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  • Originally posted by zabjade View Post
    Yep, I'm that zabjade. Thursday's Child definitely isn't for everyone, and I absolutely understand not being able to finish it, especially if you went into it thinking it was full of "silliness and hijinks". That's why I posted on here. I was disturbed at the thought of people being led to that story thinking it was a lighthearted, fun little romp.
    Welcome to the forum, it's great to have you here We read loads of fics, and there are loads of recommendation threads, so please feel free to rec something of yours, or a personal favourite you think we'd like to read.

    I did enjoy the style of Thursday's Child, but it went in a direction I wasn't expecting and as you say, it really wasn't a fun little romp

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    • Hi zabjade,

      welcome to this forum, it`s great to see you here! I have read Thursday`s Child as well as it`s sequels Friday`s Child, Saturday`s Child and Lost Child. And A Ray Of Summer Sun is currently on my book shelf. You are right, that this series certainely is not for everyone. But even though I never ever imagined myself to read a mpreg story (let alone enjoy it), your story completely drew me in and I could not stop, before I finished it as well as the sequels.
      You are of course right, that it is not ligthhearted, but, it has even more fantasy elements (is this the right idiom? sometimes my english skills desert me...) than the show ever had. I am glad, you posted here, to clear up something, that might lead to a misunderstanding. It still stands though, that your story is highly recommendable.

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      • Originally posted by Priceless View Post
        Welcome to the forum, it's great to have you here We read loads of fics, and there are loads of recommendation threads, so please feel free to rec something of yours, or a personal favourite you think we'd like to read.
        Thank you. ^__^ I think the closest stories I have to being lighthearted and fun (that aren't part of a series) are Tuesday in May and Bound and Claimed A personal favorite that I love to share with people is Secrets and Lies by Caro on All About Spike. It takes place in season seven and is what might have happened if Wesley had gone to Buffy after Angel lost his soul instead of breaking Faith out of prison.

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        • Originally posted by zabjade View Post
          Thank you. ^__^ I think the closest stories I have to being lighthearted and fun (that aren't part of a series) are Tuesday in May and Bound and Claimed A personal favorite that I love to share with people is Secrets and Lies by Caro on All About Spike. It takes place in season seven and is what might have happened if Wesley had gone to Buffy after Angel lost his soul instead of breaking Faith out of prison.
          Thank you! I think these should be added to our 'Group Read' list. I'll certainly read them

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          • Another Life by Rheanna One of the best fics I've ever read. Reduced me to tears. Just so well written. I'd highly recommend. It's a Cangel fic, but even if you don't like Cangel, I'd still recommend because it's great.

            https://archiveofourown.org/works/39487

            I should point out that this was written in 2002, it's a product of its time
            Last edited by Priceless; 27-06-18, 03:41 PM.

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            • Anyone know of any good Willow centric or the whole cast (or at least core scoobs) fics? Preferably Spuffy/Bangel free/light, and definitely no 'Spander' (no offense to anyone if they like those ships). Just not my thing.

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              • This is another Angel rec. It's a bittersweet romance

                https://archiveofourown.org/works/45729

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                • HowiMetDaSlayer
                  Anyone know of any good Willow centric or the whole cast (or at least core scoobs) fics? Preferably Spuffy/Bangel free/light, and definitely no 'Spander' (no offense to anyone if they like those ships). Just not my thing.
                  I`ve never read a Willow fic so far, but I looked through this thread and found out, you recommended most of the Willow fics on this thread. here is one, you did not mention, so maybe, you haven`t read it:

                  http://nha.magical-worlds.us/viewsto...4984&warning=7

                  It´s a Willow/Xander pairing. I am not sure, if that is your cup of tea.

                  This is a short Willow and Tara fic and there is an interview with the author on the Sunnydale Fanfic Club Podcast as well.

                  https://archiveofourown.org/works/80...pters/18494095


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                  • I read Willow/Xander fics. Here's a link to the fics I have read a enjoyed.

                    As for Scoobies' centered fics, try this link.
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                    • I've only written one Willow-centric fic — though I have a few Buffy-and-Willow friend fics. It's a one-shot time travel story with bonus Nikki Wood: Time is Tight.

                      For loads of Willow non-canon pairing fic, I'd check out velvetwhip on LiveJournal. The femslashminis community there is also a good source for, well, short femslash.

