|Reviews for Independent 13: As Moonlight Unto Sunlight|
| Sabrinasidd chapter 3 . 8/19/2012
This was an extraordinary story. At first, I'll admit I was a little disappointing, because it only seemed like a slight re-mediation of canon events, and I didn't understand what was the point behind all those 'tiny' inexplicable changes in the dialogue.
But then.. I read the last chapter, and I realized how clever, subtle, amazing and brilliant this story actually was. Suddenly, all those small, subtle changes took on huge meaning and depth and complexity. I loved it! And I especially appreciated how this re-mediation only showed the small beginnings of the divergence from the canon timeline... where the events unfolded mostly as they did on the show, but you can see how there might be MASSIVE difference coming up once Angel moves away to LA.
I actually read through the fic all over again, from the beginning, to revel in the cleverness of the writing. I only noticed, in my second reading, how neatly and cleverly all the pronouns referring to Angel were side-stepped. You made it look so easy, but I'm sure it was VERY difficult working around 'his/her' and 'he/she' throughout the entire story.
And finally... all the 'little changes' actually made SENSE! During my first reading, it was the second chapter, the conversation between Faith and Angel, that set me blinking in bewilderment... but I decided that it was probably just canonMaleAngel just messing with Faith in some way. I absolutely did NOT realize the gender-switch until it was spelled out for me.
I also enjoyed and appreciated the small differences in having Xander as the center of this 'doomed love story', rather than Buffy. It's fascinating to see that, even when it's HIS heart that's breaking, Xander is still the most ruthless and unforgiving member of the Scoobies. Buffy is still compassionate, merciful, forgiving and, perhaps, far too trusting, while Xander remains the one who will never forgive or forget betrayal.
Brilliant work. Thank you so much for the incredible story.