caliente_uk: (spuffystory)
I first posted this in 2008, but felt the time was right to post a much needed reminder of why I love Spike and Buffy and the Spuffy relationship as much as I do.

Thanks For The Memory
Original music and lyrics by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
All additional lyrics written by me

Contains images not suitable for minors.

Thanks For The Memory )
caliente_uk: (Ever Changing Spike by kazzy_cee)
The first 13 days )

Day 14 - Favorite male character

Well, there was only ever going to be one answer to this one, wasn't there?

My favourite male character of all time is Spike.

'Nuff said.

Rest of the days under the cut )
caliente_uk: (vamp spike)
Do you know what amuses me most about the latest spoiler from the BtVS S8 comics?

So many people (and I include myself in this) keep on saying that they 'really don't care what happens', that they're 'not interested' and that they 'don't count what happens in the comics as canon', and yet...when something happens that they really don't like (or really do like - it works both ways!)? They can't help but post about it, expressing their displeasure (or amusement *g*) at the latest development!

So it strikes me that they care about what happens so much more than they like to admit!

And that's understandable.

Spoilers for S8 )

But putting the comics to one side for a moment...

I've been thinking about fandom lately, and how other people see those of us who are involved in one. Without naming any names, I've been dabbling in a few other fandoms lately (but mainly on the outside looking in)...and I haven't really liked what I've seen. There are some seriously weird people out there! And I have to wonder - is that how other people see us? Do we come across like that to them?


*looks up*

*reads own post*

I guess that answers that one then! *g*
caliente_uk: (Spike/Eric)
I know I only changed it a short while ago, but I couldn't resist! :D

I adored the wallpaper [ profile] buffy_the_vamp6 posted earlier today (which is now gracing my desktop) and asked her if she could make me an LJ header using the same theme. Which she did! So I now have a beautiful Spike and Eric header adorning the top of my journal, plus a matching icon. Aren't they gorgeous?

Thank you so much, [ profile] buffy_the_vamp6. I love them! :D

Spike Talk

Aug. 29th, 2009 12:17 pm
caliente_uk: (Ever Changing Spike by kazzy_cee)
There have been some fascinating discussions about Spike taking place on LJ over the last couple of days. People seem to interpret the show (and Spike) in so many different ways. It's almost as if some people were watching a completely different show to the one I saw! As I said - fascinating. ETA: A discussion is also only a discussion if people are allowed to express opposing viewpoints. That's what makes fandom discussions so fascinating in the first place!

But one thing remains consistent throughout these discussions - and that's our interest and fascination in Spike. That's some accomplishment, when you think about it. It's been more than a decade since Spike first burst on to our screens, knocking down the 'Welcome to Sunnydale' sign...and stealing many of our hearts in the process. Our opinions may differ, but that's okay. Fandom would be a boring place if we always agreed on everything - and Spike would never have held our attention for so long if he was Mr Perfect.

Read more... )

Yes, Spike is definitely a complex and interesting character, and I suspect he will continue to be the focus of many fandom discussions for a long time to come.

And after more than a decade, that truly is a remarkable accomplishment. :)
caliente_uk: (Default)
Isn't it funny how quickly things can change?

In my LJ post about fandom (flocked) last week, I talked about my everlasting love of the Buffyverse and Spike, and how no other character or show could ever move me in the same way. And while that is still largely true (Spike and the Buffyverse will always be my number one), I have since watched the first nine episodes of S2 of True Blood. Now I loved S1 - it was cracktastic TV at its best - but S2 has completely blown it out of the water. And the unexpected has happened: a new character love has been born. I wasn't expecting it, and I didn't particularly want it. It just happened.

Read more... )

I have so much going on in my fandom life right now. I have my enduring love of the Buffyverse and Spike. I have my very new love of Eric and True Blood (I can't believe there are only 3 eps of S2 left!), which is quickly becoming my second favourite fandom. Then in September Supernatural will be back (oh boys, how I've missed you!), which will most likely mean a change of LJ/DW header to go with the new season. *g* I also have Doctor Who, Being Human, Lost, Dexter, House, Grey's Anatomy and Dollhouse to look forward to (Dollhouse started off weak, but I came to love it by the end of the season - and Epitaph One blew me away!). And hopefully, I'll also have new Torchwood at some point in the future *fingers crossed*.

