1) I started a DW account
- basically because I wanted to read snowpuppies'
fics, and now I'm wondering - me, two journals, and ADD-ish-ness. A potentially bad idea? (Especially given that I still have almost 200 replies from other people on my LJ that I still haven't responded to.) Is there any point in reposting the metas I've done here, as a lot of your with DW journals do? I guess I'll have to see what I can handle, brain-wise.
2) Speaking of snowpuppies'
, her short fics "Fractured"
and "Innocence (The Remix)"
are two of my favorite stories in this fandom. Pretty much everything she writes is awesome. "Lilies"
was one of the two inspirations for my own fic "Untitled (post-The Gift)
", but those are my two favorites of her stories. Both AU stories spinning off from different points in the series - but totally plausible in context, thanks to VIVID and well-observed characterization. So much angst I can cut it with a knife, and disturbing imagery. And neither one is kind to Angel. (Which is probably not a problem with most of my flist. Just sayin'.)
"Fractured", AU from "Bargaining" reads almost like a horror movie at first (what if Buffy came back really
wrong?) which is fitting, since the concept of Buffy was originally about playing with horror movie tropes. "Innocence" is exactly what it sounds like, a revisioning of the episode of the same name. It includes graphic sex and dubious consent - which I normally don't care for in fanfics - but this is not porn. It's disturbing and uncomfortable and traumatic for the characters and it's SUPPOSED to be. This isn't about the reader getting off on a character being humiliated, which is something that makes me extremely uncomfortable. There's no comfort to this hurt. Both function, in my head at least, as meta commentary on both the show and on fanfic tropes: Buffy as victim, the tendancy of the men in Buffy's life to try to control her because they "know what's best for her", the destructiveness of Buffy/Angel, as well as Buffy/Angelus.
And, "Fractured" is compassionate towards Angel without letting him off the hook for his flaws, his myopia; and I actually felt sorry for him - and for everyone who becomes a victim of his well-meaning intentions in this story. Quite the feat.