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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BtVS)
by yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
at December 20th, 2005 (11:01 am)
current mood: productive
current song: BtVS theme by Nerfherder

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (BtVS), a US based television series, ran for seven seasons, beginning in January 1997 and concluding in May 2003. The fandom started soon after the show's inception. In May 1997 the first fan forum, alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer began, followed later that year by alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative, a fan fiction group. Various subgroups and other newsgroups for fans in different countries emerged, along with numerous posting boards and websites, many of which are still active.

The first 5 seasons of BtVS aired on the WB network, the final two on UPN. The show began running in syndication in 2001 on the cable network FX, which is owned by the show’s production studio, Fox. In 1999 the show’s spinoff, “Angel” (AtS) began airing on the WB and ended in a controversial cancellation in spring 2004 after 5 seasons. The program has aired widely in Europe, as well as South America, Australia and parts of Asia and has an active multinational fandom. Although there are people who are fans of one show but not the other, in practice fan production and discussion crosses over frequently, due in no small part to the many characters who appeared on both shows and the occasional crossover storylines. Although this guide will focus on BtVS, there will be many resources and sites listed here that are useful for both fandoms (called the Buffyverse or Slayerverse).



(1) For general news it’s hard to beat Whedonesque. A community blog that is the best one-stop shop I know of to find the latest articles, news, and discussion on all things related to BtVS and AtS creator Joss Whedon (which includes his show “Firefly” and its later film version, "Serenity"). Not the best resource if you’re only interested in a single character or actor, but it has pretty wide breadth of information and is updated daily. You can browse headlines, or click on the discussion, which will often wander away from the original topic. Interactions are pretty closely moderated for tone of discussion and community rules. Posting access is opened up at different intervals through the year to avoid large waves of new users, but readership is open to all. You can get it through RSS on LJ. And, oh yeah, BtVS creator Joss Whedon sometimes posts there (as do various other production-related individuals) and apparently lurks often.

(2) For LJ News su_herald - This fandom newsletter is one of the best ways to keep up on the stuff that is being produced every day in the Buffyverse corner of LJ. Keep in mind though that it is representative, not comprehensive. You can always suggest links to your own work to the compilers although it may not always be included. The newsletter includes links to discussions going on across fandoms as well.

petzipellepingo started a daily recs list in 2007 that also includes announcements and outside links. This is a read-only project.

whedonverse_nb however is open to contributions of news, announcements, and all sorts of creative material, and includes an update community that provides a digest of all the material being posted.

(3) For photos Slayerverse is useful in filling in the gaps for Whedonesque. Instead of accessing it for the commentary, or the news stories (which are often the same), it’s handy for magazine scans and other visual content, as well as posting fannish material like graphics and vids. As a result it’s also got a great archive of photos.

On LJ various actor or character specific communities do something similar such as brendon_daily, marsters_daily, smg_daily, watching_daily, amber_daily, eliza_daily, david_b_daily, seth_daily, ash_daily, and alyson_daily.

obsessed_much accepts postings on anything from the Buffyverse.
buffy_banners is a banner posting communities that picks a "banner of the month" from submissions.
manipology is a multifandom community for photo manips.

These LJ communities are a good place to post artwork such as banners, icons, wallpapers and so on, although you will want to check their user info pages for restrictions on content. For more adult oriented pictures many locked communities exist such as darker_spike (check for others at the_darker_ring) but these are restricted to those 18 or older and require membership to be approved.

(4) For icons, specifically, there are communities such as buffy_icons, buffy_graphics or bicon challenge, and for LJ users looking for icons new posts are announced daily at the su_herald and can also be browsed for here or requested at btvs_requests. awmpdotnet is one site for icon tutorials utilizing BtVS examples.

Specific communities exist for other graphics work such as btvsats_layouts or screencap requests at btvs_screencaps.

