Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayerby Rhonda V. Wilcox (Editor), David Lavery (Editor), Camille Bacon Smith (Contribution by), Katrina Busse (Contribution by), S Renee Dechert (Contribution by)
For every television series, the original vision grows within a press of forces-both social and artistic expectations, conventions of the business, as well as conventions of the art. Bad televisionpredictable, commercial, exploitativesimply yields to the forces. Good television, like the character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, fights them. Fighting the Forces explores the struggle to create meaning in an impressive example of popular culture, the television series phenomenon Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the essays collected here, contributors examine the series using a variety of techniques and viewpoints. They analyze the social and cultural issues implicit in the series and place it in its literary context, not only by examining its literary influences (from German liebestod to Huckleberry Finn) but also by exploring the series' purposeful literary allusions. Furthermore, the book explores the extratextual, such as fanfiction and online discussion groups. The book is additionally supplemented by an online journal Slayage (www.slayage.tv), created by the book editors in acknowledgement of the ongoing nature of television art. Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery have written and edited several books and articles exploring the social, literary, and artistic merit of quality television. In addition to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, their work has covered a variety of programs including Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, The X-Files, and The Sopranos.
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Rhonda V. Wilcox is professor of English at Gordon College. David Lavery is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery have written and edited several books and articles exploring the social, literary, and artistic merit of quality television. In addition to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, their work has covered a variety of programs including Twin Peaks, Nothern Exposure, The X-Files, and The Sopranos.
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Fighting the Forces is a collection of academic essays on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Covering the show from season one through five, it contains some excellent essays on the deeper cultural meanings that can be read into Buffy. The book would probably appeal more to die-hard Buffy fans, and people who are interested in media studies. It is an academic view of Buffy. The essays are easy enough to read and understand, but they aren't so much about the show itself, as the subtext of the show. It uses literary criticism to discuss Buffy, and several essays relate to how Buffy informs identity politics. It is definitely an excellent collection of essays for anybody who wants to get immersed in Buffy studies, and a good way to get familiar with some of the academics involved in Buffy studies.