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Review of chapter "Zoo" from Zarohk
Review:
Awe man, I really wanted to see Buffy (or maybe Willow) possessed by the alpha Hyena. It actually would make more sense if one of them was possessed, since Hyena alphas are female. Also, there's this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals#Spotted_Hyena



Yeah, thank god the writers didn't do their research very well on this episode, or we would have had to deal with some really disturbing stuff.
Comments from author:
In 'The Pack', the hyena spirit possessed all five of the people who fulfilled the conditions, three male and two female, and there was never any indication of whether the actual zoo animal was itself male or female.

There are probably a whole lot of fics to be written about other characters possessed by that hyena spirit, not just Buffy and/or Willow as you suggest. What if Dr Weirick had succeeded in achieving his objective, for example? Would it have made any difference that he knew what the trans-possession was? Or what if somebody like poor Lance had been possessed?

But there are limits to how many possibilities I can cover in one story. I'll leave the alternative hyena-possession stories to somebody else.
Review By [Zarohk] • Date [23 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fade In" from Zarohk
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I really liked how in this chapter you showed how Marcie was a real "in-crowd wannabie". In canon we're shown that she's an outcast that even Xander and Willow don't hang around (which doesn't make a ton of sense), but in your version it makes sense because she shuns Willow (and probably Xander in the reality where he existed) trying to be popular. What your version of Marcie says that canon should have said is that she basically rejected people who could be her friends in return for trying (and failing) to be popular.
Comments from author:
Canon doesn't give a fully rounded picture of Marcie--it's not really trying to tell Marcie's story, which isn't necessarily a fault. But if you look closely at canon (as I've had to do to write this fic), you'll see (and this is the point I took off from) that it does show her (in her flashbacks) playing up to Cordelia (and Harmony) in a desperate appeal for attention. She isn't shown rejecting Willow and Xander and I don't think it automatically follows that she actively rejected them any more than they actively rejected her (or Jonathan, or Lance from 'The Pack', or any of the other people at Sunnydale High they weren't friends with).

I think the point intended to be made in canon is that people outside what Cordelia calls the 'popular zone' may end up not making friends with each other because they don't even notice each other; also that you don't change your status from 'unpopular' to 'popular' by making friends with other 'unpopular' people. To what extent that's actually true of US high schools I don't know, but it's true in the show and on that basis I accept it as true for the purposes of this fic.

(On the other hand, that whole popularity dynamic (accurately portrayed or not) does gradually fade in significance over the course of the show--I don't know how realistic that is, either.)
Review By [Zarohk] • Date [23 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Business Not Resolved" from Dragonhulk
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Well written, and an extremely interesting AU that you've put a lot of time and effort into. My only complaint is that I get the feeling this will end the exact opposite way Wonderful Life did, with Xander finding out that the world would have been slightly better if he had never existed. Kinda a downer sense he was my favorite secondary character in the show.
Review By [Dragonhulk] • Date [14 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "New Players In The Game" from Rich
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Good to see Jonathon taking a more active role. I always thought he was underused in canon. Keep up the good work!
Review By [Rich] • Date [22 Sep 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Resurrection Men" from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
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Always happy to see new chapters here. VERY few authors explore alternate takes on a series from the very beginning in this much detail. Kudos. :-)
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [7 Sep 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Resurrection Men" from (Current Donor)vidicon
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Well, he's stronger and more powerful than he was... Jesse really is a less adept Xander, isn't he? Or just less lucky and less savvy...

Thanks for writing
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [7 Sep 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Some Exposition" from CageFire
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Hmm, I'm getting the feeling that xander's effect won't be as great or as wholly good as he seems to think. Although I'm only 4 chapters in. I do wonder by the end, or even by the time I get caught up, just how much or little xander's life actually matters.
Review By [CageFire] • Date [1 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Big Dance" from (Current Donor)vidicon
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So Jesse takes over Xander's role in more ways than one, the bones are going to be destoryed and Jenny no doubt will be telling what she knows soon. If she is wise, at any rate.

And poor Jonathon is just too short...

Thanks for writing
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [9 Jul 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Big Dance" from Cutiepie
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Aw, I was kind of hoping that Buffy would dance . . . by Jonathan, even if not "with" him. Although I do kind of understand how she feels about dancing with someone shorter than . . . is he shorter than she is? Yeah, he is short, but is he really THAT short? 'Cause she is tiny (but don't tell her I said that). Good chapter.
Comments from author:
My interpretation was influenced by this canonical exchange (from 'Earshot'):

GILES Jonathan? How's he?
BUFFY Pretty crappy. His parents are freaking. He got suspended. And toting a piece to school, not exactly winning him a place with the in-crowd. But, I think he's dealing.
GILES Well, it's good of you to check on him.
BUFFY Well, it's nice to be able to help someone in a non-slaying capacity. Except, he's starting to get that look, you know, like he's gonna ask me to Prom.
GILES Well, it would probably be good for his self-esteem, if you...
BUFFY Oh come on! What am I, Saint Buffy? He's like three feet tall!
Review By [Cutiepie] • Date [9 Jul 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scary And Scarier" from Rich
Review:
An excellent variation on one of the more imaginative episodes, even if you did leave out my favorite line; "There's lots of scarier things than you... and I'm one of them")
Review By [Rich] • Date [9 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Scary And Scarier" from Cutiepie
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I like that certain things (like telling Angel to CALL when there is info to pass along) are getting brought up in this Xander-less world of yours. It is amazing how many things just got "overlooked" when it ought to have been obvious. I hope that makes sense, since I am up way too late and need to go get some sleep now. Thanks for updating!
Comments from author:
No, thanks for your review! What you say makes perfect sense, to me at least: what you've picked up on is something I'm consciously trying to do here and there (I just hope I'm not overdoing it).
Review By [Cutiepie] • Date [9 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Meant To Be Together?" from dreameralways
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Lovely story. It's a shame that Xander's already dead so he won't actually be able to use any of this knowledge that he is slowly gaining.
Review By [dreameralways] • Date [23 Apr 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Meant To Be Together?" from MarkYoung
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I like it. You've clearly done some deep thinking about how Xander's absence would change the world, and you've provided Buffy with an intriguing alternate team. I'm just a little afraid of what Xander will learn -- it doesn't look like it'll be ego-boosting.

I love getting "a fresh new take on an old favorite" -- not that BtVS is an /old/ favorite, but it's one I've missed greatly, and your story has just the right balance of new and familiar. Thanks!
Review By [MarkYoung] • Date [21 Apr 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Meant To Be Together?" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
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Oh... So, assuming her personality at the time might be more resentful of lulls than Buffy, an Owen/young Faith pairing might last longer?

Cool story :)
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [21 Apr 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Meant To Be Together?" from CrystalBlaze
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Owen.. reminds me of the sociopath in *Blue Steel*, and I'm pretty sure he'll go that way in the end..
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [21 Apr 12] • Not Rated
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