(5) For writers Buffyverse Dialogue Database has to be one of the most useful sites ever, whether for fic or meta writing. Its search function could be a bit better but it is an incredibly handy resource for finding dialogue for all episodes of Buffy or Angel. You may also find the Buffy Encyclopedia or the shooting scripts handy. On LJ writersresource and riters_r_us were created for Buffyverse writers.
A general listing site for Buffyverse writers can be found at btvs_authorlink

(6) For vidders Buffyverse Music Video Database provides a one-stop shop. If you love vids, it’s a wonderful pointer to them and has great searchability by creator, musical act, song name, characters, etc. The links are sometimes dead but folks do move around a lot on the net. On LJ check out communities such as jossversecinema

(7) For analysis, the Slayage Archive - is an easy way to see what’s been published in terms of academic articles about the Buffyverse. You can also get meta links through the su_herald or at metafandom or mutant_allies

For various types of talk
buffyphilosophyfor more general discussions and questions
buffyquotes where posters can share and discuss favorite quotes.
angel_fans, btvsfans, buffyaddicts, buffyfan for discussion on the various Whedon series.
newly_legion was set up for discussion of the BtVS S8 comics series.

(8)Specific Ships and Characters

For particular characters or character pairings, some of the active communities include:

Xander or Xander/Spike the_real_xander,
xander_slash, bloodclaim, sxandviolence
Buffy ships bashippers, buffyfaith, spuffy_fics, 3_of_hearts, buffy_love
Giles or Wes twoenglishmen, willow_giles, gilesanya_fic, giles_watchers, wesfic, watcherlove
Spike or Angel spike_fics, spangel_, loving_angel_69
Willow ships willandtaralove, kinda_gay, nha_fic, willow_tara_fic, willowkennedy
Miscellaneous characters/challenge fic insertdawnhere, rewriting earlier episodes with Dawn's character present, rarebtvs, 12monthsofbtvs, good__evil, moviequoteminis


Seasonal communities are also popular, some of the best known being
summer_of_spike
summer_of_giles
fall_for_spike.
winter_of_wes,
autumn_of_angel,
seasonal_spuffy for Spike/Buffy,
spring_spangel for Spike/Angel
fall_for_sx for Spike/Xander
noel_of_spike for holiday themed creations featuring Spike

Another place to find fic is through award sites. These come and go often, so one way to keep track of them is at btvs_award_info. Along with listing award sites they also provide updates on nominations. The ficathon_codex is also a masterlist of the various fic writing projects that pop up throughout the year and focus on various characters or types of fiction, and baficathon is an announcements blog for these writing projects.

(9)For Types of Fic
buffy_fanfic, btvsinspiration, and all_fics_btvs for BtVS fic of all types.
gen storyteller and the sister site for challenges general buffy have been set up for gen fic.
open_on_Sunday and btvsats_love are drabble communities (100 word fiction) with weekly challenges.
hello_fic_now for upcoming fic writing challenges
btvs_slash for all slash pairings.
maleslashminis for m/m slash and femslash_minis for f/f pairings.
mmm_smut - for NC-17 fic
btvs_rps - for real people slash (aka actorfic)
rpg_herald - for role playing games.
Twisting the Hellmouth is one of the best sites for crossover fic which specifically includes BtVS and AtS. On LJ Buffy and Angel crossover fic can be found at crossoverfic.

(10) For Recommendations

A seasonal community for "Best of the Year" and Classic Recs is buffyversetop5, which lists all types of fan created works as well as recs for archives and communities.

There are a variety of personal rec journals that one or more individuals keep solely for recs. One community open to anyone for year-round recs is the_magic_box. One multi-fandom recs community which includes BtVS is crack_van. A community where you can search for fics is btvs_inquiry.

For various types of announcements, try all_things_btvs and for community announcements try all_whedonverse

(11)For offline get-togethers

writer_con met for several years in different cities around the U.S. but has since been discontinued. For fans in Europe writerconuk and MidiMeet2007 have been established and met as recently as 2011.
Vividcon for video makers and viewers.
There are also announcements and con reports at buffyconvrep and con_dom_wank.

If anyone would like to suggest additional communities or areas of coverage, feel free to comment. And anyone reading, check those out for other links!
(Last updated 8/2011.)

