31 July 2013 @ 09:46 pm
The Highly Recommended Reading List.

When we were down on signups one of the general days was going to be favourite stories, and I had a lot of fun becoming reacquainted with some old friends when I was looking around for the links that I needed. So, anyway, here’s a small selection of what I like, and why I return to read and re-read it. (By the way, if this isn't actually meta, then just tap me on the shoulder)
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20 June 2013 @ 12:38 pm

Title: Buffy at 32: The Buffy/Giles Ship

As I sat to write an entry for summer_of_giles for the first time in 5 years, there were some "leftover" thoughts that did not fit into either fic (the first being posted today, the other saved for free posting day). Here are my simple thoughts on Buffy and Giles in 2013...

We as fans, as fanfic writers, have worked over our favorite characters in thousands, maybe a hundred thousand, different ways.

And we special class Giles fans – and even more specifically Giles/Buffy shippers – have combined, tormented, and rewarded our favorite guy in just as many ways. We’ve cannoned, fannoned, recycled, rehashed, and even reused each other’s plots.

I don’t know about you, but 10 years and eleventy-million fics written and read since the show aired (and plenty of comics read and dismissed), sometimes, I run out of ideas.

I set the fandom aside for several years while I focused on babies and careers and moving and growing up. But no show ever captivated my emotions like Buffy did. No ship ever felt closer to my own RL one that that of Watcher and Slayer. No fandom ever gave me friends who have stuck long after the last scene faded to black.

It astounded me, returning to Livejournal this past January, and discovering scads of more technologically-advanced tributes on Tumblr and YouTube, that this fandom remains alive. Furthermore, it astounds me that Buffy Anne Summers is, somewhere out there, 32 years old. Though I constantly think of her as 21ish, only four years separate us.

I wonder what she would really want to be doing right now. I spent much of my time as the show aired putting my Mary Janes into her combat boots, wondering what it would be like to be that strong, that beautiful, that tortured. Now I wonder if Buffy, age 32, envies my shoes. Maybe she would welcome post-childbirth weight, the occasional married-life humdrum, a minivan.

I think we stick with these characters, long after their original stories are all told, because they speak to us. I think they grow in the directions we do. I think just like me, Buffy, in her 30s, has become less about the angst and loss and more about the focus and peace.

I used to disdain Buffy for her treatment of Giles. My heart used to ache for what I thought was a lonely and abandoned man. Now I know that these two people were stronger and smarter and held more potential for happiness than I ever gave them credit for. Like me, like my own true love, they simply took longer to figure it out. But now they’re here. In my June 2013 version of them (and like several other amazing fics I have read this year), they are scarred, but more importantly, they are whole. I don’t know whether I can write more for them (I like to think I will), but I know that from this point forward, in my heart, Giles and Buffy are healthy, free, and together, the most I can ask from them after they gave up so much to save their world.

 
 
Current Mood: inspired
 
 
Hello all! Sorry for the delay in posting today! I had too many ideas and plans rolling around for my second posting day, and in the end, I've decided to do something completely different! (mods....I hope this is okay....!!!)

It's fun and games with Giles!

::cue game show music::



First, let's start off with a fill-in-the-quote crossword puzzle! I have complete faith that all you Giles fans will recognize these quotes. Should you need the answers, though, I will post them under a cut at the bottom of this post.

What did Giles say? )


Our second fun and games is a Giles trivia challenge! I have tried to come up with some great questions that you may know right off the bat, or may take you a little rewatching to remember! Again, answers at the bottom under a cut.

How well do you know Mr. Giles? )


Our third and final game involves knowing the episodes visually. A small cropped image of Giles will be provided and you'll need to....Name That Episode! )

I can't really give out prizes, but I'm happy to make a "hooray!" or "congrats!" icon for anyone who wants one! Just message me with a request!


ANSWERS )

Thanks for playing!
 
 
30 June 2010 @ 03:41 am
I originally thought I wasn't going to be able to do this, real life had caught up to me.
I chronicled the father/daughter and love-hate relationship between Buffy and Giles because I feel that this was always a personal theme for me. It sounds odd, I think, but I looked up to Giles growing up.

Anyway, here it is.

But I really think we should be listening to the other Buffy, Guy-iles. She's very smart and she's gonna help us save Spike. )
 
 
Current Music: Lykke Li
Current Mood: touched
 
 
30 June 2010 @ 03:41 am
I originally thought I wasn't going to be able to do this, real life had caught up to me.
I chronicled the father/daughter and love-hate relationship between Buffy and Giles because I feel that this was always a personal theme for me. It sounds odd, I think, but I looked up to Giles growing up.

Anyway, here it is.

But I really think we should be listening to the other Buffy, Guy-iles. She's very smart and she's gonna help us save Spike. )
 
 
Current Music: Lykke Li
Current Mood: touched
 
 
24 June 2009 @ 05:49 pm
*Waves*

I have two fics to post for my first ever contributions here. The second will follow after a decent interval, as smutfic doesn't really mix with bibliography... But I like to think the combination evokes Giles in all his many aspects. (Or something.)

Title: A Rose By Any Other Name
Author: bruttimabuoni
Rating: G
Medium: Fic(ish)
Word count: c320
Warning: Pedantry
Summary: Giles is a librarian, yes? And librarians classify, especially if they’re attached to vast ancient organisations which need to keep track of their information. And if you’re a librarian you’ll certainly understand how loaded classification can be, and how much it tells you about the society which created it. I just hope this translates to the rest of the world...

Read more... )
 
 
24 June 2009 @ 05:49 pm
*Waves*

I have two fics to post for my first ever contributions here. The second will follow after a decent interval, as smutfic doesn't really mix with bibliography... But I like to think the combination evokes Giles in all his many aspects. (Or something.)

Title: A Rose By Any Other Name
Author: bruttimabuoni
Rating: G
Medium: Fic(ish)
Word count: c320
Warning: Pedantry
Summary: Giles is a librarian, yes? And librarians classify, especially if they’re attached to vast ancient organisations which need to keep track of their information. And if you’re a librarian you’ll certainly understand how loaded classification can be, and how much it tells you about the society which created it. I just hope this translates to the rest of the world...

Read more... )
 
 
16 June 2009 @ 05:38 am
Okay, I'm not really sure what to call this. (Sidenote to the mods: I have no idea how to tag this.) My daughter and her friends do this with each others' names. Like say they choose Elizabeth, they will find adjectives that start with all the letters of her name, like Energetic and Lovable. I took it a few steps further, explaining why I chose these words and adding pictures.

Anyway, I hope you like it.


What's In A Name? )