Reading the Vampire Slayer: The Unofficial Critical Companion to Buffy and Angel

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are two of today's biggest cult television show hits. This unique guide to both shows examines a variety of the complex ways in which Buffy and its spin-off series Angel have won the hearts of its target audience and the minds of intellectual commentators. The book provides a short episode guide to all five seasons of Buffy and the first two seasons of Angel, as well as an intriguing look at how the shows are written based on interviews with ...

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Overview

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are two of today's biggest cult television show hits. This unique guide to both shows examines a variety of the complex ways in which Buffy and its spin-off series Angel have won the hearts of its target audience and the minds of intellectual commentators. The book provides a short episode guide to all five seasons of Buffy and the first two seasons of Angel, as well as an intriguing look at how the shows are written based on interviews with the shows' principal writers.

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Unofficial or not, this critical companion offers plenty of fodder for Buffy watchers. The episode guide provides synopses of five seasons of Buffy and two seasons of Angel. Chapters based on interviews with the show's principal writers enable viewers to see the development of characters and scripts from the inside.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860647628
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/1902
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Roz Kaveney is a well-known reviewer, contributing editor toThe Encyclopaedia of Fantasy, and co-founder of Feminists against Censorship.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and resources
Contributors
The regular, recurring or otherwise significant characters
1 'She saved the world. A lot': An introduction to the themes and structures of Buffy and Angel 1
2 Entropy as Demon: Buffy in Southern California 37
3 Vampire dialectics: Knowledge, institutions and labour 53
4 'Laugh, spawn of Hell, laugh' 78
5 'It wasn't our world anymore. They made it theirs': Reading space and place 98
6 'What you are, what's to come': Feminisms, citizenship and the divine 120
7 Just a Girl: Buffy as icon 148
8 'Concentrate on the kicking movie': Buffy and East Asian cinema 166
9 Staking a claim: The series and its slash fan-fiction 187
10 'They always mistake me for the character I play!': Transformation, identity and role-playing in the Buffyverse (and a defence of fine acting) 211
Episode Guide 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    It goes deep, deep, deep!

    These articles on Buffy and Angel are thought-provoking, conversation-stimulating, entertaining, and just plain fun. Some will produce 'Aha!' moments that will have you searching your backlog of episodes to see if you agree with the authors or to find something you don't remember that they brought up. I especially enjoyed the chapter on fan and 'slash' fiction, topics rarely covered in popular print media. While some articles are a bit scholarly, the information and insights more than make up for it. WARNING: This book will follow you around until you finish it. Unfortunately, I got mine out of the library and kept it wayyyyy too long!

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