Reviews for And Then There Were Three
Cortana49 chapter 1 . 9/21/2012
I favorited this story a while ago, and I've been rereading my favorites and writing reviews for my blog. Recently, an author of one such fanfic was put out that I didn't share the review with her, so I'm now posting the reviews on the fanfics. Here's this fic's:

"Next in my old list of favorite fanfiction is Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic "And Then There Were Three" by Dead Poet, posted June 24th, 2002. It has a very simple plot: Spike and Dru sadistically torture and kill everyone.

This kind of story has a very narrowed focus: sadism. It is much like pornography in that it only caters to those who like reading about sadistic torture and murder but rehashes it very well. As I am a nightmare fetishist in a very real sense, I suspect my earlier enjoyment of such sadism was of masochistic appreciation, though I am unsure if that was the expected appeal.

This kind of horror story for normal people would direct its gruesome imagery toward eliciting negative emotions. I understand most people would find the idea of two sociopathic sadists creating pain and hopelessness to be entirely horrific with no erotic appeal, so this would have only the appeal of horror literature. People sometimes like drowning their brain with negative emotions. It has similarity to masochism but is not of a sexual nature. I find it likewise fascinating.

On the other hand, it could just be sadistic catharsis. We could be expected to identify with the killers and enjoy their mayhem. I recall a When They Cry fanfiction, "Laughing All the Way", based around the author wanting to let out her frustrations through writing sadistic mutilation. "And Then There Were Three" could be based around a similar concept.

Regardless of it being simply an exercise in sadism, the characterization is great. Everyone seems to have their voices intact. I love Giles dryly interrupting Spike's evil commentary. I can just hear him doing that! I also like how the Spike/Buffy attraction is handled without getting rid of it completely to assert the Spike/Drusilla relationship, but instead keeping it around in some form without being in focus. It seems like a believable evolution of the Spike character after "Crush".

The biggest problem is the spelling not always being great. There are a few typos that change words into other words, like "steel" being written as "steal", which a spell-checker wouldn't catch. It's pretty jarring to see Angel being referred to as "Angle". This is why betas are sometimes important. I'm guilty of the same, though.

The ending is a bit of controversy for me. On the one hand, it's a cool creepy vampire ending with Buffy being killed by the evil undead... On the other hand, they really could keep her around to have fun with longer. In any case, it's a cool horror story with a simple purpose that's done well."
Neros-Wolf Gundam chapter 1 . 10/21/2009
I have to say, beautifully done. I think, in my opinion, I'd have liked to see Xander turned. What with his home life and suppressed anger to constantly be the 'funny guy' I think he would have made a magnificent vampire. But I can certainly see where Spike would turn Dawn, with the relationship they had in the show, a father/daughter or brother/sister thing. Other than that I'm happy to finally see the slayer meet such a beautiful yet gruesome demise.
adele4 chapter 1 . 4/20/2009
This was all kinds of delicious. I loved Dawn's part.
David Fishwick chapter 1 . 7/26/2006
I always thought they trusted Spike too easily because he had the chip in his head. What happens if he got the chip out? your story was good and i loved when Vamp Dawn came out to play.

"The Slayer becoming the Slain," Spike whispered, grinning slightly as he pulled a stake from the pocket of his duster. "It's a shame we can't keep you around. We could have all sorts of fun with you. But ya know what they say: three's company, four is a crowd."

Drusilla chuckled. "Ashes to ashes."

Dawn grinned as Spike ignored her sister's frantic protests and drove the stake through her heart. "Dust to dust."

This was a good ending
Draco's Secret Lover chapter 1 . 7/22/2006
~ "Shut up, Watcher," Spike bit out, his voice a low growl.

Giles ignored the command. "Deep down you've always been a miserable, terrified, pathetic-"

The rest of his words died in his throat as it was pierced by a railroad spike thrown from across the circle.

"I said shut up,'" Spike growled. There was a moment of eerie silence, then delighted applause from Drusilla. ~

Yes, I do believe that this bit was my idea. I remember that day, sitting in chior and you telling us about this story idea you had and writing it up.

Also, I'm fairly certain that I already reviewed this once...

Raina Lancaster chapter 1 . 1/2/2004
I liked it. It was bloody brilliant!
joanna chapter 1 . 10/6/2003
sweet very true to the characters. been waitin to see spike do something like this. dru's lines were awesome. so were giles. you revealed a lot of unsaid truth about the characters. 10 out of 10
systom eror chapter 1 . 2/28/2003
very good pleas wright more spike drusilla and dawn storys (although i would prefer a buffy vamp).
Illyria04 chapter 1 . 1/17/2003
cool is that it?its good
boundbitten chapter 1 . 7/24/2002
Fabulous story, I love evil Spike so much, and I love it when he wins.
Thyme In Her Eyes chapter 1 . 6/29/2002
*applauds* Bravo! I just can't get enough of seeing Spike finally come to his senses, get back together with Dru and do bad, bad, bad things to Buffy! And you pulled it off really realistically and in a well-written way too. And I can't get enough of VampDawn - it's *exactly* how I imagined she'd be if she was turned... Anyway, brilliant job, I really like this 'fic!