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25 April 2009 @ 02:05 pm
Round One Banners: Judge's Choice  

Judge's Choice

Beautifully written. The author really makes these three work together.

There are so many things I loved about this story. The anguish is exquisite. Fred's pain becomes a living thing. The downward spiral of angst is painful, but the author doesn't waver in the slightest. It's hard to look into the blackness, but it's even harder to put in on paper and make it come alive.

God, I can still remember the first time I read this fic. I was drawn in instantly, taken by the darkness, the badness, the dirtiness, and the wrongness. I found myself torn between coddling Spike and Lindsey and cheering for Angel (who was a total dick/villain and didn't deserve it.)

This story gripped me by the throat and never let me turn my eyes away, no matter how depraved and debauched the characters became, no matter what the victims suffered.

The light doesn't touch this fic with a ten-foot pole and that's way it stands above the crowd for me.

It encapsulates what I envisioned must have taken place with Spike after the Season 5 finale. The angst ambushes the reader so well - so subtle at first before it just rips into you. Lovely and heartbreaking beyond belief.

Faith’s struggle to do what’s right and be a part of the new slayer organization, even after being left behind by people she’s come to care about so deeply, clenches your heart. Seeing her slowly isolated in the guise of keeping her safe from the law twists you up in knots. Add in the final hell of the Council’s special project that “only she” can do and it rips you apart, causing you to sob uncontrollably. As for the mechanics, flow, and characterization of this fic; brilliant!

It was good, a winding, twisting tale that was slightly dark in parts and quite angsty in others.
On the whole this is a very enjoyable read and quite compelling. The plot was clever and twisting here and there.
It stood out for the sheer volume and ferocity of the writing. Which kept you reading till the end of each chapter and made me wonder what was coming next if I took a break between chapters. It was very enjoyable and obviously a lot of thinking time and effort had been put into the plot, which moved smoothly and well.
I thought it was a very, very good series and I enjoyed it very much.
Thus, it is easily my choice.

This fic is really, really amazingly creative. The format is dark and twisty and dense and lousy with imagery, and the result is something quite close to poetry. It's beautiful and full of tons of layers of meaning, especially with the father/son dynamic between Angelus and Spike, Angel and Connor, and Liam's father and Liam. It's like nothing I've seen before and completely blew me away.

It was extremely well written, twisty and poignant. I enjoyed the characterization and the plot almost as much as I enjoyed the development of the relationships. It made me laugh, it made my heart shudder and it made me smile. It was sweet, profound, and intense. It was both arousing and creepy. It has a great balance for an AU piece. It was incredibly original where you don't usually find such originality.

Why this piece stands above the rest: This really shows not only how much Xander cares about the slayers, but how much responsibility he feels toward them as well. His big heart is such an asset to the new council, but this really shows how much of a burden it is for him to bear as well.

This story presents the most startlingly new and yet utterly believable vision of Dawn I've ever read. I found myself yelling "Yes!" as each sentence built an ever more true vision of a mystical Key who becomes a girl and yet not and then finds herself again amidst the humanity that isn't who she is. This is a story I've read again and again and will read more times still.

Lily Lovely absolutely nails the nuts and bolts of the Willow/Kennedy relationship. Her insight into why Willow chose a relationship with Kennedy is so wonderfully done, it's as if she's crawled into Willow's head to take a look. This is one of the most well-done Willow characterizations I've read, and her search for identity and meaning is exactly what I would have wished to see after the series was over. That said, not only is Willow wonderfully IC, but Kennedy is, as well; Lily's Kennedy straddles the balance between Slayer-tough and squishy-girlfriend with almost flawless precision. Beyond that, there are such wonderful details in the fic - it lends a reality and believability to the fic that feels almost like the show. An excellent, engaging read, beginning to end.

New Kind of Same by ubiquirk
Down There in the Reeperbahn by lettered
She Would be Thirteen by ozma914
Confessional/Penance by ash_carpenter
Not in Plain Sight by purplefeen
Altered States by trepkos
Empty rooms, shuttered and dank by nomelon
Time Around Me Whispers by alwaysjbj
Fred's Ramblin' Blues by Kat Leon
Come the Dawn by snowpuppies
Sundays at Nine by lily_lovely
the perfectionless perfectionistlily_lovely on April 25th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh! Color me completely flabbergasted and gleeful - thanks so much for the banner and the comments!

(And whoever did the banners - they're gorgeous!)
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on April 25th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Banners are courtesy of rua1412 and seductivembrace.
ash_carpenterash_carpenter on April 25th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so very much to all the hard-working judges and organisers. I absolutely adore my banners!
Corinna: Thankyoualwaysjbj on April 25th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the award, and for the lovely words about my story!

The award is gorgeous.
louise39: reading buffylouise39 on April 25th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Just read the alwaysjb story. Thanks for the rec. Loved it.

If I could suggest: The comments are very interesting. Could you provide a link to the stories here?
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on April 25th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
kats_meow: spred the love by mekats_meow on April 27th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
I am totally humbled - by both your words and the beauty of the banner. Thank you so much! (I'm Kat Leon)
Mark Hunter: Dawn Squeeozma914 on April 28th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
That's so great -- thank you!