Oh indeed! I love the Summers sisters relationship to pieces - even when they annoy the hell out of me, or maybe because of that? It's one of the most "real" sister relationships I've probably seen on televison. My sister is eight years younger, was very confident and streetwise, but also the one who would mouth off, took no shit from anybody, ran away from home once, etc. While I tried, when we were kids, to be surrogate parent to her (and my brothers) while my mom, who was single, was out at work. She turned out to be pretty terrific, no thanks to me, and we really love each other now more so than then I think. But a lot of the way Buffy and Dawn interact just WORKS and is so believable - & SMG and MT have terrific chemistry together. (Why do I not have a Buffy & Dawn icon yet?)

After all the Riley talk and grrr-ness of my last post, I needed to get back to basking in one of the things I love best - the women of the 'verse.

I just left a couple of reviews for two of your fics btw. Powerful stuff!
Also gonna reply here because

SMG and MT have terrific chemistry together.

YES I think so too! They work really great together. I think they're still friends, even? MT was at SMG's first baby shower, at least.

Also there's footage out there of SMG posing with a bitty MT and I squee when I see it.

/random creeper fan things
They work really great together.

It was really brilliant of Sarah to insist on casting Michelle - her instincts were great. I have a younger sister as I was saying to Gabrielle and they just get the dynamics right. Casting a 9-10 for the role wouldn't have worked as well, at all. She couldn't have "mirrored" Buffy in the same way, and I don't think she would have offered to sacrifice herself to stop the portal, or had the same understanding of what that might mean.

I think they're still friends, even?

I don't know, I've not heard anything contrary-wise, so I'll trust you on that. (Now I want to go see that footage, and I'm not even into babies.)

Did you see the WingedBuffy comlodge made for me?
I have a younger sister as I was saying to Gabrielle and they just get the dynamics right. Casting a 9-10 for the role wouldn't have worked as well, at all. She couldn't have "mirrored" Buffy in the same way, and I don't think she would have offered to sacrifice herself to stop the portal, or had the same understanding of what that might mean.

Huh. That's an interesting perspective!

I don't know, I've not heard anything contrary-wise, so I'll trust you on that. (Now I want to go see that footage, and I'm not even into babies.)

Haha, the footage is not of the baby shower, but like two seconds of SMG and bitty!Michelle Trachtenberg posing for a photo or something. It's part of a long SMG interview.

Did you see the WingedBuffy comlodge made for me?

I saw it! But I didn't really engage with it enough for commentary yet. Will change that. :)
Huh. That's an interesting perspective!

I really can't take credit for most of that; a lot of it comes from the discussion about Dawn on the recent metacommentathon. (I'll have to find the link when I'm less lazy and busy.) My contribution was mostly fanwankiness about why Dawn's "younger than her age" behavior actually worked for me in context.

It's part of a long SMG interview.

I've enjoyed some of her interviews; she can be funny and rather blunt sometimes. Did you ever see the one where she responds to the idea of a BtVS reboot movie? "They did that movie already! It starred Kirstie Swanson!" Is Sarah the only person on the planet who hasn't forgotten that she's not the first person to play the role?

I saw it! But I didn't really engage with it enough for commentary yet. Will change that. :)

I might have gone a little overboard on that one but that just came so out the blue when she created it. I don't know why I'm so tickled by my own kink. Anyhoo, only comment if you feel like it of course.
The "not in blood but in bond" types of relationships are the boss of me. Lovelovelove Dawn and Buffy's one.
The "not in blood but in bond" types of relationships are the boss of me.

YES. The notion of "chosen family" is one that was very important in the GLBT community, at least when I first came out in the '90's, so it has a lot of power for me (and still does, as we fight to have our families recognized legally, socially etc.) Dawn's arc here also is a very powerful metaphor for "adoption".

I love the fact that the episode "Family" (5.06) opens with Buffy saying aloud to Giles, for the first time, "I want to protect [Dawn]" and ends with Buffy and Dawn protecting Tara as "family", as a sister. (And Tara returns that in Spades in Tough Love - why does NOBODY talk about her sacrifice and torture at Glory's hands? Is it because women are "supposed to suffer in silence"?) In both instances the bond (committment) proceeds the blood.

Mmm, I need to do some Buffyverse sisterhood meta....


BABIES.

Ugh I love them so much, I can't even tell you. I love Blood Ties.
:) The Summers sisters FTW - it just makes me sad and stabby that people hate both characters; and/or that people focus on Dawn's relationship to Spike to the absolute exclusion of her relationship with Buffy. I mean, Buffy gave up her LIFE to save her sister (and the world). It's like you said, sisterly love trumps everything.

I was writing a response to you before btw and LJ gobbled it up - stupid, stupid LJ.

