angel & buffy the vampire slayer fan fiction

recommendations by allaire mikháil

date: 21 Sep 2010



Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a novelty when it started its first season, combining protagonists with typical teenager problems with the supernatural and giving an adolescent girl center stage. Buffy never descended to soap opera levels and was one of a handful of shows that dared play with involved, season-spanning story arcs. And it was one of the few shows I was a fan of that I never needed to see slash in to like. Sadly, its last (some say, its last two) seasons showed a visible decline in quality due to the fact that its creator, Joss Whedon, had focused on other projects.
The spinoff series Angel was darker still and had considerably more intrigue and dissent between its main characters. While slash between Angel and Spike is quite canon, I was (and still am) more interested in the relationship between Buffy, the Slayer, and the man - the vampire - she, by rights, ought to kill, not fall for. Fanon developed ways to deal with that conflict long before the show ever did... but judge for yourselves.



The main pairing on this page is
Buffy Summers & Spike.

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Stories


Avalon
e-mail: isleofglass@telus.net Website: Avalon Online
Title: Love is Blind Story Length: ~ 281 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: adult themes, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Season 5
Genres: Action/Adventure, Character Study, Drama, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 01 May 2001
Summary: When Buffy is blinded, she wants to die in order for another Slayer to be chosen. Until Spike, of all people, becomes her only hope.
Review: I found this story when I'd given up on the BtVS fandom as a whole, but Avalon managed to drag me right back in with no effort at all. Long, involved, with a good grip of canon, this story shows us a Slayer who finally has to acknowledge the depth of Spike's feelings for her, has to rely on him, has to trust him - as well as a Spike who's willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her. Still, the whole story makes it clear that they are equals and that Buffy is far from a helpless maiden in need of rescue. The end is not all sweetness and light, but still hints at a future full of possibilities. This is what Buffy fanfic is supposed to be.

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Barb C (aka Barb Cummings)
e-mail: rahirah@cox.net Website: Barb C's BtVS Fanfic
livejournal: ljrahirah Mailing List: [barbsfic] @ Yahoo! groups
Title: A Raising in the Sun (story index | author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 438 KB
Series: Prequel to "Necessary Evils" Rating: PG-13
Category: gen Warnings: violence
Pairing: none Time Frame: Post-Season 5 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Friendship, Pre-Relationship Recommended: 09 Jul 2006
Summary: Four months after Buffy's death, the gang discovers an unscrupulous wizard planning to raise her, and must decide whether or not to stop him.
Title: Necessary Evils (story index | author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 1.997 KB
Series: Sequel to "A Raising in the Sun" Rating: R
Category: Het Warnings: character death, graphic m/f sex and violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Post-Season 5 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Drama, Friendship Recommended: 09 Jul 2006
Summary: Glory's dead - so why are new brainsuck victims turning up in Sunnydale? Willow is drawn to a dangerous solution to the problem, while Buffy deals with her conflicted feelings about Spike.
Title: A Parliament of Monsters (story index | author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 848 KB
Series: Sequel to "Necessary Evils" Rating: R
Category: Het Warnings: graphic m/f sex, violence, unfinished WIP
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Post-Season 5 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Established Relationship, X-over with "Angel" Recommended: 09 Jul 2006
Summary: Buffy and Spike explore the question of what comes after the happily ever after, and the difficulties encountered by leopards who persist in changing their spots.
Review: Barb's trilogy is an ensemble-piece that focuses on the relationship between Buffy and Spike. Returning to life in a different way post "The Gift", Barb's Buffy is less broken and soon able to see that Spike's love for her is real. Even the removal of his chip in "Necessary Evils" doesn't tear them apart, and Spike manages to hold onto his ties to the Slayer and her circle of friends and refrain from feeding. Barb depicts him and Buffy as glorious predators, secure in what they feel for each other and confident even in the face of Prophecy and a different return of the First Evil. Add to that effortless POV switches, good style, various cameo appearances from "Angel", a slew of original plot ideas, and you have a novel you cannot put down until the end.

