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Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from Amberdrake
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Question. If only silver bullets can kill a werewolf permanently and Oz is a werewolf how do we know he's go-through-his-clothes-and-look-for-loose-change dead? I'm carefully not mentioning the holy water in his mouth.
Comments from author:
We don't know that. Yet. We'll have an answer in a couple days. But BuffyVerse werewolves aren't exactly Stephen King werewolves.
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part IV" from Amberdrake
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"It looked like Angelus was going to be drinking his blood with a straw for a few weeks. And how was Captain Hairgel going to do his hair every morning without hands?

Spike was really looking forward to tormenting the ponce for the next few weeks."

Great way to wrap up the year. It's been a great ride. See you next year. (or as some people call it, Wednesday.)
Comments from author:
Thanks. And don't forget, Wednesday is also known as 'next chapter of Alex Mack day'!
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [30 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Surprise / Innocence, part IV" from (Recent Donor)DeacBlue
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You lost me on this one. After all of the changes that were effected by your bet and costume decision, at least twice you had the characters do exactly the same as they did in canon - and this is 50,000 words in.

It doesn't work that way. You change what happens before, it changes what happens after. Maybe more, maybe less, But to expect the Judge's arm, along with Buffy and the vamp, to come in just as in canon, as well as Cordy's "Surprise!", is silly. You're not being true to the characters as you've changed them.

Edit:

Um, what have you been smoking? Cordy is the person that should have changed -most- from canon, as her romantic/hormone-driven relationship with Xander is what brings her into the Scoobies, and that simply isn't what happens in your AU. Because of what you've done, she either needs to drift away, because she has no real reason to be around the Scoobies, or you need to have her decide, for whatever non-Xander related reason she has, to join the group - and show the reason(s).

Wanting to keep the lines isn't a good idea when you're dealing with an AU, especially one that's the length of a medium sized novel and getting bigger. Be true to your characters. How would they react to your change? Remember that AUs snowball. When they begin, it'll be almost like canon, except a few changes; then those changes predicate more and still more, and soon, you're nowhere near where canon was.

As I said, having your story come exactly back to canon after so many words and so much time simply isn't believable.
Comments from author:
Sorry you feel that way. I wanted to preserve some of the classic lines of the series, and I wanted to emphasize who has had the opportunity to change, and who has not. Cordelia, for example, now has even less chance to change than in canon, while Buffy and Angel really haven't had changes that would change *them*. Willow should only change a small amount, while Xander is the one with the real changes, although he still goes out of his way to 'look' normal.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DeacBlue] • Date [18 Dec 13] • Rating [1 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from Senko
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I have a bit of trouble swallowing Angelus being able to smell the water, hear the lid coming off sure but even for a vampire I doubt water has much of a smell. I'm also a bit sceptical on the whole creating a vampiere-werewolf bit if only because by your logic he can't be infected since he's undead therefore Oz's werewolfism would be cured like Darla's syphilis was by becoming a vampire and really why would he care to turn OZ who so far as I recall wasn't even around prior to his departure.

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Its still a much bigger jump in smelling capability than I recall him being shown in the show, your story though just seemed a little odd. As for hurting the scoobies that's the point I'm not sure how he know's it'll do this. Even if he was watching outside the room the whole time there's no real indication Oz means anything more to them than random guy hanging around outside or maybe trainee watcher.
Comments from author:
Dogs and cats can smell water, so I figured a vampire probably could as well. And you're right, Angelus wouldn't care about Oz, but he would care about doing something that would hurt Buffy and the Scoobies. Becauses he's that kind of guy.
Review By [Senko] • Date [17 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from (Current Donor)TheDivineDemon
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Dang it, I was going to do the whole oz being vamped thing and the monster he became, should have been faster. Oh well, cant wait to see your version of it.
Comments from author:
The horror of being review-sniped. I feel your pain. Fortunately, the next chapter will be posted on the 30th.
Review By [(Current Donor)TheDivineDemon] • Date [17 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from michaelangelo
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Drink the Soda Oz! Death, I suppose that's one way to cure a Werewolf, plus Angel had a habit of siring strange vampires, how that would work with him now losing his soul? meh, at least you'd get a deep vampire. I feel sorry for Xander more than anything because vamp Oz would be jonesing for jail bate Xena, and hey Jenny gets to live, nice tradeoff.
Comments from author:
You're the first person to comment on the Oz/Jenny tradeoff! Joss Whedon was originally going to snuff Oz instead of Jenny, but the huge interest in W/O persuaded him to let Oz live. But, being Joss, that just meant he had to find someone else to kill.