                      It's odd that there isn't more Willow centered plotty fic out there. I'd guess that it's hard to find on AO3, because she's in tons of stories, but not as often as the central character, which makes sifting through tougher. You can try using the "gen" (no pairing) category and see what pops up.
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                      • I have recently read The Geek Series by Rachel A. in AllAboutSpike. I was not aware that the shipping was Willow/Spike at first but by the end of it I was very pleasantly surprised. Give it a chance, it is very very well written.

                        http://www.allaboutspike.com/seriespage.html?sid=2

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                        • Hey angelusblanc,

                          if you read Spuffy fanfiction, maybe you would like to take part in our fanfic discussions. We will be discussing A Long Day‘s Journey by anaross next, but you can also suggest other fics for group reading and discussing.

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                          • Yay, an excuse to rec my favorite Willow-centric fics!

                            Femslash:

                            The Power and the Other Thing by Mosca https://archiveofourown.org/works/1171756: Willow/Tara, Willow/Glory (the Willow/Glory is brief and not remotely shippy) Gorgeous Wishverse story, with Nerdy Willow, Super-witch Willow, and Scary Willow all wrapped up into one. I really enjoy the way the characters from Angel: the Series were worked in. The tone is a bit chilly and remote and matches the world-building wonderfully. This is one of the most hopeful Wishverse stories I've read, but the hope seems earned. This is one of those stories that I think should get a lot more recognition than it has.

                            They Make Solitude and Call it Peace also by Mosca. http://www.dymphna.net/secretslash/2...esolitude.html Buffy/Willow, PG-13 Lovely look at post-Chosen Buffy and Willow. Terrific dialogue between the two on matters both weighty and frivolous.

                            Let it Bleed by elviswhataguy (Willow/Faith), Rated M. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9479067/1/Let-It-Bleed
                            The first story in the Wickedgeekyverse trilogy. There's an intriguing plot, and along the way both Willow and Faith are struggling through the hard work of redemption--and find themselves unexpected allies, friends, and eventually lovers.

                            The way we see the relationship through the point of view of the other characters (Kennedy, Buffy, Dawn and Xander) is also terrific. Nobody is in the story just to be a one-dimensional cheerleader for the relationship, or a jerk about it. Xander in particular is well-drawn in this story; the story explores both his worst qualities and his best. He's a complex person who has his reasons to be less-than-thrilled about a Willow/Faith relationship.

                            The thing that takes it over the top for me is Faith: she is alternately hilarious, idiotic, aggravating, endearing, and insightful, and her journey to something approaching a real relationship is a joy to read. The sequel, Beggar's Banquet, https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9550293/1/Beggars-Banquet, is less plotty, and includes a Giles point-of-view chapter where Faith and Giles hunt a dragon in Cleveland.

                            Apotheosis by Ephemeral Night: https://archiveofourown.org/works/1246927. (Willow/Tara, General Audiences). Willow stumbles upon the secret for carrying out the Thy Will Be Done Spell in a more effective manner, and comes up with some clever and audacious methods to eliminate nearly every threat the Scooby Gang will ever face, and then takes it even further into the ultimate fix-it fic territory. Tagged as "fluff and crack" in AO3, and it's high quality fluff and crack.

                            Banked by Snickfic: https://archiveofourown.org/works/2167224 Willow/Kendra. Short AU Season 2 fic, the sweetest and most endearing apocalypse fic I've ever read.

                            Family Issues by Marcus Rowland: https://archiveofourown.org/works/2167224. Willow/Tara Season 6 Men In Black crossover. When the Men In Black get called out to Sunnydale, it sets into motion a much funnier, happier Season 6 arc for Willow, Tara, Buffy, Spike, Dawn, Xander, and Anya, (and a much worse fate for Warren) while still acknowledging Willow’s control-freak personality and how formidable she can be even without magic. There is some Spuffy but it's definitely not the focus of the story.

                            Kitchen by Jennifer-Oksana: https://archiveofourown.org/works/5973577. Willow/Fred. This is short Frillow that mines the sweetness of the pairing, with some dark undertones.

                            Undercover Hippo by sandyk: https://archiveofourown.org/works/2582381 Willow/Fred. Willow is less suave than she thinks at expressing interest in someone. Packs a lot of humor into such a short fic.

                            First Time for Everything by snowpuppies https://archiveofourown.org/works/3826 Willow/Anya. Season 7 fic that's just as sweet and hilarious as these two ladies deserve.

                            Looking Hard by erimthar https://archiveofourown.org/works/2031288 Buffy/Willow. Short and hot, and I don't want to spoil it, so that's all I'll say.

