Thursday, September 18, 2008

A closeted Buffy fan?

There are certain things people love, whether their favorite food, favorite book, or even favorite show, which make people snicker.

You see a bored, dejected look on their faces when you talk about it . You ramble on incessantly, and they just stare blankly back.

But that's because they just don't get it.

For years I have been addicted to a television show whose title makes people snicker, laugh or think I'm a complete loser. The cult classic ended five years ago, yet every time I see a DVD cover, poster, or show by the creator, I get nostalgic.
For "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Yes, that is the worst title ever.

But once you get past the hokey title you realize the show has more depth to it. Unlike "Gossip Girl," and even "Gilmore Girls," the show has relatively little teenage angst.

After all, when you're a girl forced to slay vampires and (try to) stay in school, you take things with a grain of salt.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" revolves around a girl and her friends, and their adventures in supernatural "Sunnydale" fighting vampires (instead of crime). Along with slaying vampires and keeping the creatures at bay, they deal with normal teenage drama, from financial woes, and college applications, to boyfriend drama (especially when your boyfriend is a 300-year-old vampire).

The writer of "Buffy," Joss Whedon (the man behind Firefly, Angel, and soon-to-be-released-Fox-show Dollhouse) has an impeccably brilliant style of writing. His dialogue for the characters is unusual , witty banter that has the characters in their actions foreshadowing most of real life's problems--like when a "magic addiction" portrayal parallels a "drug addiction."

Because Whedon makes art (his television show) imitate life so scarily well, the show is a cult classic that is still talked about even today. You know "Buffy" impacts lives when there are books, movies (possibly), conferences and even lectures about it.

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