What Would Buffy Do: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide / Edition 1by Jana Riess
Pub. Date: 04/30/2004
What Would Buffy Do? explores the fascinating spiritual, religious, and mythological ideas of television's hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer--from apocalypse and sacrifice to self-reliance, redemption, and the need for humor when fighting our spiritual battles.
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Perhaps more interesting than any other book about faith I've ever read and every bit as important. I always saw the emotional/spiritual/philosophical elements of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but had trouble expressing those to friends who laughed at my interest in the series. This book not only presents a clear argument that counters those Christians who believe the show to be evil, but also serves to bridge the gap between fans of the show and those who will not watch a show whose premise they believe is solely fighting monsters. Much more wisdom and showing of faith can be found in the dark town of Sunnydale... buy this book!
This book covered almost all of the spiritual aspects on BtVS. For those of us who already recognized these themes, this book summed it up, and if you haven't realized the deeper metaphors on the show, read this book! It is totally accurate in its quotes and interpretations. Fans won't be disappointed.
***** Although Buffy Summers has taken an almost equal amount of flack as Harry Potter from the most conservative Christians, others have picked up on the ironically religious truths to be found in both her series and the spin off, Angel. Among those enlightened beings is Jana Riess, and she has shared her findings in this snappy, easy to read book. Divided into logical sections that expand outward from the individual, to community, to world, the author uses Buffy to make spiritual truths clear. Many of the lessons could be applied to other fictional settings, such as Tolkien, yet, Buffy has an edge that might not be found in other works. This book will appeal to all ages, and perhaps serve as a bridge. The slant is mostly Christian, but the Christianity is not presented in a way that looks down on other faiths. For those Bible students who look for 'aha' moments in their studies, 'What would Buffy Do?' has many. If a Youth leader is looking for a new tool to interest a bored Sunday School class, they would not be making a mistake in picking up a baker's dozen of this book. *****