Comments

Posted by: unique.wonders. (ex_uniquewo)
Posted at: December 20th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)

giles_watchers is worth mentioning I think.

And maybe a few other active shipping comms: spangel_ or loving_angel_69. angel_wes? I don't what are your criteria for mentioning a comm or not.

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: December 20th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Teamwork: glimmergirl

Didn't expect a reply so soon!

Thanks for the suggestions, I will add them in. angel_wes however is more of an AtS community so strictly speaking it should go over in the AtS newbieguide post (though people will see your comment here). I included winter_of_wes because it is both an active resource and also covers all periods of Wes including his first year on BtVS.

Posted by: unique.wonders. (ex_uniquewo)
Posted at: December 20th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)

Oh you're right! I'm so used to thinking of the Buffyverse as a whole that I hadn't thought about the distinction between BtVS and Ats. Stupid me.

Posted by: your friendly skidge (lillianmorgan)
Posted at: December 20th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Faith and Buffy_made by frostthepie

Hi there. Another community of possible interest is the femslash_minis.

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: December 21st, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
AnyaTop5 : kathyh

Added! Thanks!

Posted by: Em (galaxynumber5)
Posted at: January 19th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
BtVS Spike/Buffy

This post is great, it's been very helpful :)

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: January 19th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
AngelSmile: kathyh

So glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

In a bit of a self-pimp here, this weekend at buffyversetop5 we are trying to get a comprehensive list of active Buffyverse LJ communities started so hopefully in a few weeks we can have a diverse listing of what's out there.

Posted by: Em (galaxynumber5)
Posted at: January 19th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
BtVS Spike punk

Funny, I was just looking over that comm, my experience with fandoms, mainly when in regards to fics, has been so bad that I'm reading nothing but recs of BtVS, so comms like yours are excellent, excellent things.

Posted by: Em (galaxynumber5)
Posted at: January 19th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)

And I just wrote two whole lines with one full stop and many commas. Go me. Sorry 'bout that >.>

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: January 19th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
Grin: yourlibrarian

*g* Highly readable, no worries, and glad that Top 5 is coming in handy.

Posted by: JustHuman (justhuman)
Posted at: March 5th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
muffins

Here's a couple on the page

actor
david_b_daily

Character fic
wesfic

Convention
writercon

Giles/Wes
watcherlove

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: March 5th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)

Have the first and third on there already but will add the second and fourth. Thanks for the suggestions!

Posted by: JustHuman (justhuman)
Posted at: March 6th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
anya

Sorry about the duplicates - I was trying to check, and missed those. I know it would make the post very long, but I think the list sections work better than the paragraph/sentence sections. All those links on a horizontal line start running into each other. Just a suggestion :)

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: March 7th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Explain: indulging_breck

Yes, it has gotten rather smooshed together. I had various additions I first wrote it and some of those paragraphs just got longer. Just created a table and broke another paragraph out into a list. Hopefully that will help things a bit.

Posted by: 쉘리 Unmistakably Oatmeal (sdkshelly)
Posted at: May 12th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
ats - fred/wes

...5 months later...

I just wanted to say thank you for this. I'm currently entrenched in the HP fandom, but the Buffyverse was one of my first fandom loves, and so I was looking for some LJ communities to watch and thankfully stumbled upon this. So, thanks a bunch!!

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: May 12th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Perky: noaluvjames

It's never too late to comment *g* And thank you for doing so, it's always nice to know something was of use.

Posted by: hesadevil (hesadevil)
Posted at: March 10th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Gen Storyteller - by ruuger

A relatively new genfic community gen_storyteller and the sister site for challenges general_buffy

For off-line get togethers in Europe (UK) writerconuk and MidiMeet2007

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: March 10th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
NotFadeAway: elizalavelle

Thanks for the reminder! I'll add them in. gen_storyteller is off to a roaring start, isn't it?

