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Monday, October 17th, 2016
11:17 am
[yourlibrarian]
Classic Recs to open next week!
Starting at midnight GMT on October 27 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 26) buffyversetop5 will be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones until midnight November 1. Five days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2016 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!

We've also reopened the The Wishlist. Take a look at what recs people are hoping to see and put together a list. You can also leave your own request for recs.

If you have any questions about the session, check out our profile page or leave them here.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
3:43 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Transforming the Demon Pt. 3
Re-Integration

We know of at least three human souls that were brought back from death and re-united with the physical body a vampire had taken over -- Angel, Darla, and Spike. As mentioned earlier Darla returned fully human, so the demon who had killed her did not get pulled back. Instead, Darla was revamped later by Dru.

One question I have about vampires is whether they are all the same demon (essentially, clones) or if each demon is somehow unique apart from its human host. It does not seem likely, for example, that the same demon who was killed in Buffy S1 is somehow restored to Darla's body once she's revamped in Angel S2. But if the vampire parasite just creates clones of itself when it finds a human
host, the question becomes somewhat irrelevant. Darla's human brain retained the memory of its life as a demon because the physical form was restored from its point of destruction (in Buffy S1) but with the original human inhabitant restored from its demise in 1609. Read more...Collapse )
Monday, August 29th, 2016
2:46 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Transforming the Demon Pt. 2
As the Buffyverse developed, the issue of souls and soulessness became increasingly muddled. In Buffy's early seasons the soul was presented as a form of morality leash on vampires, though its actual definition was a little hazy. As the Buffyverse expanded, particularly on Angel, the mix of demons and humans up to no good made it quite obvious that souls were no guarantee of good behavior, nor was their absence a guarantee of violence and evil deeds. So why is it that the issue of souls for vampires is so key to the presence of morality? Read more...Collapse )
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
8:28 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Transforming the Demon Pt. 1
I was considering something I mentioned in a discussion about "This is the Picture", which was the repeated use of young women as mentally ill or institutionalized in Joss Whedon's work and how Spike was a rare male recurring character who was shown in the same way. That led me to thinking more about his ensoulment and what a human soul even means in the Buffyverse.

Getting a Soul

There has been, in Buffy fandom, a vigorous debate about what the writers intended to do at the end of S6 with Spike's storyline. Was he always intended to get his soul? The official story is yes but there has always been doubt on this topic. And I'm not sure why because, to my eyes, nothing else really made any sense. Read more...Collapse )
Sunday, May 8th, 2016
1:05 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Who's interested in a meta challenge?
Although this community is open for posting, it seems that only one person's thought to crosspost content here in the past few years. While Buffyverse meta probably isn't being written as often as it once was, I think there's still enough content out there that we could keep this account active.

One thing I've been noticing in a review of my own meta is that a lot of it was prompted by someone else's post -- sometimes fic or discussion, but often another meta post. It made me think that an interesting challenge might be to do a meta "remix". This could be of a meta post originally written about a different fandom, or another Buffyverse meta post that could use updating or another take.

Would anyone be interested in taking part in this if we set contribution dates at the end of July? I'd like people to commit to making a specific post, but we could do it as a weeklong event instead of set posting dates to keep things simpler.

If you'd be willing to take part, please leave a comment here. If we have at least a dozen people willing to take part, I'll make a new post and we can determine specifics of the posting week, and people can "sign up" to contribute particular topics.
Sunday, December 13th, 2015
8:00 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Remember 2015 at buffyversetop5!
The end of the year is almost here and that means it's time to remember the year in Buffyverse fandom! Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2015.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2015. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT on January 1st and will remain open through 6 PM GMT on January 18th. (What time is that in my timezone?)

If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
Monday, November 30th, 2015
12:13 pm
[lusciousxander]
Character Development
Some characters get the flashy, in-your-face character development (Willow, Wesley, Spike, Cordelia) and there are those characters whose character development is so subtle that you barely notice it, but it’s there.

Xander Harris and Bangel

Xander was a jerk to Buffy and her feelings for Angel on many occasions, like this:
Read more...Collapse )
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
7:56 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Classic Recs Kicks Off at buffyversetop5
Are thoughts of Halloween creeping up on you? It means Classic Recs is coming up soon at buffyversetop5

Starting at midnight GMT on October 28 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 27) we’ll be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones until midnight November 2. Five days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2015 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!



If you haven’t posted at Top 5 before, please take a look at
our FAQ page for tips on how to post. If you have any questions, just post them here.
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
5:01 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Buffyversetop5's 2014 Session Starts Jan 1
At month's end buffyversetop5 reopens for its 2014 session. Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2014.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2014. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT on January 1st (6 PM on the 31st in the U.S.) and will remain open through midnight UTC on January 19th.

If you want to help spread the news, several artists have made us some starter treats to entice friends to the party. If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
4:21 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Classic Recs are coming to Buffyversetop5!
Feel that change in the air? It means Classic Recs is coming up soon!

Starting at midnight GMT on October 30 (6 PM EST in the U.S. on Oct 30) we’ll be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones. Four days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms! All time periods before 2014 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!

