Seven Seasons of Buffy, ed. by Glenn Yeffeth

Posted: July 1, 2004 at 2:03 pm in fun_nonfiction

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This is the third book analyzing Buffy that I’ve bought, after Reading the Vampire Slayer and a Buffy philosophy book. This one takes the angle of inviting other authors (the book is subtitled “Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show”) to analyze the show. There wasn’t actually a lot of insight from most of these essays, unfortunately. I did really like the one by Sarah Zettel, which articulated one of the reasons I grew disenchanted with the show as it progressed; she noted that the protagonists, who started out as total outsiders living through high school hell, eventually became the ultimate insiders, protecting the world against the perils of the supernatural. Unfortunately, a lot of the fans like me were more sympathetic to the characters when they were outsiders, because we’re outsiders. Alas. There were a few interesting perspectives, and a lot of worshipful paeans to the show which, while dull, actually did remind me of why I liked the show so much. I may have to go watch some DVDs. Or possibly even my tapes of the later seasons. We’ll see…

2 Responses to “Seven Seasons of Buffy, ed. by Glenn Yeffeth”

  1. Eric Nehrlich, Unrepentant Generalist || Nonfiction Roundup February 2007 || February || 2007 Says:

    […] I’m a sucker for overly intellectual analysis of pop culture, especially TV shows I like, as evidenced by my collection of Buffy books, so I figured I should give the Serenity one a try. There were some interesting takes on the series, but nothing really stuck with me. Mild distraction, at best. […]

  2. Eric Nehrlich, Unrepentant Generalist || Influential media || February || 2011 Says:

    […] to that built a complex enough universe to reward multiple rewatchings, the first one that I read literary criticism about, the one that drove me and a friend to create the alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer FAQ. Buffy gave me an idea […]

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