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...don't the other characters ever get any birthdays? The only mention I can even remember is Xander's ill-fated childhood clown incident. With ponies? Or candy? (It's been awhile since I saw Nightmares.) And also Dawn's lonely carousel incident.

Anyway: I think there should be fic about not-Buffy characters having birthdays.

Speaking of necessary fic, I had this big complicated dream last night that made Janice all complex and interesting and having some kind of temporal displacement disorder (like the guy in The Time Traveler's Wife, I suppose). 'Twas pretty cool.

So then I was thinking of what would happen if Dawn happened to run into Janice again, post-Chosen. Hmm.

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angearia
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
I think Buffy's birthdays only get special attention because they established them as a way to torture her. (Though in Season 7, she doesn't even have a birthday.)

But yeah, point that none of the other characters get birthdays. It is All About Buffy in that way.

snickfic
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh! And Tara's 21st birthday. I forgot about that one.

I think Buffy's birthdays only get special attention because they established them as a way to torture her.

I suppose. But it does start to feel a bit unbalanced after a while, at least to me. It suggests a more Buffy-centric group dynamic than I'm sure I really like. But that's a big long post for another day. (Or at least later in the day. *g*)
angearia
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think it means it's a Buffy-centric group dynamic, so much as the show's pov is Buffy-centric.

Take for example the flashback to Christmas we saw in The Body. Clearly, the group celebrates a lot of holidays. It's just that the show is called Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the camera follows her.
beer_good_foamy
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Tara is also the only other character who gets an exact birthdate (thanks to her gravestone.) :(
eilowyn
Jan. 4th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
The benefits of having a death date is you get a birthday. Yay for that . . . I think?
snickfic
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
I'd forgotten that! Huh.
gryfndor_godess
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Birthdays! Yes! They should have them! It's frustrating to have such otherwise rich, realistic characters and then to have such an important aspect of their lives completely ignored (I think it's a failing in a lot of shows, unfortunately). I usually pretend that the characters' birthdays are the actors' birthdays.
knifeedgefic
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Tara had a birthday on show: "Family"

I think Buffy Wikia puts it sometime around October 16th. Of course, it was also used as an excuse to torture a character. She's the only other character I can think of to celebrate a birthday on show, though.
snickfic
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
I remembered about Tara after I posted it. But beer_good_foamy says above that we actually see her gravestone at some point, with the birthdate on it. I don't remember that, though.
eowyn_315
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
The only mention I can even remember is Xander's ill-fated childhood clown incident. With ponies? Or candy?

Hahaha, Xander had the attack clown with candy (6th birthday), Willow had the ponies (4th birthday). Then there's Xander's 7th birthday, when he wanted a toy fire truck and didn't get it, and then the house next door burned down, and Xander thought Willow set the fire for him so the fire trucks would come.

And that's not even counting Cordelia's birthday on AtS where she almost DIED.

So... maybe there's a really good reason no one celebrates birthdays? EVERY SINGLE ONE IS TRAUMATIC.

(For real, does Joss have something against birthdays?? He seems to think of them almost as highly as he does father figures.)
snickfic
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
There we are, folks. Canon aficionado FTW. Hah, I'd forgotten about Cordelia's! I just don't think about Ats much.

I feel like childhood birthdays don't count. I really want to see them having birthdays on the show, if nothing else to show that Buffy isn't the only one in the group who gets a fuss made over her. Not that I don't love her, but it feels unbalanced, yanno?
eowyn_315
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah, it still feels unbalanced, but I am fanwanking that the childhood references are an explanation of why no one else celebrates birthdays in Sunnydale. Buffy didn't grow up there, so it takes her a few years to catch on. :)
eilowyn
Jan. 4th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Dawn totally had a birthday during the summer after The Gift and Spike totally went out of his way to make it special for her in wacky ways. And I'm totally gonna write this someday.

This builds on the terrible, horrible fic idea I once had where Dawn gets her first period during that summer and Spike doesn't know what to do about it. Because I'm a terribly cruel person to make the only one to notice Dawn's "change" a male vampire with a not-so-hot bedside manner.

I think a Scooby Birthday Ficathon is in order, yes?
snickfic
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
Dawn totally had a birthday during the summer after The Gift and Spike totally went out of his way to make it special for her in wacky ways. And I'm totally gonna write this someday.

Awww.

This builds on the terrible, horrible fic idea I once had where Dawn gets her first period during that summer and Spike doesn't know what to do about it.

Heh. Would it be an anticlimax to hear that somebody wrote something like that once? It's here. (I swear, every Spikefic I ever wanted is on All About Spike. Every time I forget, I am reminded.)

I think a Scooby Birthday Ficathon is in order, yes?

I think so. As long as the person running it isn't me. *g*
aadler
Jan. 4th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, I can’t believe none of the comments so far have followed up on your thoughts re Janice. I love minor-character fics, especially ones that use these folks as a new lens through which to view the people/events we know, and the notions you acknowledged make it sound as if something very interesting could spring therefrom.

Don’t let this idea go. I’d enjoy seeing it followed out.
snickfic
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
I do definitely enjoy minor-character fics, even though I haven't really written any myself. Maybe I will do something with this sometime. I like the idea of Dawn having a real friendship with a peer, even though I usually rag on Janice when I get the chance. Hmm.
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