Ooh...and last but not least, I'll also have Lie To Me and Caprica for my JM fix! *squee*

OMG, I really am turning into a fandom whore! :D

But seriously...

No, my fandom life couldn't get any better than it is right now. And I'm happier with it than I've been in a long time. Maybe because I'm happier in RL too? *ponders*

But yes, it really is a funny old world, isn't it? :)
caliente_uk: (Default)
A completely gratuitous post. *g*

Spike in S4 episode Harsh Light of Day
Picture courtesy of Screencap Paradise

Eric in S2 episode Time Bomb
Picture courtesy of the True Blood Capture Blog

Is it any wonder I'm a completely lost cause?

caliente_uk: (vamp spike)
I hope everyone who's going to Coventry has a wonderful time this weekend, and look forward to reading all about it! :)

I have a busy weekend coming up, as my husband and his family are throwing a joint 70th birthday party for his Mum and Dad on Saturday. It should say the least, as family occasions so often turn out to be. But I'm also hoping there will be a lot of fun to be had too! *g*

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post (I'll respond to individual comments later), and also to those of you who took the poll. It's good to see that there are still quite a few of us left in the Byffyverse fandom, even if some of us are also enjoying our new and shiny fandoms. And it turns out that Spike is still the number one character for most of you. Yay! :D

I can't see any other character ever taking the number one spot from Spike for me. *hearts him*

Although...I do have to admit that I'm finding Eric from True Blood incredibly sexy intriguing this season. He didn't have much of an impact on me in S1, but his new look and more involved storylines are blowing Angel Bill Compton out of the water this year! I'm definitely going to be drooling over him looking forward to seeing more of him as the series progresses. *g*
caliente_uk: (john and jack)
Thanks to [ profile] elisi, I've just seen one of the best Jack vids I've ever seen. A must-see for any Jack Harkness fan! :)

With all the JM and Cap'n John squeeing I've been doing, you might be forgiven for not realising that I'm also a fan of JB, Cap'n Jack, and indeed of Torchwood itself (although the first series was a bit hit and miss for me). This video reminded me of exactly why I love the character so much:

Behind Blue Eyes by [ profile] obfreak

I've always associated the song Behind Blue Eyes with Spike (how could you not?) and didn't think that it would work for me in a Jack vid, but it really, really does!

Enjoy! :)

A few thoughts about Spike, John Hart and JM )
caliente_uk: (Default)
For those of you still interested, I am planning to continue my Spike: Through the Years series, but it will have to be put on hiatus until the New Year. I have the last bit of Season 4 to post and then we'll be on to Season 5, which I'm so looking forward to doing! :)

Hope you're all having a great weekend.
caliente_uk: (Ever Changing Spike by kazzy_cee)
I've still got the flu - so I decided to look at some Spike pictures to cheer myself up! :)

Note: All pictures are courtesy of Screencap Paradise. Dialogue courtesy of the Buffyverse Dialogue Database


The story continues... )

Only one episode this time, but it's a fun one! :D

More to come over the next few days.

Past instalments can be found through my tags. :)
caliente_uk: (this is neat by vampkiss)
Spike and Xander play house...and Spike gets his bite back. Well...sort of. :)

Note: All pictures are courtesy of Screencap Paradise. Dialogue is courtesy of the Buffyverse Dialogue Database


On with the show... )
caliente_uk: (somethingblue by red_sunflower)
This is pure indulgence, but Something Blue gets its own post. :)

Note: All pictures are courtesy of Screencap Paradise. Dialogue is courtesy of the Buffyverse Dialogue Database


On with the show... )

I had way too much fun doing this one!

Spike through the years - Part One
Spike through the years - Part Two
Spike through the years - Part Three (A)
caliente_uk: (stake me by vampkiss)
This is the last one for today.

Note: All pictures are courtesy of Screencap Paradise. Dialogue courtesy of the Buffyverse Dialogue Database.

Spike through the years - Part Three (A)

S4 - The story continues )

I'll continue to do these for the whole series if there's enough interest. Just let me know! :)
caliente_uk: (nicetoseeyou spike made by awmp)
On with the show...

