Musings on my One-True-Pairing

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Title: Musings on my One-True-Pairing
Creator: Purple Smurf
Date(s): early 2000s?
Medium: online
Fandom: Buffy & Angel
External Links: Musings on my One-True-Pairing, Archived version
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Musings on my One-True-Pairing is an essay by Purple Smurf.

It is one of many essays at Octaves, a Buffy and Angel website.

"Purple Smurf examines the B/A relationship, which has been considerably complicated by Spike."


I've noticed of late that I've been moving further and further away from my One True Fandom of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm used to not participating in discussions of the show (generally speaking, it helps to have actually watched the most recent episodes for that), but it's gotten to the point where I'll go weeks without reading a piece of Buffy fanfiction, something that's been unheard of since I discovered the online community.

It's not like I'm getting overly involved in other fandoms, either. I mean, I dabble, but BtVS is still my OTF, no matter what. As I was thinking about this in the shower this morning (yes, hello to another of Smurfy's Shower Rants™) I realised what has been scaring me off, even more than my abhorrence of Buffy!Bashing fics that have become so common in B/A fandom, is the amount of post-Chosen fics that have Angel chastising Buffy for looking after Spike in season seven, after The Attempted Rape. Not knowing when this will show up, I've found myself avoiding fic in general more and more often.

I can handle the "Buffy decides she's cooked five minutes after the end of Chosen" fics. I grit my teeth and rant at my Mutual Groupie about it, but I can handle them.

But when Angel starts going on about everything Spike did pre-season seven? Hello, pot, meet kettle.

I expect this kind of thing from Xander in fic. I can handle that. I have put up with this kind of thing from Xander on the show and in fic for years. But when Angel becomes even more Xangel-like than he was in AtS season 3? I blow my roof.