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Cody Nelson (aka codyne)
e-mail: codyne@ratandfox.net Website: Rat and Fox.net
Archived at: Cody Nelson @ All About Spike
Cody Nelson @ AO3
Title: U Turn offsite Story Length: ~ 201 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Angel / Lindsey McDonald Time Frame: Angel Season 2
Genres: Angst, AU, Character Study, Drama, Episode Related Recommended: 12 Feb 2010
Summary: On his way out of Los Angeles, Lindsey has an encounter with Angel that leads to his return to Angel Investigations. Spoilers through episode 2x18 "Dead End".
Review: Angel's antagonistic relationship with his 'favorite' lawyer has always screamed "subtext", but the resulting fics tended to be wildly out-of-character and/or ignore Angel's curse. This story is different. I love how much the author - by adhering strictly to a realistic portrayal of her characters and their interactions - develops her story without sacrificing believability. Herein, Lindsey might have a demon fetish, but he's not feminized, Angel might be an inscrutable bastard, but he does have deeper feelings, and the two of them dance around each other under the watchful eyes of the AI team until something has to give.

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cousinjean
e-mail: cousinjean@hotmail.com Archived at: All About Spike
Title: Perfect World [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10] (author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 389 KB
Series: none Rating: R
Category: gen/Het Warnings: character death, rape, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Post-Season 6
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Character Study, Drama, Supernatural Recommended: 16 May 2006
Summary: A slip of the tongue creates a whole new world of problems for Spike. Picks up about 4 months after "Grave.".
Review: I haven't been as caught up in a BtVS story in a long time as in "Perfect World". cousinjean's grasp of the characters is amazing, but not as amazing as the alternate reality (Wishverse) she creates in this story. She knows her canon, and all her characters are undeniably them. What if Adam hadn't been destroyed - what if the Initiative hadn't put the chip inside Spike's head? Spike goes through his personal hells in more than one reality, but the end leaves us with a hopeful note that after all this everything will be different.

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Eurydice
e-mail: sigridh72@yahoo.co.uk Website: Love's Last Glimpse
livejournal: ljeurydice72
Title: Legions of True Hearts [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7] (author listing @ Poetic Attraction) offsite Story Length: ~ 1.060 KB
Series: Prequel to "A Symphony of Echoes" Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: graphic m/f sex & violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Post-Season 3 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Friendship, Romance Recommended: 11 Jun 2006
Summary: Post graduation, a restless Buffy goes to London to escape the memories of Angel, only to lose herself in unexpected dreams. But is William real, or is he a distraction? Is he, possibly... both?
Title: A Symphony of Echoes [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13], [14], [15], [16], [17], [18], [19] (story index | author listing @ Poetic Attraction) offsite Story Length: ~ 1.752 KB
Series: Sequel to "Legions of True Hearts" Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: character death, graphic m/f sex, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike, Willow Rosenberg & Oz, Xander Harris & OFC Time Frame: Post-Season 3 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Established Relationship, Friendship Recommended: 09 Jul 2006
Summary: A confused Buffy is trying to get on with her life, but Spike's promise to stand by her haunts the Slayer. Her past collides with her future, forcing her to decide which - and who - she can trust.
Review: Eurydice's stories dragged me in almost against my will. I would have never thought of bringing together Buffy and 19th century William, but Eurydice managed to come up with an original and utterly believable explanation for both the time travel and the lack of impact on timeline and canon and weaves a romance that manages to transcend a century as well as William having been turned. Throughout both stories, I became more and more impressed with the author's imagination and the ease she shows in assigning new roles to many later-series canon characters. The end result is closer to an original story than an AU - but one that is definitely worth reading.

