“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_alliesFor various types of talkbuffyphilosophyfor more general discussions and questionsbuffyquotes 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 CharactersFor particular characters or character pairings, some of the active communities include:
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.
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.
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.
Hi there. Another community of possible interest is the femslash_minis.
This post is great, it's been very helpful :)
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.
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.
And I just wrote two whole lines with one full stop and many commas. Go me. Sorry 'bout that >.>
*g* Highly readable, no worries, and glad that Top 5 is coming in handy.
Here's a couple on the pageactordavid_b_dailyCharacter ficwesficConventionwriterconGiles/Weswatcherlove
Have the first and third on there already but will add the second and fourth. Thanks for the suggestions!
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 :)
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.
...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!!
It's never too late to comment *g* And thank you for doing so, it's always nice to know something was of use.
A relatively new genfic community gen_storyteller and the sister site for challenges general_buffyFor off-line get togethers in Europe (UK) writerconuk and MidiMeet2007
Thanks for the reminder! I'll add them in. gen_storyteller is off to a roaring start, isn't it?
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.
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.
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 things1) 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?
Excellent links. THANKS!
Hey i'm trying to get pics but Slayerverse link doesn't seem to work anymore :(
Thanks for the heads up. Looks like they've moved to a new server. Here's the new link: http://www.slayerverse.org/svggaldeluxe/
oh thanks :)
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 slashhttp://community.livejournal.com/troika_slash/Trioka hethttp://community.livejournal.com/troika_het/Warren/Andrew slashhttp://community.livejournal.com/wa_lj/Andrew/Jonathan slashhttp://community.livejournal.com/andrew_jonathan/
Absolutely, everyone should feel free to add communities here in the comments. Thanks for also letting me know people are still finding this post!
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 communityhttp://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 sitehttp://www.eliza-dushku.org/
Does anyone know any communities for searching for fics?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Thank you again :)
Actually, there is one:http://community.livejournal.com/btvs_inquiry/profileIt's small but the more people know about it/join it, the more it can be helpful.
Excellent! Thanks for contributing it.
Thank you :) I'm on there now.
*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_infohttp://community.livejournal.com/forbiddenawards/http://community.livejournal.com/sothawards/http://community.livejournal.com/harem_of_spike/http://community.livejournal.com/wka_nominations
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.
thanks for adding SOG! and whoops on the other - i missed that you mentioned the round up comm when i read before. :D
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 Placegiles_slash - Giles slashtweedandtea - a Giles commgiles_fic_recs - Giles Fic Recsfacets_of_faith - Faith commShipping Comms:allthejellies Buffy/Giles commbuffy_giles - Buffy/Giles shipping commbg_requests - Buffy/Giles Request commstay_and_gloat - Giles/Ethan shipping commShipper Manifestos:: contain links to communities, fics and other sites that relate to a particular ship.Angel and WesBuffy/AngelBuffy and Angel Shipper Manifesto 2Buffy/Angel/SpikeBuffy/FaithBuffy and GilesBuffy/Giles/Willow/XanderBuffy/SpikeBuffy/Spike Manifesto 2Buffy/XanderDarla/AngelDawn/Ethan RayneGiles/AngelGiles/AnyaGiles and EthanGiles/Joyce/EthanGiles/OzGiles/SpikeGiles/WillowGiles/XanderOz/XanderSpike/AngelSpike/DrusillaSpike/EthanSpike/FaithSpike/XanderWarren/AndrewWillow/FaithWillow/TaraWillow/XanderXander/CordeliaXander/FaithGraphics:btvsatsicons - iconsbtvsats_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 ficsonic_hellmouth - Buffy/Doctor Who crossover commbtvs_inquiry - Buffy and Angel Inquiry and Rec Comm
Lots of additions, thanks!
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
Thanks so much for letting me know! It's great to know that these lists get used :)
Thanks for the additions!
Sorry! That was a mistake. My real post is below. :D
What about http://spring-with-xan.livejournal.com and http://fall-for-cordy.livejournal.com in regards to seasonal communities? For Xander and Xander Ships, there's also http://ultimate-xander.livejournal.com/, http://buffyxander.livejournal.com/, http://community.livejournal.com/_xangel/, http://darker-xander.livejournal.com/, http://xanderxtreme.livejournal.com/, http://xander-icontest.livejournal.com/,http://gilesxander.livejournal.com/, and last but not least http://i-need-a-parrot.livejournal.com/.For Spike/Xander, there's http://spander-forever.livejournal.com, http://spanderunlimitd.livejournal.com/, and http://sx-toykink.livejournal.com/.http://spanderfiles.com/contents.html is a really great offline place for spander too. And loads more too. I'm so far away from an expert, it's not even funny. :)