Francine - harvest
I Blame the Dutch mpoetess
Previous Entry Share Next Entry
I've got a theory...
...about a harmless fanon trend, though no particular explanation for why this trend seems to exist, if it really does. My theory/observation is that when Spike is given a birth-surname in fic, there seem to be quite a lot of names beginning with a particular letter. I have no idea if this is just in m/m slash, which I read most often (or maybe even just in Spike/Xander!), or cross-genre. No idea if I'm even correct that there is a trend -- this is just an informal poll to see what we see.

Indulge my curiosity:

If you have ever given Spike a last name in your fic -- a birth last name that is, one that would've been William's* -- please to comment here with it/them? And share whether it was an m/m fic, an m/f fic, or a gen/non-Spike-ship fic? (RPG counts as well.)

(*Judges will also accept "a name that Spike uses in modern times and never says in the text whether that was William's original name, but you meant it to be")

Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>

sangpassionne

2004-12-03 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

I call him Bartlett, whatever the pairing or story. I did a bit of research, decided the name fit his class and period relatively well and frankly can't be arsed to find another one.

mpoetess

2004-12-03 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mostly I avoid it myself, but the one time I did give him a last name, it was a B. :D

(no subject) - sangpassionne, 2004-12-04 07:22 am (UTC) (Expand)

ladycat777

2004-12-03 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

*dips toe in the pool*

I give him the last name "Barstow" in Ruby's and my letters RPG, except I'm pretty sure I took that from someone. Who I dunno, but I think I didn't come up with that on my own. It's gen so far, but knowing us it may not stay that way.

Or perhaps I should say knowing my Spike :)

mpoetess

2004-12-03 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

except I'm pretty sure I took that from someone. Who I dunno, but I think I didn't come up with that on my own.

Saber's Tiny Smiles ?

(no subject) - ladycat777, 2004-12-03 04:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mpoetess, 2004-12-03 04:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mpoetess, 2004-12-03 04:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladycat777, 2004-12-03 04:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)

knitmeapony

2004-12-03 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Once I made him William Turner. Hee, no, not THAT one.

Once I gave him a horribly, horribly Welsh name with lots of extranious Ys, but I don't remember what it started with.

mpoetess

2004-12-05 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Llllllllllll. All Welsh names start with Llllllllllll.

(no subject) - knitmeapony, 2004-12-05 02:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mpoetess, 2004-12-05 03:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - knitmeapony, 2004-12-05 03:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)

mogigraphia

2004-12-03 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Tompkins (het story)

and you made me look at my old fic. Waaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

mpoetess

2004-12-03 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

*gropes pets you*


herself_nyc

2004-12-03 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

William Grieves in the Bittersweets stories, and William Hinchliffe in Disenchantment. All B/S.

mpoetess

2004-12-03 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I had Grieves in mind as a definite exception already, but the other I didn't know - thanks. (I'm already starting to suspect that the trend I was seeing may be a slash, or an S/X thing)

(no subject) - herself_nyc, 2004-12-03 04:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - doyle_sb4, 2004-12-04 04:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mpoetess, 2004-12-04 04:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - doyle_sb4, 2004-12-05 02:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - herself_nyc, 2004-12-04 04:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)

spikes_heart

2004-12-03 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

I use Bennett in pretty much everything... which is basically all B/S, but just wrote one using Rayne. Just for the ease in remembering.

trepkos

2004-12-03 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think Lori used that too, in her Spike and Giles buddy thing, and I was going to go with it as well....

entrenous88

2004-12-03 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm thinking "B". And I in no way had to edit this before posting to take my comment out of dialogue form.

**desperately attempts to stop typing quotation marks everywhere**

mpoetess

2004-12-03 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

hee! I have to stop myself from using *emotes* in formal typing or business e-mails. It hurts mah brayne!

And yep, B.

trepkos

2004-12-03 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Is the apparent trend towards "B" something to do with the "Bloody" nickname, do you think?

mpoetess

2004-12-03 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dunno -- that was wolfling's thought too. Myself, I wonder if Bennett/Barstow/Barkley etc don't all have a certain Jane Austen flavor, as does William himself, despite being of a later generation.

eliade

2004-12-03 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Herself pointed out my one (I think) usage in fiction, but in my head-based fantasies I often think of him as William Stone. I've tried out a few other names on him, mentally, and remember there were a few I liked, but...that of course is all I remember. I remember that I remember something, but I don't remember what it is.

::runs away::

mpoetess

2004-12-03 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think I've seen several S names -- and they do have a 'right' feel to me, for some reason. (Despite the fact that the only time I've ever given him a birth last name, I fell to the B trend myself)

reremouse

2004-12-03 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Spike is William Bonney in Stripper!Verse because I have a strange sense of humor sometimes. And Sidney Eaves in psychic!verse. (Of course, in psychic!verse, there's also William Eaves.)

mpoetess

2004-12-03 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Spike is William Bonney in Stripper!Verse

Heeeeeeeeeeee!

I am 5.

txrabbit

2004-12-03 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know I've used Jamison. I've used others, but I can't remember them.

I have seen a BUNCH of names starting with a B. Is that the trend you've noticed?


mpoetess

2004-12-03 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yup!

chicken_cem

2004-12-03 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

evilmaniclaugh uses "Tremaine" of course, in AAO (human AU).

mpoetess

2004-12-05 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Which would actually work just as well for canon William, but I think I'm not going to count the human AU's, as most of them are set in modern day.

tweedisgood

2004-12-04 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)

SO pleased to see no-one called him "Giles". No.1 all-time fic peeve for me. Hate, hate, hate it.

mpoetess

2004-12-05 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think the only way it could possibly work for me is if the story presented some reason that Spike would hide that fact for all the years of canon. And, y'know. Presented it in a way that was interesting and well-written, not just "Now at last we can reveal that... all the characters R related teehee!"

paratti

2004-12-04 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Grey" It seems to fit him perfectly, and would work for someone of that social class and time too.

mpoetess

2004-12-05 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

And it's the name of the kinky boss in Secretary!


Um. Not that I'm five or anything.

(no subject) - paratti, 2004-12-06 04:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mpoetess, 2004-12-06 07:23 am (UTC) (Expand)

spikendru

2004-12-04 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

I never intended to give Spike a last name, but I recently wrote for a William ficathon and the request was set in Victorian times. Since everyone (except children and servants) in that time period was addressed by their last names, I called him William Bledsoe. The name popped into my mind from somewhere; I may have seen it in a fic at one time , but if so, I can't remember where, or it may be the name of a Victorian historical personage. It just seemed to fit.

mpoetess

2004-12-05 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Since everyone (except children and servants) in that time period was addressed by their last names

Which means of course that (and other people have pointed this out) the people at the party in FFL calling him William were being incedibly familiar.

(no subject) - spikendru, 2004-12-05 04:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>