Buffy and the Heroine's Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One

Buffy and the Heroine's Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One

by Valerie Estelle Frankel
     
 

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The worlds of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and other modern epics feature the Chosen One—an adolescent boy who defeats the Dark Lord and battles the sorrows of the world. Television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer represents a different kind of epic—the heroine's journey, not the hero's.

This provocative study explores how Buffy blends 1990s girl power and

Overview

The worlds of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and other modern epics feature the Chosen One—an adolescent boy who defeats the Dark Lord and battles the sorrows of the world. Television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer represents a different kind of epic—the heroine's journey, not the hero's.

This provocative study explores how Buffy blends 1990s girl power and the path of the warrior woman with the oldest of mythic traditions. It chronicles her descent into death and subsequent return like the great goddesses of antiquity. As she sacrifices her life for the helpless, Buffy experiences the classic heroine's quest, ascending to protector and queen in this timeless metaphor for growing into adulthood.

Editorial Reviews

Reference & Research Book News
analyzes events in each season of Buffy, to demonstrate how the series combines contemporary female teenage life with aspects of classic mythic traditions as Buffy moves through each stage of her heroine journey
Poetic License
a must-read...fantastic...the meticulous research and knowledge of Buffy are very obvious
Mythlore
"for the viewer who wants a wise guide back through the darker inner circles of the Buffyverse, this book is an admirable Virgil"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786467921
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/27/2012
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Estelle Frankel has been a storyteller, an award-winning novelist, and a lecturer at San Jose State University. The author of 30 books on popular culture and more than 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California.

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