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Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from (Current Donor)BaronScrewtape
Review:
I will never get why people think it would be easy for Buffy to stake Angel.
She was a teenage girl enamored of a very skilled manipulator/seducer. She felt he was her soulmate. Of course she is not gonna be a rational robo-Buffy who could immediately dust him. I am still amazed, on her worst day ever, that she was able to kill ANGEL (not Angelus) at the end.
If she would have been more like modern 'heroines', the story would have been different. Sookie Stackhouse, Elena Gilbert, etc.. etc.. would have been busy making out with their respective vampires as Acathla sucked the world to hell.

So I see post season 5 Buffy acting like this, but not season 2. Perhaps the time traveler Buffy was the one responsible for this.

And as to the 'stupid blonde' comment I read in the comments. Watch BTVS Season 1 Episode 4. Proceed to slap yourself for being so superficial.
The stupid Buffy mischaracterizations presented by 'fans' irritate me almost as much as bitch Buffy and slut Buffy ones.
Comments from author:
Because as Monday morning quarterbacks, it's easy to say she should be able to compartmentalize her feelings when it's necessary (Angelus) and let them stop her when it isn't (Dark Willow or Anyanka).

I prefer to think of 'dumb' Buffy as an act that she uses to get people to underestimate her...including her friends/family.
Review By [(Current Donor)BaronScrewtape] • Date [12 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from twlight
Review:
I love that Buffy was so grown up about Angel's soul. wonderful story.
Review By [twlight] • Date [21 Jun 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from Scorpio
Review:
I like this. A lot. It'd be interesting to see this arc continued and fleshed out a bit, especially to try and explain why Buffy was acting so OC.

Can you picture it; a young Buffy that's totally dedicated to the cause, serious and intent, doing the job and making the tough decisions. Why? Giles can't figure out what changed in her...and her friends are just as baffled and feeling a distance between them. So, what's the deal with her?

How about post-season 7 Buffy getting thrown back into her younger body as the PTB's last desperate bid to prevent the First from ever rising?

...just a thought...
Comments from author:
Ooo, and she's warned that she can't tell anyone about being from the future either!
Review By [Scorpio] • Date [17 Dec 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from (Recent Donor)DaveTurner
Review:
So much better than what actually happened! Good work, much enjoyed.

DaveT.
Comments from author:
Much less angst this way, too.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DaveTurner] • Date [23 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from MemoryKing
Review:
When I watched season two for the first time, I thought that Buffy killing Angelus would be an extremely overused divergence point.

I'm glad in a way that that's not the case, since I can fully appreciate little gems like this one when I stumble on them.

Nice work!
Comments from author:
Thanks. Glad you liked how I dealt with it. That plotline still makes no sense to me. Those gypsies should be checked for brain damage for thinking that punishing a human soul for what a demon did was a good idea.
Review By [MemoryKing] • Date [22 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from spk
Review:
Great one-shot! Loved the perspective you gave Buffy. :)
Comments from author:
Funny thing is, when I was writing this, that was the first time it occured to me that Liam's soul was set free when Angelus was. I was only writing the story in an effort to save Jenny's life so Buffy wouldn't feel guilty about it.
Review By [spk] • Date [21 Nov 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from KnightWulf
Review:
that was good and a surprise like it. keep up the good work
Comments from author:
Thanks. Glad you liked it.
Review By [KnightWulf] • Date [4 Oct 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from Wolflady
Review:
A sensible Buffy?! Oh, no, no, NO! We can't have that! There are rules! :-)
Comments from author:
Maybe in Joss' Buffyverse, but in mine, she's anything I want her to be. *grin*
Review By [Wolflady] • Date [2 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from (Recent Donor)ConstanceTruggle
Review:
Very grown up thinking. Too bad she wasn't mature enough in the show for that. I love that Buffy is the one who is being forgiving and selfless (as she quite often is) without the superiority complex (that she quite often has). Thanks for sharing! I don't suppose you'd maybe consider continuing on with this one... maybe seeing where that maturity will take her? You know, since everyone DOESN'T die before she screws up the ability to stop it, and she doesn't have to worry about him returning from hell since he dusted instead of transporting... and maybe she won't think she needs 'normal' Riley, and maybe she can date Spike instead. Yes. I'm a terrible Spuffy shipper. Well, g'night! Happy writing.

CT.
Comments from author:
Sorry, not a vamp/Slayer fan - except for the possibility of crossover vamps like Blade. You do have to wonder how much this would change things for them though. And you have a point about Angel's return from hell. Course, if the PTB really want to screw with everyone's lives, a simple dusting isn't going to change that.
Review By [(Recent Donor)ConstanceTruggle] • Date [2 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from toastbox
Review:
Love the alternative scenario you've set up. I definitely prefer this ending over the cannon.

Well done! :)
Comments from author:
Thanks. I like my angst in smaller doses than what we got in canon.
Review By [toastbox] • Date [1 Oct 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from Cordyfan
Review:
An excellent story and a much more logical conclusion to the Angel-Buffy storyline.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Glad you liked it.
Review By [Cordyfan] • Date [30 Sep 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from Aeryn
Review:
like the idea that Buffy could have been so insightful and strong enough to face him then. good onel
Comments from author:
Thanks. It was something Musie came up with as I was falling asleep last night.
Review By [Aeryn] • Date [30 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from (Past Donor)KieriToews
Review:
Bravo! That was excellent!

I always thought the curse sucked big time. I mean, I know Liam was pretty much a man-whore, and he had few redeeming qualities, but his soul didn't deserve to suffer like that.
Liam ended up having to deal with the repercussions of Angelus' sins, and that was totally not fair...this fic allowed Liam's soul to stop suffering the sins of the demon, which was way cool in my opinion.
Comments from author:
Yeah. He might not have been the best of humans, but he certainly wasn't the most evil either. The gypsies (ie. Joss and co.) were very cruel to do that to make him suffer like that.
Review By [(Past Donor)KieriToews] • Date [29 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from CPTSkip
Review:
Much more logical dealing with a free Angelus. And now you've got me feeling sorry for Liam's soul. Lol!
Comments from author:
And he wasn't even that impressive as a human. How's that for irony. I can't remember who it was that pointed that out to Angel once. That Liam was just whoring and boozing his way to an early grave. Kinda makes me not like him.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [29 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Problem With Curses" from lazypr
Review:
I enjoyed your story. I like reading the re-do or what if stories that factor in a little bit of clear, logical though. I always wondered where the logic in the whole curse was. Apparently the Romani (sp?) were so blinded by vengeance that they didn't take into account, or care, that they were 'punishing' the soul as well as punishing the demon. AND, Buffy was so blinded by her star-crossed love with Angel she also didn't seem to care that getting him back would just start the whole process again.
Comments from author:
One of the nuttier ideas of the show. Thrilled to be able to change it.
Review By [lazypr] • Date [29 Sep 09] • Not Rated
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