Spuffy, a fanatic, has moved Buffy forward 20 years after the most horrific episode

Spuffy, a fanatic, has moved Buffy forward 20 years after the most horrific episode ...

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this article discusses attempted rape and sexual violence.

The 25th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayers is this year, but this may present another, darker milestone. Almost two decades ago, UPN released the 19th episode of Season 6, Seeing Red, in which a beloved queer character is murdered. Spike, who was sobbing, attempts to reignite the flames he and Buffy had earlier that season, assaulted Buffy in her own bathroom. Afterward, Spike becomes a key player for the final, seventh season. We dont

The episodes and season that precede Seeing Red, which is safe to say, to its viewers and even actors, it''s a hurt that takes on even more significant significance as a result of allegations that their creator, Joss Whedon, had abused the show. Vice, Slashfilm, Syfy, CNN, Salon, and Vulture, both condemned for being irresponsible, harmful storytelling, and uncongruent with Spikes character. And the episode, in response to Holly Atkinson

Buffy had always dealt with trauma inconsistently, focusing on it when it advanced character development or plot. During season 5, the show treated Sunnydale residents pathological amnesia as a perpetual punchline. However, the writers spent extensive time managing Buffy''s mother''s death at the beginning of season 6, and the inconsistency surrounding an attempted rape raises questions about the implications of the script.

Atkinson said the whole aim of the plot was not to tell a Buffy story. It was to tell a Spike story, and they made it by assaulting her. I will never forgive them for that.

I feel like Id been cut in half by hands that, until that point, Id primarily trusted. For many, Seeing Red retaliated against the Spike''s ship''s dismal character, and he slammed it for the first time, but it was never possible to enjoy it until it was seen on rewatch. This is my current approach, which is that the ensemble cast aptly sings Where Do We Go From Here? (and Buffy kisses Spike with cons

Fanfiction has evolved into a sort of triage if seeing Red felt like an amputation. Its in the Spuffy fanfiction community where fans continue to grapple often with far greater emotional intelligence than the show displayed with one of the most fascinating connections in television history. I think we must provide a supportive, healthy environment for authors, readers, and beta readers to participate in the community, according to one moderator.

This community is particularly active considering that the series has been launched on The WB for a quarter century. Designed for Spuffy fans who desire to spend time in situations and worlds where Spike never assaulted Buffy, but for those who wish to thoughtfully refeer what happened through stories that attempted to correct the consequences of the incident in ways the show could not.

Five Spuffy fans and authors founded the site about 15 years ago as an archive for hidden stories that had previously spread across the internet. However, it quickly became a forum for sharing new stories, as well as chapters as they completed, a serial format that mirrored the breathless anticipation preceding a new episode drop. Were therefore immediately accepting rejection from each other, and we are discovering new what-ifs, according to Atkinson.

The growing up of enthusiastic fans of the Elysian Fields Discord, which was launched earlier this year, said the spread of new ideas about show characters, tropes, and poor aged conventions was refreshing. The day before I spoke with Atkinson, she said, there had been a long debate about how the show omitted consent violations, and if they were conceived so quickly.

Spuffy EF stories include trigger warnings and a rating system (G through NC-17); run the gamut from playful fluff to epic fantasy; and use varying POV characters. Im new, having contacted the editor during the epidemic, but some have since gained some support, including seasonal challenges (writing prompts), banner art exchanges, and an annual Secret Santa where the gift is a fic.

I''ve discovered in EF a solid community of supporters engaging in critical conversations. I observe this with passion to move Spuffy, and Buffy, forward, engaging with questions about love, sex, friendship, duty, trauma, morality, and mortality in this series. These are all large emotional issues that the series often misunderstood, often owing respect to. Besides, writers are putting a lot of emphasis on the main characters, including one bleach-blond vampire.

Spike was a sweet, well-known guy, adorned with a leather, all lethal cheekbones, Bowie jaw, goth nails, and a helmet of platinum hair for the season 2. A Britpunk vampire, who constantly draped in boot-length leather like a Shakespearean queen, he was always admirable for the show. Spike was also an unusual vampire for the season, especially because of the talented James Marsters, who played him across all of his characters. Spike remained there.

I''ll admit that Spike''s appearance appealed to me, but I was also fascinated by the characters'' complexity. As a mixed-race, queer only child of an immigrant who had grown up straddling worlds, I discovered myself in Spike''s disparity, and he was often a misgiving for himself. This blendiness, this genre defiance, and his ability to navigate multiple situations, help Spike develop and become involved.

It''s also, in my mind, what gave the character his ineffable queerness. In his backstory, mixed-up identities, tenderness, and posturing, I feel that there''s a queer reading to Spike, whether its subtext or text, according to Ian Carlos Crawford, the host of the self-proclaimed Queer Latinx Buffy podcast Slayerfest 98. And Spuffy also played with elements that felt queer to me, with its flirtations with kink, power

Spike emphasized Buffy''s black-and-white notion of good versus evil. The show positioned soulless vampires as bad, and slayers murdered vampires. The monsters served as a clue for the beginning of adolescence. The problem is that by itself is not very interesting. However, Spike''s feelings for his lover, the vampire Drusilla, and the truce he forges with Buffy in the season 2 finale, shook up that simple structure.

Buffy replies in a season 2 interview that his watcher understands his life less difficult. It''s extremely simple, and the bad guys are distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats. To me, this scene reveals the best, truest thesis: There is no black and white, only gray. This made me love the show, for all the clarity of its casting and all of its flagrant flaws.

Seeing Red in recasting Spike as having been mere evil all over seemed to dispel this thesis not because people who do good things cant also be rapists, but because his quest for a soul had reintroduced a soul good, vampire bad attitude to a show that had long left so much uncomplicated ideas behind. Much of Spuffy fanfiction demonstrates this binary thinking through the lens of desire that I find most healing.

Elysian Fields has a total of 6,000 Spuffy fics since April, and many of them is in development. Ive read a number that are set before Seeing Red, which rework events, fill gaps in the narrative, or create alternate timelines and realities. This is a Spuffy space, and many writers and readers come here for the most pleasurable aspects of this dynamic. However, many stories do grapple directly with the scene. McKee said it''s very important to me.

Atkinson, who is currently writing season 7 to address the huge amounts of trauma that season 6 has brought to her Spuffy fanfic, is sharing her experience as a published novelist with a sensitive reader for this project. She is also integrating feedback from EF members who are survivor.

Since I am not a sexual assault survivor, I want to make sure that when Im presenting Buffys narration, that I am doing her justice, that I am participating in her thought process, because the show didn''t give us that. I want [my fics] to be as I mean, capable of talking about vampires but also as realistic as possible and sensitive to the subject matter as possible, without exploiting it, as I feel the show did.

I would prefer not to see Red at all. Even the community at Elysian Fields has given me space to imagine Buffy and Spike outside the box of their creator. It has been regenerative to witness fans form new layers of compassion and often deep connection to trauma and recovery as a result of their own varying stories. That''s why a Spikes character has helped me understand more critically and joyfully how I live.

According to McKee, fan fiction has the potential to entrust those who are most invested in the narrative. And thats where they have entered and written their own conclusions. Their own recommendations.

Fanfic writers are engaging in serial stories, responsive, loyal to what happened, but recasting past events, expanding existing characters, and posing new possibilities. In Spuffys, it is a way of reshaping, with love, and a story that has no inherent end.