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Buffy Seasons: Master Post

All the seasons (once they all exist) and most of the other random bits associated with this fic, all located on one convenient page for your perusing pleasure.


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Origin:
1 - Blood on the Sand
2 - Destiny-Free, Really
3 - Midnight Musings
4 - Sawdust Bags
5 - Day Jobs
6 - Slipping
7 - The ants go marching...
8 - Fallout
9 - Playing for the Other Team
10 - Alone
11 - Winter is Coming
12 - Fire
13 - Water and Wine
14 - Just a Girl
15 - Pinned
16 - Talk to Me
17 - Choices
18 - Left Behind
19 - Caged
20 - Lies
21 - Void
22 - Too Little, Too Late
23 - Moving On

Season One:

24 - Mirror
25 - Delusion
26 - Newfound Companions
27 - Past and Present
28 - Fears
29 - Telenovela
30 - Safe
31 - Velcro
32 - Flammable
33 - Rooted
34 - Mothballs
35 - Schism
36 - Home
37 - Apple Strudel
38 - Cliffnotes
39 - Hunter, Interrupted
40 - Waylaid
41 - Nightcap
42 - Room Change
43 - Coming soon...


Metas:

Sixteen Candles and a Bloodstone: Thoughts on Witch
Crickets in the Mayonnaise, Bodies in the Fridge: Thoughts on Teacher's Pet

Banners:

[Origin]
[Welcome to the Hellmouth]
1.1hellmouthcard

[The Harvest]
1.2harvestcard

[Witch]
[Teacher's Pet]
[Never Kill a Boy on the First Date]

Comments

Bookmarking this now - very handy, thank you!
BTW have you thought of adding links to your meta on the chapters as you go along here (and marking them as such of course)? To me they are of such a piece with the story.
Thanks for the suggestion! I added them.
And you added the banners too, hurrah!
Congrats on the SunnyD nomination!

ETA: I just checked and the Wicked awards buttons are at the awards profile page (the biggest and clearest ones are nude men, alas, but the teensy ones that show the buffyverse cast are, well, teensy)
http://wicked-awards.livejournal.com/profile

Anyhoodles, more congrats!

Edited at 2013-10-14 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much! I didn't realize that the Wicked one had buttons.
And the REALLY dumb thing is that I already had the ones from last year saved in my LJ album. Duh.

Congrats, hon!

I just saw that you won Runner-up for Best Gen Fic in the SunnyD Awards!
http://sunnydawards.dragonydreams.com/round29/winners29.html





Edited at 2013-12-24 06:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Congrats, hon!

Oh, wow! I had no idea. Thanks so much for telling me! (I was actually wondering the other day what had ever happened with that, and I saw that the winners hadn't been announced yet)

I guess now I really have motivation to get back to the fic. Though I finally did banners for WttH and Harvest... ficcage next. XD

Re: Congrats, hon!

I saw the winners list come up on my friends page; I think the mods were late with the awards this time around.

And YAY! for the banners - I was hoping you'd do more. I love that you chose the image from the flashback in Becoming for Origins because it gives me so many FEELINGS! That is the scene I keep referring people to over and over again (as in, "remember that scene..."); in just a couple of minutes we learn SO much about Buffy and the Summers family dynamic that has nothing whatsoever to do with Buffy's calling; her calling only made an already bad situation worse or brought it to the breaking point. Hank and Joyce might have dragged out their marriage a few years longer otherwise, but it would have meant more of the same, more arguing, more nights of Buffy (and Dawn) crying privately and putting on a show during the day for their friends.

We see so many of Buffy and Dawn's characteristics modeled by their parents - outward displays of harsh verbal anger and sarcasm (Hank) vs silence, withdrawal and putting on a show of "everything's ok" (Joyce); etc.

And the scene of Buffy looking at herself in the mirror while Dawn cleans her up in After Life calls back to this one; and the look of shame on her face (on the stairs when Spike is looking at her) and here is nearly identical.

Best of all, this scene is the only one I remember that was in the movie, so it's wasn't an afterthought or retcon in any way - this is how the Summers marriage was conceived right from the start, the "picture perfect family" that is broken at the core.

I can't even - I just want to hug Buffy so much. So more of your fic will be very much of the good.

Re: Congrats, hon!

I love that you chose the image from the flashback in Becoming for Origins because it gives me so many FEELINGS!

I think this was one of the most important scenes for me in terms of cementing my connection to Buffy in the early seasons. The look on her face after killing that vamp and then right after that the look on her face as she stares at herself in the mirror (and I'm a HUGE fan of mirror symbolism anyway...that was something that always delighted me about Crossing Jordan, and to this day my favorite image of Jordan is when she's staring at herself in Post Hoc with her hand on the smashed mirror). Just two scenes ago Buffy seemed floaty and insipid, but as she stares into that mirror you really see everything peeled away. You see in her face a mixture of strength and shame, and ugh, it just hits me on several heart levels.

