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  • #31
    No but I'm still valiantly reading. It has completely consumed my spare time. I'm getting near the end. I think it would be called an "alt universe" story. It really isn't a story I would write because I see it differently but I have to stay this is probably the most epic spuffy story I've ever read. I recommend it for you Priceless. I have another long story Save the Last Dance for Me by Passion4Spike on my bookshelf. It may have to wait until I've recovered from Life Hard.


    “I like who I am when I’m with him. I like who we are together.”

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    • #32
      Now that I know more, I will go back to it. I drifted into the fanfic wormhole.
      Can we agree that the writers made everyone do and say everything with a thought to getting good ratings and being renewed. This includes everything we love as well as everything we hate.

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      • #33
        If you recommend it GoSpuffy, I will give it a go. But I'm bracing myself

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        • #34
          It's a rollercoaster but it really is a fanfic like no other. Just be prepared to commit some serious time to reading it.

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          One thing that has occurred to me while reading Life Hard is I think the author, Soulburnt, truly loves every single Buffy and Angel character. So often someone becomes the "bad guy" in fanfics but Soulburnt makes the bad guys be bad guys and really cares for all the main cast characters.


          “I like who I am when I’m with him. I like who we are together.”

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          • #35
            Originally posted by GoSpuffy View Post
            One thing that has occurred to me while reading Life Hard is I think the author, Soulburnt, truly loves every single Buffy and Angel character. So often someone becomes the "bad guy" in fanfics but Soulburnt makes the bad guys be bad guys and really cares for all the main cast characters.
            So do each of the characters become 'the bad guy' at one time or another, or are the bad guys characters we've not met before? Is Buffy the bad guy quite often?

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Priceless View Post
              So do each of the characters become 'the bad guy' at one time or another, or are the bad guys characters we've not met before? Is Buffy the bad guy quite often?
              huh? I think you misunderstand. In lots of other fics a character becomes the bad guy, usually Willow, Xander or Giles. In this story the author either uses bad guys from the show or creates her own bad guys. She treats all the main characters with love and respect


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              • #37
                Originally posted by GoSpuffy View Post
                huh? I think you misunderstand. In lots of other fics a character becomes the bad guy, usually Willow, Xander or Giles. In this story the author either uses bad guys from the show or creates her own bad guys. She treats all the main characters with love and respect
                Ahhh, sorry, yes I was reading it completely wrongly. I thought you meant that all the characters could be seen as the bad guy at some point through the fic. That makes me feel better though, because in the first fic an actual angel tells Buffy she's a terrible person and that's where I stopped reading. I much prefer it if all the main characters are their usual flawed-but -basically-good selves, and there is no bashing.

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                • #38
                  Ive done it. I've read life harsh and life hard. It feels like a huge accomplishment to me. I invested so many hours to this AU story. I can't even fathom how the author must have felt after dedicating so much time to telling this epic story. When I first started reading I didn't love it because it was so "alternate" and not all that spuffy. The quality of the writing, the attention to detail, the original characters and the incredible detail that went into the text made it so I couldn't put it down. In the end it had the spuffiest of all endings and I'm glad that I persevered for that reason alone. I'm kind of blown away by the story. It's so long and so detailed with so many twists and turns it is almost impossible to say more than "wow". So Wow. Thank you for the journey soulburndt


                  “I like who I am when I’m with him. I like who we are together.”

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                  • #39
                    Ah, thanks for letting us know, GoSpuffy. I am glad you enjoyed it. I still haven`t dared to start with Life Hard, just because of the length of this story.

                    Soulburnt made a joke in the EF shoutbox yesterday referring to Tolstoi`s War and Peace, but I checked and found out, that Life Hard has twice the word count of War and Peace. Twice. Can you believe this?

                    I thinking about retiring, just to find the time to read it....

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                    • #40
                      I really tried. I got to chapter 15 and I couldn't go on. Spike seemed far too white-washed and Buffy just felt like she was being blamed for everything and nothing she did/said was right. I felt so sorry for her, and I couldn't continue reading.

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                      • #41
                        I've read Life Harsh. I enjoyed it a lot, because I really liked Sally and I enjoyed the relationship between Spike and Angel.

                        I'm still busy reading Life Hard (currently at Ch.22 on FF.net). Longer than War and Peace indeed! But I think it's worth the time investment. It's very well-written, has really good OCs, no character bashing, and wonderful Dawn/Spike friendship. I agree with GoSpuffy that the author seems to like all the characters, and that makes me happy. Especially the (almost) lack of Angel bashing, which is sadly all too common in Spuffy fic. (I mean the bashing, not the lack of it.) That said, I came close to giving up on Life Hard because of the reasons Priceless mentioned, in particular the way Buffy was portrayed. I know she was supposed to be suffering from depression again (or still?) but I was getting so incredibly annoyed and frustrated by her behaviour that I was slowly starting to dislike her. Not my Buffy! Fortunately, things turned around before I gave up and they are much better now.

                        I also agree with GoSpuffy and Priceless that Spike is too perfect/whitewashed in this story, but that's easier to stomach than Buffy getting the opposite treatment. Overall, the good things in this fic still make it worth it to me.
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                        • #42
                          I loved Life Harsh but I haven`t yet found the time to start Life Hard, which is a shame, because I really want to read it. I am glad you like it and kept us updated. I`d love to hear more as you read on!

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                          • #43
                            Latest update: I'm back to almost giving up on the story. Spike was too perfect from the start, but still at a (for me) manageable level. But in the space of the chapters I've read since my previous post, it has really gotten too much for me. He has practically achieved sainthood now. More details under spoilers.

                            Spoiler:
                            First off, a big warning for flow. One of the factors contributing to Spike now being THE PERFECT MAN involves a certain huge fanfic allergy of yours, flow. Yes: besides being handsome, rich, inhumanly virile, noble, exceedingly well-behaved, and best friend to all the Scoobies, Spike is now also invulnerable thanks to the Gem of Amara. (The rest of the treasure has left him conveniently rich, and he has shared his riches with all the Scoobies...) Oh yeah, and he has his soul again.

                            This time around (we're in a new alternate reality) Spike decided for himself to get his soul back, without angelic intervention. TBH I didn't find the reason why he chose to get his soul very convincing. The transgression he committed didn't seem in character for Spike as he had been portrayed in the story so far, so to me it came across as contrived. For soulless Spike as we know him from the TV show, I guess it might have been believable, in certain circumstances. But then I'm not so sure it was bad enough to have made him think he needed a soul.

                            Anyway, he has his soul now and that's well and good. But I wish that would have been all. He doesn't have to be all the things I mentioned above, and able to do blind typing too.

                            I really hope that something will go awfully wrong soon, just preferably not because of Buffy being unreasonable (like before). Everything is so incredibly perfect right now, thanks to Spike being super-awesome, that it is really exceeding the limit of what I can handle.
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