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Review of chapter "parts 9 and 10" from MarcusRowland
Lovely to see this continuing - I'm hoping she'll persuade both men to realise that the world is more complicated than they realise, and that there are no simple fixes.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [19 Jun 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "parts 7 and 8" from Artemis
I love this story! It already starts off with a very intriguing what-if (if Kendra had gone to fight Angelus rather than Buffy) and I like the way you develop the story.

It's very unique in that it is a crossover with the very early X-Men world and it's interesting to watch Kendra struggle for acceptance as much as the mutants will have to later. They don't realise it yet, but I guess in a way it's a foreshadowing of things to come.

I enjoy to read about the younger versions of Charles and Erik. It's cute how Kendra is growing fond of Charles and doesn't realise it yet.

So we've met a Grey... I wonder if she's related to Jean in some way and whether her survival will change the X-Men world as we know it.

I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
Comments from author:
Thank you. I wanted to try something different for Becoming, and thare is so much that's been done that's a varient of 'Buffy went to face Angelus....' or 'Xander went to face Angelus, knowing that Buffy couldn't,...."

I didn't think that the older, more established Professor Xavier would be that much fun to write with, as set in his ways as he would be, so I needed a younger Charles. And while kendra has been taught dozens, perhaps even hundreds of ways to kill demons and vampires, she hasn't been taught to deal with her feelings. Feelings are fun for authors to use.

Interestingly, I've seen several places where the X-men were described as a metaphor for the struggle for racial equality, and later for sexual equality.

I hope the next section lived up to your expectations.
Review By [Artemis] • Date [10 May 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "parts 7 and 8" from musiclover
ok if you continue i will give you more praise for the good work with kendra and charles
Review By [musiclover] • Date [7 Apr 07] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "parts 7 and 8" from MarcusRowland
Nice to see this continuing. Can't remember much about vamps in the Marvelverse, apart from Blade, so I'll be interested to see your take on them.
Comments from author:
On consideration of the Marvel comics, there has been inconsistancy about vampires there, in ability, behavior and organization, and even in their origin. Fortunately, I don't need to wory about where they come from, I only need to worry about local-level organization, and I can and will take the Marvel-example and set their abilities to what I want/need for my story, regardless of what has been one before. I will be consistant, or at least more so than the comics. If Vampire #6 lasts longer than one or two scenes, his/her abilities will remain the same, instead of being radically different in scene 3.

Considering that the comics have used about five ways for the vampires to go down when they die that I can recall (and that from not being a particular fan of the horror comics!) I will admit that I just took the fire-ashes-crumble from the Blade movies, because it looked good and was slightly different than the BtVS series. I want the vampires to still be vampires, but not exactly the same as the ones back home.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [31 Jan 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "parts 5 and 6" from ElvenBookwyrm
This is one of the better stories on the site... it would be a pity if you've decided to abandon it. If you have the time and effort, please do spend some time on this; it's certainly worth it!
Comments from author:
Time has been in short supply lately. I'm the mother of two children, and a full-time nursing student. This means that my writing (especially for fanfics!) has been pushed back to 'when I can grab the time' when there isn't housecleaning, cooking, laundry or homework to do.

I do not intend to abandon this story - Kendra's fun to play with, and I like trying something different than the normal. Most of the BtVS/X-Men crossovers involving a Slayer use Buffy or Faith, and there have been thousands of stories written about ways Buffy could deal with the aftermath of Becoming. I took a different way, and I want to play with it some more. And using Kendra gives me a different perspective and personality than the other two Slayers - I have trouble writing Buffy, and Faith just isn't what I wanted for this fic. She has trouble taking things seriously enough.
Review By [ElvenBookwyrm] • Date [20 Jan 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "parts 5 and 6" from cwolf
using a slayer to find demons and vampires through Cerebro. I like it.
Comments from author:
Advanced warning of what you would find on patrol is good, and Kendra takes Slaying seriously enough to try to get that warning. Though there's a difference between thinking it's a good idea and getting it accomplished...

If the point is that Cerebro augments and expands the range of an innate detection ability, why not search for demons & vamps as well as mutants?
Review By [cwolf] • Date [14 May 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "parts 5 and 6" from RevDorothyL
What a very cool idea, to put Kendra together with pre-wheelchair Charles Xavier and Magneto-to-be in a 1950's America. Loved the way Kendra called Erik on his hypocrisy, in making the same assumptions about the worth of others that he himself had suffered from. Maybe things will go differently with Charles and Erik this time around, with a 1990's Slayer keeping an eye on them.
Comments from author:
Thank you. The nasty thing about assumptions - as my Critical Thinking class is showing me - is that people often don't even realize what some of them are until they think about them. While both Charles and Erik have some pretty big ones, it's easier to slam the illogic of Erik and his judgments on abilities than Charles and his everybody-can-get-along ideas. Granted, it's a nice idea, but far more difficult to put into practice, especially when everybody else doesn't want to play with the same rules. The idea of 'don't judge me inferior based on my genes' is much more simple to apply. It also goes along with the fact that I find it inherantly flawed to think that you can prevent any sort of gene-based attacks on 'your people' by starting them on other people (the Acolytes, Friends of Humanity, any other mutant-human related hate group...)
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [14 May 06] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "parts 5 and 6" from (Past Donor)Jewel
An interesting story so far, and I look forward to more instalments. I particularly like that you're using Kendra instead of one of the other Slayers.

