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Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from ReflectionsOfReality
I have to say that I normally really dislike gender swap stories, not because I have an issue with transsexuals or cross dressers but because I will sit there and read it only to be disgusted by not only how well the guy turns girl handles it but more because it either goes one of two way. One, other than the pronoun and possible name change the switching gender alters almost nothing about the plot line to the point I can switch names/pronouns back and the story does not change at all (and some times it makes it an even more enjoyable story as I personally enjoy slash pairings). Or two, the male turned female character is changed so significantly the writer might have been better served just killing off the male character and inserting an original female character in their place (naming her Mary Sue).

That said I really do prefer your realistic approach to this cliche as it makes a lot more sense and even without sub-plots is a much better story in the end... I am sort of curious of how far Xander might have gone to switch back, who would he make deals with and what would the consequences be... and you know just once I want to stumble across a story where it is gender bent the other way... hmm Dawn changed to a teenage boy and still working with a massive crush on Xander... Buffy trying something mystical to stop being a Slayer and have a normal life only for someone not to look at the fine print of the spell and to realize that the Slayer destiny is linked to the female form and to get rid of that the spell changes her into a male... Xander having to deal with the sexual identity issues of still having a crush on Buffy... would Angel accept her/his new form or would the soul run away screaming... I can still see Spike flirting with a he-Buffy... so much potential, not enough willing writers...
Review By [ReflectionsOfReality] • Date [29 May 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from BlueEyedBrigadier
Well...other than a fairly minor complaint about how quickly things get moved along in the story, I think you have something intriguing here! Xander, gender-flipped physically but with no mental change, definitely has a rough time of things, and his female friends being ignorant of his feelings isn't completely off-base.

Good work!
Review By [BlueEyedBrigadier] • Date [4 Dec 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from kaleecat
I always get annoyed at stories that shrug off Xander getting changed into a girl, and really really annoyed at the girls acting like its so awesome. It *would* take Buffy reading minds to truly get it. Yours is closest to the truth of how he would react, how he would feel. Its stark, makes my heart ache, but its truthful. I appreciate that very much, especially the care you take in making it clear there is a difference between gender and sex. Xander is a male, no matter what has happened to his physical body. Well done.
Review By [kaleecat] • Date [18 Apr 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from LucyH
I thought this was a great ride and I do think you have made your point. This is still a great counter-point to all the gender-swap stories where the person (usually Xander) just gets over the change and goes on to live their life as if their new body really is the correct one.

I do want to say I think where you leave off is nice. It leaves in a bit of hope for Xander. That, if anything, he can change his body into something he can live with even if he doesn’t give up the idea that he can get his body back. I think it was a nice touch that he has a moment, between wakefulness and sleep, where he feels he is himself again. It’s a bittersweet idea that he gets that calm just to lose it.

Also I saw the chapter about Buffy’s p.o.v. for during ‘Earshot’ and I thought that was excellent. Especially how Buffy is still in the ‘get over it’ phase of Xander becoming a girl until she actually hears his thoughts. To then have it segued into the other chapter is great. Getting to see Buffy really gets it now and I thought you handled her voice very well.
Comments from author:
Ah, LucyH, your reviews are always so thoughtful. I'm glad the story, as a whole, worked well for you. Not bad for something I started in a fit of pique after reading a gender-bending story, eh?

I'm very, very gratified to hear that I managed to convincingly do Buffy's voice. It wasn't easy, let me tell you.
Review By [LucyH] • Date [6 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from eriktheviking
A well written desperate Xander getting close to the end of his tether.
Comments from author:
Yeah, Xander really is at the end of the line.

Thanks for the review!
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [4 Mar 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from CrystalBlaze
This was a very good story and a decent stopping place.

If you want to try a sequel, There's the option of Xander, slowly working his way up to the rest of the changes, running into Angel Investigations. (while it'd be a snarkfest and a half, I have to think Angel and Xander in this iteration would understand and respect one another..)
Comments from author:
I'm really glad you enjoyed it (and indeed a good stopping place).

Interestingly, I have very similar ideas for a sequel. Especially since Xander and Angel getting together (in the sense of meeting up) would work well for the magical fix I have in mind. Just not sure if I'll get the time and motivation to do something like that. Especially since I would want to make an actual plot for that story.
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [4 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from DarkFaerieYumi
Good luck Xan
Review By [DarkFaerieYumi] • Date [4 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from ShannonK
I generally never read reassigned-gender-Xander stories for the most part because of the outlandishness of it and I am a tiny bit offended by the subject matter (not that I'm against gender reassignment, I feel that it is a serious issue for the person involved and not overly amusing - okay, I'll get off my soapbox now). HOWEVER, I clicked on this story based on the summary and actually liked it.

The only issue is the cost of chest reconstruction. Yes, insurances will pay in general about 80-85%, before out-of-pocket costs are met, of the cost if there is a medical reason (mostly trauma or due to cancer). To have boob jobs of any sort is expensive and usually the cheaper places, $1500, are places that you wouldn't want to go to. So maybe Xander would go there...but its about $4000-7000, depending on the type you have done and where you live (NO, I HAVE NOT had it done myself - a dear co-worker was kind enough to discuss the ins and outs of it - blech).

Anyways, now that I've kind of creeped myself out I want to say again that I enjoyed the story.