And the scene of Buffy looking at herself in the mirror while Dawn cleans her up in After Life calls back to this one; and the look of shame on her face (on the stairs when Spike is looking at her) and here is nearly identical.

Exactly! I dunno if it was intentional (just as I'm not sure if the way she kills the puppet in OMWF is a call back to her kill of the vamp in The Harvest), but it certainly feels like it.

Re: Congrats, hon!

I think this was one of the most important scenes for me in terms of cementing my connection to Buffy in the early seasons.

Oh yes, very much so. It's an image and a scene that I go back to again and again in my mind, when I'm writing meta, and when I'm talking to other fans. It explains so much about the core of who Buffy is; and that her inferiority complex runs very very deep (the more I look at Buffy as a character the more I appreciate your project here.)

to this day my favorite image of Jordan is when she's staring at herself in Post Hoc with her hand on the smashed mirror).

I ADORE that episode to bits. I adore the entire beginning dream sequence and the way it's shattered when Jordan shatters the glass, and how that calls back to a similar scene in S1. I loved the entire sequence with Kate Switzer and how it's Kate who tends to Jordan and figures out that her meds are causing the hallucinations. Just wonderful.

And I've always had a thing for mirror imagery as well; I noticed this in college and asked a friend; she said that in feminist theory women have had to look inward for answers, for confirmation of their own identities that the larger culture doesn't provide. (I hadn't read Sylvia Plath's poem Mirror until this past year - which I think is very "Buffy" in a lot of ways - a woman's search for identity; specifically a female artist (writer) and I think of Buffy as an "artist". But life, not death, proves to be her art.)
http://poem-of-the-week.blogspot.com/2009/04/mirror-by-sylvia-plath.html
http://www.sylviaplath.de/plath/freedman.html

but as she stares into that mirror you really see everything peeled away. You see in her face a mixture of strength and shame, and ugh, it just hits me on several heart levels.

WORD. Cordy says "Can't I have layers?" but in that one scene we see Buffy's layers "peeled away" as you say perfectly. (And then in After Life, stripped to the bone...oh god I can't even.) Everything she's wrestled with, successfully hidden away for years, all comes to the surface; becoming a Slayer makes it impossible to hide anymore and it ruptures the mask, but it didn't create anything. Everything that Buffy is as a person and a Slayer except the super strength were things she brought to the table.

I just don't get how anyone can watch the show and NOT have some ounce of compassion or respect for how she tries so hard to carry her burdens and protect the people she loves. I JUST DON'T. (I recently got a response to my Ted meta from someone that nearly made my head split open - this person clearly DID NOT GET what I was saying. At ALL.)

I'm not sure if the way she kills the puppet in OMWF is a call back to her kill of the vamp in The Harvest

I just rewatched that ep the other day and noticed that! I'm sure the callback is intentional. But oh what a difference the five years have made. Rewatching it and seeing "bitty Buffy" still comes as such a shock somehow.

Re: Congrats, hon!

I ADORE that episode to bits.

Ugh, me too. I'm such a sucker for episodes where characters lose their minds, and it was so much fun to watch Jordan retract and hide everything. And then the literal "walking on eggshells" with Woody combined with his rapping-the-news was endlessly funny. And then Kate of all people.
I think what was interesting though was how defeated she seemed, especially after the ep with the missing teacher and the hostage kids, because the rest of the series Jordan seems sort of...undefeatable, but you can see her getting broken in that last season. The fact that it culminates with the mirror shattering is just sort of interesting to me.

becoming a Slayer makes it impossible to hide anymore and it ruptures the mask, but it didn't create anything.

I'm really into the idea that it also exposed something ugly in her. I really like it when characters have to compensate for ugliness, and Buffy definitely has that. I mean, it takes a special kind of person to do what she did -- killing things with human faces.

I just don't get how anyone can watch the show and NOT have some ounce of compassion or respect for how she tries so hard to carry her burdens and protect the people she loves.

I have NO idea. Buffy is arguably one of the strongest characters I've ever come across (male or female, any genre), but it's amazing how much people downplay it. It's not just because she's strong physically, and it's not just because she protects people. Her life is an exploded minefield of big and little hurts, and yet she found the strength to carry on over and over and over again, and to keep everyone else moving forward too. She remained unconquered by evil and pain and grief, no matter how low they dragged her (though she did get dragged low).
She's just the best.

And that was a really great poem! Thanks for sharing. I think searching for (and living with) identity is a really interesting theme in stories. It's definitely what attracts me to a lot of shows, including Buffy.