Buffy Quiz

Sep. 14th, 2006 11:11 am
desoto_hia873: (JM - Vampire - crackers4jenn)
Test your memory of Buffy dialogue with the Buffy Quote Quiz. I got 100%. I'm embarrassed to admit, however, that I nearly got the Spike one wrong. ::hangs head in shame::
desoto_hia873: (Buffy and Spike 2 - _jems_)
[livejournal.com profile] mbangel10 has been posting the links to Arbitrar Of Quality's reviews of BtVS and AtS over at Google groups. I read his comments on Bargaining today and thought this was an interesting paragraph:

Buffy doesn't appear in the flesh until about midway through the show, and she's front and center for the rest, albeit only getting about three lines of dialogue. On the plus side, not everything's happily back to normal, and it's unclear whether it'll ever be. On the minus side, it's hard to get too invested in this, and I think the reason is that the show has pulled back from Buffy's experience. She's been through several layers of hell before, but then the viewer was always with her. The only time I can remember having a problem with getting into her head is "When She Was Bad," and even there we do tend to know what she's experienced, and by the end of that episode, her behavior is fully understandable. The rest of the time, the viewer has always shared the hero's journey. This, on the other hand, is more like what happened to Angel in S3. We only have a vague idea of what she's been through, and how she's perceiving the world. S3 could get away with this, because Angel wasn't the main character, and only had to be seen for a few minutes each episode, almost always from the hero's POV. Here, since the show's about Buffy and the world revolves around her, they're going to have to let us in.


He does kind of have a point. I've always felt a disconnect from Buffy in S6 and S7 that wasn't there in the earlier seasons. I attributed it to her depression in S6 (depressed people often come across as pretty blank) and her 'General Buffy' persona in S7. But maybe it was a change in the writing, as well--the later seasons seemed to be less her POV than, say, S2 and S3 when the viewer was pretty much installed in her head.

Huh.

Joss Speaks

Nov. 9th, 2005 11:49 am
desoto_hia873: (Joss - delectableoomph)
About Serenity, more Serenity comics, a new post-Chosen, post-NFA Buffy comic that will be canon because he's writing it, the Spike movie, Wonder Woman, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Read his post here.

New Buffy canon!

::squees::
desoto_hia873: (Sweet - mangofandango)
A San Francisco arts group is putting Once More With Feeling on stage: Buffy Musical Lives Again.

Neat.
desoto_hia873: (Sweet - mangofandango)
Talked to my father tonight - he's two discs into BtVS S6. Understand, now, that when my father really likes something, he says it's good. He might say it's very good. He's not necessarily grudging with praise, but he's not exactly effusive either.

He watched Once More With Feeling. And he gushed.

No, really! He gushed. I've never heard him like that before. I think aliens may have replaced his brain.

Also, he thinks Marti Noxon is hot.

::stares at pod!Dad::

Question

Aug. 24th, 2005 08:14 pm
desoto_hia873: (JM - Vampire - crackers4jenn)
Uninvite or disinvite? Which is correct in the Buffyverse?

The Gift

Aug. 21st, 2005 01:20 pm
desoto_hia873: (I Need A Hug - awmp)
Dad finally made it to the end of BtVS S5. He's not buying the whole "Buffy is dead" thing. But, then, who would? There are two seasons more to go.

In the words of one of his ex-girlfriends, I'm not feeling very gruntled today. It's August, it's sunny, SFX is in a few days, and it's the weekend. And still - blah. I seem to be trapped in one of those moods where I mostly just want to hide under the bed.

Can someone please send me a new brain?
desoto_hia873: (Absolut Spike - awmp)
When I started reading Buffyverse fanfic, the first big archive site I found was All About Spike. Which worked for me because he was my favourite character. Anyway, one of the things that I was quite delighted with was the wide variety of ways that people came up with to get the chip out of Spike's head.