                            My Heart the Red Sun, Your Heart the Moon Clouded by me: https://archiveofourown.org/works/5489333 https://archiveofourown.org/works/5489333When Willow and Kennedy are called out to save Fred from Illyria, long-simmering anxieties and insecurities come to the fore. Pardon the self-rec, but mine is the only Willow/Kennedy fic I know of that addresses relationship issues without bashing Kennedy for not being Tara.

                            Therapy and Waffles by Valyssia: https://valyssia.dreamwidth.org/131267.html Angsty S6 Willow/Buffy short. Does a fantastic job with making me reconsider their relationship prior to Season 6.

                            Het:

                            Corpus et Sanguis by Trekker http://willowgiles.com/archive/trek_cets.html Season 5 Willow/Giles. This is a beautifully written love story that presents Giles and Willow as complex, flawed people who make mistakes that end up hurting other people. Despite having some wildly AU aspects (it's an mpreg story), the Season 5 canon is subtly and effectively woven into the story. There's a genuine affection for all of the Buffyverse characters, warts and all, that's a delight to read. I never thought I'd be interested in an mpreg story before I read this story. This is also the story that made appreciate the Giles/Willow ship, which I’d never really taken seriously before.

                            Things They Never Talk About by stayawhile. https://archiveofourown.org/works/294277 Willow/Giles S2 UST. Some fantastic characterization of both of these two at this point in canon, and the strength of their friendship.

                            Moon Gods by pug: https://archiveofourown.org/works/963434 Oz/Willow, Rated Teen. This is a gorgeous description of a few moments with Oz and Willow on a full moon night in Season Four. Pug has a really different take on Oz/Willow than I’ve seen before, using evocative language and imagery to create something stark and poetic and beautiful.

                            Of Many Moons by brutti_ma_buoni: https://brutti-ma-buoni.livejournal.com/349072.html Willow/Oz in a far-future space setting. Well-written and incisive, as all of this author's works are.

                            Beggars Banquet by Elen. http://www.nha.magical-worlds.us/vie...4973&warning=7 Willow/Spike, NC17. This is one of those PWPs with brilliant characterizations. It's got a sad and wistful quality that seems absolutely right for Season 7.

                            Gen:

                            All Hail the Queen (the There Can Be Only One remix) by dragonsphoenix: https://archiveofourown.org/works/12002490 There's a deadly threat at Sunnydale High, and Willow thinks she knows who it is. Hilarious send up of fandom tropes and a sharp commentary on some aspects of the show, while keeping everyone in character. This is another story that I think should get a lot more kudos and recs than it does.

                            Culture Vultures by Yahtzee: http://www.thechicagoloop.net/yahtze...IndexPage.html Post-Chosen. Willow, Oz, and Faith visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Handles Willow’s post-Grave issues (her need to fix things, the balance between Geeky Willow and Magic Willow) in one story better than all of Season 7 did. There’s also some interesting Willow and Faith interaction (an opportunity the show missed IMO) and an entertaining plot about museum exhibits coming to life that ties all those elements together. Could be categorized as pre-ship Willow/Oz depending on how you interpret the ending.

                            The Pieces that Prevailed by beer_good_foamy https://beer-good-foamy.dreamwidth.org/231740.html Season 7 Willow bumps into Season 1 Willow. Thoughtful and well-written, with a great Willow-voice.

                            Duck, Duck Scooby by The Foxinator: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11498699 Terrific Willow, Dawn and Riley friendship fic. Does a nicely subtle look into Willow's mindset in early Season 5.

                            Anyway, if you have any more specific Willow-related requests (ships or genres you particularly like), I'd be glad to add more.

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                            • Hi punch_kicker15, welcome to the fourm If you need any help getting around, just ask. It's not the easiest place to get to grips with, but I hope you have fun here Thanks for all the recs, we're a pretty fic obsessed forum. I'm a Spuffy fan, but I'll definitely read the Faith/Willow fics and yours of course because I am a Kennedy fan.

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                              • Originally posted by Rebcake View Post
                                It's odd that there isn't more Willow centered plotty fic out there.
                                I'm sure there are a lot of those out there. Willow-centered fics are not something I look for, but I'm sure Willow fans can make a huge list of plotty fics centered around Willow.

                                A plotty Willow fic I enjoyed was a crossover with Harry Potter. It was a Willow and Xander friendship fic and it turns out that Xander does have magic in his blood as he's related to Neville. Willow and Xander become co-professors in Hogwarts.

                                It's called And We're Off by Xandra
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