You've been on my mind lately! How have you been? I'm way behind in posting the link to your story - will do that TOMORROW, no fail. (I'm finally pulling myself out of the cave of depression, little by little.) Also, the Tara meta? On hold but not forgotten. the post I did the other day about "Riley" has my mind going in another direction (but I think I figured out how to link Riley and Dawn's arcs in S5 mwhahahaha....Wait til I compare Blood Ties with ITW.)

Also, remember when you challenged me to "write my own fic"? I've got a very VERY rough draft for a B/T & B/S S6 fic. *gulp* When I've got it in better shape (if ever) would you be interested in looking at it?
it just makes me sad and stabby that people hate both characters; and/or that people focus on Dawn's relationship to Spike to the absolute exclusion of her relationship with Buffy.

Yes, this. :( Not so much stabby because I guess because live and let live, but incredibly sad. Because babies.

I was writing a response to you before btw and LJ gobbled it up - stupid, stupid LJ.

Wow. Bad LJ, bad!

You've been on my mind lately! How have you been? I'm way behind in posting the link to your story - will do that TOMORROW, no fail. (I'm finally pulling myself out of the cave of depression, little by little.)

I've been okay! Mostly flopping around with very little drive to do anything, but luckily I don't actually have a lot of uni this semester. Still, very floppy. Sorry to hear about your cave o' depression, happy to hear it's going upward! <3

And ahah, no worries about linking to my story. I forgot you were even going to do that.

Also, the Tara meta? On hold but not forgotten.

Excellent. :)

the post I did the other day about "Riley" has my mind going in another direction

I saw that post! But I was unsure whether/how to reply, since it was so personal.

(but I think I figured out how to link Riley and Dawn's arcs in S5 mwhahahaha....Wait til I compare Blood Ties with ITW.)

Okay, now I really wanna see that. ... how much of a joke was that? ;)

Also, remember when you challenged me to "write my own fic"? I've got a very VERY rough draft for a B/T & B/S S6 fic. *gulp* When I've got it in better shape (if ever) would you be interested in looking at it?

omg

SCREECH?

I completely utterly endorse this and would be happy to look it over for you!
but incredibly sad.

YES.

luckily I don't actually have a lot of uni this semester

What's your major (or interest, which are not always the same things, are they?)

And thank you muchly for the support. I've tried to accept that it's an up and down thing; but it's so easy when I'm on one end of the other to think "this is the way it's going to be forever". They've done studies - people with depression can experience happiness but have a very hard time remembering it. I was mentioning this to my best friend last night and that's been her experience as well.

I saw that post! But I was unsure whether/how to reply, since it was so personal.

I appreciate the fact that you saw it, even. Replying to it is totally up to you IF you want to. I honestly didn't expect anyone to reply. And, the whole conversation starts going more toward the show Riley and less towards my own anyway. Which normally would be of no interest to me either but apparently I have things to "exorcise".

how much of a joke was that? ;)

None whatsoever:


I completely utterly endorse this and would be happy to look it over for you!

Thanks! It's very in little "snapshots" that could be arranged any which way, so I'm trying to get it into readable shape.



What's your major (or interest, which are not always the same things, are they?)

Asian Studies, with a focus on Japanese language. Just your regular manga geek. ;) Though I've been exceedingly into US TV shows recently. ... are you watching any shows? I watched Ringer for the SMG and recently went through the two seasons of Once Upon A Time.

And thank you muchly for the support. I've tried to accept that it's an up and down thing; but it's so easy when I'm on one end of the other to think "this is the way it's going to be forever". They've done studies - people with depression can experience happiness but have a very hard time remembering it. I was mentioning this to my best friend last night and that's been her experience as well.

Oh, I can definitely attest to that study. Sometimes you just sit there and wonder "is there ever gonna be a time when I/things won't be this way?" And then you get really sad. :(

I appreciate the fact that you saw it, even. Replying to it is totally up to you IF you want to. I honestly didn't expect anyone to reply. And, the whole conversation starts going more toward the show Riley and less towards my own anyway. Which normally would be of no interest to me either but apparently I have things to "exorcise".

Ah, yeah. We all do. I guess I'll go back and read the discussion in the comments! That's also always fun.

None whatsoever:

Well, would you look at that. ... and I wrote a whole three-paragraph stream-of-consciousness metasplurge here but cut it out and saved it for later I thought I'd ask your permission. Because personally, I hate when I (want to) have Ideas and then someone else comes along and does the thinking/talking for me. :P SO if you wanna see what I've got so far, tell me, and if not, I understand that too.

Thanks! It's very in little "snapshots" that could be arranged any which way, so I'm trying to get it into readable shape.

/just waving the pompoms here
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