Being old and fogey as I am (and becoming more so every day), I now can't remember half of the dechipping methods that I've read about. In fact, I can only come up with three. I don't want to spoil people for any stories that they haven't read, so I'm putting this very short list under the cut - click at your own risk.

This would be the cut. )

I know there were so many more. What ways have you read?
desoto_hia873: (Zen Master Snyder - buffychit)
Nick Brendon has an audioblog. Who knew?

Pratt?

Jul. 26th, 2005 04:40 pm
desoto_hia873: (William & Poetry - eyesthatslay)
I'm confused. Everyone seems to know that William's last name was Pratt all of a sudden and I don't know why. Please to explain?
desoto_hia873: (Abs of Spike - vampkiss)
Had this email from my father today: Is Buffy's Mum actually dead????? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Guess we know what episode he just watched. :-)

Random

Jul. 20th, 2005 09:45 pm
desoto_hia873: (Effulgent Spike - red_sunflower)
Have made it to p. 304 of Harry Potter. I think I can say, with conviction, that I've never seen so many semi-colons used in one book before.

Teeny spoiler for HBP )

In other news, Dad has made it to Blood Ties in BtVS S5 and called me tonight to ask where Glory had gone. He thought maybe he'd seen the last of her - I don't think he's quite grasped the idea of the seasonal Big Bad yet. He hated the episode Triangle (I rather agree with him on this one - it was a weak episode), but liked Lydia from the Watcher's Council in Checkpoint. I told him that Lydia's thesis is available online (http://www.channelingboards.com/SpikeThesis/) and have just discovered that an updated bound version is available for purchase (http://www.cafepress.com/teaattheford.12070289). Hee - I might have to get a copy of that.

Oh, and his theory for what happens to Buffy at the end of the season? She becomes a vampire. Heh.

Squee!

Jul. 15th, 2005 11:32 am
desoto_hia873: (William & Poetry - eyesthatslay)
I got Runner-Up at the RDAs. :-)

RDA R1 Drabble Award

Title: Beneath Her
Rating: PG-13

William had to leave the party early. Cecily had been there again, looking wondrous and alluring in a gown of silk and taffeta. The pearls around her neck accentuated the daring d├ęcolletage of her dress and the lush curves of her bosom. Her comeliness sent shivers of delight to his nether regions, leaving him breathless and more than a little embarrassed by their reaction.

He lay in bed, consumed by sinful thoughts and wicked desire. He imagined her above him, wearing nothing but her pearls, pressing her warmth and softness against him.

William groaned. He yearned to be beneath her.

***

Congrats to all the other RDA Round 1 winners - there were some mighty fine stories entered.

*snort*

Jun. 17th, 2005 02:42 pm
desoto_hia873: (Sawyer)
If you're a Lost fan as well as a Buffy fan, check out [livejournal.com profile] archbishopm's version of Boone and Locke singing "Going Through The Motions" from Once More With Feeling here.

Just make sure you're not drinking anything when you read it.
desoto_hia873: (Spike & lighter - awmp)
Another Buffy actor crossover to Joan of Arcadia: Wentworth Miller is playing the mysterious and possibly evil Ryan Hunter. I guess he got over that gill thing.
desoto_hia873: (One Good Day)
Here's a preview of the soon-to-be-released Subway Spike figure: Clicky

The safety pins - hee!
desoto_hia873: (I Heart Nerds - eyesthatslay)
This weekend I finally got around to watching the Joan of Arcadia episode from two weeks ago and was amused to see that Principal Snyder (Armin Shimerman) was an (undigested) guest star.

Also finally watched the two most recent 24 episodes and I just have to say: Edgar/Chloe - OTP. Hee! They're both such utter misfits.
desoto_hia873: (Whedon Legacy - wickedgoddess_)
Most of my reading prior to LJ was at All About Spike, partly because I liked Spike as a character so much, but also because it was the first archive I found with such consistently good stories. (Maybe we should have an archive appreciation week too?)

