Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show

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This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include bestselling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfeld, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its cast are the topics of such critical pieces as Lawrence Watt-Evans's “Matchmaking in Hellmouth” and Sherrilyn Kenyon's “The Search for ...
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Overview


This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include bestselling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfeld, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its cast are the topics of such critical pieces as Lawrence Watt-Evans's “Matchmaking in Hellmouth” and Sherrilyn Kenyon's “The Search for Spike's Balls.” An informed introduction for those not well acquainted with the show, and a source of further research for Buffy buffs, this book raises interesting questions concerning a much-loved program and future cult classic.
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Library Journal
Over its seven-year run, Fox's Buffy the Vampire Slayer created a huge market for books and other memorabilia. What could be different about this one? Editor Yeffeth commissioned 21 top sf writers, ranging from David Brin (Kiln People) to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (the "St. Germain" vampire series), to write essays on the beloved show. Sherrilyn Kenyon's "The Search for Spike's Balls" exemplifies the humorous approach, while Christine Golden's "Where's the Wicca in Willow's Religion?" tends to the serious. Golden examines the difference between a real witch and Hollywood's incarnation while giving the reader a better understanding of the Wicca religion. Although the contributions are engaging, the book has limited appeal. It's hard to imagine even the staunchest Buffy fans seeking out critical essays. While not an essential purchase, this clever compilation deserves consideration by large TV and pop culture collections.-Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-In the foreword to this collection of 22 essays, scriptwriter Drew Goddard asks, "Why do we care so much about Buffy?" After some false but mercifully brief starts, the book hits its stride with a succession of passionate, articulate, entertaining, informative, and sometimes-humorous pieces by professional writers who have no inhibitions about explaining what they love about the show-and what they hate. Varying widely in attitude and style, chapters analyze the show's literary qualities from a number of perspectives; delve into its "meaning" through its themes of love and growth; look closely at the dark side of the "Buffyverse" and the complexity of its moral structure; and argue the relative merits of its characters and episodes. Kevin Andrew Murphy's fittingly titled "Unseen Horrors and Shadowy Manipulations" documents instances of censorship and the attempts of network and advertisers to reshape Buffy to suit their purposes. In "Where's the Religion in Willow's Wicca?" Christie Golden provides a much-needed corrective to the mistake the writers made when they called Willow's fantasy sorcery "Wicca" (a real religion). In the final essay, "Slayers of the Last Arc," Nancy Holder shows why some are so affected by the story when she argues that, seen in retrospect, Buffy clearly fits the template of Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey." This outstanding and diverse collection will entertain, challenge, and enlighten anyone familiar with the Buffyverse.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100082
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Smart Pop Series
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 818,649
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix. He lives in Dallas, Texas. Drew Goddard is a Buffy the Vampire screenwriter.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Hermis

    thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Xander to all

    Welcome to the surturals camp. Make you bios @ buffy res 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Cc

    I so agree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    If you are not a Buffy fan, this just might make you one.

    Despite having a somewhat fluffy sounding title, few would argue that Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BTVS), is one of the landmark shows in media history. Though targeted to the bubblegum crowd, like Harry Potter, many of the Chosen One's fanship has been comprised of older folks, ones you would think would be more serious. ............. In this post show book, authors well loved in both the science fiction and romance areas explore the many aspects of the show that has touched so many lives. Buffy's romances and the significance of various supporting characters are explored. Why Buffy is actually high epic literature is revealed. Not one aspect is left untouched. ............... ***** In the end, fans will find their loyalty and devotion justified. Someone who has never been a fan might have their minds changed, and we will all miss Buffy and company just a little bit more. *****

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