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Although Buffy the Vampire Slayer generally garners more media attention than its spin-off, Angel, editor Abbott and the contributors to this collection decided it was time to bring the show about the vampire with a soul out of its predecessor's shadow. The collection takes a look at everything from Angel's setting to the evolution of the show's characters and the series' untimely end. Phil Colvin's essay looks at the character of Faith, the rogue slayer who was Buffy's nemesis, and how her appearances on Angel actually helped set the show apart from Buffy, as both Angel and Faith evolved beyond their roles on the parent show. Stan Beeler's contribution addresses the character of Lorne, who as a performer was a microcosm of Los Angeles' entertainment industry, while Michaela D. E. Meyer examines the transformation of Gunn, the series' only African American regular. Jennifer Stoy analyzes the noir elements of the relationship between hero Wesley and femme fatale Lilah. Angel fans who are still mourning the loss of the series won't want to miss this smart, engaging compilation. Kristine Huntley
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  • Series: Reading Contemporary Television
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris (September 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850438390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850438397
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 17, 2005
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"Reading Angel: The TV Spin-off With a Soul" is a collection of essays by academics from mostly the U.K. edited by Stacey Abbott, a Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Roehampton University. Abbott does the introductory essay, "Kicking Ass and Singing 'Mandy': A Vampire in LA," that covers a lot of ground in touching on the moral ambiguity of Angel/Angelus, the elements of contradiction and self-parody, and the generic hybridity and Angel's visual style. That certainly gives you a sense of the scope of topic covered in these essays. More importantly, if you are not an academic, you should still be able to look at those topics and figure out what most of them are going to be about. After all, you do not need advanced degrees to recognize things like moral ambiguity and self-parody on "Angel," although generic hybridity might take some thought. On balance, fans of the late lamented WB series will find insights of interest in most of these chapters, although be forewarned there are some points where these academics dive into the deep end and start throwing names and theories around fast and furious.

Part One, "It Was a Seminal Show Cancelled by the Idiot Networks": Narrative and Style on "Angel": (1) "'Angel': Redefinition and Justification through Faith" by Phil Colvin looks at the character of Faith as being paradigmatic of the show and the character's mission statement; (2) "'Ubi Caritas'?: Music as Narrative Agent in 'Angel'" by Matthew Mills is a cursory look at the pivotal role music played in the show; (3) "Transitions and Time: The Cinematic Language of 'Angel'" by Tammy A.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on May 9, 2006
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Stacy Abbott has done a wonderful job assembling a diverse set of essays into a very readable book for fans of Joss Whedon's ANGEL. The diversity of writers with different voices and opinions come together here to analyze and comment on subjects such as: gender politics, film noir elements, humor (in it's many forms), cinematic language, and music as a narrative agent. If any of these areas spark your interest, I would suggest picking up this book and giving it a read. It may sound very academic, but while I found the essays a large step up from the usual fan writing in both tone and content, they are still highly readable and very enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Mary Dollery on March 23, 2006
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Not a bad read for the dedicated Angel fan. I really enjoyed it. Some of the articles were a bit of a heavy read but entertaining. Worth reading.
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This is a fine book on the background of the series. I was looking more for info on the individual episodes, but it is still a good book
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