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Author has written 42 stories for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, That '70s Show, Life With Derek, Wizards of Waverly Place, Victorious, Big Time Rush, iCarly, Firefly, and What I Like About You.
So, I've been searching frantically for good What I Like About You fic (Holly/Vince, specifically), and I've come to a startling conclusion. There isn't any.
How completely horrific is that?
We must come together, we must write like we have never written before, we must unite in mutual obsession and fight this terrible injustice, not only for ourselves, but for our children and our grandchildren and ultimately, society as a whole.
CHALLENGE: (From CheekyBrunette) So, I thought of a cool challenge. We all dig into the lives and emotions of our favorite characters, but what about ourselves? So here's the thing. It took me a while, but I did some soul searching, and I came up with some stuff I didn't know about myself until I really looked. So now it's your turn! Post it on your wall, send it here, whatever. Post it. And if you get a little emotional along the way, it's okay. I was a wreck when I wrote mine. I sort of realized how tired I was, and it really got to me.
She’s so strong, so secure, so indestructible. She stands up to teachers and bullies and never ever gets scared. She would never let anyone treat her badly or change herself to be popular. She’s bulletproof, and everyone knows it.
She’s not a mask or a piece of armor, she’s part of you, she is you, but at the same time she’s not. There was a time, before you knew that you were so horribly different from everyone else, when she blended into you seamlessly, when she was a trait instead of an entity.
It wasn’t one big, traumatic event. It was the little things; it was no one wanting to play with you at recess, it was the bigger kids stealing your snack money, it was teachers never listening to you. She came out, little by little, and the most amazing thing happened. No one messed with you anymore, no one had the guts to talk down to you or call you names. They finally left you alone.
She grew every time a teacher sent you to the corner for saying something they didn’t want to hear, or a group of kids wouldn’t let you play because you were weird. She got bigger and stronger until even adults were wary of pissing her off. You could wrap her around yourself like a blanket and not have to fight for awhile.
She’s not mean, never mean, because she is a part of you and while you’re certainly explosive, you don’t have any mean in you. Well that’s not true, you can be pretty viscous when you’re protecting the people you care about, but you never go all out. That’s what scares you, letting go. You always hold back, because there’s a place way down inside you that’s bigger and scarier than even her. There’s a little tiny piece of you that’s just pure white hot destruction, and you know that if you ever lose control of it that everyone involved will get burnt.
You don’t have anything that even remotely resembles a hard life. You have parents that adore you and a few good friends that you’re positive will stick around, but you still need her. She doesn’t just shield you from the world, she shields the world from you. There’s fire in you and it’s what keeps you alive, it’s what fuels you and it’s what makes you great, but it’s also what makes you toxic. That’s the thing about fire, it’s life and death, creation and destruction, love and hate. You have it in you to create and save people and change the world, but there’s also that part of you that could just as easily destroy it, that could turn everything around you to ash.
You’re terrified of getting hurt, of letting someone in and being betrayed, but more than anything, you’re scared of what might happen after that. You aren’t just passionate, you are passion, a big ball of explosive emotions, and you don’t want anyone to ever find the fuse.
That’s what she’s for, she’s a false trigger, producing a bunch of tiny, inconsequential explosions that warn people away. She protects you, but she protects everyone else too. When people think you can’t be hurt, they stop trying. You’re not bullet proof, and neither is she. She’s riddled with holes and cracks but no one sees them, and as long as no one sees them, they might as well not even be there at all.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel
Buffy/Angel Willow/Oz Xander/Cordelia Fred/Gunn
Buffy died, had to deal with her soul mate turning into a vicious killer, was kicked out of school, accused of murdering her friend, then kicked out of her own house. She had to send said soul mate to hell even though he turned back, had to live with the fact that he was suffering every minute of everyday, and then had to deal with her friend's crap when she didn't just get over it and move on like they thought she should.
She died again, was pulled out of heaven, had to dig her way out of her own grave, and then her Watcher and surrogate father abandoned her because she wasn't taking her responsibilities seriously enough for his liking.
She was kicked out of her own house again, this time by her friends and the little sister she died for, in favor of the girl who'd tried to kill her and had little to no experience with saving the world.
She was abandoned by Angel, used and thrown away by Parker, cheated on with vampire prostitutes by Riley, and almost raped by Spike.
But let's all feel sorry for Faith because she has mommy issues; and Xander, who has to live with the constant pain of not having super powers.
How can I not hate them?
On an unrelated not, I've recently discovered that Buffy/Giles is a thing. It is not my place to judge the ships of others, especially since several of my ships are less than socially acceptable.
But why? Why?!
No, really, why? I'm curious.
On another unrelated note (I'm not great with transitions) I hate Joyce. Xander was at least awesome in the first season and most of the second, but I have always, and will always, hate Joyce. Maybe it's because my own mom is so great and accepting and unselfish and also not an idiot, but I just have no sympathy for that mess of a woman.
*Kicks daughter out*
"How dare you leave me?!"
*Tells daughter her actions have consequences*
"You blame me for running away after I kicked you out? That wasn't my fault. I was upset." Sure, you had to kill your boyfriend, were accused of murder and were kicked out of your own house, but I was upset. Selfish cow.
heh, cow, get it? Cause cows MOO.
Sorry about that.
Oh, oh, and my own personal favorite.
*Sends daughter to mental institution for talking about vampires*
"How could you lie to me, your own mother?"
Beck/Jade, Cat/Robbie, Tori/Andre
I love Bade, but I kind of despise Beck, so some of my favorite stories are the ones where he doesn't get her back, because he's condescending and manipulative and Jade deserves to feel loved and wanted.
That 70's Show
Jackie/Hyde, Eric/Donna, Red/Kitty
Jackie and Hyde are soul-mates. He absolutely does not deserve her, but they belong together.
Big Time Rush
James/Katie, Kendall/Jo, Logan/Camille
I can't read stories where Katie is being abused by a guy or bullied or is super depressed and suicidal or whatever, no matter how well written it is, because um, no. Katie is badass, and adored by all the male influences in her life. Even if she didn't beat him up, which she absolutely would, she would never let any guy treat her badly. The only ones that make sense to me are the AUs where she's being hurt by an adult, because she's a kid and doesn't have the option of walking away.
That's not to say I think it's out of character for her to be vulnerable, or for her to need help after something bad happens, or for her to have her moments of teenage girl insecurity, but putting up with prolonged mistreatment? Sorry, no, can't see it.
A lot of those stories are really well written though, so I hope I didn't offend anyone who writes those types of stories. The Katie in my head is different from the Katie in yours, nothing wrong with that.
Also, I'm not into slash, but if I were, I would ship Logan/Carlos like woah. And maybe Logan/Kendall, if Kendall and Jo weren't so cute, and the Kendall in my mind weren't so vehemently straight that it makes me feel weird inside.
Simon/River (judge me if you must), Zoe/Wash, Mal/Inara
As long as Zoe and Wash aren't with other people (because it's just wrong, otherwise) I'll read pretty much any combination of these characters, because they're just that awesome.
Rory/Logan, Rory/Jess, Rory/Tristan, Lorelai/Luke, Lorelai/Chris (you could say I'm a little conflicted)
This show has done terrible things to my poor little shipper heart, but I continue to watch it, and re-watch it, and then watch it some more, because clearly I am not well.
Austin and Ally
I'm not even going to bother with the list thingy on this one, because who could possibly not ship Auslly?
What I Like About You
Holly/Vince, Val/Vic, Tina/Gary
I ship lots of other couples too, but If I were to attempt to tell you them all, we'd be here all year. Maybe longer.