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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")

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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.


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)


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 :)


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)
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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.


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

Tompkins (het story)

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


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

*gropes pets you*


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

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


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)

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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.


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....


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**


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.


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

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


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.


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::


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)


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.)


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

Spike is William Bonney in Stripper!Verse


I am 5.


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?


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



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

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


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.


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.


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!"


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.


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.

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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.


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)
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