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Blood Relations: Chosen Families In Buffy The Vampire Slayer And Angel

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Jes Battis is a doctoral student in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078642172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786421725
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book represents itself as an academic discussion of the family in Buffy and Angel, and is dressed in the jargon of contemporary criticism, but is a largely unreadable essay of personal reflections about what the programs mean to the author. Better choices for the academic fan are Jowett's Sex and the Slayer or Wilcox' Why Buffy Matters or any of the collections of shorter pieces available in book form or on line, or, on the other hand, for the pleasure of well written personal essays with insight, Seven Seasons of Buffy. This is least successful of the growing number of Buffy studies.
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This book purports to examine the TV series Buffy and Angel with respect to the characters relationships as "families." I thought that sounded like a great idea, so I read this book. Unfortunately, the essays in this work are quite muddled. The author begins each essay by stating what he will be focusing on for the duration of the essay, but then he inevitably meanders away from the topic. Maybe he should consider creating an outline before he starts writing and sticking to it! Another problem I had with the essays in this book is the fact that the information about the shows that is presented within them is often incorrect. I found that incredibly distracting and annoying. I am giving this book the two stars for the idea --- it gets no stars for the execution of the idea.
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I bought this book with great hopes, the extended family aspects of Buffy being one of my favorite topics. First, and foremost it is outrageously priced at $32.00. $3.20 would have been more appropriate. I'm just grateful I bought a used half-priced copy. The text reads more like a doctoral thesis than most of its predecessors and is much the worse for it. If you can wade through descriptions of Buffy episodes as, "They are visual representations, whose imagery is double-coded with semantic "values" that often conflict, or even negate each other," and other comments like, "I mentioned a Deluzian family-rhizome in the introduction, but that's absurdly abstract," then you'll probably love this book. Anyone else will be much better served checking out Reading the Slayer or Why Buffy Matters. Nothing really new is said here, but writing it in acadamian just makes it seem new and important. I give this book 5 yawns and a 10 on the waste of money scale.
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