If you haven’t posted at Top 5 before, please take a look at our FAQ page for tips on how to post. If you have any questions, just post them here.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
11:08 am
[yourlibrarian]
Buffyverse Top 5 to open January 1
At month's end buffyversetop5 reopens for its 2013 session. Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2013.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2013. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT (6 PM on the 31st in the U.S.) and will remain open through January 19th.

If you want to help spread the news, several artists have made us some starter treats to entice friends to the party. If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
12:56 pm
[yourlibrarian]
Classic Recs are coming!
Starting at midnight GMT on October 31 buffyversetop5 will be celebrating Halloween through all the time zones. Four days for you to bring your all-time favorite recs of fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in the Whedon fandoms. All time periods before 2013 are eligible for posting and, as always, crossover content is A-OK, so get those lists ready!

If you haven’t posted at Top 5 before, please take a look at our FAQ page for tips on how to post. If you have any questions, just post them here. Read more...Collapse )
Friday, December 21st, 2012
10:03 pm
[yourlibrarian]
BuffyverseTop 5 to open Jan 1!
buffyversetop5 will be opening at midnight GMT on Jan 1 for its annual session. Recs for any and all types of fan created works for the Buffyverse are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2012.

Stop by with any questions -- otherwise start making your lists now and spread some holiday cheer to your fellow fans!
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
11:08 am
[yourlibrarian]
Join us on January 1!
That's because on January 1, buffyversetop5 reopens for its 2011 session. Recs to any and all types of fan-created Buffyverse works are eligible so long as they were created or continued in 2011.

Gifting your fellow fans some lovely items to start the coming year with is a great way to celebrate the holiday season, and spread a little cheer to all those wonderful writers, artists, vidders, mods, and more who have given you something to smile (or maybe cry) about during 2011. So after all the eating, drinking, and general merrymaking is done, don't forget about the Buffyverse :) We'll be opening at midnight GMT (6 PM ET on the 31st in the U.S.) and will remain open through January 18th.

If you have any questions about the session, ask them here!
Thursday, August 18th, 2011
3:40 pm
[peasant_]
Future of this Community
Does anyone wish to take over the ownership and maintenance of this community? It is currently moribund but could be revived, or it could simply be kept in aspic as part of the fandom record.

If nobody is interested I will simply delete it, but that seems a shame since there are some great essays here.

LJ Community Management FAQ
Friday, October 5th, 2007
2:29 pm
[spankulert]
Review/thoughts on Buffy #7
First time try here, so be gentle. "This sucks" is just dandy, as long as it's followed by a "because..." ;)

(let me know if this doesn't count as meta. A little unsure of the definition)

( Back to black(and my journal) )
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
2:22 pm
[sevendeadlyfun]
Misandry and The Buffyverse OR Does Joss Whedon hate men?
Title: Misandry and The Buffyverse: Rupert Giles

Author: Maggie (sevendeadlyfun)

Summary: Buffy The Vampire Slayer is presented as a feminist triumph, a show where female strength and feminine heroism are given prominence and value. Equally, however, the show engaged in a systematic disparagement of men and masculinity. This essay focuses on Rupert Giles. Later essays will explore the other male characters of BtVS and how possible misandry affected their portrayal.


(Boys Are Bad)
9:07 am
[thatotherperv]
Aurelius: the Order of Irreverence
Title: Aurelius: the Order of Irreverence
Author: Mel (thatotherperv)
Summary: Spike is the well-known renegade of the family, but all of them rebelled against the previous generation and the status quo in their own ways. a look at the Master, Darla, Angelus, and Dru as rebels.
Spoilers: let’s say whole series, just to be safe.
Word Count: lil over 2000

essay here
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
7:02 pm
[stormwreath]
Identity, choice and heroism in 'The Chain'
Looks like I get to post the first post-metathon meta. :-)

Author: stormwreath
Summary: Identity, choice and heroism (with a digression on Existentialism) in 'The Chain'
Spoilers: up to Season 8 episode 5, and also for the Firefly episode 'Objects In Space'
Word count: 2,068 
Notes: An analysis of the main themes in episode 8:05, plus a look at Existentialist theory as it applies to Joss's works.

Essay here.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
6:45 am
[peasant_]
Stay tuned!
The Metathon is now officially over, and I hope you all agree it has been a marvelous month. I originally started the com because I was wondering what I could do to encourage a little more meta to be written, and it has exceeded my greatest hopes. I think we all just showed there is still a great deal to be said about this wonderful show of ours.

But it needn't all be over now.

We still have a handful of delayed essays to look forward to, but I have also had a lot of people express interest in continuing to use the com for other essays. This was always my intention and I think we definitely should keep the com as a pimping/posting place for all Buffyverse related meta.

So from now on, the com is open to all Buffyverse meta essays as and when you want to post them. Please still post in the format used for the Metathon - with headers, and tags and spoiler warnings etc. as before. If you are looking for inspiration then the subject list is still available with plenty of marvelous suggestions. Add a comment to the relevant suggestion when you have posted to help people find your essay (no need to say 'taken' or set yourself deadlines, obviously). Or post on a completely new subject as the inspiration takes you. The Buffyverse is our oyster.

In addition, you can link to other people's meta that you come across in your travels. The only rules are that it must be Buffyverse related, it must be a public post, you must follow the usual header and tag rules in your post, and you must inform the author that you have linked to her so she can ask for the post to be removed if she is unhappy with it.
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