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Review of chapter "Dawn" from garrycooper
I have only recently found your "What If" stories. They are great. I really cracked up on the one with all the girls being pregnant. Keep up the good work!! Waiting for more please.
Review By [garrycooper] • Date [17 Sep 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Dawn" from Gideon
Wow, you really turned the story around from a completely dark and dreadful story to one of hope and forgiveness. I think one chapter was probably a bit quick, but I can understand you wanting to get it out of the way. I'm sure the scoobies will be thinking about what happened this night for a long time to come.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [14 Jun 11] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Dawn" from Mcspender
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong" Mahatma Gandhi.
Buffy always showed she was strong enough to do the right thing at the rigth time.
Cool ending to this fic, see ya!!.
Review By [Mcspender] • Date [11 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Dawn" from BlueEyedJedi
Forgiveness........Can be very powerful, and free us from all chains but those of our own choosing. Buffy may have freed the scoobies from hers, but only time can free them from their own guilt.
Review By [BlueEyedJedi] • Date [11 Jun 11] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Dawn" from Dilvish
Good story.

Forgiving them was the obvious way to remove the taint on Buffy's soul, but not something she could have thought about in her pain and state of mind. Of course, it does not mean the Scoobies will get away with it, and I'm sure they will have to work on their own taint.
Review By [Dilvish] • Date [11 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from Gideon
Review By [Gideon] • Date [7 Jun 11] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
Seems to have degenerated into pure author rant. Dropping from tracking. Next.
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [5 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
Did you see the 'Mythbusters' episode where they tested the escape of The Bride from her burial (in 'Kill Bill Vol. 2') and found that it is absolutely and totally impossible to dig yourself out of your own grave no matter how strong and skilled at martial arts you are? The real-life result is always, inevitably, pretty much what you've described happening to Buffy.
Comments from author:
Yes, I saw the episode and it just re-inforced my desire to do this What If? story.
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [5 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from Mcspender
Nothing that a little salt and burn can't solve, and I don't think the Scoobies know about that little trick, or anothers precautions like demon traps, cold iron chains, keys of Solomon and many others tricks used in the supernatural lore; but before that, nothing like a little bit of beyond-the-grave justice, to even things out, I mean, post mortem sins can be excused, right? ;)=P.
Cool chapter, See ya!!

PS: To answer another reviewer comment about Buffy's sacrifice, a willing sacrifice is very powerful in magical lore.
Review By [Mcspender] • Date [4 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from JasonBarnett
Her whole "I was at peace" thing basically means she quit on the world to me, so I have no real sympathy there. Heroes don't quit, at least not permanently. It's one thing to fail in battle, but her heroic sacrifice basically based on a lucky guess seemed more like suicide with a bonus to me.

edit: Buffy being aware she'd reached her limit did nothing for the world, the six billion people that she had to protect that had made her life hell. If she's beaten in battle, she's beaten in battle, she can't help it. By choosing to die just whenever with no one to replace her she basically makes all her previous suffering pointless.
Comments from author:
So, in your opinion, Heroes are people who don’t deserve to be rewarded for their service by being able to relax and be at ease. Even in death. They should always keep going no matter their personal feelings or the fact that they may be aware that they have reached their limit. Buffy gave her all and then some. Should she have just let Dawn jump instead of taking a chance on her ‘lucky guess’? How heroic would that be? Plus she wasn’t given a choice to return to the fight, she was pulled back so she has every right to be angry. To re-enter the fray by your own choice is one thing and to be thrust back in by others before you’re ready doesn’t make you any less of a Hero if you complain about how it was done.
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [4 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from superbrutal
Its very a interesting story. A bit short, but as long as stories get updated im cool with that.

I did have a question about your motivation when writing the story. Did you just get that idea that it could work this way, and would be a interesting story to write, or was this situation something that bugged you during with the original buffy story.

It's not that I'm trying to attack you or the story, is just I've see the basic primise with the story and was wondering about different motivations for authors.

Anyways I was just wondering, thanks.
Comments from author:
While I didn't think of it during the original episode, it was one of the "What If?" scenarios I've looked at as I got more and more into writing Fanfiction. This was just the most obvious, to me, possibility for this particular episode.
Review By [superbrutal] • Date [4 Jun 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from naraic
Really like the story. I can perfectly understand Buffy's response in this situation.

