Dracula looks like a doof while fighting.
Spike just looks bad-ass.
On an unrelated note, I need to write something up about the insane lopsided power relationship between Riley and Spike. I mean, I'm fairly neutral on Riley, but wow does he act like a douchebag to Spike.
And I tend to squirrel away vids in fear that they'll disappear from the internet (I think it's because I've been on the internet for a long, long time and have seen a lot of cool stuff vanish. So now I download stuff I like just on the off chance it may disappear into the ether). So I decided to just take stock of the vids I have for Buffy and do up a rec list. These are just vids that I've enjoyed. I tried to trace them back to where I downloaded them, but some aren't available anymore.
Oh, and yes, there's a whole bunch of Spike and Spuffy. Duh.
Lots of gushing below. This is your warning.
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- Current Music:Disturbed - Bound
Oh, here. I'm just gonna make an unpopular post, but, hey. Oh well.
For the love of fucking god, folks, Spike ain't perfect. He isn't a saint. He isn't in a special Do No Wrong bubble. He isn't victimized by the women around him. He isn't Uber Super Nice Guy.
Spike's a jerk. A douchebag. A very rude, bad man. He kills people. He rapes people. He yells at people. He partakes in gratuitous violence. He doesn't always have a good handle on his emotions, and he lashes out sometimes. He was a complete and total douchebag to Harmony. He's often an ass to just about everybody he meets. In fact, he revels in being an ass.
Recognizing the fact that Spike is kinda not-nice doesn't mean that everybody else around him is Perfect Saint Buffy/Dru/Harmony/Xander/Giles/Whoever. Making an assessment of one person doesn't automatically follow to making an assessment of anybody else. If I say Spike was a douchebag sometimes in S6, it doesn't mean that Buffy wasn't, either.
Spike's whole "thing" is his redemption arc. Redemption. Going from bad to good. That means recognizing that Spike was bad at some point. And not just, "Forced by other people to be bad but really a gentle sort, himself" bad. But "Likes young girls and violence and killing and is a bad, rude man to most anybody he meets" bad.
And me saying all this about Spike isn't me making any sort of commentary on any other characters. Cause you know what? They ain't saints, either! And I could make a similar post for each and every one of them. It's the Buffyverse. Nobody gets through the series without resorting to douchebaggery at some point.
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This rant brought to you by my sudden frustration with the idea that Spike Can Do No Wrong. It's not directed at anybody in particular, though it is prompted by recent discussions around the LJ. However, please note that I didn't once mention the word "boyfriend" because, frankly, I don't care to make assessments as to whether Spike was a "lousy" boyfriend to Dru by human or vamp standards or whatnot. Not the point. Don't bring it up. Seriously.
Not that I'm opposed to any of this overwhelming sexiness on its own, but it's mighty distracting when in an episode as I'm compelled by your seductive rays of naughty pleasure to rewind the sexy scenes and play them a couple times. Inevitably, this throws me out of the episode, breaks the flow of the story, and leaves me in a fangirlish stupor for the next hour or so by which point I've found I have lost all recollection of the preceding plot and that I have to start over from the beginning.
This obviously leads me to a loop as I, again, hit your various scenes of sexiness and have to start the process over again.
In other words, I almost couldn't watch The Harsh Light of Day past the shirtless!Spike scene. It's just too damn much sexiness. And people worry about the oodles amount of sex in porn? They obviously haven't seen James Marsters' gorgeous body prowling across the bed. I had to wipe the sex off my screen afterward.
I consider myself a very resilient fangirl that I was able to make it past that scene and calm down my squee enough to follow the rest of the episode...finally.
I would prefer this not be linked to by any comms or link round-up posts. I don't feel up to hosting a fandom-wide discussion on the topic at this time. Individual recs to friends are fine, though.
As a note to those not in the know, I'm an ardent feminist and very vocal about my anti-rape stance. Yes, these views were difficult to reconcile with my love for Spike. And I'm still of the opinion that the writers made an error of judgment in including an attempted rape scene because of the larger cultural context and issues that go along with it.
Now, onto the post.
( Five points about the Seeing Red attempted rapeCollapse )
Feel free to share your thoughts on these, especially if you choose "Other" on any of them. While I've made my opinion on most of these fairly well-known in comments, this poll isn't meant to be leading or anything. I'm just curious to hear other viewpoints. :)
Oh, and this non-comic reader is highly amused by the latest comic release for S8. Joss keeps reminding me why I love him so much.
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So to cheer me up, and to bring some potential happiness to you guys, have a gratuitous Spike poll! In line with the earlier polls about recognizing episodes/seasons based on what a character looks like.
The poll shows you a screencap from each season Spike was in (excluding S3 because that would be a gimme). Select which episode the cap is from.
Enjoy! The first comment will be an answer key. :)
( Picture poll below the cut. Spike! It has Spike!Collapse )
Comments in red.
( Lotophagi: possibly the most pretentious fic I've ever done...Collapse )
Pairing: assumed Spike/Buffy, but it's not the point of the fic
Warning: Possibly disturbing Spike violence of the unredeemed kind
Word Count: 1,195
Author's Note: This fic...is an odd one. It's really a pretty meta-type fic as I wrote it after a run-in with someone who had a not-so-complimentary opinion on Spike's character. This fic was my way of attempting to understand their point of view.