As we only get one episode of Spike in S3, this one gets a post all of its own. Enjoy! :)

Note: All pictures courtesy of Screencap Paradise. Dialogue courtesy of the Buffyverse Dialogue Database

Spike through the years - Part Two:

Lover's Walk )
caliente_uk: (Ever Changing Spike by kazzy_cee)
I may have moved on to other TV shows and characters, but none will ever take the place of BtVS and Spike in my heart. And here's a little reminder of why that is:

Note: All pictures courtesy of Screencap Paradise. Dialogue courtesy of the Buffyverse Dialogue Database

Spike through the years - Part One )
caliente_uk: (Ever Changing Spike by kazzy_cee)
There have been so many posts that have already said what I want to say about Spike, only they've said it so much better than I can. People like [ profile] jamalov29, whose Spike is so very much like my Spike.

But here, to the best of my ability, is my Spike:

My Spike )

And that's just a fraction of what I could say. :)

My love of Spike is still as strong as it ever was. I can't see that ever changing.

*raises glass to Spike - the best fictional character ever*

I have so much to thank Spike for. Without him, I would never have known who James Marsters was. I would never have met so many wonderful people. Spike opened up a whole new world for me, that I would never have known if I hadn't fallen in love with him. Because of him, I found all of you. I became a fan of James Marsters, and a part of a fandom that I love, even if it is a little crazy at times. ;) James brought Spike to life. Without him, Spike wouldn't have been even half the character he was. At one time, I thought that I would always think of Spike when I looked at James. But I now think of the two as completely seperate entities. Spike lives on in my head, and in the many stories I read about him. James...well, James continues to bring me happineess through new acting roles, through his music and personal appearances, and through the people I continue to meet who admire him as much as I do.

Without James there would never have been Spike. Without Spike I would never have found James. Without either of them I would never have found all of you. So I think I have a lot to thank them for. :)

Happy 10th Birthday, Spike. I'll never forget the day you crashed into my life!

To finish this post I've uploaded a song by John Barrowman that means a lot to me on a personal level, but that also makes me think of Spike every time I hear it. I hope you enjoy. :)

John Barrowman - Dreamers
caliente_uk: (wiggle made by awmp)
My Insane Journal

I definitely like it more than Greatest Journal. LJ is still going to be my main journal, but I think I'm going to use IJ as somewhere to escape to when I need to. It has a very similar style to here...and there are already lots of familiar names over there! :)

When Fandoms Collide (cut for Heroes S1, Doctor Who S3 and Torchwood S2 spoilers) )
caliente_uk: (nicetoseeyou spike made by awmp)
I can start talking about other things. *g*

The last ever issue of the Buffy and Angel magazine dropped through my letterbox yesterday morning. I have to admit that it made me a bit teary eyed when I saw it. It felt like losing the Buffyverse all over again. Like it really was the end of an era. I'm going to miss it. *sigh* least we have the Buffy S8 and Angel S6 comics to look forward to. Nah, I can't say I'm convinced either. It's great to have new Buffyverse stuff to discuss, but they're a poor substitute for the real thing.

I miss my shows.

I miss Angel and his hair that sticks straight up.

I miss Buffy...and her stylish yet affordable boots.

I miss the scooby gang...and yes, that even includes Andrew.

I miss Spike. Oh, how I miss Spike.

I'm always reading about how the Buffyverse fandom is slowly dying. With the demise of the Buffy and Angel magazine, you'd be forgiven for thinking that's true. And yet...

Every day there are new people discovering the Buffyverse for the first time.

There are new writers offering fabulous fic.

Seasoned writers continue to entertain us with their stories.

I see meta, icons and graphics on my flist every day.

All of this? Tells me that the Buffyverse isn't even close to dying. It's full of vibrant, talented people who are as near to being done with the Buffyverse as I am. And I'm far, far from being done with it yet.


I'm off to read fic. :)
caliente_uk: (happybuffy (cheesygirl))
I'm insanely busy today, but I couldn't let the day go by without marking it in some way.

I've seen this done by others on my flist, so I'm going to have a go at it myself.


Ten reasons... )

Of course, there are many other reasons why I love BtVS. Joyce, all of S6, FFL, Punk Spike...the list could go on and on.

One of the main reasons to be grateful for BtVS, though, is that it brought me to all of you. Without it, I would never have been part of a fandom that has given me so much. So for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you!

*raises glass to fandom*
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