Posted by: hesadevil (hesadevil)
Posted at: March 10th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
For Us

off to a roaring start, isn't it?
It's beginning to slow down now, which is why we've launched the challenge community. We'd planned for a couple of challenges a year to keep the stories flowing into the community.

The quality of the fiction we've received is really impressive. I'm not sure that it has anything to do with the fact that it's genfic, but it could be.

Posted by: YayCoffee (yaycoffee)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
Buffy Hello Buffy

So, hi. I am a newbie in this fandom, but VERY familiar with canon (have been a hardcore addict since season 2). I am very involved in a different fandom, but I haven't ever tried to really branch out. I'm wondering if there are any "must read" fics in this fandom, or who are some good authors to start reading. This fandom is REALLY big, and even with all the lovely help up there that you've given (which is AWESOME, so thanks), I still feel way overwhelmed.

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
DawnTop5-ruuger

Great to see people are finding this post! And to answer your question I think that there are a variety of "must read"'s depending on what part of the fandom you're in. The Buffyverse has had a huge fandom and as a result it has lots of different corners and areas.

My best suggestion would be to do one of two things

1) If you know what types of fic you'd like to read search these tags. Also if you're interested in a particular character or pairing (or gen fic), you might want to join a community or two for that interest and post a question asking people to rec classic or must-read fics in that area. Most people are pretty happy to share their opinion on stuff they loved :>

2) If you're not sure what types of fic you might like, scan the Classic Recs made starting here. These are fics considered by the posters some of the classic stories in those categories. There will be another session this October so you may also want to join the community and see what gets recced this year.

I'm just getting started in a new fandom as well so I think it's a great question. Does this help?

Posted by: YayCoffee (yaycoffee)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Buffy Hello Buffy

Excellent links. THANKS!

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: August 3rd, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)

Hey i'm trying to get pics but Slayerverse link doesn't seem to work anymore :(

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: August 14th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
ThankYou-eyesthatslay

Thanks for the heads up. Looks like they've moved to a new server. Here's the new link: http://www.slayerverse.org/svggaldeluxe/

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: August 15th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)

oh thanks :)

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: August 14th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)

Ok, I don't know if this should be on newbie's guide or not but I thought I'd recommend it anyway (sorry i still don't remember html to do links).

I was watching season 6 and got interested in looking up some fics for the evil trio, Warren, Andrew and Jonathan. Found these communities.

Trioka slash
http://community.livejournal.com/troika_slash/

Trioka het
http://community.livejournal.com/troika_het/

Warren/Andrew slash
http://community.livejournal.com/wa_lj/

Andrew/Jonathan slash
http://community.livejournal.com/andrew_jonathan/

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: August 14th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
CordeliaTop5: ruuger

Absolutely, everyone should feel free to add communities here in the comments. Thanks for also letting me know people are still finding this post!

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: August 15th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)

Oh and here i was wondering if the maintainer of the entry was gone. I check newbie's guide everytime i enter a new fandom, I love this community.

And since you said ok to adding, here's a giles/xander community
http://community.livejournal.com/gilesxander/

Also found this site for Eliza Dushku outside of lj... i went searching for pics when i couldn't get into slayerverse. This is my favourite site
http://www.eliza-dushku.org/

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)

Does anyone know any communities for searching for fics?

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)

That's a good question, I'm not sure there's a general fic search community for the Buffyverse. I do know that people often have fic search questions on particular communities. For example bloodclaim has fic search questions on an almost daily basis. If it's a specific fic you're looking for, you might try posting a question on the community for that character/pairing/genre.

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)

No, no specific fics. I'm actually hoping for some rec for femmeslash evil willow and maybe an AU where Buffy's a cop. So you think i should post to a Willow comm for the first one, or a rec comm?

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)

Ah, gotcha. Yes, I think a Willow comm would be good, especially since you're looking for evil Willow, which I don't see written all that often.

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)

Thanks. There isn't a lot of evil Willow? Too bad. Well I hope there's lots of Vamp!Willow then, because Vamp!Willow is really the most beautiful creature I have ever seen... well her and Faith and Kristin Kreuk and Carly Pope anyway.

