I don't think I liked the finale as much as others did, but I certainly didn't hate it. I'd always thought that Spike would wind up redeeming himself by saving the world in a grand sacrifice at the end. I just thought it would happen in S5. Was very sad for Anya, especially her being left behind. Spoilery for next season's Angel: Was also sad for Spike until I was told afterwards that's he's signed for Angel next year. Loved Vi, especially, kicking ass. Not so sure about all the little slayers all over the world. I suspect that the government will hunt them down, which is not the empowering, noble ending that Joss was intending, I think. Need to rewatch tonight, because I did miss some of the lines.
In other news, I've only read eighteen of the books on that BBC list, and if you take off Rowling and Tolkein, it's down to twelve. Also, it's entirely possible that I didn't actually read Crime and Punishment or The Great Gatsby, but rather read the Monarch Notes versions. It's been a while...
The lucky eighteen...
1984 - George Orwell
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Catch 22 - Joseph L Heller
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment - Fyoder Dostoyevsky
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson