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11 February 2013 @ 11:28 am
Fic of the Week: Brought to Heaven, by Queen Boadicea, Rating: NC-17/FRAO  
Before we get down to business, rebelxxwaltz and I would like to thank you all for a great week this past week! Discussion in the comments and in the chats was extremely insightful and well thought out. It was so fun making friends, talking fic, and fangirling! So thanks, everyone! Looking forward to another banner week!

Okay, moving on to this week, the votes are in. We will be reading Brought to Heaven by Queen Boadicea.

Summary: Buffy is reeling from the effects of her resurrection. Giles decides to take her on a much needed break to San Francisco. (Sorry for the poor summary, but there wasn't one to go along with the fic, and I didn't want to give away too much or be cheesy about it.)

Same deal as before, leave your thoughts, reviews, etc, in the comments. Have fun, guys! :)
Mierkemierke on February 12th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Favourite moment:
The dancing. Oh, how I love a man who can dance *swoon* So irresistible. So sexy.

Other things I liked:
- Great job at describing Buffy's depression. Lines like this: Just stick with the Slaying. Slaying is simple. In goes stake, vampire go ‘pouf!’ No Buffy thought need apply. are just perfect.
- Giles actually reaching out to Buffy after she's been brought back to life. I missed that in the series.
- The moment where they see each other all dressed up for the museum. Lovely images there.
- The conversation about A soul brought to Heaven.
- The first kiss. Wonderful. Also loved how Giles is pulling back and trying to protect his fragile heart.
- The baiting of the waiter at the ballroom. Awesome!

What I didn't like:
- The shift in perspective and in time without any indication confused me at times.
- The mention of Jenny when Giles talks about when he knew he loved her just seemed weird. By then - the Cruciamentum - Jenny was long gone.
- The pacing. Especially the proposal and Buffy wondering about having Giles' babies; it's all a bit too fast for my liking.

Random comment:
Americans always assumed British people knew each other as if they all shared some weird kind of psychic connection.
Oh, that's true in every country! I live in Belgium, but I'm from The Netherlands, and every time something or someone Dutch comes up I'm supposed to know it/them.
littleotter73littleotter73 on February 14th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your observations. I still need to finish reading the fic. It's been a hectic week so far.
darkgreenfangirl: GilesBuffydarkgreenotaku on February 16th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Things I like:
-The painting scene (It is just so romantic, I would kill to have someone draw me and my girlfriend)
-Dancing! I love when fanfics add dancing, and do it right. I also liked how Buffy called Giles by his first name (Cause you know he does have one...)
-I liked how the author described Buffy's depression and made me care about it. Unlike the actually show, in which the Buffy depression arc just made me angry. This fic gets a star for just making it realistic, and not being over the top about it
-Loved the sex scenes. Specially because they were safe
-The first kiss was also done very well

Things I didn't like:
-The pacing. I agree with Mierke. Things went to fast for my taste. Especially the proposal. If it one thing I hate in real life and in fiction is rushing into marriage. Yes Buffy and Giles love each other, but marriage is NOT something you rush into
-Also I felt really hated how Buffy was so quick on the idea of having Giles' kids. Buffy would not be so quick to want children.
-I also didn't like the small hints of Anyra hate. It is most likely the author did not mean for it come off that way. But in this fic...Anyra comes off as a bitch. Which I hate. Anyra is amazing.

In conclusion:
Three and a half stars out of five
littleotter73littleotter73 on February 17th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
All valid points! I have a few more to add, but will do so in the chats. :)
Mierkemierke on February 17th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Buffy would not be so quick to want children.
Yeah, I thought that too. Especially because of the dangers of her Slaying and the dangers of the world she'd bring the child into.
will_conqueror1will_conqueror1 on February 18th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
Wow, I read this on monday but I'm just now getting to writing a response (anything to get out of writing my anthropology paper). I mentioned in chat last night I love fics where Buffy and Giles go on a trip somewhere. I also love when there isn't some sort of hotel screwup that makes it so they have to share a room (not that I'm against it, it's just done way too often).

I really liked the dialogue in the museum, it's nice to have Buffy be portrayed as intelligent, and that in some regards there are things that Buffy knows just as much of as Giles. I like the painting, the dancing. And until they actually admit their feelings I like the pacing. After that it felt rushed to me. I do feel like they would move a bit more quickly than most couples, given Buffy's destiny as the slayer and the fact that she's already died twice. But I think it would move slower than discussing kids and marriage in the span of a couple days of being together.