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I was there with you.

This is pretty much a fangirlish Spuffy squee post. If you don't squee over Spuffy, please leave off commenting. There'll be other posts for non-squee discussion.

You know, I'm not very good with romance. Like, talking about romance or why a romance works for me. I have trouble putting those feelings into words, so I end up flailing helplessly as I try to nail down the shipper side of myself.

Especially when it comes to Buffy/Spike. I sometimes don't know what to say about it. There's just so much. They go through so many changes, so many stages. And, hell, Buffy may be over in one spot while Spike's all the way in another spot...they're rarely on the same page of development. How do you sum something like that up succinctly?

Then it's almost impossible to address the ship without getting into the very mythology of the show - which Spike challenges and, depending on who you're talking to, manages to subvert.

S5 and S6 are very much shippy from Spike's viewpoint. It's all about his love. How a soulless being can love. What does it mean to be soulless, chipped, and in love with the Slayer? Can such a being change? Will their nature always catch up to them? And, ultimately, what place is there in the world for such a creature?

This last question, combined with all the rest and Buffy's lack of acknowledgment of Spike's feelings lead to the violent nervous breakdown at the end of S6 and then, subsequently, to Spike getting his soul.

S7, though...S7 is all about the ship from Buffy's viewpoint. It has Spike directly challenging the worldview on which she bases her very existence (as a Slayer). It has her questioning herself and her nature. Can she allow herself to be vulnerable in a way she hasn't been since before Angelus? What does it mean to open herself up in such a way? Can she still be strong while doing so, or will it become a weakness to be exploited? Or is there a possible benefit to reaching out to someone? A strength that she hadn't allowed herself to have previously?

Perhaps most importantly, can she let herself love? I'm talking scary, messy, no-emotions-barred need. What about in the middle of a war?

Ah, see, now I just start flailing cause I love it so much. So let me just wrap this up with the whole point of the post: pictures!

Cause I first fell for Spike because of his eyes. Because of the depth of emotion and soul he was able to convey through them. He tells the story of his love through his gaze. Like so:

Oh, but Spike isn't the only eye-talker. Buffy, especially in S7, says so much more with her eyes than she expresses verbally. There's love there if you only look. And even before S7, you have the passion, the curiosity, the fear, the temptation, the affection (And some Spuffy fans will say love was there pre-S7, too. Whatever works for you. *g*):

That's my ship.


Jun. 10th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
I love this post! Makes me fall in love with Spuffy all over again. *happy sigh*
Jun. 10th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)


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