I know very little about the history of Charles and Eric - from the movies I know that Charles is in a wheelchair - so it would be helpful if you could perhaps add an authors note or something to give a brief summary of "Life Before The Movie"
Review By [(Past Donor)Jewel] • Date [14 May 06] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "parts 5 and 6" from banner
This is interesting and different. I always loved Kendra, and I'm glad you are giving her a second chance...
Comments from author:
I like different, and I like to try writing different stories - not the same as what everyone else is doing.

Kendra had the potential to become a much more interesting character then Joss permitted her to become, I'm just exploring some of that potential. Besides, if Joss can write Angel and Spike getting second chances, and Cordelia, Faith, Harmony-the-vampire, and Willow - all of them after either horrible violence or astoundingly bad judgement, why not give Kendra a second chance at life after a fight against evil?
Review By [banner] • Date [13 May 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "parts 5 and 6" from MarcusRowland
Nice to see this updated. Hope Kendra can keep Magneto from going nuts.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [13 May 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "parts 3 and 4" from CPTSkip
I love Kendra stories, so thanks for that first. And this one also seems to be a well written one, so double goodness. I'm not sure where you are going with this story, but to be a dark skinned person in 1950s America will not be easy for Kendra. Especially since I'm sure everyone will also see her as a mutant. I also think the paring of Xavier and Kendra is cool. I hope you update soon as this is a very interesting beginning.
Comments from author:
In order, I thought that Kendra was interesting but under-used onthe series. She had a lot more potential than Joss permitted her to make use of. I always aim for well-written, and I thank you for the vote of confidence.

The only way that I expect Kendra to find the time/place that she's ended up as 'easy' is that the Marvel Universe does not have the same slavering hordes of vampires and demons as Sunnydale, so she should have a bit less to worry about on that front. However, as you've mentioned, the social climate of that era will not be to her benefit - which she's taken note of and probably not realized the full implications of. Being a presumed mutant will not help, except possibly with some of the other not-so-normal people she may encounter, starting with Charles Xavier.

Charles Xavier is someone else with interesting potential. I picked this time in his life for several reasons, but this will enable me to not only have him more mobile, the pair of them closer in age in case of romance, but hit before his formation of the first X-team. At this point, while he does have a life, he's not also trying to run a school, or at least, tutor a few special individuals.

I will update when it's ready, preferring a good chunk later over a fast but mediocre chunk quickly, and I hope that it continues to be an interesting story.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [9 Dec 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Changing Time - parts 1 and 2" from banner
I always liked Kendra...
This is an interesting framework - I look forward to seeing where you are going with this one.
Review By [banner] • Date [19 Sep 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Changing Time - parts 1 and 2" from cwolf
another interesting beginning
Comments from author:
Thank you.
Review By [cwolf] • Date [19 Sep 05] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Changing Time - parts 1 and 2" from (Past Donor)Jewel
I loved the idea of Kendra fighting Angelus - and putting an end to the monster. Buffy always annoyed me when it came to Angel. I hope you take this forward as so few stories are written for Kendra.
Comments from author:
I've used Kendra before, though mostly for short fics. She's been under-utilized, under-developed, and thankfully unspoiled by Joss, so she's fun to use once in a while.

I thought, why not try something considerably different with Becoming, and not the same old thing, with slight variations on the after-math?
Review By [(Past Donor)Jewel] • Date [19 Sep 05] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Changing Time - parts 1 and 2" from Cutiepie
Oooh, ooh, ooh! Thank you, thank you! I really like this one, and can't wait to read more. There are so many possibilities, and I'm glad to have Kendra not dead. I always kind of liked her. Not that it will figure into this story, but will her falling through the portal be enough to call Faith back in the Sunnydale world? Or will there be only the one slayer again? That could be bad, since Buffy's next death didn't call another slayer, as far as we know. Hmm . . . as I said, lots of possibilities that this story could lead to. Keep up the great work. I always enjoy your writing. =]
Comments from author:
Without giving too much away, this will be following things with Kendra, not back in Sunnydale. Though considering where Kendra's ended up and the usual approach to death there... I'm not sure Sunnydale's going to be the only place where keeping track of Slayers gets a little trickier.
Review By [Cutiepie] • Date [18 Sep 05] • Not Rated
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