A few things about the fic (that are implied in the actual fic, but I'll explicitly spell them out here): This takes place 1 year after NFA in a world where Buffy and Spike got together after AtS, and then they died together in battle. This fic appends its own version of Heaven and Hell to the series. These are not the Christian Heaven and Hell. And this fic isn't at all speculating on the canonicity of these afterlives. It's just the setting.
Very special thanks to both drknit and pennydrdful who beta'd this fic and gave me valuable feedback on it.
I wrote a commentary for this fic if you're interested.
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Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 97
In Fool for Love, did Spike tell Buffy the truth about his past as a bloody awful poet and his rejection by Cecily?
After Fool for Love, did Buffy confide in Spike about her mother's illness?
So...what did Buffy and Spike do during the "fade to black" scene in Chosen?
|Nothing. Buffy left him by himself.|
|They just slept together. But no love-making.|
|They made sock puppets out of the orphan socks in the basement.|
|Not sure. We didn't actually see anything, you know.|
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- Current Music:Poe - Could've Gone Mad
I've always been quite a defender of Joss in that regard. I argued that he isn't perfect and I would happily point out mistakes that he'd made, but I believed he had the best of intentions. Now, in light of the horrible misogyny that is the fridging of Fred, I'm having to change a few of my opinions about BtVS.
There are several aspects that have often bothered me about the show, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt because I believed in Joss' good intentions. Since I'm quickly losing that belief, I feel the need to explicate those aspects in this post.
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- Current Music:Radiohead - Karma Police
In case you missed it, I made a post about S4 earlier with the hard data from my notes. This is just the same style. I noted that he oftentimes used slight variations on the same nickname ("my sweet" instead of just "sweet"). I counted them as the same.
Also, as before, I did keep track of who he was speaking to when he used each nickname. However, I haven't yet organized that data (And probably won't until I have all seasons complete).
So here goes. Hope you'll find some use/amusement out of it. :)
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- Current Music:October Project - Johnny
- Current Mood: uncomfortable
- Current Music:The Veronicas - Everything I'm Not
But I was thinking today about how sexy Spike is and how he has chemistry with, like, everybody. So I decided to put together some pretty pictures as examples. Cause one can never have enough Spike.
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- Current Music:Les Miserables - I Dreamed a Dream
First let's set the stage. S6 was a disastrous affair for Spike and Buffy. Their relationship exploded in a horrifying way in Seeing Red, prompting the identity crisis that leads Spike to getting his soul.
That's not the beginning for this scene, though. We have to go back as far as S2 to fully encompass everything the BY scene addresses. This scene, though it is primarily a monologue by Spike, is also largely about Buffy.
It's about the very core of Buffy's beliefs about the demon world around her, indoctrinated into her by the Council and confirmed in S2 when Angel loses his soul. Demons without souls cannot love. They cannot be good. They should be killed. Buffy has held firm to this belief for six seasons, even as Spike went to great lengths (often going too far) to prove his love for her.
It's a love she couldn't accept, though. If Buffy accepts that demons can love, then she has to question why Angel stopped loving her when he lost his soul. She has to examine why a soulless vampire like Spike, her former enemy, can love her so intensely while Angel, her destined true love, could not without a soul.
And while her love for Angel ultimately cost him his soul in S2, it's Spike's love for her that leads him on the path to getting his.
This is where we start in the BY scene. Spike having just returned, unsure of himself and being driven insane by the First Evil. He puts every effort at the beginning of the episode to clean himself up so he can be of help to Buffy. It's probably the one coherent thought in his head: Help Buffy. And the entire episode sees his struggle to maintain his composure until he eventually loses it by the time we get to the BY scene.
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- Current Music:Sarah McLachlan - Black and White
I'm also not surprised that I'm in the minority on this one. Well, that seems to be a pattern with me. :)
Now I'm gonna take the mic and explain my strangely literal opinion that very few people will agree with.
In answer to the question: "Does Spike need a soul to be redeemed?", I initially chose "No". I changed that to "Other" on the poll when I realized that I would have to make some stipulations on my answer. However, generally, my answer is "No".
( I would sell my soul for some chocolate right now. Okay not really. I have some chocolate.Collapse )
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Nobody chose evil!Spike! I suppose that's understandable considering I probably have a bunch of later season fans on my flist who like Spike as he was when he was actually a cast member.
snarky!Spike was the obvious winner, though. That's the defining Spike trait. Willow's smart. Xander's funny. Giles is British. And Spike is snarky. Yes, there's more to them all. But that's the trait. Hell, it's what makes him more interesting than Angel, even with a soul. His snarkiness and "outsider" status with the group allows him to sit on the outskirts and make the commentary that none of the Scoobies could get away with. And he does so in a funny way. That's why we love him.
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You can only pick one. Yep. Even if you like several varieties of Spike, choose the one you like best.
Poll #1331463 Preferred Spike
This poll is closed.
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Which Spike do you like best?
|Other (Explain yourself!)|
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