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16 October 2004 @ 01:05 am
I will go down with this ship. Possibly like a rat.  
Meme picked up like an interesting germ from rahirah. These were just off the top of my head. I'm always ready to dive in and go with the flow for a good story, regardless of the pairing. Except for how I really only read about three pairings. But that's more about my reading habits and life than about the stories.



1. Willow/Angel(us) - * There's no there there.
2. Willow/Xander - *** Only in canon. I feel I should give at least 3 stars to canon.
3. Willow/Spike - ** ½ Mostly in theory.
4. Willow/Spike/Angel(us)
5. Willow/Tara - *** Vanilla. Often, too vanilla.
6. Willow/Oz - **** Deep and lasting cuteness.
7. Willow/Giles - ** Eh.
8. Willow/Kennedy - * I seriously can't care.
9. Spike/Xander - ***** Yeah.
10. Spike/Angel(us) - ** Like, rahirah, a lot of S/A is writen to the tune of kinks I don't share. Paternalism creeps me out, and Angel is at his most condescending and smarmy and superior with Spike. In bad fan-fiction. And sometimes in good fan-fiction. And the show. I'm kind of feeling like I should write this ship, though, and write myself into love with it.
11. Spike/Buffy - **** A year or two ago, five stars. Still right up there, fixed in the firmament, but I think that fifth star fell to earth in S7. S6 was the Spuffy peak. And on the other side of the peak was a lot of ice and wind and an ass-slide down five thousand feet into bathos.
12. Spike/Tara - ** I've read good stuff, but what have you done for me lately?
13. Spike/Dawn - ** The two stars in this case only mean that I prefer Spike in big-brotherly protective mode, not lust mode.
14. Buffy/Angel(us) - ** ½ Half for canon, the missing half for fan-fiction. Two and a half for the S2 arc of fabulousness, minus two and a half for the mushy rest of it.
15. Willow/Cordelia - * Whatever.
16. Angel(us)/Xander - * Rarely.
17. Spike/Drusilla - ** I wish I could understand the hundred-year torch he carried.
18. Spike/Harmony - ** Tonight I have few thoughts about this.
19. Wesley/Lilah - *** ½ Good stuff.
20. Faith/Lilah - * Without Wes, Lilah is a great character, but not a great romantic character.
21. Angel/Illyria - N/A Can't comment. Haven't watched her eps.
22. Buffy/Faith - ** There's an onscreen chemistry, and they make great vids together, but when my mind adds sex, it ends up with CAGED HEAT! Not my thing. I'm really not a big femmeslash slasher.
23. Faith/Wesley - ** Plus, I know this is a failing, but I just don't find Faith interesting.
24. Buffy/Wesley - * I don't think I've ever read a B/Wes story.
25. Angel/Faith - ** See above.
26. Cordelia/Lilah - * Not.
27. Lindsey/Buffy
28. Spike/Illyria - N/A See above.
29. Spike/Fred - * Wrong. Bad and wrong.
30. Snape/Hermione
31. Angel/Cordelia - *** Sweet but boring.
32. Angel/Darla - ** It just doesn't zing me.
33. Xander/Cordelia - ** ½ The show writers deserve an A for effort but lose points for sheer incredulity.
34. Spike/Dracula
35. Xander/Anya - *** ½ Fun, though sometimes in an effortful way.
36. Spike/Anya - ** I'm not persuaded.
37. Spike/Faith - ** I know I'm twisted, but I'd rather read Spike/Lorne.
38. Wes/Fred - *** If only because it added another layer to Wes's dark stubbly angst.
39. Spike/Darla - * No.
40. Xander/Buffy - ** Not really.
41. Xander/Riley - ** Man crush! If I squint at the right moments in canon, I sometimes think Xander liked Riley in that manly way of men. But that's about all.
42. Cordelia/Doyle - * Dusty.
43. Spike/Angel/Buffy - * Not my threesome.
44. Cordelia/Conner- * Tragically wrong.
45. Gunn/Fred - ** I quote rahirah: "Dull, but not actively offensive."
46. Giles/Anya - ** I think I just need to read some good stories. I haven't gone looking and they haven't found me. They were cute for one episode, but that's all I see so far.
47. Angel/Wesley - ** I don't want to harsh anyone's buzz. It's just an uphill climb for me.
48. Spike/Giles - *** Occasionally wonderful.

My additions:

49. Spike/Riley - *** In my head it makes sense. Sometimes.
50. Wes/Xander/Spike - *** ½ Er. See last comment.
51. Wes/Gunn - *** ½ Why isn't there more of this?
52. Spike/Lorne - *** Face it. I am evil.
53. Spike/Wes - *** ½ No problem. Really, I only take points off for the unfortunate lack of support given by canon. Bad canon. No biscuit.
54. Angel/Connor - ** Two stars for yes, three for no freaking way.
 
 
 
Trepkostrepkos on October 16th, 2004 03:45 am (UTC)
Giles/Anya - ** I think I just need to read some good stories. I haven't gone looking and they haven't found me. They were cute for one episode, but that's all I see so far.

