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Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from fourmenandanelephant
Review:
The most hilarious piece on the site for me, because the idea that the empowered author would repeat the actions that made a story the way it originally was would I find really funny... I've come across stories now that have Buffy be an semi fallen angel, a vessel, a fallen angel, this one however really makes me chuckle on the inside....
Comments from author:
Humor wasn't the intent of the story, but one will take what one can get. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it regardless and thank you for taking the time to review.
Review By [fourmenandanelephant] • Date [19 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from Callista
Review:
Love it!
Comments from author:
Thank you!
Review By [Callista] • Date [9 Mar 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from Azure
Review:
'Of course'; that was my first thought. Of course; that's why (s)he kicked Lucifer out, why she won't interfere. Your spin on it makes so much sense, it fits so well. I hope you come back to this idea someday; it would be wonderful to read her take on the events playing.
Comments from author:
Thank you! I've always pondered why Lucifer would be allowed to fall so far when he was the favorite and when I read a review response to that particular comic this plot bunny emerged and needed to be written. I want to come back to this idea because my muse keeps asking me where is Angel since he was empowered as well. :)
Review By [Azure] • Date [5 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
Wow. Your mind is an impressive array of twisting knowledge, that you so fluidly and beautifully created this crossover concept. Now I can't seem to stop thinking of the Supernatural universe existing this way; it makes such sense to me. Moreover, I'm a fan of studying mythology and theology and you've given my wandering mind yet something more to muse upon.

Impressive, really impressive.

Thanks for sharing.
Comments from author:
Thank you. That's a lovely compliment. I think Buffy being God in the SPN'verse would explain the hodgepodge of different deities and creatures floating around it. There's another ficlet for this particular 'verse floating around because I really need to explain where Angel is also. :)

Thank you again and thank you for taking the time to review. It's greatly appreciated.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [11 Dec 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from Gideon
Review:
A thought provoking story. Makes one wonder about the nature of God, what it would take for us to understand him.
It does mesh quite well with the Buffy comics doesn't it? I was a bit worried about where they were going for a couple of volumes there but now they have fixed it all up with the Twilight volume in all its fluffy cracktastic glory. Its amazing what gets published these days isn't it?

PS: you might want to take the comic title out of the story summary if you really want to avoid spoilers. It is a crucial plot point (even if it is only one of the many nonsensical plot points that come from absolutely nowhere)

PPS: If anyone wants to pick up a copy of the comics - Amazon has them in volumes and they deliver worldwide.
Comments from author:
I don't think there's a feasible way for anyone to truly understand the concept of God, but Joshua stated that he thinks God is lonely and that just made sense to me.

I honestly stopped reading the comics after the Fray storyline and I only stuck around that long because I adore Fray. Someone on my LJ list did a review of that issue of the comic and this plot just jumped into my head and needed to be written.

I'm no longer worried about spoilers since it's been six months since the comic and episodes aired and so the spoiler warning has been removed from the summary. Truthfully though I'm not worried about the title since it was released long before the issue itself, but thanks for the heads up.

Thank you for reviewing and for the tip about Amazon. I won't be buying it, but perhaps someone else is interested. :)
Review By [Gideon] • Date [2 Nov 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from yoyoente
Review:
....I just had this wonderfully horrid idea.
What if you took this idea, Buffy being the God that created this world, and just like in Supernatural, God "disappeared". Only, Buffy doesn't really disappear. She only goes down and lives among the humans as a mortal. It would be especially hilarious if she ran into the Winchesters and traveled along with them, never letting on that she was bigger, until, of course, one of them dies (or something else extreme).
I can just picture a demon hurting Dean or Sam, knocking them out, and Buffy being ticked off enough to just grab the demon by the throat and crumble it's essense to ash.
*snorts*
Comments from author:
I do have plans for continuing this plotline, but they don't mesh with your suggestion. Sorry, but thank you for taking the time to review.
Review By [yoyoente] • Date [10 Oct 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from swtmaliegirl
Review:
I love this! Are you planning on continuing this story line? I think you could do a lot with it =)
Comments from author:
Thank you. I'm not certain if this particular story will be continued, but I do have thoughts if the muse ever turns towards it again. Thank you for reviewing.
Review By [swtmaliegirl] • Date [8 Jun 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from trickS
Review:
I love your idea, and version, of god!buffy. I also loved this story. Though these scenes were the ones that really got to me:

