Serendipity is a funny thing...
This whole Joss mess has come along exactly as I decided to finally delve back into the AtS 'verse and finish a WIP I abandoned years ago. (As it happens, it's the only fic I've ever properly planned out, so I found my extensive notes and actually know where the story is going!)
Now, before beginning to write I figured I should probably watch a few episodes, just to make sure I had their voices right in my head; so I watched A Hole in the World
. And it's a fascinating exercise in doublethink (doubleview?).
Like, I love the 'verse. I love the characters. I love the story. I will always be grateful to Joss & co for creating this world.
But there is also the fact that (the very very special
) Fred has SIX men standing around her bedside. All of them going to go out and try to SAVE her. (See subject line...)
As you know, the only other women (still standing) in the extended cast are Harmony (who is delightful, but mostly comic relief) and Eve, who is very powerful yet lost all agency the second she lost her boyfriend. ETA: Oh and there's Nina too. I like Nina. It's sad her role never extends beyond Being The Girlfriend.
The interesting thing is that the same week my girls decided to watch [the new movie version of] Les Mis.
And it was exactly the same thing:
- Men make things happen.
- Women have things happen to
This is why Buffy (and Wonder Woman, Rey, et al) are so special. They make things happen
(Possibly more musings later, but this is a pretty well-trodden path, and I'm preaching to the choir...)
Also I'm realising this is probably a pretty awful way to try to get people to read my 'Spike & Angel & Illyria go on an epic quest to undo the power of W&H' story, as it's rather male-centric. AH WELL. It's not like LJ is teeming with people reading AtS fic anymore. Although I should probably point out that there's a good deal of Buffy & her Slayer army in it too...
For those who want to try (and the lovely handful which read the first few chapters back in 2013 when I started posting and might want to have another look), you can find the fic here (well, the first 7 chapters):Divided Destiny
More chapters coming soon! :D (*crickets*)