Comments from author:
Obviously, I totally agree with you about this type of story. It is a serious issue and people are going through this sort of thing everyday. For those unfortunate enough to have been born in a body that doesn't reflect their gender, life is a constant struggle for acceptance, for recognition, for respect, and (really) for dignity. I've had friends get in trouble with security for using the 'wrong' washroom, or being purposefully mis-gendered by 'friends,' and it ain't pretty. Or the intense scrutiny their bodies come under when they go travelling (since their bodies, their gender expression, and their documents don't always align perfectly). I could go on and on.

Hmm, the cost of chest reconstruction surgery in the US does pose a barrier for the ending of this story, but does set up the potential sequel quite nicely (RE: Xander getting another harsh dose of reality when he visits the $1500 clinic). Especially since I'm pretty sure that Xander doesn't have insurance and I know that most place in the States do not consider sex reassignment surgery to be medically necessary. Paying for medical care is always difficult to fully grasp when you aren't American. If Xander were Canadian, he wouldn't have to pay (somewhat depending on the province). And all the people I know who've gotten chest reconstruction surgery are Canadian.

In any case, thank you for the super helpful comments!
Review By [ShannonK] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from MissE
Just wanted to thank you. This was a fascinating set of drabbles, and well worth the effort to write them.
Comments from author:
I really appreciate this review. I did think the point was worth making and am happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!
Review By [MissE] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 9" from djhardim
It would be ironic if Xander had somehow switched bodies with a dimensional female counterpart.
At some future date, he gets his original body back, only to discover that his counterpart had also had sexual reassignment surgery on his body.
Comments from author:
That would be interesting. And relatively delightful, certainly more imaginative than anything I thought up.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [3 Mar 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 8" from DarkFaerieYumi
The new update was great. Got a better understanding about why Buffy gets Xanders despair and pain and anger.
Comments from author:
I'm glad. And the scene was definitely fun to write!

Thanks for the review!
Review By [DarkFaerieYumi] • Date [28 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 8" from cloudleonsgurl
Very nice. Like how Buffy has seen he is still Xander instead of Xandra. Keep up the good work!
Comments from author:
It is good. And thank you, I'll do my best!
Review By [cloudleonsgurl] • Date [27 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7" from TaraLi
Ahh, much better. A bit telegraphic, as the whole story is - but I'm not exactly one to complain about that, as I write the same way. Thanks for the transition!
Comments from author:
Yeah, I realized later on that it would be a good scene to write. And, very true, it is quite telegraphic. This has been more of a 'tell' story since the beginning. Hopefully my next will be much better.

Thanks for the review!
Review By [TaraLi] • Date [27 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7" from LucyH
I did wonder if you would use the telepathy episode as your device for Buffy to better understand Xander (it seemed the best way for someone to really know how someone is feeling without being an empath). Doesn’t mean I didn’t like it though! I felt it was very nice look at the Buffy babble she does when she is flustered and wanting to do something but unsure what to do. And hopefully Buffy does keep coming back to Xander to either talk or push him into finding someone to talk too since he doesn’t think there is anyone he can do that with.

Loved seeing Xander perk up with being able to patrol again! And a crossbow is a very good weapon to use no matter who is wielding it. Actually it is surprising, when you think about it, how often the show showed them using stakes when everyone having crossbows would have made things easier on the non-powered group members.

And I thought you showed how Xander isn’t communicating is part of the problems he’s experiencing. Then again it is his personality not to burden others and really it has to be extremely hard to verbalize what he is going through when he has no frame of reference to talk about it. I can’t wait to see more!
Comments from author:
Indeed, a little predictable, but really the best way for her to understand where Xander is coming from.

I'm glad I've made it clear that Xander's problems are partially his own fault. I agree with one of the other reviewers, who noted that they live is SoCal. Help would be very, very easy for Xander to find, but you have to reach out to get help.
Review By [LucyH] • Date [26 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 6" from LucyH
Hi! Sorry I haven’t commented until now. School work has been slamming me but because of that you get to have two reviews at once!

Oh! By the way your chapters 6 and 7 are both labeled as chapter 6 on the drop-down menu and the actual chapters. In case that was a mistake and not intentionally I wanted to point that out.

I’m with Xander in understanding in wanting to prove your skill, it is naturally to prove to yourself that you can still do the same activities after all, but he went about it wrong I think. Totally natural that too to not think it out that you need to know your new limitations but since he doesn’t want to think about his female form I doubt he did test out center of gravity and how to accommodate that and his strength levels.

I so want to give him a hug for what happened with the fledge, someone he knew in life making it worse saying those things, basically reinforcing his depleting view of self.

Definitely needs a hug after the Faith mess. You would think Faith would feel less threatened because Xander is going through some tough times and isn’t a threat to her (everyone could see he was on the outs with his friends with how the girls were treating him). Then again Faith had been in a bad place and I do still see her reacting that way to anyone who had gone there to talk to her.

Still it hurts knowing Xander wouldn’t mind have dying but still so Xander in worrying about what it would do to Faith to do it. And the burn to know Angel saved him. Even though he wouldn’t know that Angel still would have saved him had he been in his own life.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the heads up about the Chapter titles. I'll fix that ASAP. Also, since I ended up writing the telepathy scene, so the chapters are gonna get all messed up anyway. *shrug*

Indeed, Xander should be smarter than patrolling alone; however, I felt doing such a thing was very Xander. Yeah, but no one seemed able to reach Faith during that time, so I figured Xander's change would have zero impact on how that scene went. Plus, I figured Angel saving him (again) would be far, far worse for Xander's sense of self this time around.
Review By [LucyH] • Date [26 Feb 11] • Not Rated
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