( “My first form?” God interrupted, continued, “My true form?” Those eyes pleaded with him to understand, to believe as God stepped forward and finished, “Yes. It is.” )

( ...wished his brethren, the Winchesters knew the God he knew... )

( “Of all my angels you are the only one I call friend,” there was a slight pause, a slight smile before he added, “and the only one that calls me on my bullshit.” )

( “When Lucifer rejected humanity—”

God interrupted, voice still a whisper, “He rejected me,” another wince worked its way across his features and he turned to Joshua and finished, “So I rejected him.” )

( He knew his Lord had named every angel ever created and she loved them, she loved all of them, even Lucifer, and it was a blinding thing, her love. Joshua knew his Lord and he knew the world she’d created and why and he suddenly, for a brief moment, understood all that was and ever could be and it weighed heavy on his shoulders. )

( ...he greeted his Lord, “Hello, Buffy.” )

I was, and still am, just blown away at how you were able to put so much emotion behind so few words. The fact that Buffy is still alone, even surrounded by the world she created is just… There are no words. This was just such a beautifully woven story, that I can’t help but hope that you’ll continue it. I would love to see how Buffy would react, or feel, towards the happenings of Point of No Return and/or Hammer of the Gods. Especially Hammer of the Gods.

In the end all I really wanted to say is that you are a wonderful writer and have a very firm grasp on Buffy, and seem to have a great grasp on Joshua as well. I can’t wait to see what you write next.
Comments from author:
Wow, I'm not sure if thank you is enough of a response to this, but it's all I really have. Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a detailed review. I'm definitely a visual writer and I picture a scene in my head before I start writing so I think that helps with the settings and the details I use. I am curious to god!Buffy's reaction to the Hammer of the Gods so don't be too surprised if this gets a continuation using that particular episode.

Joshua didn't have much to grasp since he's only been in one episode, one scene so far which lets me play with him some. I'm a Buffy'centric writer so it's good to know that others think I gave a good grasp of her character. I try to stay true to her as much as I can. :) Thank you again for reviewing!
Review By [trickS] • Date [24 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from Lisette
Review:
Simply put, that was beautiful. What an original idea... that Buffy is our version of God. That she evolves from her comic-given superpowers to the point where she becomes a creator of an entire world. And how sad... how sad to think that Buffy loses everything, and in becoming fully what nature created in her, she also loses everyone and is eternally alone, even when surrounded by her creations.

*shakes head* And people say that *I* have it out for Buffy. Well written, as always!
Comments from author:
Thank you. While I don't agree, at all, with where the comics are going, and have been, I do admit that this last arc lends itself nicely to the Supernatural 'verse. I can't imagine how lonely Buffy would feel in the world I set up, but at least she has Joshua. :)

I've never said you had it in for Buffy. I like stories that don't shy away from the angst, death and destruction that seems to follow that character around like a demented puppy. Thank you for reviewing and I'm glad you liked it. *hugs*
Review By [Lisette] • Date [19 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from FireWolfe
Review:
Buffy as god Interesting. Love to see a sequel.
Comments from author:
Thank you and I'm not sure on the sequel front, but there's a chance. Thank you for reviewing.
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [13 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from Vicki
Review:
This was incredible. I haven't read the Buffy comic and I may have to track it down now, but this? This made "Dark Side" better, which I would've sworn was impossible. I *loved* Buffy as God because you made me *see* it and believe it, which is even more important. Poor Buffy, loving and losing them, having to stand back and watch because interference destroyed a world--her world?--and she won't do it again.

