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News item [May. 4th, 2004|09:21 am]
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[mood |sillysilly]

Regarding airawyn's idea for a a ficathon posted here, I found a strange news article that might be usable. Don't read it, though, because I'm waiting to see how she doles out the assignments and would hate to spoil anyone on this item. No, really, don't read it.Collapse )
If everybody did this, found an item and then cut it, that way airawyn could get all the assignments together easily. (And no, I'm not trying to usurp you if you had a better idea, hon.)
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Plot Ficathon? [May. 3rd, 2004|04:51 pm]
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Would anyone be interested in a plot ficathon?

Here's my idea - every person who signed up would contribue a photo or news article about something weird. Then the photos/articles would be randomly assigned to people who would then write a Buffy or Angelverse story about it.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
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OK, I'll Give This A Shot [Apr. 10th, 2004|02:30 am]
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[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

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.
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Fics [Apr. 7th, 2004|09:46 am]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Just a couple of fics I wrote a while ago.

Supervillains aren't Afraid of the Dark - in which Andrew is soooo not a scaredy-cat. Rated R and about 3,500 words.


Belated - in which Tucker waxes poetic about puppies and brotherly love. Rated PG and about 4,800 words.
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A rec of my own... [Apr. 7th, 2004|06:12 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

Okay, this is one of my favourite plotfics. Favourite Buffy fics altogether, in fact. It's clever, witty, provides great insights into all the characters and it stars a character that I guarantee you would never guess could have a ten chapter story devoted to him.

Read it. It's great, honest :-).

With an Alien People Clutching Their Gods
By: mikelesq
Set between seasons five and six
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(no subject) [Apr. 6th, 2004|11:50 pm]
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New to the community, thought I'd post and say hello...

Most of the stuff I've written is too short to be considered to have plot, but I have one short story - about 13000 words - centred around Cordelia, early season 2 Angel. There are Cordelia/Gunn overtones but nothing shippy.

The Snow Queen, PG

Some recs:

Title: Coming Through the Keyholes
Author: hold_that_thought
Rating: PG-13
Length: ~6000 words
Summary: The story of Andrew and the school play

Title: A Stitch in Time - Book One and Book Two
Author: Yahtzee and Rheanna
Rating: PG-13
Length: novel
Summary: Drusilla goes back in time to stop Angel from being souled. Angel, Cordelia, Fred and Gunn have to travel back to 1898 to stop her. It could fit perfectly into season 3 canon.
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Plotfic vs. Shipperfic [Apr. 6th, 2004|12:27 am]
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[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

A little while back, I belonged to a Yahoo group that was specifically designed to promote non-romantic (using that term broadly) Buffy stories. There was some controversy about what constituted a non-romantic fic, and I gave the issue some thought and wrote a short essay about what distinguished romantic stories from non-romantic stories. Unfortunately, the group was disbanded and the essay has disappeared into the ether, but I'll try to reconstruct it here.

Very few stories are going to be abolutely without romance, or (on the other end of the scale) completely fixated on romance/sex at the expense of all else (PWPs being an obvious exception). Most fall along a continuum, which I'll present as a one to five scale:

1-- Completely non-romantic: The story spends no or virtually no time dealing with romance on the part of the characters. If relationships are mentioned, it is in passing and has no real significance to the plot. If the romantic elements were removed from the story, the reader would probably not even notice.

2-- Non-romantic: The story is largely focused on non-romantic plot elements, but romantic plot elements are visible as secondary threads. There are no "love scenes," but romantic interaction occurs as an element of scenes centered on other activities. If the romantic elements were removed from the story, the reader would notice some minor differences, but the story as a whole would be more or less recognizable.

3-- "Balanced" Plot: The story is balanced more or less evenly between romantic and non-romantic plot elements. There are scenes devoted largely or totally to romantic interaction between two or more of the characters. If the romantic elements were removed from the story, it would have a major impact on the readability of the story, though there would still be viable plot elements remaining.

4--Romantic: The story is centered on the romantic interactions of two or more characters, though non-romantic plot elements are present and may be crucial to the story. If the romantic elements were removed from the story, what remained would probably be unreadable (though a plot bunny or two might be visible).

5--Completely Romantic: The story is almost totally centered around love/sex--other plot elements are peripheral and are not of great importance to the story. If the romantic elements were removed from the story, there would literally be nothing left.

Using these guidelines, the mission statement of this group would appear to deal with stories in the range between one and two on this scale. I've noted that ones are rare in Buffyverse fiction, but twos pop up a fair amount. I'd say that most fall in the three to four range, with PWPs and particulary fluffy tamer shipperfics ending up at or near a five rating.

Hope this helps. :-)
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Recs [Mar. 31st, 2004|11:23 am]
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To start things off, here's a couple of recs.

Title: Sleight of Mind
Author: blinkytreefrog
Rating: PG
Length: 5900 words
Summary: It's after graduation and Jonathan is stuck in therapy with a new psychiatrist and a vaguely irritating guy called Andrew bugging him in the waiting room. Unfortunately, things are about to get a little... sinister.

Title: It's Like A Buddy Movie (Only Without the Buddy Part)
Authors: veggiebelle and SoulVamp
Rating: PG
Length: 20,000 words
Summary: “I worked by your side all summer,” Spike reminds Xander during “Afterlife.” Here’s how one adventure during the summer between the fifth and sixth seasons might have gone.
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Intro [Mar. 31st, 2004|11:16 am]
Buffyverse Plot-based Fanfiction

Welcome to the Buffy Plotfic community. This is a place to post plotfic links, recs or stories.

A lot of the Buffy and Angel fanfiction community is based around 'ships (relationships), such as Buffy/Angel, Buffy/Spike, Spike/Angel, etc. Stories without 'ships are often overlooked.

The purpose of this community is to share plotfic, so that readers and writer who like non-shippy stories have a place to gather.

(1) You may post links, recs or stories. If you post a story, please put it behind an lj-cut. For any of the above, please tell us:
Length (approximate word count, if possible)

(2) Plotfic only. Now, what makes a fic a 'shipper fic or plotfic is subjective, and there are good plotfics that are both, so use your best judgement. Basically, if the story is focused on the relationship, it's probably a 'shipper fic. If it's focused on the story, it's probably a plotfic.

(3) Fanfiction must be based on Buffy or Angel. Crossovers with other shows/genres ok.

(4) Give feedback whenever you can! Fanfic authors love feedback, and plotfic writers get a lot less of it than the 'shipper writers.

This community is unmoderated. Please be considerate of others.
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