Buffy, Between the Lines
I started listening to Buffy – Between the Lines, a fanfic-audio-drama that covers the time in between seasons of the show, starting with the death of Buffy after defeating Glory. I’ve only listened to one ep so far.
It’s not as bad as it could be. The voice acting and production aren’t perfect, but they are bound to improve over time. Some of the voice casting is pretty dead-on, others not as much. But they’re all sincere and do a fairly good job of staying true to the characters they portray. Spike refers to himself in the third person a bit more than I remember him doing, but he’s good with Dawn.
I was surprised to find that it took me right back to that final episode of the original series (which is where I stopped watching faithfully), and made me feel the death of Buffy all over again… not that I cared that much about her, but the reactions of her little family are well and sincerely explored here.
I’m not big on fanfic in general, but it seems like maybe at least some of it is starting to grow up and fill out the shoes that always seem clunky and ill-fitting… ok, I’m butchering the metaphor. My point is, most fanfic sucks. This doesn’t. At least, so far.
I may have more to say if my opinion changes considerably after further listening.