After coming to LJ, however, I found new authors I hadn't heard of before. Lots. Lots that I've read and lots more that I haven't had time to read yet. It's hard to pick from among them, but here are a few of my favourites:

[livejournal.com profile] jwaneeta writes delightfuly insane prose in the style of P.G. Wodehouse. Her story A Proper Funeral stars Giles, Spike, and Angel, and is side-splittingly funny. [livejournal.com profile] jwaneeta has an unusual past and uses it to great effect when she does commentary on her own story The Code of the Watchers with Sister Angelus. Just reading [livejournal.com profile] jwaneeta's posts can be wildly entertaining, whether she is expounding on the loveliest desk in the storied annals of deskery or mourning frozen octopi that look like tiny used condoms with tentacles. Check her out.

[livejournal.com profile] thenyxie is a wonderfully talented writer with an incredible range. I've pimped it before, but I'll pimp it again: In The Alley (How It All Comes Down) is her take on what happened after the scene faded to black at the end of Not Fade Away and it is brilliant. In my mind, it's canon. Song of the Open Road takes a look at the post-Chosen lives of the surviving BtVS characters and is equally wonderful. Season of the Witch was written for her own Tales of the Slayers Ficathon and tells the story of a Slayer in the days of the Salem witch trials.

[livejournal.com profile] stoptocheer is an author I just started to read recently - she does a fantastic Xander. The Tale That The Watcher Tells looks at what might have happened if Xander's and Giles's roles had been reversed in The Wish. Not only is it a great story, but it gets rid of the plot hole in the original episode (see my post here). Seven Conversations Xander Harris Never Had With Rupert Giles sums up Xander's character perfectly and The Inherent Ineluctability of One's Fate is a great alternative ending to BtVS S6.

More tomorrow!
desoto_hia873: (Short Is Good - Redeem147)
Continuing with the story of my induction into the world of fanfic, the next author that I found and devoured was Colleen (a/k/a [livejournal.com profile] redeem147). She is the master of ficlets and drabbles - she comes up with amazing twists and ideas, and then distills them into bite-sized stories. No one is better at this than she is. Every week she writes three drabbles for [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday - I can't always read the plethora of drabbles posted there, but I usually go looking for hers.

Some of my favourite ficlets: Best Served Cold, Unborn, Four Wishes, and Shopping

This one is a brilliant explanation for why Spike didn't go to Buffy when he finally recorporealised in AtS S5: Read Him Like A Book

And this one encapsulates Angel's cancellation: The End

She's also pretty good at making icons - like the one attached to this post.
desoto_hia873: (Whedon Legacy - wickedgoddess_)
FANFIC AUTHORS APPRECIATION WEEK

March 6 through March 13

Post to your LJ each day at least one of your favorite fanfic authors and why you love them, their work, and why they need more appreciation.


Well, I'm obviously coming into this rather late and I don't think I'm as well-read as many people, but I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring anyway.

I only discovered fanfic last year and, to be honest, I can't remember what or who I read first. Among the first and certainly largely responsible for convincing me that there was quality fanfic out there was [livejournal.com profile] cousinjean. I'm pretty sure I found her first at All About Spike (I still do alot of reading there) - my favourite stories were And Miles To Go, Future Imperfect, The Butterfly Effect, and Perfect World. From there, I discovered Dancing Lessons and others. It's hard to walk away from your computer in the middle of a [livejournal.com profile] cousinjean story.

Not long after finding [livejournal.com profile] cousinjean, I discovered [livejournal.com profile] rahirah (also at All About Spike - I love this site!). I doubt very much if I can say anything about the Barbverse that has not already been said - it's fantastic, it's perfect, I've read everything there is at least twice. I salivate whenever a new chapter is posted. Someone should be paying this woman - there are books in print that are not nearly as good as her stories.

And then I found [livejournal.com profile] spikewriter and her Magic Box Stories, which I also loved. I definitely need to return to her site and read Seven Years in the Desert.

And that was my introduction to fanfic, and a pretty fine introduction at that.

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