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11 April 2003 @ 12:23 am
Rec of the day.  
Just finished reading up to the end of another WIP, a rec lifted from wickedprincess3, for the story Rapunzel. Quite an amazingly delightful Spike/Fred story. Yes. Spike. Fred. (No, you may *not* call it Spred. Grrr.) I'd never have given much thought to that pairing, but it works well.

The story moves a little fast, and Spike's characterization is a *bit* more wish-fulfillment than pure canon at times, but I'm still utterly charmed. And so much is dead-bang on target it's breathtaking. Gunn, Wes, Fred, Angel--all their voices and characterizations are uncompromising and pitch-perfect. (I miss canon Cordy's voice all the more after reading this.) In less deft hands, a writer would make their attitudes to Spike--all but Fred's, I mean--come off as pure character bashing used to prop up Spike's model behavior and Fred's defense of him. But here it's *exactly* like they'd behave. They cut him no slack, and Angel is ready to go back on his extension of credit at the first sign of trouble, but none of it is overwrought. Man, it's good.

(And as a sign of the writerly talent, watch for the scene where Fred gets cleaned up and everyone sees her for the first time, and just for a moment you think, oh no, Mary Sue, and then you get that very Jossian descent in tone that ties the bow on the scene. Sweet.)

And *Fred*, by the way. I love this Fred. And I love the divergence in backstory; fascinatingly different, and yet it rings rich and true.

Branches off from canon at the end of season five BtVS and...er, whatever the parallel A:tS season is.

And now, sleepily, to bed....
Rat Creatureratcreature on April 11th, 2003 05:19 am (UTC)
Spike. Fred. (No, you may *not* call it Spred. Grrr.)

How about Frike? *ducks and runs*
Laura Kaye: Maintain the Squeelaurakaye on April 11th, 2003 08:29 am (UTC)
A good Fred fic? oh, YAY! I have always liked Fred and been continually stymied by the bitter Fred-hate that so many people seem to have.

::runs off to read::
jodyorjen on April 11th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your kind words about my story. I'm glad that you enjoyed it, at least so far ;)

The story moves a little fast, and Spike's characterization is a *bit* more wish-fulfillment than pure canon at times

These two issues are pretty much the reason that I never finished it. I'm not quite happy with the flow of it, as it stands- and I fear that my potential ending is a big ball of cheese. Nonetheless, you and wickedprincess3 inspired me to take a look at it once again. It rekindled my affection for the story, and it wasn't as bad as I remembered :)

I know I hate waiting for the end of a WIP I have enjoyed. So, I'll see what I can edit or polish, and try to wrap up Rapunzel for the two of you. Closure is a wonderful thing.