Basically Buffy had a shitty life she was forced into at age 15 and she fought even though she would have prefered not to be ever called. She died sacraficing her life for a chance to save her sister and get to heaven and got to experience perfect happiness. She was then resurected and quickly died a horrible death. She was then forced to stick around in a ghost form where she experiences constant pain similar to being burned.

I would hate anyone who did that to me
Comments from author:
Thank you.
Review By [naraic] • Date [4 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontation" from Vilkath
Eh I can't say I really sympathize with Buffy on this matter. Sure she lost heaven, but to so gleefuly take it out on her friends like that probably means she never deserved to be there in the first place. She jumps on those who did not stand up for themselves and reject Willow's idea, even knowing full well that it was totally against their personality to do so. Worst of all in my opinion Buffy was to blame for most of that dynamic.

Xander used to stand up to Willow a lot, infact she looked to him for leadership imo when it was just her, Jessie and Xander. Buffy is the one who pushed people around and never listened to anyone. She never thought twice about her actions, or inactions and frankly barely desereved heaven in the first place. If the scoobies actions, or inactions against Buffy makes them deserve eternal Damnation in Buffy's eyes what does she deserve for letting Angelus go free and kill people like Janna?

Buffy bred a group of people who would never stand up to her, that she was always right. As the Buffy series went on less and less did any one elses opinion matter if they were not a slayer, or in Willow's case some god like magic user. I find it strangely funny that Buffy would be so angry at her little minions doing everything they could to get Buffy back. She made them think that it was impossible to live without her.
Comments from author:
Buffy is not ‘gleeful’. She’s in intense pain.

As for Buffy fostering the ‘dynamic’ you speak of, she is not more to blame for that than Xander and Willow are. They put her on a pedestal and refused to acknowledge that she is only human and capable of making all too human mistakes, which she has admitted to in canon even (she apologized to Giles for not killing Angelus and saving Jenny). She was 17 and in turmoil over what her heart and head were telling her. They were the ones that decided they needed her. She didn’t breed them to not stand up for themselves. That was all them and their hero-worship that expected her to be infallible. She was as much a victim of that belief as they were when she acted that way. In fact, she expected ‘her minions’ to live better lives after she was gone. Her message to Dawn expressed that hope. Don’t pawn off their bad decision on her. That’s a Lawyer’s excuse to get the guilty off – ‘You shouldn’t punish me for killing because my father used to beat me’ is used too much and people no longer feel the need to take responsibility for their own actions because of it. Are you a thinking person deserving of respect or simply a robot that can be programmed by even a simple game like D&D?

In her early days in Sunnydale, Buffy tried to get Willow to come out of her shell more but Willow always resisted. Granted some of Buffy’s ideas were out there but Willow needed extreme examples as subtle ones were completely ignored.

Then there is Xander who even after he threatens to kill Buffy because Willow was taken, once again places her high up as a goddess to be adored. This happening even though he refuses to acknowledge that Willow is girlfriend material and Buffy has been trying to get him to see that. Buffy could have had him in nothing flat, but instead she deliberately tried to keep her distance from him so Willow could have him.

As for their ‘Eternal Damnation’, Buffy is just the means, they did that to themselves for their own arrogance and stupidity.
Review By [Vilkath] • Date [4 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ran out of time" from Gideon
I always wondered how she managed to dig herself out. Slayer strength would be the obvious answer, but the ground would have been compacted after however many months, not fresh like it is for Vampires. Also unlike vampires she would need to breathe, and as you have just demonstrated this would mean she had only a limited time to break through to the surface. The others may deserve it, but poor Dawn :(
Review By [Gideon] • Date [28 May 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ran out of time" from eckles
How can you just leave it there? You build to such a brilliant climax and suddenly .... are you saying I am now having to resort to my imagination to guess what follows? Because if this is the case I can assure you I do not see any chocolate raindrops or puppy's with wagging tails in the offing for our friend Xander. More Please :-)
Review By [eckles] • Date [27 May 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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