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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Script Book, Season One, Volume 1 Paperback – November 28, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; Fifth Printing edition (November 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743419340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743419345
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the scenes and characters!
Ashley
This book is one of the ultimate companions to the blockbuster show of the same title.
Robin Orlowski
A great read and I look forward to future volumes.
P Magnum

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth COTTIER FÁBIÁN on January 13, 2001
Watching "Buffy" T.V. series or cassettes is huge enjoyment already. Reading this script brought pure delight: sharp wit, self-derogatory under-/overstatements, punch and speed - this script is, quite definitely, for lovers of language. Stage directions, as indicated between parts of dialogue,are about as savoury as dialogue itself. I've just one reservation:I suppose, to really relish this book as it should be relished, one should obviously have seen related episodes on either TV or cassette. One then remembers Charisma Carpenter's studied drawl, Sarah Gellar's brisk deadpan humour, and Nicholas Brendon's fantastic "fool's faces". Only then does one realize, not just how good the writing is, but also, how brilliantly the whole cast has done its job. Yes, this definitely does show just how brilliant the whole "Buffy" act was - and still is. Can we PLEASE have scriptbooks of what follows?!...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 25, 2001
The good news is that original shooting scripts of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" are available, as in this volume offering up the first six episodes of Season One. But the bad news, relatively speaking, is that we just get the scripts without any extras. The pages are your traditional Courier style font (including the title page), and while the pages are not in blue, pink, green, yellow, goldenrod and salmon to reflect the various revisions, if you follow the revision dates on the top of the pages you can figure that part out. Therefore, while I appreciate having the original scripts in front of my while watching the episodes so I can see what has been deleted/added/changed (these are not transcripts; big difference), I would have really liked to have a bit more such as introductions by the writers talking about the genesis of the script ideas or problems they had to overcoming in putting the script into production, beyond the production notes and stage directions. Certainly some of what I am looking for can be found in "The Watcher's Guide," which covers the show's first two seasons, but given how first-rate the BtVS companion volumes have been I am rather surprised this is a comparatively bare bones effort.
Included in this volume for those of you who do not have the first 100 episodes totally memorized are "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest," both written by series creator Joss Whedon, "Witch" by Dana Reston, "Teacher's Pet" by David Greenwalt, "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" by Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali, and "The Pack" by Matt Kiene and Joe Reinkemeyer. After the two-part pilot these other episodes reflect a time when the Buffy mythos was just starting to get organized.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2000
Let's be honest: Anyone who buys this book -- or, let's face it, who reads this review -- is a pretty hard-core Buffy fan. Which means this book is perfect for you. The writing on this show is among the best on television, so it was a real pleasure to find these scripts online. I was surprised to see that the author's asides -- whether describing a monster's lair or a teen-ager's clothing -- are just as funny as the dialogue you hear on screen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on February 15, 2001
This book is one of the ultimate companions to the blockbuster show of the same title.
In a day and age when show creators and producers have gotten into the habit of talking down to their ausiences, Whedon again breaks the mold by sharing the direct scripts with us, the loyal fans.
I remember how happy I was when I heard that BTVS was going to be a television series and this book brought back the early euhphoria that I experienced with the revival. Thank you again Joss for everything.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2000
Throwaway the cool special effects, clothes and the good looks, the best part of the television show Buffy The Vampire Slayer is the sharp, witty, funny and touching writing on the show. The Script Book for Season One has the scripts for six episodes and not only do you get the scripts themselves, but you get insight from the writers and scenes that didn't make it onto the actual episode. The writers have their fingers on the heartbeat of teenagers and through the guise of a vampire slayer fighting monsters, they convey the fears and uncertainty of going through high school. A great read and I look forward to future volumes.
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