Customer Reviews

87
4.5 out of 5 stars
Buffy: The Making of a Slayer
Format: HardcoverChange
Price:$30.00 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

108 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
As an avid fan of all things Whedon I had high hopes for this book. What I expected was a never before seen look into the creation of the series. What I got was a glorified summary of all seven seasons with screen grabs from various episodes. "In-depth commentary on the making of the series?" Hardly! Rife with misspellings and poor formatting, Holder pulls her behind-the-scenes information from the featurettes on the DVDs and from old interviews. "Die-hard Whedon fans will also find insider information on his involvement in other projects." More like three pages of base information on what Whedon has been up to since Buffy wrapped (I'll give you a hint: Firefly, Dollhouse, and The Avengers). Had this been more like The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, something that really explored the process of creating such a huge cultural phenomenon, I'd be elated. This is not for fans. I love Buffy, I worship Whedon, and I enjoyed Holder's Watcher's Guides but this is an utter disappointment.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I was really anticipating this book and, ten pages into the book, I was disappointed. There is nothing new to learn from this book. Most of the interviews are found on the DVD commentaries and the DVD features. The layout is not put together well as highlights of episodes such as "Hush", "The Body" and "Once More with Feeling" take place in the middle of reading and you have to flip back and forth. For Nancy Holder, her knowledge of all things Buffy must be called into question when she gets her seasons and her attention to detail confused. For example: Twice she states that the high school was blown up at the end of Season 2 which did not happen until the end of Season 3. She errors in saying "The Freshman" episode is [4x10] and it is [4x01]. She incorrectly spells Amy Madison (A recurring character) as Amy Madigan every time she is mentioned. Another lack of detail is calling the "Dagon's Sphere" the "Dragon's Sphere" in a caption. Spell-check or her own ignorance? With what I have stated, plus other errors including spelling (proper noun- Hellmouth), I greatly feel this book was not properly proofread. I will utilize great caution before buying any of Holder's works. The bonus material is nice, but the shadow casters are made out of cheap paper and the piece that is cited as "REDPRODUCTION. Parchment with text written in the Nezzla demon language, from 'Seeing Red'[6x19]" is actually the piece Xander recognizes as love poems written in the Klingon language (from Star Trek), not the Nezzla demon language. This book gets one extra star for the packaging. Presentation is important and is a big factor in what kept me wanting this book for months. For someone just coming into this show, this is a good bit of information albeit its errors. For die hard fans, we need something more that goes into more detail where this book only scratches the surface and pays attention to detail.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is awesome! The foil stamped slip case with the magnetic closure is even nicer than the recently released Inside HBO's Game of Thrones foil stamped clamshell. I am glad that studios are finally realizing that us fans want more content, more in depth looks into project development and behind the scenes info on what it took to produce said project.

Granted, if you have watched and own the seven seasons of Buffy and have seen the special features, this book will seem to be lacking a lot of new info. There is a good forward by Tara (Amber Benson) and a good recap of key points throughout all seven seasons. Any die-hard fan won't need these season high lights recapped for them, but never the less, I like the structure of this book. But this book isn't really trying to bring too much new info to us Whedon and Buffy fans, this book is more of a retrospective and celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

There are some quotes and bits of interviews from David Fury, Jane Espenson, Joss Whedon (of course) and from the cast as well. There are good screen shots from the show in color that don't seem to be upscaled, there are some cool behind the scenes photos I have never seen before and the exclusive content that comes in the form of 13 artifacts is great. I won't give them all away as I feel like that's spoiling the fun for Buffy fans, but you get a page from the Watchers Diary about a slayer named Rebecca from 1793, parchment paper written in Nezzla demon language, the spell Willow performs to restore Angel's soul in the episode "Becoming" and a few more really cool artifacts.

Bottom line, if you are a Buffy fan, if you are currently reading Buffy season 8 and 9 by Dark Horse comics, if you have re-watched the show countless times and like good books about your favorite shows and movies, then you need this great celebratory book of one of the best and most Iconic mythos ever created for the small screen.

Buffy Lives!!
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I'd been anticipating this for months but was disappointing all around. Little information that could be categorized as new, certainly not in depth. Just trite written summaries of the seasons that, as avid fans, we really already know what happened on. Poor layout and cheaply made replicas of some paper props from the show. The slipcase is nice though.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The first time I saw Buffy, I was ten years old and accidentally caught "School Hard" on its first airing. Despite years of being told what girls had to be, I was enamored watching this gorgeous, sassy teenage girl stand up for herself, her friends and the world. It began a love affair that literally changed my life, turning me into a girl who lifts weights and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. Unfortunately, I lost access to the network channels after Buffy's third season, and spent the years since wondering what the Scooby Gang had gotten up to in my absence. In 2012, I went through & watched seasons 4-7, and then heard about this book.

I don't mention my history with Buffy to get off-track, in fact, I mention it because maybe that's why I enjoy this so much. Buffy was a part of my life. The information included, though largely things I've heard before, sums up a chunk of my life and the time I've invested in this show and in these characters. While I wish there had been more behind-the-scenes photos (particularly in the concept art & costume design areas,) I'm not disappointed.