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Lynn (aka Lynx)
e-mail: lmentus@rochester.rr.com Partially archived at: Saber ShadowKitten: Other People's Whacked-Out Fic
The Chains Series
Title: Angel in Chains Story Length: ~ 13 KB
Series: Part 1 of the Chains Series Rating: R
Category: Het Warnings: adult themes, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Angelus Time Frame: Season 2
Genres: Character Study, Drama Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: After having lost his soul again, Angelus is watching Buffy from afar. But Angel's former love for the Slayer is now twisted by the demon, and he's plotting to make her his again.
Title: Bound by Obsession Story Length: ~ 12 KB
Series: Part 2 of the Chains Series Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: adult themes, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Angelus Time Frame: Season 2
Genres: Angst, Character Study, Drama Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Buffy feels Angelus' presence during her nightly patrols, and is appalled to feel not only hate, but also desire for him - a desire she cannot give in to.
Title: Hell on Wheels Story Length: ~ 14 KB
Series: Part 3 of the Chains Series Rating: R
Category: Het Warnings: adult themes
Pairing: Drusilla & Angelus, Drusilla & Spike Time Frame: Season 2 AU
Genres: AU, Character Study Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Spike is fed up with the goings on in the mansion and decides to take matters into his own hands.
Title: Desperate Measures Story Length: ~ 70 KB
Series: Part 4 of the Chains Series Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: adult themes, character death, graphic m/f sex and violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike, Drusilla & Angelus Time Frame: Season 2 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, Drama Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Spike puts his plan to get rid of Angelus once and for all into action - which requires him to team up with the Slayer in order to throw Angelus off balance.
Title: Reflections in the Light of Day Story Length: ~ 15 KB
Series: Part 5 of the Chains Series Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: graphic m/f sex
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Post-Season 2 AU
Genres: Character Study, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Waking up alone, both Buffy and Spike remember the events of last night, and find a small measure of comfort in recalling their time spent together.
Title: Secrets and Lies [1], [2], [3], [4], [5] Story Length: ~ 786 KB
Series: Part 6 of the Chains Series Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: adult themes, character death, graphic m/f sex, unfinished WIP, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike, Willow Rosenberg & Oz, Willow Rosenberg & Rupert Giles Time Frame: Post-Season 2 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, Drama, Established Relationship, Supernatural Recommended: 08 Apr 2002
Summary: Buffy and Spike's relationship evolves, tragedy strikes, and a link to a past Slayer is discovered.
Review: Back in the early days of the BtVS fandom, Lynn's epic "Secrets and Lies" was the reason I abandoned my shipper preference for Buffy/Angel and fell in love with the idea of Buffy and Spike instead. Lynn has a very good grasp of early-series Spike's character and, while she refuses to turn him into a tame copy of canon-Angel, succeeds in painting a believable picture of a possible relationship between two arch-enemies. Full of plot-twists, tragedy, angst, and sex, her series might be a bit close to Harlequin novels sometimes, but that doesn't detract from the fact that she is a terrific writer and that "Secrets and Lies" is utterly addictive. I am not certain her e-mail addy is still existent, and I fear the story might never be finished, but - read it.

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Saber ShadowKitten (aka sabershadowkat, Henry Jones Jr)
e-mail: daschus@comcast.net Website: Sabershadowkat's Home Page
livejournal: ljsabershadowkat
Title: From Nothing Story Length: ~ 224 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: mutilation, rape, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike, Willow Rosenberg & Oz, Cordelia Chase & Xander Harris Time Frame: Post-Series AU (based on canon up to Season 3)
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Drama, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: In the year 2007, Buffy and the Scooby Gang are adults and still fighting evil in Sunnydale. When they rescue a strangely catatonic Spike on one of their missions, Buffy vows to herself to bring him back so he can exact revenge, but finds herself drawing closer and closer to the vampire.
Title: Humanitis Story Length: ~ 265 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: none
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Season 3 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Romance Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: One morning, Spike wakes up human. Trying to find out the reasons for this (to him, horrible) change, he needs the Slayer's help.
Title: In Jealousy's Wake Story Length: ~ 95 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: graphic m/f sex, mutilation, violence
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike Time Frame: Post-Season 3 AU
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, Drama Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Spike has been blackmailed by Whistler into helping Buffy with her slaying duties. She doesn't learn about the secret he's been hiding until she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend.
Title: The Game Series [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7] Story Length: ~ 514 KB
Series: The Game Series Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: graphic m/f sex
Pairing: Buffy Summers & Spike, Willow Rosenberg & Angel, Cordelia Chase & Xander Harris Time Frame: Season 3
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Romance Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Buffy and Spike, and later the rest of the Scoobies, get unwillingly involved in an inhuman "Game" in which only the best of the participants survive.
Review: Saber used to be an unbelievably prolific writer, and her stories were a substitute for my weekly "Buffy" fix in the hiatus between season 3 and 4. Inspired by various spoilers, she came up with different reasons as for why Spike should help Buffy and thought up several scenarios anticipating them becoming lovers. Her stories are all very sexy (although that soon starts to become a bit repetitious), and she clearly loves Spike-whumping. But her stories have that certain something that keeps you clued to the monitor until you've reached the end - so enjoy!

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