Seven Seasons of Buffy
Wow, I can't believe she'll be 30!
I was excited to be able to review this anthology that is filled with science fiction and fantasy author's essays on their take of this popular TV series. Come to find out I'm not the only fan out there!
This collection of fun, sassy, and even hilarious essays is a great tribute to Whedon and the TV series that still has people talking.
Laura Resnick nails it when she points out in her essay, The Good, The Bad, and the Ambivalent, the attraction of this show. Whedon creates characters that are flawed and far from perfect. For example, who knew that shy Willow would have her own struggle with evil? The beauty of Spike is he both repells and wins our admiration.
I love Justine Larbalestier's admission that Angel was her least favorite of Buffy's partners. She also loves Spike! And Tara too. She also gives her take on some criticisms of the show.
Scott Westerfeld shows us that Whedon wounds up the elastic of middle-class reality by stretching and twisting it into new and unexpected forms. He shows some examples like "The Wish" where Cordelia asks Anyanka to change the history of Sunnydale which ends up becoming an Alternate World.
Nancy Holder goes over the slayers of the last arc. I admit season seven had to be my least favorite year though the ending more than made up for it. Holder goes over the Vogler's stages of a heroes journey which is very insightful and thought provoking. Who can't forget the very ending when Faith tells Buffy she's no longer the only chosen one and that she has to live a person? And Buffy's face when she realizes that?
Other essays go over Riley, innocence, and how love saves the world.
This is a great book for fans of the TV series and those who are just discovering it.