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)

I do think you'll have more luck with vamp!Willow, though I more often see her in het. You might try a femslash community too or try the ficathon_codex to see what has turned up at any femslash ficathons.

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)

Thank you again :)

Posted by: lusciousspike (lusciousspike)
Posted at: April 12th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)

Actually, there is one:

http://community.livejournal.com/btvs_inquiry/profile

It's small but the more people know about it/join it, the more it can be helpful.

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: April 12th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
SmileFred-doubletrouble_

Excellent! Thanks for contributing it.

Posted by: hollywood_r_bin (hollywood_r_bin)
Posted at: April 16th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)

Thank you :) I'm on there now.

Posted by: my monkied brain (katekat1010)
Posted at: September 26th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
buffy - red sexy [ntm]

*waves* i just found out about this community, and then looked up the btvs entry, and here it is! if it's not too late to make a couple of suggestions, would you be willing to add summer_of_giles to the seasonal communities list? And it looks like the seasonal_ring comm is no longer available to find.

One other suggestion is to add some of the award ljs since they often have popular/nummy fics and art listed?
http://community.livejournal.com/btvs_award_info
http://community.livejournal.com/forbiddenawards/
http://community.livejournal.com/sothawards/
http://community.livejournal.com/harem_of_spike/
http://community.livejournal.com/wka_nominations

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)

Glad you checked it out, and thanks for the additions! I've added summer of giles, but will leave the award links here in your comments as the roundup community for them is linked above.

Posted by: my monkied brain (katekat1010)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
You Rock

thanks for adding SOG! and whoops on the other - i missed that you mentioned the round up comm when i read before. :D

Posted by: soophelia (soophelia)
Posted at: September 27th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)

General:
btvs_season_8 - comm for the 8th season of Buffy (the comic books).

Character Specific Comms:
darker_giles - Darker Giles - Welcome to Ripper's Place
giles_slash - Giles slash
tweedandtea - a Giles comm
giles_fic_recs - Giles Fic Recs
facets_of_faith - Faith comm


Shipping Comms:
allthejellies Buffy/Giles comm
buffy_giles - Buffy/Giles shipping comm
bg_requests - Buffy/Giles Request comm
stay_and_gloat - Giles/Ethan shipping comm

Shipper Manifestos:: contain links to communities, fics and other sites that relate to a particular ship.

Angel and Wes

Buffy/Angel
Buffy and Angel Shipper Manifesto 2
Buffy/Angel/Spike
Buffy/Faith
Buffy and Giles
Buffy/Giles/Willow/Xander
Buffy/Spike
Buffy/Spike Manifesto 2
Buffy/Xander

Darla/Angel

Dawn/Ethan Rayne

Giles/Angel
Giles/Anya
Giles and Ethan
Giles/Joyce/Ethan
Giles/Oz
Giles/Spike
Giles/Willow
Giles/Xander

Oz/Xander

Spike/Angel
Spike/Drusilla
Spike/Ethan
Spike/Faith
Spike/Xander

Warren/Andrew

Willow/Faith
Willow/Tara
Willow/Xander

Xander/Cordelia
Xander/Faith


Graphics:
btvsatsicons - icons
btvsats_manips - manips. "You can post any manip/icon/art, of anything BtVS or AtS related, as long as it's yours." Any and every ship welcome.

Fiction:
ats_btvs_fanfic - Buffy/Angel fic
sonic_hellmouth - Buffy/Doctor Who crossover comm
btvs_inquiry - Buffy and Angel Inquiry and Rec Comm

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)

Lots of additions, thanks!

Posted by: Kirinin (kirinin)
Posted at: July 1st, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
damntheman!

You are awesome. Thanks for this! I was particularly looking for Buffy rec communities, and google gifted me with this lovely tidbit of marvelousness. :)

-K

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much for letting me know! It's great to know that these lists get used :)

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Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: August 25th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)

Thanks for the additions!

Posted by: sunianna (sunianna)
Posted at: August 25th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)

Sorry! That was a mistake. My real post is below. :D

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