Willow Destine by Wispr
Length: 24 Chapters (as FanFiction.net counts them. Some contain multiple declared chapters)
Sources: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gargoyles
Well, I was feeling too sick to do something that required deep thought, so here’s a review of “Willow Destine” as mentioned in my review of Willow the Gargoyle. Please excuse any reduction in quality. I don’t think well when I’m sick.
Anyway, when I compare these two stories, the main differences I see are that this one takes a more serious tone and has many more grammatical errors. The two stories share quite a few plot points in the beginning, but given the knowledge I have as a beta, I can say that they will diverge soon.
They both feature Willow getting part of her costume from Ethan’s shop, turning into Demona/Dominique, and then keeping the form (with a few changes) when the spell is broken and they also both feature Dominique arranging to adopt Willow. However, the approach to this differs with this story taking a more realistic but less pleasant route.
However, I feel that, in spite of the unpleasant nature of Dominique’s actions in this fic, I have to admit that, both in those actions and in her general character, she feels more realistic in this story. I suppose part of the problem is that you can’t really capture Demona without showing off a few of the skeletons in her closet.
Anyway, the story is a very enjoyable read. Aside from the grammatical errors, my only real complaint is the use of baddies from Stargate: SG-1 (beginning in the most recent chapter) when ones from a more compatible series could have been used just as easily. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth to imply a secondary “gimmick” for the story. (In this case, that BtVS magic and Gargoyles exist in the same verse as Stargate)
Of course, the rarest pleasure to this story is probably that “Willow the Gargoyle” exists. It’s rare for me to find two plots which start from the same basic stuff but then use different presentational tones. 🙂