Lori's stuff, especially the one set in London, is good, if a bit schmoopy at times - plus, she has Spike/Buffy in tandem.
Mal: ash laughter (by medelle)malnpudl on October 16th, 2004 12:00 pm (UTC)
My favorite Giles/Anya is headrush100's Dazed and Confused. Excellent writing, good characterizations, terrific Anya voice (it's in her POV) without being cutesy.
Trepkostrepkos on October 16th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll take a look at it.
raqs: boysiconraqs on October 16th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
i'm surprised there's not more angel/faith. that's practically canon.

ditto for the wesley/gunn.

angel/wesley, that's my poison of choice. but you know, it's all tied up with wesley/fred and Dark!Wesley and WesleyAngst.

mmm, WesleyAngst. I must go to him.
Anna S.eliade on October 17th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)
mmm, WesleyAngst. I must go to him.

Your icon is fantastic! Did you make it? For I must love you if so. *g*
raqs: AllLoveIsUnrequitedraqs on October 17th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
ooo, free love! yes, i made it - one of my few great icon successes, as far as I'm concerned.

feel free to love me. and steal it. :-)
Anna S.eliade on October 18th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
It cracks me up every time I click here. *g*
The Prettiest. No really, I am.: Buffyfaith dancingsaucy_wench on October 16th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
"I just don't find Faith interesting."

NO LOVE!!!!oneone!!11

You are too scared of her cleavagy hottness to admitt your everlasting love for Faith.
Trepkostrepkos on October 16th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
I think Faith just so obviously knows or thinks she's sex on a stick that she loses her appeal.
Not that you'd kick her out of bed....but where's the challenge? It would be interesting to see her afflicted with unrequited love I suppose....
The Prettiest. No really, I am.saucy_wench on October 16th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
Her unrequited love has been, and always will be, Angel. She loves him more than anything.

She also has a thing for Buffy.
Meg: teh_rodneysage_theory on October 16th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
Your icon.

*dies*

I love your icon. I want to marry that icon.
The Prettiest. No really, I am.saucy_wench on October 17th, 2004 12:08 am (UTC)
thanks!

I swear, I've gotten more compliments on this icon. I got it from someone else on my friends list.
Trepkostrepkos on October 16th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
But would you really call it "afflicted"?
I get the impression that she is so badly scarred by her former life that she could barely acknowledge affection, even for Angel, even to herself... Maybe I need to watch her season 4 Angel eps. again.
I thought the thing she had for Buffy was more along the lines of hero worship, of wanting to be her, rather than actual attraction.
The Prettiest. No really, I am.: Buffyfaith dancingsaucy_wench on October 17th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, Faith is all about the issues, but she apperently was all about the therapy in prison, and it looks like she worked some stuff out. But you can see she holds back a lot. She *wanted* to hit Wes, she really wanted to hit Buffy (who deserved it in season 7 like ya just don't know.)

She feels love and affection for Angel, and Angel knows that. She is very honest about her gratitude and love, almost worship for Angel.

Well, the wanting to be her and the hero worship was there, but there was also a sexual element to the story of Buffy and Faith. I think she was truly attracted to Buffy because she was the "better" version of herself. Faith and Buffy have a very complicated relationship, nothing can be cut and dry or catagorized.
Trepkostrepkos on October 17th, 2004 03:11 am (UTC)
I hear you.
I think lots of us wanted to hit Buffy in season 6/7!
Anna S.eliade on October 17th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
But I love watching your icon dance, I must admit. *g*
daddy's not done talking: c/a_walk away (megl42)ros_fod on October 16th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
54. Angel/Connor - ** Two stars for yes, three for no freaking way.

Heeeeeee. You totally crack me up. That's about the crux of that 'ship, sadly. I spend more time than I should in trying to come up with a way that it'll actually work, dammit, work, because...sigh...it's all shiny with sharp edges and stuff.
Anna S.eliade on October 17th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)
*g* The Angel/Connor story that was written a year or so ago--Deepa's? That still resonates with me, as a kind of blurred emotional impression (I have a bad memory, so it's not like I remember actual *lines* or anything). I'd give the idea a try again, if you wrote it.
shadowscastshadowscast on October 16th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hm, why is such a simple list so much fun to read?
Anna S.eliade on October 17th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Awww. ::hugs::
Lumenara Dhahm: punk!Xan collarlumenara on October 17th, 2004 12:31 am (UTC)
50. Wes/Xander/Spike - *** ½ Er. See last comment.
52. Spike/Lorne - *** Face it. I am evil.


...
Linkage? Seriously, there is not enough Wes/Xander/Spike out there. And there's even less that's *good*.
Anna S.eliade on October 17th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever read any Wes/Xander/Spike--as far as I know it only exists in my head. And in the wild, where it rampages and must be shot. Do you know of any readable fiction, at all?
Lumenara Dhahm: suggestlumenara on October 17th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
That depends on your parameters for "readable." I can remember reading at least two, though.
Pamgoosegirl9 on October 18th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
Ah, now, before you toss out Fred/Spike, try "Rapunzel", by Jodyorjen, at AllAboutSpike. It is unfinished, but I found it deeply satisfying and very plausible. Branches off after Buffy was killed. You know I'm pretty picky about what I read.
Anna S.eliade on October 18th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
I've read that! It was great. I was actually thinking of canon when I rated them. *g*