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17 October 2007 @ 06:02 pm
A bit of a rant about Buffy/HP fics.  
Why is it whenever people write a crossover with Buffy/HP, the character from Buffy almost always ends up being Super!Buffy or Super!Willow or even Super!Xander? Why? Why can't you just write a crossover where these characters are the way they are in canon and they have to adjust to the wizarding world? Is that really too much to ask? It happens when people have ideas for fics as well I've noticed. The same when one of the HP characters show up in Sunnydale - they're a super powerful wizard/witch and the Scoobies would be lost without them. And Buffy isn't the one thing missing that Harry needs to defeat Voldemort.

Now, I know that not all fics do this but it sure seems like a lot of them do. I suppose since I'm getting tired of seeing it, I could just stop reading crossover fic but, darn it, I don't want to.

The other trend? Willow is a Weasley or Xander is Snape's long lost son. Why can't one of them be related to the Blacks, the Malfoys, or hell, the Diggorys or something? Why go for the obvious connection? Hell, if you want Xander to be the long lost son of someone, have him be Sirius' son. Something different though, it's all I ask! Better yet, use a character other than Willow or Xander. I noticed quite a few people use one of those two when it comes to long lost relative fics. Well, Buffy gets used fairly often as well. So why not Faith or Tara? Hey, they were on the show too.

And my last one is the age factor. I get that the last book just came out this year and so people still think of the HP characters as being 17 or whatever. But that doesn't mean that because Buffy and pals were about 22 at the end of the series that the HP characters are younger and all that. Consider the actual dates once in awhile. Harry's parents were killed in, what, 1981? Buffy was born in 1981. Which means that most of the HP characters are about a year older than the Buffy characters and some are the same age. I see the fun in having the Buffy characters show up at Hogwarts while the HP characters are teenagers and helping out and all that jazz. But once in a while, I want to see one that sticks to the dates. It'd be nice. That way if you want Buffy and Harry to have some raging mad sex affair, everyone's of age and there's no worries.

Okay. Now I'm done. I think.

I should really write those crack Buffy/HP fics that I mentioned doing a while back. It'd be like therapy or something.
 
 
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Kateslayerkate on October 18th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I'm every bit as sick of people screwing with the timelines for BtVS and Supernatural. If I have to see one more fic where Sam is older than Buffy, I'll shove a pencil in my eye.
Or not, because that would require me buying a lot of pencils. But you get the idea.
Nicole: Buffy/Dean - Fightersblue_icy_rose on October 18th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Oh man, I know what you mean. I see that and I go, "No. No, no, no. Buffy is two years older than Sam and two years younger than Dean. Stick to it!"

Of course, I know I'm guilty of that in Of Living Nightmares but I have reasons for that since the challenge is supposed to be set in Sunnydale but after the start of SPN. So, bit of a change of timeline. But hell, even then, I managed to make Buffy around the same age as Sam, I think. (Or close to it.)

The ones that get me though is when Buffy is supposed to be their little sister and she's like five years younger than Sam. At least make her the middle child.
Kateslayerkate on October 18th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
I read one like that.
I think that the reason for the age confusion is that Buffy sort of stopped existing at age 22 (until season 8 came along), so everyone thinks she's still that age for some reason. I'm very picky about sticking to her chronological age because she has the same birth year as me. Although half the time I don't feel like I'm 26 (either older or younger, depending on who I'm around) I still am 26. LOL
She went that-a-way...: amused methosjinxed_wood on October 18th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
*Laughs* Yes, I find that super-duper-character-itis tends to infect a lot of crossovers and I try not to fall into the same pitfalls when I write (although I'm sure I occasionally do)

It's one of the reasons why, when I made Tara an 'Immortal' in one of my fics, I took away her ability to do buffyverse magic - I thought it would be way too over the top for her to have both abilities (Buffy being an Immortal with a Slayer's power is one of my pet peeves, it's too damned much!)
Nicole: *sporfle* Badass indeed.blue_icy_rose on October 18th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Seriously. It's not enough to have a crossover. Now the characters have to impress the other ones madly with their super duper powers of doom! LOL.

See, that seems logical to me to exchange one set of powers for another instead of having both sets. (Oh yeah. It's not enough to be an Immortal. She still gets to be slayer!Buffy too. *shakes head* LOL.)
Kate: Buffy and Xanderslayerkate on October 18th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
One of my favorite rpg storylines involved Buffy trying to decide if she actually wanted to keep being a slayer, once she and Willow had given so many other girls that ability. And for some reason (I'm agnostic), I keep bringing religion and mythology into a lot of my fics, so there's always some crisis of faith going on, or some extreme Big Bad they have to deal with. I'm actually working on something like that now for Roommates.