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Yes! It's the last day of 2015, and I have finally finished the vidding project I started in the summer of 2014. The reason it took me so long is that outside the summer and Christmas holidays, I had very little time to work on it. Anyway, it's a  AU BtVS vid exploring the S/B/A love triangle, featuring Angel as Bobby, Spike as Roger and Buffy as Eileen.

Besides all the Spuffel fanfic I've read and enjoyed, the immediate inspiration for this vid was an interview with the current Buffy comics writer Christos Gage. Here's the relevant fragment:

If you had your way, and Joss said “yes” to any idea you presented to him, what would you really like to do with these characters that fans would not expect?
CG: Well, this is more in the realm of ending the story altogether, but for me, a true “happily ever after” for these guys involves Buffy, Spike and Angel living together in a polygamous marriage arrangement. Although I’d imagine there are some fans that not only expect that, but have written extensive fanfic about it!


Then, of course, Gage went on and wrote a scene in Buffy S10 #10 in which Harmony (of all people...) fantasizes about this exact same thing; see the image at the end of the credits.

Happy New Year to everybody, and I hope you enjoy the vid!


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Dec. 31st, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
As you know I m not a Spuffel fan (Spuffy all the way for me) BUT... I loved this. i thought it was very well done and I loved the music and clips you picked meshed quite well!! I thought the comic of the 3 of them at the end was a nice touch. Thanks for sharing!!
Dec. 31st, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was kind of expecting the vid to be disliked by both hardcore Spuffies and Bangels, so it's very nice to hear that you enjoyed it anyway!

(I'm a Spuffy first and foremost myself, but I also have a big weak spot for Spangel. So for me, this leads to a logical conclusion... :-)
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Dec. 31st, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a bit fiddly in places, but I'm quite happy with how it came out myself.
Dec. 31st, 2015 07:04 am (UTC)
That was adorable! Well done! I want to watch it again to fully appreciate the lyrics - this is very clever in subtle ways. As usual with your vids I love all the parallel imagery you find.

I don't know why pairing the image of Spike and Angelus in Innocence with Buffy in BB&B made me laugh but it did.

And thank you for the Gage quote, I had no idea he was a Spuffel. I'm never sure if I like where he's going with season 10 or not. He does keep me guessing.

Edited at 2015-12-31 07:05 am (UTC)
Dec. 31st, 2015 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! The song is a Dutch "classic" from the eighties and I was immediately reminded of it when I read that Gage quote. Apart from the "oldest rights" bit, the lyrics fit Angel and Spike perfectly, I thought.

Getting the scene you mention right was one of the more tricky bits of the vid. I wanted it to look like Buffy was walking into Angel's bedroom, not the library, but there was only so much I could do. Anyway, I'm sure the viewers will get the picture :-)

ETA: I still don't have any clear idea where the comics are going either. At least I hope that Gage won't be breaking Buffy and Spike up after having invested so much in their relationship. There is some speculation that Spike may be turned human somehow. Personally I am not a fan of that scenario.

Edited at 2015-12-31 12:28 pm (UTC)
Dec. 31st, 2015 07:57 am (UTC)
Wonderful! Clearly, one of them *doesn't* have to cry tonight. It's possible for all three of them to have a happy ending. :)

Would you mind if I shared a link of this video on Tumblr? Buffy fans there would love it!
Dec. 31st, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC)
Exactly, the solution to their problem was obvious. (To achieve the happy ending I did have to cut off the very last line of the song, which was "two of them will go to the chapel"...)

And please share with whoever you like and wherever you like; the more the merrier! They're all invited to the happy occasion :-)
Dec. 31st, 2015 02:11 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaay, Spuffel!

I like the video, so funny and cute! I especially liked the final part, when there's the montage of Buffy, Spike and Angel together (That starts with the Innocence/Spangel scene + sexy!Buffy) I would love to see Buffy taking charge of this whole mess of OT3 and deciding that she can have both guys. Hot!
Dec. 31st, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I thought that you might appreciate it -- Spuffel all the way! And I completely agree about Buffy taking charge. The old-fashioned days are over, so why not choose both of her guys? That way they get to have some Spangelicious fun too, so everybody should be happy :-)
Dec. 31st, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
Aww, it's the cutest thing ever, and so well made!
Exactly the way how those pointless bangel vs spuffy wars should be resolved.
Dec. 31st, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and my thoughts exactly!
Jan. 5th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
Well this is definitely the video for me as I always think the answer should be AND rather than OR :) Woohoo!
Jan. 8th, 2016 10:53 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm happy you like it! And yes, why choose when you can have both? It's a win-win situation for all of them.
Jan. 6th, 2016 01:04 am (UTC)
Now I have the perfect excuse to use this icon (I believe credit for it goes to MarilynMay):

Wonderful vid. Very clever editing, and it is impressive how well the lyrics fit!
Jan. 8th, 2016 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I had seen that Spuffel icon before; I love it. It's really good advice imo.

And yeah, I thought it was amazing how well the lyrics fit!
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