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Fanfic As Genre
36 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
OTPs: A Spike and Buffy Story
In this episode we begin our discussion of OTPs with an a in depth analysis of the relationship between Spike and Buffy and why the Spuffy ship features so heavily in the BTVS fandom. The podcast I reference here is Still Pretty by Chipperish Media hosted by Lani Diane Rich and Noelle Lacroix. Specifically, I would recommend listening to their episode on Seeing Red- the analysis is nuanced and in-depth and gives the characters the exactly what they deserve. They can be found here: https://chipperish.com/podcasts/still-pretty/ Fic Recs The Darkling by OffYourBird Fandom: Buffy the Vampire SlayerLink: https://dark-solace.org/elysian/viewstory.php?sid=5602&ageconsent=ok&warning=5 When Buffy’s quest to get Spike returned to her is fulfilled in an unexpected way, she finds herself in a complicated relationship with an intrigued master vampire who isn’t the man she loves, but who might be someday… if she can convince him to step out of the dark. ~~Thursdays Child by zabjade Fandom: Buffy the Vampire SlayerLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/6155038/chapters/14102731 Shortly after the events of “The Replacement”, Buffy and Spike are accidentally caught up in a demon fertility ritual, leading to a very strange pregnancy. Compelled by the ritual to do whatever it takes to protect it, Buffy has to deal with an angry Riley and an equally angry Spike while trying to keep her baby safe.~~Reprise by HollyDB Fandom: Buffy the Vampire SlayerLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/20893124/chapters/49664237 Spike came back to life and didn’t bother to tell her. Then he died again before she could chew him out. Buffy makes a wish in front of the right kind of demon to set things right and finds herself propelled back to the darkest period of her life.~~ Something for Me by Dorians Kitten Fandom: Buffy the Vampire SlayerLink: https://dark-solace.org/elysian/viewstory.php?sid=6377&ageconsent=ok&warning=5 Spike finally realizes that Buffy means it this time; she's ending their not-a-relationship for good. It's over and he is devastated. He knows that magic comes with a cost, but desperate times call for desperate measures. There's got to be something to help ease the pain. He heads to The Magic Box hoping to make a deal with Anya, only to find her chatting all cozy-like with the demon who once called herself Halfrek and broke his pathetic human self's heart. That's okay. There are other places in Sunnydale where a clever vamp can find himself a spot of magic. In fact, Spike might just know himself a rather softhearted witch. Will Tara give him the magic he wants? Or might she just give him something even better?
23 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Chew on that!
In this episode we discuss fics that answer the big questions in life and why those types of stories are important to fanfiction as a genre. Fic Recs Liebestod by IamblichusFandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18051587/chapters/42661694 They really should have known the First Evil wasn't done with them after Sunnydale... Enter: Time-travel, mysterious prophesies, and lots of poetry. Spuffy. BtVS Post-Season 7; Angel AU Season 5. All's well that ends well.~The Dragon's Gold by IamblichusFandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Link: https://dark-solace.org/elysian/viewstory.php?sid=6248&ageconsent=ok&warning=5 (will need an account to browse on this website) A year ago, Buffy and Spike went down into a cave, had some ritualized sex, and changed the rules of the game once and for all, returning a soul to each and every vampire. One thing no one predicted? Some vampires might be more dangerous with a soul than without one. (Takes place about a year after Liebestod.)~Never Grow A Wishbone by ShanaStorytellerFandom: Harry Potter Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/8017603/chapters/18355225 She almost smiles, and true alarm starts to build in his chest. “I’m afraid I’m not here for something so small. Professor Roberts has resigned.” “Good,” Draco says honestly, “Would you like a list of suitable alternatives? I know a number of competent potions masters abroad, but then of course you’d have to hire another teacher to act as the Slytherin head. I’m afraid you’ve dried up all the half decent Slytherin Potions masters.” “Not all of them,” she says quietly.He blinks. She can’t be serious. “You can’t be serious.”“Gravely,” she says, “Mr. Malfoy, I am not above begging.”What the bloody fuck. “I don’t even like potions!”Draco returns to Hogwarts.He has a duty to his blood and his name and his house, and he will fulfill it.
