I wrote a review of Triangle for BuffyForums and I'm posting it (edited for LJ) here! First, I responded to some board comments on Into the Woods because it sets up the Triangle dynamics
I'm less on Anya's side or at least, less ANTI-Xander/Willow than most fans in Into the Woods. Xander and Anya don't have a typical boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. They have a rather *spoken* agreement that Xander is supposed to teach Anya how to interact socially like a normal person. Xander and Anya are trying to form a middle-class life together, beyond Anya's criminal gang days and Xander's poverty. Because they have to swim together which requires two paychecks and decent social immersion in their small circle since they're necessarily socially isolated from the wider world because of their evil fighting activities (and frankly, Anya's abrasive other-worldly personality), Xander and Anya have an understanding that she particularly needs coaching to make her a career and social swimmer. So, Anya takes his lists of Employer/Employee no-nos or rules on how to interact with customers as a saleswoman. It's actually a little like how Anya thinks that she needs to push unambitious, "lazy", push-over Xander to make commitments to her or stand up for himself at work or get the apartment to make him a swimmer.
( I expect us to accelerate! (jams foot on the gas)Collapse )