|OK, I'll Give This A Shot
||[Apr. 10th, 2004|02:30 am]
Buffyverse Plot-based Fanfiction
Here are a few of the--IMO--better plot-driven stories I've written. I'll rate them according to the one to five scale in my essay from a few days back, and I'll also mention any follow-up stories and their ratings and whether they're complete or not.
Beaming Down. . .To A Hellmouth? is a BtVS/ST: TOS crossover with a twist--the Federation crew that visits the Hellmouth is that of Captain Christopher Pike, the captain of the Enterprise before James T. Kirk (as seen in the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage" and the two part ST: TOS episode "The Menagerie."). Plenty of action and character interaction--rates just below a two on the 'shipperness scale. Its sequel The Hellmouth Protocol is even less 'shippy (about a one and a half), and has been incomplete for quite a while (though I've been working on the conclusion, and should be done with it soon)--it's very intense in spots and involves both Kirk and Buffy's people in a struggle for their lives.
The Unicorn and The Slayer is a BtVS/Chronicles of Amber crossover, in which Buffy discovers a secret about her heritage as she and her friends join forces with a Prince and Princess of Amber to literally save her world. Plenty of fighting and intense character interaction--a two on the 'shippiness scale. There are several follow-up stories:
Emeritus: A few hoodlums make the mistake of bugging a member of the Royal Family of Amber when she's trying to drink in peace. A one on the 'ship scale--not much of a plot.
Diplomatic Measures: Buffy is sent on a mission for the Crown of Amber that requires her special touch. Lots of character interaction and an intense fighting scene. A one and a half on the 'ship scale.
Variations On A Theme: Giles receives a visit from a member of Buffy's family, who wants some advice and offers him an opportunity. Mostly character-driven, but significant to the overall plotline of the series. A one on the 'ship scale.
The Manchurian Slayer was inspired by Richard Condon's chilling political novel--later made into a truly great movie starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Landsbury--"The Manchurian Candidate." Faith is captured by the Mayor and brainwashed into becoming a perfect killer. Very angsty in spots, and intense almost from start to finish. A two on the 'ship scale. Its sequel A Night On The Town, is far more 'shippy (four plus), but provides some closure to the storyline.
Trial is based on a simple premise--Xander went to Faith's room after her lie in "Consequences" was revealed, and talks her into facing judgment by the Council of Watchers. Features courtroom drama and a chaotic fight scene, and is centered around Xander, Willow, and Faith. A two on the 'ship scale. Winner of the Best Action Fic Award for the Winter 2002 Halo Awards.
Ethics--which was written after "The Body" had aired, but before "Intervention"--features Spike and the BuffyBot, and his efforts to make the Bot into what he really wants. In the end, he pays a dear price for his efforts. Looks like a four on the surface, but is really focused on the development of Spike's character as much or more as his love for Buffy and her mechanical counterpart, so I'd call it a three on the 'ship scale.
The Slayer Central stories deal with the aftermath of Buffy's decision to bring the new Slayers to Los Angeles to stay at the Hyperion with Angel's group, where they forge an alliance to seek out and protect the other new Slayers as well. Fourteen stories in the series, which range from a one to a four on the 'ship scale (there's some B/X in here, so those disliking that should stay clear); overall, it's about a two-and-a-half on the 'ship scale. Plenty of fighting and character interaction to keep the reader interested, and a couple of canon characters meet their end.
That's enough for now, I think--I'll post more if anyone is interested.