24 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
How to Travel Time and Influence People
In this episode we discuss time travel fanfics: what they are, why they exist, and how they’ve influenced mainstream culture. Fic Recs Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by sunalsoFandom: Buffy the Vampire SlayerLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/6261235/chapters/14346949 Starts post NFA in 2004 and loops back to 1997 and a very AU Season 2. Having fallen into a deep depression following the destruction of her entire world, Buffy attempts to take her own life. In a desperate measure to save her, she is sent into the past. Only she doesn't go back entirely alone. Faced with becoming a ghost in her own past can Buffy figure out how to live again? And what's with that echo that traveled with her?Starts out dark but doesn't stay that way. ~Draco Malfoy and the Mirror of Ecidyrue by starbrigid (Series)Fandom: Harry PotterLink: https://archiveofourown.org/series/1765369 All it takes is one look in a mirror and an ill-advised attempt to shatter it, before an embittered Draco Malfoy fresh out of Azkaban is sent back into his body on the day he gets his Hogwarts letter.Suddenly, Draco has an unwanted second chance, with a Sorting Hat that doesn't know what to do with him, a certain Muggleborn who won't leave his study table alone, and green eyes he just can't get out of his head. And then there's his new wand, whose choice of him could just mark him as every bit as dark a wizard as his name means he should be.~The Poison Garden by turtle_wexlerFandom: Harry PotterLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/16780603/chapters/39378724 Upon finding herself thrown back in time to 1987, Hermione decides to befriend a young Potions Master. He has other ideas.~Battle is the Great Redeemer by Lady_in_RedFandom: Game of ThronesLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18924034/chapters/44926084 Jaime Lannister dies in a tunnel under the Red Keep, and wakes up days earlier at Winterfell. And then it happens again. And again. But he's not the first to live the same battle over and over again. Arya Stark, the slayer of the Night King, went through it first in the Battle of Winterfell. Edge of Tomorrow AU
25 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Practicing for Life: Alternate Universes and Turning Points
In this episode, we discuss and define two major types of fanfiction: the alternate universes and the turning point. The stories recommended below are examples of both. These fics may contain adult content. Fic Rec Links: Turning Point Stories: When the Floods Roll Back by OffYourBirdFandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/17488526/chapters/41189678Buffy's back from the grave and finding that being alive - yet again - really isn't all it's cracked up to be. In fact, she'd like a refund. No, really; she could use the money.~Harry Potter and the Problem of Potions by Wyste Fandom: Harry PotterLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/10588629/chapters/23404335Once upon a time, Harry Potter hid for two hours from Dudley in a chemistry classroom, while a nice graduate student explained about the scientific method and interesting facts about acids. A pebble thrown into the water causes ripples.Contains, in no particular order: magic candymaking, Harry falling in love with a house, evil kitten Draco Malfoy, and Hermione attempting to apply logic to the wizarding world.~Alternate Universe Stories:Fever by Lady_in_RedFandom: Game of ThronesLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/1124643/chapters/2266936As a professional bull rider, Jaime Lannister cheated death, eight seconds at a time, for more than a decade. When his luck finally runs out, Brienne Tarth becomes his unlikely savior. A slow-burn romance set against a backdrop of dangerous sports and pop culture geekery in a Westeros-flavored United States.What he loves might kill himBut he's got no choice, he's a different breedWith a voice down deep insideThat's screamin' he was born to ride- "The Fever," Garth Brooks~Deep in the Heart of Me by Finely Honed (jaqen_hgar)Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/5111324/chapters/11759420Veteran single dad Steve runs a tattoo shop. Pepper arranges for Tony to get that tattoo he always wanted, and he winds up with the mother of all crushes instead. Jumping out of airplanes is one thing, but love requires real courage. Steve struggles with letting someone into his life. Tony tries to keep his heart intact while Steve works on his issues.Craving a realistic depiction of a romantic relationship featuring PTSD, mental health issues, and characters who discuss their problems? This might be for you. No magic fixes here but a happy ending is guaranteed!
21 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
A Personal History of Fanfiction
In the first episode of Fanfic as Genre, Annie discusses her personal history with fanfiction and how it has affected her life. The stories recommended in this episode are some her favorite fics as adult and do contain adult content. Historical information about Fanfiction.net and Archiveofourown.org was found at HobblyLark.com. Fic Recs Links: Walking in the Lonely Dark by DeejaymilFandom: Criminal Minds Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/9459851/chapters/21401057 'Agents Emily Prentiss and Spencer Reid are the latest victims in a long line of what authorities are only now admitting could be serial abductions ranging back over a decade. Dubbing the abductor 'The Ghost', the only thing authorities seem to be able to agree on is this: no victims have yet been recovered.'For Aaron Hotchner, it was his worst fear come to life. Forced to work alongside Jason Gideon and the human members of the elite BAU, Aaron and what remained of his pack found themselves fighting against everything they'd ever stood for in order to bring their people home.For the missing agents, it was life shattering. Trapped almost four thousand miles away and forced into betrayal by their captors, a desperate flight into a deadly blizzard made them realize how precarious their grip on survival truly was. But that didn't matter. There was no giving up.It wasn't only their survival they were fighting for.~A Wolf Amongst Lions by KallypspFandom: Game Of ThronesLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15494880/chapters/35970525 Tywin Lannister discovers the true identity of his cup bearer at Harrenhal. Now, with another bargaining chip in his possession, he has a chance to turn the war. Arya Stark, despite her best efforts, falls back into the Game of Thrones. To survive in a lion's den, a wolf has no choice but to adapt.~Hermione Granger's Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run by waspabi Fandom: Harry PotterLink: https://archiveofourown.org/works/7331278/chapters/16653022 'You're a wizard, Harry' is easier to hear from a half-giant when you're eleven, rather than from some kids on a tube platform when you're seventeen and late for work.
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