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Review of chapter "House Calls" from LadySybyl
Neat Story.
Review By [LadySybyl] • Date [23 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "House Calls" from (Past Donor)James

Review By [(Past Donor)James] • Date [10 Jul 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "House Calls" from Fayari
Review By [Fayari] • Date [2 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from fxaz
Love it! Thanks!
Review By [fxaz] • Date [6 Sep 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from greysh
Nice fic :)
Review By [greysh] • Date [30 Aug 10] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "House Calls" from narukyu
Tell your brother he has a very nice House voice. :D

I haven't read the entire series, so don't weigh my comments too heavily, but I don't think Buffy and Willow's estrangement from Xander is too in-character. I mean, there's probably a good reason for this in the previous stories but, judging from what little I've read of this series, it just seems rather... strange.

Willow knew she did wrong by Tara, and while I can see her getting annoyed and demanding an apology--the same way most people will try to get the heat off of themselves by turning the scrutiny around on the scrutinizer--I also don't see her waiting two years. I see her breaking down after a day and sending Xander a box full of cookies and sweets with a novel-length apology-and-detailed-explanation letter. Buffy... well, she's a bit self-absorbed, sure. And her attitude with the Immortal closely parallels the way she treated her friends when she was with Riley... but I would have assumed that she learned from that.

But, then again, that's just me.

I do like this story, though. :D The non-supernatural explanation was quite the twist. And the Patch Adams bit was a crack-up.

Tell your brother he did a good job. :D
Review By [narukyu] • Date [18 Feb 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from darkwwwish
your brother got house's "voice" perfectly very good.
Review By [darkwwwish] • Date [9 Sep 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from (Past Donor)DonSample
I've been rereading this series for the umpteenth time, and I just got the "The Wicker Man" reference. (The original, with the Equalizer, not the crappy American remake with Nicolas Cage.)
Review By [(Past Donor)DonSample] • Date [20 Apr 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from spring
Review By [spring] • Date [20 Dec 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "House Calls" from (Past Donor)Joyful
This fic is made of awesome.
Review By [(Past Donor)Joyful] • Date [25 Oct 07] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "House Calls" from PrincessTai
Ooo! I liked that.
Very funny.
Very Cuddy *rolls her eyes*
Your House was pretty good :-D
Patch Adams makes him kick puppies *Snickers*
Review By [PrincessTai] • Date [19 Mar 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from harpy
Very nice.
Review By [harpy] • Date [7 Jan 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "House Calls" from Stacia2
Dawn's group, does it by chance include a man who thinks he's "Cupid" and work in a bar, and is perhaps atoning for some questionable hook ups?
Review By [Stacia2] • Date [28 Oct 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from ObsidianBlack
Okay. Rereading what I wrote, I realize that I came off a little too mean than I'd intended to. I was in a bad mood that day, and the story didn't help. Let me explain...

I've always felt that one of the strengths of BtVS was the characterization, and how three dimensional they were. They all had numerous strengths, but also many flaws: Buffy tended to be very self-absorbed and too motivated by her heart (the latter was also a strength of hers, however), Giles was often too distant emotionally, Willow was lacking in self-confidence and to often tended to define herself by the way others see her, Xander could be jealous and envious, allowing that jealousy to blind him, and so on. As a result, one of my pet peeves, a major hang-up of mine, is when writers overly-emphasize flaws, real or perceived, in one character, while ignoring the flaws in another character. Which is what was happening here. It kinda touched a nerve, and that compounded on top of a bad day set me off. I apologize for the overtly curt review. The flaws in the story are still an issue for me, but I probably should have been more diplomatic about it.
Review By [ObsidianBlack] • Date [22 Oct 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "House Calls" from ObsidianBlack
I'd give this story a 0 if I could. Unfortunately, TTH only allows a 1 at the lowest, so that'll have to do.

While it's fairly well written, the characterization of the Buffy characters is so far off from what was seen in the show that I won't even consider it a story, just a masturbatory exercise in glorifying a favored character by painting the others in a bad light.

The attempt to equate the casting of a protective spell with the tampering of someone's memory is laughably pathetic. If the condemnation of the spell is supposed to be that Willow cast it without Xander's knowledge, well guess what. Buffy canon is that protective spells only work if the person they are cast on ISN'T aware of them. See the episode 'Gingerbread' for example, where Willow states that fact very clearly.

Furthermore, Willow would be the LAST person to claim Xander couldn't protect himself. She'd seen him in battle more than anyone else, including Buffy, (between seasons 2-3. and between seasons 5-6, for example), and would never doubt his capacity to take care of himself, especially after the events of 'Grave', and Xander standing up to her in her darkest moment. Such comments are more characteristic of some the things said by Buffy in her more thoughtless moments.

And while Buffy has always been fairly self-absorbed, she was never anywhere near as self-absorbed as portrayed in this work. She had always put Dawn before anything else in seasons 5-7. Furthermore, Willow was always portrayed as the least self-absorbed of any of the Scoobies, and the most sympathetic to the needs of others. Need I remind anyone that Willow was the FIRST one to accept Angel and Spike into the Scoobies, despite their murderous pasts? And that Xander was always so pissy over Buffy's relationship with Angel? Not so much because Angel was a vampire, but because Buffy liked Angel instead of him.

Like Jason Barnett, who reviewed earlier I'm sick of the Scoobies knocking on Willow's magic in fan fiction. Every one of them would be dead a hundred times over if it wasn't for her magic. In all these so-called stories, what really happens is that they basically treat Willow and her magic as a weapon to save their asses when they need it, and then disregard her and her powers when they don't. THAT is self-centered. And it says more about the writer than the character.

And of course the attempt to practically sanctify Xander brought to mind something that Xander said on 'Something Blue':

"Something about Willow and her griefy-poor-me mood swings. So, so tired of it."

His EXACT words, taken from the DVD. Now, Oz had been gone less than a month at that point, yet Xander was showing that level of insensitivity and self-absorption. This too was at a time when he at least had someone in his life (in the form of Anya). And unlike this little story, 'Something Blue' is very much canon.

Let's not forget his "Kick his ass" comment about Angel, misrepresenting what Willow had said. A lie, born out of Xander's jealousy over Buffy's relationship with Angel, that was probably the main factor which contributed to Buffy's running off for three months afterwards.

Xander tends to be just as self-absorbed as Buffy, so his condemnation of Buffy and Willow's supposed self-absorption is laughably hypocritical.

There is so much wrong with this 'story' I cannot even begin to list them all, and I won't even try. I'll let what I've already said speak for me.
Comments from author:
You have strong feelings on this topic. I suggest you explore them in your own writing, and I wish you luck in that.
Review By [ObsidianBlack] • Date [15 Oct 06] • Rating [1 out of 10]
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