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Title: Noggin and the Vampire
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Noggin the Nog
Categories: humour, crossover, not-very-bloody vikings
Length: Medium (9,600 words)
Warnings: innuendo (the only reason it's not PG)

Author on LJ: speakr2customrs
Author Website: Speaker-to-Customers' Corner

In the lands of the North, where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale.

They tell of Noggin, Prince of the Nogs, and how he journeyed far to the North, to the Lands of the Midnight Sun, to marry Nooka, Princess of the Nooks. They tell of Noggin’s wicked uncle, Nogbad the Bad, and how he schemed to make himself king while Noggin was away, and how he was exiled from the Land of the Nogs forever because of his wickedness. They tell of Graculus, the great green bird.

And they tell of Spike.

Noggin the Nog was a simple animation shown on BBC TV originally in the late fifties/early sixties, and repeated well into the seventies when I watched it. It was produced by Smallfilms, aka Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, who also produced such children's classics as Bagpuss and the Clangers. The summary above (actually the story introduction) gives you a perfect snapshot of the style they used.

This is my favorite "You must be joking" crossover story of all. People who know about Noggin (meaning most of UK fandom) can't believe that anyone would even try to write such a story. Surely the gentle, meandering pseudo-epic style of Noggin doesn't mesh well with the teen-drama style of Buffy and particularly not with the impatient and aggressive Spike?

Except it does. It's as incongruous as all hell, but the incongruity works. The plot is simple, but that's entirely in keeping with style of Noggin. It's that style that is the most impressive thing about this story. Speaker-to-Customers has done a very good job of keeping the storytelling even and gentle, just right for Noggin, while still allowing Spike to sail as close to the wind as he ever does. It's brilliant, in short.

If you're British, read this for the happy memories. If you aren't, read it to find out why we're giggling.

Noggin and the Vampire


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 5th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Now despite the eplilogs I can see the guys from Warehose 13 trying to pry a pink fluffy toy from the hands of a little girl. Or maybe the Winchester brothers having their holiday in Walesbeing ruined by dragon sightings, that's if they don't run into Sarah Conner following up rumours of an inteligent machine at loose in the valleys.
Nov. 5th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Heh. You know you want to write them :-)
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