Why do birds suddenly appear everytime Jane Espenson's near?
I stumbled across this old account of Jane Espenson at WriterCon back in 2004. It's revealing and wonderfully entertaining! Why is Jane so awesome? She talks about her love of Jonathan, her love of shipping Spike with everyone, the subtext of Spike and Xander in the basement in Season 4, how she feels badly that the writers did a disservice to Kennedy in not showing why Willow loved her (see, Jane gets it! It's unclear!), and of course she praises fanfiction for its creativity and even bravery (that she has Joss looking over her shoulder while fanfic writers do it on their own).
♥ Jane ♥
Also, apparently Joss would nix m/m subtext out of scripts (e.g.e between Angel and Doyle) saying it was "too gay." Uhhh, okay then Joss. Also, why was Giles not allowed to be with Anya again, Joss? Because he didn't want Giles with one of the "girls". That is just... weird. Poor Giles deserves love! Reading that makes me want to ship Giles/Anya.
Go read! then come back and discuss with me, 'kay?