Lovely.
Comments from author:
Thank you. Don't track the comics down. They're really not worth it. I only used the comics because it was a good jumping off point for this concept. I did adore "Dark Side" and the thought of me making it better is just nifty. Thank you. I definitely visualize everything I write so it's always a pleasure to know others enjoy that and yes, Buffy got the short end of the stick again. Though she does have Joshua. Thank you for reviewing.
Review By [Vicki] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from laoshi
Review:
Wow, just Wow. I love how you've taken the Buffy becomes a God concept and extrapolated some of Buffy's basic character traits, the loneliness of leadership, the weight of responsibility, the boundless love and willingness to sacrifice everything to those she cares about and blown them up to a truly cosmic scale. I'm behind on my supernatural episodes but I think I've grasped the basic idea of the Joshua character the only angel who talks directly to god. The concept and execution of someone comforting god is just brilliant. Buffy rejecting Lucifer because he rejected her when he rejected humanity is a wonderful way to integrate the two mythologies. Her noninterference policy is another fine example of that.

In your head where's angel in all of this? Did he die fighting Buffy or trying to help her? Is he running his own universe out there somewhere?

Thanks for writing this. I will just be cheeky and ask I live in a place which makes getting my hands on a copy of season 8 #34 all but impossible. I don't suppose you know a site I could download it from?

I think I'm going to nominate this for best short in the next round of the COA's if it ever gets here.
Comments from author:
You give some of the best review love – it’s almost intimidating. Buffy as God would also explain why there are demi-gods, vampires, werewolves and ghosts running amuck in that world. Her views of how a world should be would be skewed by her own experiences and therefore we’d get this odd jumble that is Supernatural. You’re right on Joshua, and it was implied that Joshua doesn’t actually converse, he just listens, but I wanted to take it that once step further and make them friends. It was Joshua who told the Winchesters that he thinks one of the reasons God talks to him is because he’s lonely and that bit of dialogue, plus the crack that is comic #34 snapped together in my brain to create this.

In my head one of the reasons Buffy created angels was because of Angel. In honor of him, but I also think if he ever showed up in this world then it’d pretty much be the end of it.

No, I don’t know of a site you can download it from. You might want to check out LiveJournal. I think they have communities that offer such things.

Wow! Really? I might be blushing right now and thank you!
Review By [laoshi] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from Sarah
Review:
Whoa, this was awesome. I love the concept.
Comments from author:
Thank you. I blame the crack that is season eight for this ficlet. :)
Review By [Sarah] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from arkeus
Review:
... i wasn't quite sure how you meant the fic, so i hedged my bets :-)
Comments from author:
If you had to hedge your bets then, unfortunately, I failed as a writer to get my meaning across to you.
Review By [arkeus] • Date [12 Apr 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from (Past Donor)Catlimere
Review:
Wow! That was amazing. A completely original idea and executed brilliantly. Buffy as God, and she thought being the Slayer was a lonely proposition. The irony of her railing against the PTB in her old life and becoming God in the world she creates. The rejection of Lucifer, her determination to not destroy another world, her real sorrow at being hated by the Winchesters and her finally reaching out for a real connection and sharing the truth about herself with Joshua. Again, wow...
Comments from author:
Thank you! I read the latest issue of the comics and after I finished giggling at the crack'tastic'ness of it this plot bunny came to me. It's not the PTB or a battle against them that rose, or will rise, her to God-hood but nature itself. (I don't entirely understand the thought process behind that, but it meshed with my thinking so I used it.)

I kinda loved how Lucifer's rejection tied into this so well and it made me more then a little happy that I got to touch on that. Plus Buffy being God would explain why heaven is like Disney World. ;) Thank you for reviewing!
Review By [(Past Donor)Catlimere] • Date [11 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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