Buffy the Vampire Slayer became a cult classic when it aired in 1997 on the WB. Although the show ended in 2003, it is still widely viewed and referenced in 2013. The actors and producers still grace comic cons and fantasy conferences today. The show has transcended time due to Buffy Summers symbolizing a break between the genders and shattering the stereotypical model of a petite blonde who tends to be the victim. No matter how old I get, I will always love watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and here’s why.
After watching years of horror movies, in which the stereotypical blonde girl was killed first, the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, wanted to create an empowering female icon. Buffy was strong, independent, and able to literally save the world. Due to the ground breaking, and at times controversial elements, Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues to be widely researched, watched and examined today.
Personally, I think that Buffy was the first vampire phenomenon. Now, there is The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Twilight and so many more shows, films, books and references. Buffy was groundbreaking and years before these programs.
It’s also fun watching the first and second season to see the nineties fashion. Those skirts, boots, mini-backpacks and more always make me smile. Buffy can save the world while looking stylish and fashionable in the process. In the first season, her homecoming dress was beautiful. In the second season, Buffy rocks some patterned pants that only she could pull off. From there the fashion only gets better.
Joss Whedon and his staff also had some really funny scripts and quotes throughout all seven seasons of the show. There was even a musical episode that I adore.
The quirky Willow, played by Alyson Hannigan, makes being smart funny, cool and hysterical. She is such a well written and acted character that you are compelled to root for her. Some of my other favorite characters include Anya (a former vengeance demon), Tara (a sweet and meek witch), Oz (the lovable werewolf boyfriend), Giles (the best Englishman to ever come to America), and Glory (a demon god who is the villain of season five).
It’s great when there are movie references, pop culture comments and random jokes that catch your attention in the midst of a fight scene or emergency. Personally, I love the quick one liners that each character has.
Also, Whedon has a feminist vibe to his works. He tries to reinforce the concepts of female empowerment whenever possible. Another show Whedon invested in was Doll House, about a woman who could overcome the odds and win in a confrontation.
I love that Buffy is a positive role model for women in so many ways. She is intelligent, self-sufficient, caring and a lot more. It’s great how Buffy saves the world from an apocalypse every season, sometimes more than once. The undertone that a petite girl can make a difference is truly inspiring.
Let’s not forget the awesome romantic tension between Buffy and Angel and then Spike and Buffy. Her relationships were so entertaining that they kept me watching to find out more and see what would happened next.
The show’s creator Joss Whedon has gone on to create numerous other successful projects and directed extremely popular movies and shows, such as The Avengers and Firefly, but Buffy will continue to be my favorite for years to come.
Are you a Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan? Did you enjoy watching this show?