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23 August 2009 @ 06:30 pm
Prophetic Dreams - I need resources!  
Are there any resources out there that list all of Buffy's early Slayer/prophetic dreams and which episodes they were in? I checked out the tags at the Buffyverse Dialogue Database and it lists some of them, but definately not all of them. Equally appreciated would be links to any meta posts out there that tackle the subject of Buffy's dreams. I am in fic research mode! 

On a related note, this weekend I've been mulling over B/A fic ideas for the iwry_marathon and to get me in the mindset I was browsing through past entries. One fic that I came across and is in utter need of reccing is Courting Sin by leni_ba. I suppose any B/A 'shipper likely know this 'verse already, but as one of the uninitiated it's completely new to me. A bit late to the party, I suppose, since this was written in 2005. Nonetheless, I read it as a lark at Octaves of the Heart and I was pretty much awe-struck. Set in an AR S2, Leni diverges somewhere around Passion and spins a dark, psychological "what if" tale about how a relationship between Angelus and Buffy might have started. It sounds like a totally outrageous and even unappealing concept, but my god is it executed brilliantly. The story unfolds through brief vignettes told from Buffy's POV and is so plausible as to be disquieting. Buffy's slow slow fall, the co-dependence that the two of them begin to share, the brilliant tweaking of canon events to suit this original and fascinating story is just... wow. The characterization is spot on and the writing... the writing is what really got me. It's beautiful. Elegant, streamlined, thoughtfully crafted and so deliberate that the words pack a sizeable punch. We know that Buffy has a lot of darkness in her that she only taps into later in the show, but with Angelus' clever mind games she sinks quickly, but more surprisingly starts to match him stride for stride. Happy reading.

servus_a_manu: Angelservus_a_manu on August 24th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Octaves of the Heart was my intro to fanfic! And you're right, Courting Sin is breathtakingly awesome.
ClawofCat: Bangel angstclawofcat on August 24th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Octaves of the Heart was my intro to fanfic!
Really? Huh. It's so Bangely. I wouldn't have guessed. Chrislee has excellent taste though. She errs toward angsty, so I often really like her selections.

And you're right, Courting Sin is breathtakingly awesome.
Ah, the pretty kills me. I'm weird in that personal style often makes or breaks a fic for me. Like, a story can have a good plot and good characterization, but what I really want is the writing to be gorgeous. Those are the stories that make go "wow." When the very craft of the words just casts a spell. I admire authors that can do that so hard.
servus_a_manu: BtVSservus_a_manu on August 24th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Really? Huh. It's so Bangely. I wouldn't have guessed.
I know. But this was before I started trying to write fanfic in this 'verse. And I have the same preferences for writing style that you do. (Which is probably why I adore your recs so much.) I actually don't care very much what the paring is, so long as the writing makes me feel... something. I ended up in a Spuffy community because quite frankly, Spike is easier to write for and I'm not a good enough writer to not use every crutch available to me, but I never turn down a big, heaping dose of delicious, lyrical angst!
The Mezzaninedeird1 on August 24th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I've got a list of Buffy's dreams somewhere. I made it for a meta I got halfway through writing...

Want me to see if I can find it for you?
The Mezzaninedeird1 on August 24th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on August 24th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That's exactly what I need. Let the mass episode viewing begin.