Finally, the presentation of the book itself is strikingly beautiful. This is something I don't mind having out on my desk as opposed to on a bookshelf, because it is presented so wonderfully.

For longtime Buffy fans, there's probably nothing new here. (Personally, I had not seen the storyboard art for the MayorSnake's destruction of Sunnydale High before.) That said, it's a nice time capsule for a television series that I still find myself cheering about to this day.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
so basically all i've done so far is look at the awesome artifacts that come in this awesome hardcover book. from the full spell to restore angels soul, to the city hall floor maps. its an awesome find. the ony lil minor thing is the shadow puppets artifact from season 7, they are made of construction paper. :-( i would of preferred something more sturdy, heck even steel lol but that would of drove up the price more, but something better than just construction paper, sigh. other than that i love the artifacts, the book itself i havent really seen just yet, i've opened it and saw there are several pages with photos, so i look forward to just taking some time to read and look over them.
i'm not really expecting to get an indepth look at buffy, because honestly, your a buffy fan, you ALREADY know everything there is to know about buffy when the show ran and what we got on special features and other books. this is really just meant as a nice memento, a good look back at what we all loved about buffy.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I love Buffy. This book has its good moments and a couple of facts that I didn't know but, for the most part, this book is just basically a giant synopsis of the series, recapping all the details. Very little attention is paid to in-depth behind the scenes special effects stories.... basically, if you've seen the Special Features on the Buffy DVDs, then you don't need to read this book. After each chapter I said to myself, "Yeah... duh. Everyone knows that."

As for the "artifacts" the book comes with, they are really cool! My only complaint is that the Shadowcasters are made out of thin paper, when, for this price, they should have been made at least out of cardboard or card stock. They are very flimsy.

Overall, it's a nice set but definitely not a must have, besides the paper artifacts.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Yeah, the pun sucked. Sue me.

While it's true that for most die-hard fans not much of the information here is new, this book still manages to hold up. There are some new facts, along with a multitude of new or rare behind-the-scenes photos. The paper prop replicas are pretty sweet, too, even if some of them (like the shadow casters) are a bit on the flimsy side.

Holder's writing is great as usual, though there are a few errors here and there (she mentioned in passing that the Scooby Gang fought the mayor in season 2) but nothing too substantial. From reading her Buffy books in the past I have faith that Holder does know what she's talking about, despite these minor blunders.

Overall, I couldn't recommend this book more!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe how many factual mistakes the author makes. It is like she has never watched the show. At the very least, she hasn't watched it enough to comment on the episodes. I have only skimmed through it and have found three mistakes. First, she states that Willow and Amy visit rack first, to get a magic boost, and then go to the Bronze to cast a bunch of magic. This is of course the wrong order of events. Willow and Amy go to the Bronze first and they go to rack when willow discovers her magic has been drained from her night at the Bronze. Second, she states Principal Wood and Buffy make a truce after he tries to kill Spike and then he gives her the Slayer emergency kit. This again is the wrong sequence of events. Buffy uses the slayer 2 emergency kit a couple episodes before Wood tries to kill Spike. Prior to Buffy using the slayer emergency kit, Wood only suspects Spike of killing his mother based off of information he received from the First. After Buffy yells at everyone, including Spike, for holding back and not being the fighter he can be, he gets the coat he took off of Wood's mother after he kills her. This is the crucial evidence which provides the proof Wood needs to back up the First's information. The author then gets additional events of season 7 wrong. When the author states the potential slayers elect Faith as their new leader, she then, wrongly, states Faith's plan blows up in her face when she takes the girls to confront Caleb in the basement and it turns disastrous. Buffy is the one who takes everyone into that basement to confront Caleb, who kills and injures a bunch of people, including Xander losing his eye. This is the event which makes the potential slayers lose faith in Buffy and elect Faith as their new leader. Faith's first plan blows up in her face when she leads a bunch of people into a trap with a bomb. Parts of the book are neat; however, there are just too many mistakes. I wonder how many more mistakes I will find when I read the rest of the book. Part of me doesn't even want to read anymore because all of these mistakes are pissing me off. I cannot believe the high ratings people are giving this book. This book is clearly meant for Buffy fans and I am having a hard time believing people didn't notice all of these glaring mistakes. I was really looking forward to this book and it is very disappointing. I doubt I will buy any more books by this author.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to love this. It arrived while I was out of town, and I sat down with it as an antidote to jet lag. The book is pretty and the photos are lovely. If you're looking for information about Buffy and the Buffyverse, you're better off with online sources dedicated to Buffy or even Wikipedia. There are errors of omission, typos, and just plain errors; a list of bands that have played at The Bronze reads like it's just what the author remembers off the top of her head. I read the whole thing in an afternoon, and was disappointed at the lack of any new information about anything. The "special" material was not too special--flimsy reproductions of seemingly random props. There's just nothing new here. This is a sorry commemoration for a bona fide phenomenon. One star for the packaging, one for the photos. It's overall pretty forgettable.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series by Sarah Michelle Gellar (DVD - 2010)
$95.90

The Sunnydale High Yearbook Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The Sunnydale High Yearbook Buffy The Vampire Slayer by Christopher Golden (Hardcover - September 1, 1999)

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations 
 

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.