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Title: Deeds of Maidenly Unkindness
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/St Trinians
Categories: Gen, crossover, humour, mystery, British public schools.
Length: Long (35,000 words)
Warnings: Sharp practice, underhand dealing and all the other things a good school teachs you.

Author on LJ: ffutures
Author Website: Marcus's profile on Twisting the Hellmouth

Summary:
Buffy and Willow take teaching jobs in Britain. Will the school survive the experience?

Review:
As the summary says, Buffy and Willow are working on getting teaching qualifications. That means getting some practical experience, i.e. spending a term actually teaching in a school. They are thrilled to get placements together at a girls' boarding school, well paid and with lodgings thrown in too. In fact the only downside is that Giles nearly has a heart attack when they tell him the name of the school: St Trinians.

If you are familiar with Ronald Searle's anarchic stories of a boarding school for girls, your brain is probably already hurting at the thought of the coming culture clash. If you aren't, go and familiarise yourself immediately; read the books for preference, or failing that watch the wonderful old films starring Alistair Sim as the headmistress. The more recent remakes come less well recommended, and on the whole I'd recommend reading Marcus's story instead.

You see, Marcus has one of the most twisted imaginations I know. He has been a freelance RPG writer for decades, so as a fan writer he is a skilled wordsmith. He also has an amazing ability to spot connections that are, in retrospect, obvious if rather demented, and make them work as stories. In Deeds of Maidenly Unkindness he uses the fact that the Buffyverse is full of the products of stuffy British public schools to make Buffy and Willow's foray into a rather more disreputable British public school seem perfectly natural. A lot of the things that the Scoobies did at school come back to haunt them (in one case literally); stopping the girls smuggling rocket launchers in, for example, or brewing up interesting substances in the chemistry lab. Somehow the result is both a supernatural action story and a cartoon-violent comedy.

It's brilliantly silly. Read it.

Deeds of Maidenly Unkindness

Comments

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willibald
Jan. 14th, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)
Rhodri you ... I don't have time for this.

And Marcus ought to know better.
ci5rod
Jan. 16th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
My work here is done :-)
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