No matter where you go, Joss Whedon is killing someone you love.
Review By [michaelangelo] • Date [17 Dec 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from Caminus
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With his canon ship sunk, and the ship that he wanted in this fic sunk too, this was really the only place left Oz had to go. Don't feel bad Oz, I'm sure you'll actually get along really well with Dru. Also, since you were a canon character with a lot of content you get to skip the minion phase!
Comments from author:
That does seem to be the rule on the 'minion phase'. Even Harmony got to skip the minion phase! I have my own personal beliefs about Harmony, since she was nicer as a vampire than as a human.
Review By [Caminus] • Date [17 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from CageFire
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Nice new chapter, keep up the excellent work. :)
Comments from author:
Thanks! You'll find out about Oz in just fourteen days.
Review By [CageFire] • Date [16 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
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Well, so much for Oz. That said, considering how much trouble he caused here, I'm finding it hard to work up that much sympathy. I'm going to recommend a stake insertion, followed by a dust buster, and I think that should solve the Oz problem.
Comments from author:
Well, maybe Oz caused some problems earlier, but we all forgave Xander when he did pretty much the same thing, right? :-)
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [16 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
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Oh dear, that's bad...very, bad...or is it? I have to wonder how much of Philosophical Oz carries over, how much does the body/brain influence the Demon?

Great chapter!

Tom.
Comments from author:
How much does the person influence the demon? Ask Harmony. :-)
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [16 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from Riniko
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Not looking good for Oz, unless someone walks in to disrupt this very soon Oz is going to be changing teams. And it is almost like Cordelia was about to have a moment of realization that not everyone is just using everyone for their own benefit, that some of them may just be worth the effort of drawing breath. Think if I was them I would have set a pump sprayer full of Holy Water over the door or on a table with a trip switch in my hand. Hit the switch and the room gets a good misting of Holy goodness. Just hoping that somehow Angelus fails at Killing Oz, but if not we will miss you Oz.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Oz as a deeply intelligent, deeply philosophical character? Hard to write the way I want.
Review By [Riniko] • Date [16 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part III" from VillageOrchid
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Very exciting! Like with Drusilla - there is more than one way this could go from here.
Comments from author:
Yep. Dru adds that certain je ne sais quoi to a story.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [16 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part II" from CageFire
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Nice new chapter, keep up the nice work. :)
Comments from author:
Thanks! I'm still posting every other Monday.
Review By [CageFire] • Date [3 Dec 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part II" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
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Oh damn Oz may be dead...that would suck...oh that's a pun I guess.

Great chapter!

Tom.
Comments from author:
You could go with the 'that would bite' pun as well. :-)
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [3 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Passion/Death, part II" from DieselDriver
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I couldn't help thinking of Heinlein's "The Number of the Beast" when I read Oz's thought scene. It's so much like (and yet different from) the idea of "author as creator" they had. Also like "Geo" at Whately just a bit. If so, my author is a pain in the, um, er, neck! Your author however is pretty darned fantastic. Heh, God is so much bigger than most people think that it may be true. There have to be minions, common folk, and villains to make any story good. I know my place... It's as "reader of Castlestories".
Comments from author:
:-) :-) :-)

Fanon (not canon) of Buffyverse Halloween stories pretty much makes the 'fictional-crossover multiverse' concept a requirement. Oz could be on to something. He's a smart guy.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [3 Dec 13] • Not Rated
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