great to get a list of recommended fics that have lasted long enough to become almost classics of the genre pairings. I don't know much about the most popular Tillow or Baith or Bander or Spiles or any other pairings, so any suggestions for those would be great.

    I wanted to avoid parody because it can often turn homophobic and flat out porn because it becomes tedious. I'm thinking of good stories with depth that stay close to canon characterizations (instead of All Human or Alternate Universe where they're all vampire rabbits in a school or something).

    In terms of "classic fics", I simply meant fics that have remained perennially popular among fans. That's all.

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    I think it comes down to what you'll buy from watching the show, because I don't think there are any fics out there that could persuade me that certain pairings would ever work. Does the Fuffy fic exist that would persuade me that Buffy and Faith could have an adult loving equal relationship? I'm doubtful
    Oh, I wasn't asking any fic to "persuade" me of the pairing. Perhaps I worded it badly, but I meant that I'd like the fic to stay within the parameters of the show in terms of characterization and have a bit of depth rather than treating the pairing as a joke.
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    I'd imagine most of the classic fics have been read, but who knows. And everyone is different. Quite a few of the most heralded authors/fics back when I used to read it left me cold.

    Anyway, spuffy by cousinjean, eurydice, ginmar, wisteria, anna s, annie sewell jennings, etc. Dancing Lessons. I don't know how easy any of that stuff is to find anymore.

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    I have read only Spuffy fanfictionso far. But I have heard Bangels saying, that

    Phoenix Burning by Yahtzee

    is the classic Bangel fanfic. Obviously a must-read for every Bangel. It is on AO3:

    https://archiveofourown.org/works/33071/chapters/43908

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    Damn - how many fics are can I post for Spangel! I'll go with three favorites

    The Relevance of Spike This is sort of a rewritten season 6. It doesn't skimp on the irritation and pettiness both characters feel for each other but it goes into some realistic depth. It's character driven and full of plotty goodness with some great twists. There may be some sex as I recall but it's not at all a major point.

    Anamesis - short, classic, literary - beautiful writing.
    This is memory.

    Spike leaks a hum of tense energy into the gaps between words, audible only to Angel, but resonant in blood and bone. Like Spike himself it’s almost tangible, a slow, saturated seep building toward explosion.


    Manus Short, and classic. Post Damage and Soul Purpose. Literary fragments of memories and fever dreams
    They let Angel keep one picture of Connor.

    He doesn’t know why. Can’t imagine They didn’t know, or somehow forgot about the existence of just the one polaroid. But everything else was gone in that white instant; the flash of chemicalmajik that burned the longest year into something twisted, sharp, and unstained.


    There's my 3...and here's 2 more. I want you to know I spent hours going through my various bookmarks to pick out some of the best. That was fun!

    The Sound of Silence I love this story. Post Chosen and in LA , Spike is suicidal from the pain of the soul and the memories. Angel is completely unwilling to see it.

    Dweller In The Land Of Death There's a prequel Dark Domain that takes place before Angel was cursed with a soul. Jenny has an entire site with slash stories from Brokeback, Oz and Angel. Her writing is excellent - her stories are well plotted - and I really like her use of characters. However, she does tend to have a lot of sex. I usually skim it.

    Ooops, did I say 3? Clearly I meant 5. Manus and Anamesis are about a page long - the others are longer.
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    Hey, bespangled!

    Thank you very much for the fic suggestions! I did read all five of them (plus the prequel and sequel to the Dark Domain series - all I could find of it) and they were great fun!

    I thought Manus was a lovely piece that used the metaphor of hands in the Buffyverse in a very convincing manner. Anamesis fell into the same category - short, dreamlike, measured pacing and concentrating primarily on interior conflict rather than plot.

    The Sound of Silence and The Relevance of Spike were fairly angsty - which I like - and I noted that both emphasized Angel's refusal to "see" Spike as someone who was struggling with his place in the world after BtVS. I found Angel's refusal to see Spike's slow suicide in The Sound of Silence to be sorta shocking - but then Angel can blind himself to what he doesn't want to see and Spike is a master at hiding his true feelings.

    In a sense, you could also say that the Dark Domain series was a bit of the same even though a great amount of it was set in the past and it kept you guessing to the end. Is it common in Spangel that it's always Angel who is the resistant one - like Buffy in a lot of Spuffy fiction - or do these five fics in particular heavily focus on that because they're the kind of fics that you like?

    I also noticed how many began near or straight after the episode "Damage." Is that episode pretty prominent in Spangel fandom? It's one of my personal favorites.

