top ten BtVS fics on AO3

Oct 23, 2015 13:11

I got bored today and also curious, and I sorted the Buffy tag on AO3 by kudos and made a list of the top ten fics that weren't crossovers. It was the not-crossover part that took work; since Buffy is an old fandom and getting quieter all the time, straight Buffy fics don't get nearly the kudos that MCU or whatever crossovers do ( Read more... )

topic: fandom, fandom: buffyverse

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molly_may October 24 2015, 00:00:41 UTC
This was really interesting! it is a little odd to see the list weighted so heavily towards Spike/Xander, but it's true that the readership at AO3 tends to favor slash. Even so, it seems strange that the only Buffy/Spike story is an all human AU, since that 'ship seemed like such a huuuuuuuge part of the fandom at one time (or maybe it was just a huge part of my personal fandom experience).

The gen story was recced at Buffyverse Top 5 last year, and I read it then (and I just read it again). It's a great example of a fun idea well-executed. The author, ChristinaK, wrote some of the first Buffyfic I ever read, approximately a million years ago, back in the age of dial-up, pre-LJ or AO3 or even fanfiction.net, but it doesn't look like she's put most of her older fic up at AO3. The only one I remember now was a retelling of Prophecy Girl from Jenny Calendar's POV.

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snickfic November 2 2015, 23:43:17 UTC
Yeah, that Buffy/Spike to Spike/Xander ratio surprised me, too, even given the givens. But like you, I also have a hard time judging how big ships actually are/were relative to each other, since I spent so much of time in the one corner.

I do vaguely remember ChristinaK from before, ages ago, though I don't remember any specific fic.

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ever_neutral October 24 2015, 01:47:46 UTC
Um.

I too will be investigating that sole gen fic. As for the rest: Pass.

Cheers for sharing! ;P

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snickfic November 2 2015, 23:43:28 UTC
You are welcome!

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lusciousxander October 24 2015, 09:05:13 UTC
Just noticed EntreNous in the list. She's one of my favorite Xander/Spike writers. Glad to see one of her fics on the list.

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snickfic November 2 2015, 23:43:41 UTC
Yeah, I still remember her mpreg fic. :)

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