Reading the Vampire Slayer: The Complete, Unofficial Guide to 'Buffy' and 'Angel'

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The first edition of Reading the Vampire Slayer was highly praised in both the fan magazine SFX and the Times Literary Supplement. This second edition is hugely revised and expanded to cover the sixth and seventh seasons of Buffy and the third and fourth seasons of Angel. It contains chapters on the relationship between Buffy and the lovelorn vampire Spike and on the thematic structure of Angel, as well as interviews on the writing of Buffy with scriptwriters Jane Espenson and Steven DeKnight. Individual chapters...

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Overview

The first edition of Reading the Vampire Slayer was highly praised in both the fan magazine SFX and the Times Literary Supplement. This second edition is hugely revised and expanded to cover the sixth and seventh seasons of Buffy and the third and fourth seasons of Angel. It contains chapters on the relationship between Buffy and the lovelorn vampire Spike and on the thematic structure of Angel, as well as interviews on the writing of Buffy with scriptwriters Jane Espenson and Steven DeKnight. Individual chapters have been updated and the useful episode guide is expanded to cover all seven seasons of Buffy and the four seasons of Angel, as is Roz Kaveney's general introduction to the scenes and structures of each season.

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Editorial Reviews

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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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"...very thoughtful essays...accessible and intriguing..." — Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860649844
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/3/2004
  • Series: Reading Contemporary Television Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,157,730
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

The Regular, Recurring Or Otherwise Significant Characters

• "She Saved the World. A Lot": An Introduction to the Themes and Structures Of Buffy and Angel—Roz Kaveney

• Entropy As Demon: Buffy In Southern California Boyd Tonkin

• Vampire Dialectics: Knowledge, Institutions and Labour—Brian Wall & Michael Zryd

• "Laugh, Spawn Of Hell, Laugh"—Steve Wilson

• "It Wasn't Our World Anymore. They Made It Theirs": Reading Space and Place—Karen Sayer

• "What You Are, What's to Come": Feminisms, Citizenship and the Divine—Zoe-Jane Playden

• Just A Girl: Buffy As Icon—Anne Millard Daugherty

• "Concentrate On the Kicking Movie": Buffy and East Asian Cinema—Dave West

• Staking A Claim: the Series and Its Slash Fan-Fiction—Esther Saxey

• Blood and Choice: The Theory and Practice Of Family On Angel—Jennifer Stoy

• "You Can Tell It's Not Gonna Have A Happy Ending When the Main Guy's All Bumpy": Heterosexuality, Romance and Sex In Buffy the Vampire Slayer—Justine Larbalestier

• "They Always Mistake Me For the Character I Play!": Transformation, Identity and Role-Playing in the Buffyverse—and A Defence Of Fine Acting—Ian Shuttleworth

• Interviews with Scriptwriters Jane Espenson and Steven Deknight

• Episode Guide to Buffy Seasons 1 to 7 and Angel Seasons 1 to 4

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