    Characterization in all five was fantastic and nuanced, by the way. I could really hear the voices of Angel and Spike. If you have any more favorites, please post!


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    Read Phoenix Burning - felt like it could have been a post-BtVS film. Really strong characterizations of Angel and Buffy and a fascinating plot set three hundred years in the future. Pretty sad, though - most of the other Scoobies have died.


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    spuffy by cousinjean, eurydice, ginmar, wisteria, anna s, annie sewell jennings, etc. Dancing Lessons.
    Thanks for the recommendations! I'd read all of the above authors except for Dancing Lessons - which was like an epic novel! But it was terrific. Thank you so much for the suggestions!

    Anyone else want to suggest some fics, please do! Any pairings, as long as they're good! I need something to take my mind off RL at the moment and great fan fictions really take you away somewhere new.
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    I have spent the last few weeks rereading and trying to find more perfect fic for you because you love my links! I had to reread - and boy that was so hard. I read and read and gorram - I love you! It was like eating perfect chocolate for a purpose.

    I'm gonna introduce you to the joys of Spike and Giles.

    Go No More A-Roving - This one starts at Giles deathbed, and it is beautifully written. It's part of a series which is at time both sad and hilarious. Giles and Spike snark is the best - and this is far deeper than a slash pairing.

    Paving Stones After Buffy dies in season 5 Spike gives Giles what he is looking for - a reason to stay..

    If Strangers Meet Young Giles is sent to New York to help a watcher and crosses paths with a Spike who never escaped from that submarine. Set in the late 70's with spoilers for "Why We Fight" and "The Dark Age".

    Second Front After leaving Sunnydale in BtVS season 6, Giles has tried to start a new life for himself in England, but things keep happening to prevent him. First it's Willow trying to destroy the world, this time it's a very unwelcome visitor turning up on his doorstep.

    Career Change


    It's an alternate universe kind of thing. Drusilla was less than pleased after "Crush". She made a few stops before leaving town. Now, Giles has to learn to cope in a whole new world, while at the same time keeping his old world from falling to Glory.

    Work Text:

    When Giles opened his eyes, he was laying on the floor of Spike's crypt, wrapped in chains, and Spike was on the other side of the room with a loaded crossbow aimed at him.

    "So, you're awake," Spike said.

    "I feel very odd. Why are you pointing that at me? You can't use it on me."

    "I will if you're not reasonable."

    Giles looked at him curiously. "You act like you're worried about me. Good." He frowned. "My face feels odd."

    "I'd show you a mirror, but it wouldn't help."

    "What happened?"

    "What happened is I have to have some very serious words with Dru about what she dumps into my crypt when I'm not home and she's in a pissy mood."


    There's less or no sex sex in these - but there are several stories where there's some sort of BDSM relationship between the 2 if you want recs for those

    As to your question - yeah, Angel is the one who has difficulty seeing - but then given the insight Spike has shown that's kinda who they are. I have some more Spangel links for next time.

    Like I said - I have read so much fanfic with the great excuse of deciding what to share with you! This is heaven.
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    This thread makes me wistful, as many of the greats are gone for many of the less mainstream pairings. The classic Spangel fic is "Friday" by girlpire, but she locked the story down, and wasn't able to figure out how to unlock it before losing interest in fandom. *sigh*

    Fortunately, there is a very active Spander site, spanderfiles.com, which has a lot of classic and not-so-classic work. It's mostly Spander, as you would guess, but there are some other pairings (and moresomes) by writers who have done more than Spander. Dependable authors include: Baudown, Bruttimabuoni, calypso woodhaven, herself_nyc (yup, she writes Spander, too.), jane davitt, Kalima (check out Nicolette Says Jump*, to start), sabreshadowkat (try Brass Knackers), shadowscast (her Sock Puppet is a classic of hurt/comfort), and loads more.

    If you find an author you like, check to see if they've done any other pairings. I don't know if I would have ever read Spander if I hadn't tried Herself's Spander when I ran out of her Spuffy, for instance. Spander is the second most popular Buffyverse fic pairing, so there's A LOT. I think there's a Tillow-specific site, but don't know what to recommend. Most other pairing-specific archive sites have gone dark, along with far too many author sites.

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    *Nicolette is pretty funny and not so relationshippy, so might not be what you're looking for. Classic, though.
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    Friday is an amazing story! The structure, the 2nd person POV, the intricacy - I am so glad Girlpire and I were friends. I do have a copy I downloaded - I was so paranoid it would disappear. I wish she would just orphan them to ao3
    Can we agree that the writers made everyone do and say everything with a thought to getting good ratings and being renewed. This includes everything we love as well as everything we hate.

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