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Adult/High School--In the foreword to this collection of 22 essays, scriptwriter Drew Goddard asks, "Why do we care so muchabout Buffy?" After some false but mercifully brief starts, the book hits its stride with a succession of passionate, articulate, entertaining, informative, and sometimes-humorous pieces by professional writers who have no inhibitions about explaining what they love about the show--and what they hate. Varying widely in attitude and style, chapters analyze the show's literary qualities from a number of perspectives; delve into its "meaning" through its themes of love and growth; look closely at the dark side of the "Buffyverse" and the complexity of its moral structure; and argue the relative merits of its characters and episodes. Kevin Andrew Murphy's fittingly titled "Unseen Horrors and Shadowy Manipulations" documents instances of censorship and the attempts of network and advertisers to reshape Buffy to suit their purposes. In "Where's the Religion in Willow's Wicca?" Christie Golden provides a much-needed corrective to the mistake the writers made when they called Willow's fantasy sorcery "Wicca" (a real religion). In the final essay, "Slayers of the Last Arc," Nancy Holder shows why some are so affected by the story when she argues that, seen in retrospect, Buffy clearly fits the template of Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey." This outstanding and diverse collection will entertain, challenge, and enlighten anyone familiar with the Buffyverse.--Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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It's over. When the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired in May, fans celebrated the groundbreaking show and mourned its end. But don't mourn, eulogize. Editor Yeffeth presents a batch of essays from sf and fantasy writers that examine the show's scope, the evolution of its characters, and the affect it had on its many fans. Nancy Kilpatrick sympathizes with Buffy's search for love (and a little lovin'), while Sherrilyn Kenyon sees Buffy as a demasculinizer of the men in her life. Peg Aloi toasts Tara, Willow's quiet, reserved lover. Roxanne Longstreet Conrad insists that it was Xander, Buffy's wisecracking, superpowerless pal, who was actually the most powerful force for good in Sunnydale. Justine Labalestier describes defending the show to critical fans, even as she admits her own dislike of the seventh season. Laura Resnick examines the mixtures of good and evil in even the most heroic Buffy characters. Bright and witty, just like the show they're commenting on, these pieces are must reading for the Buffy -devoted. Kristine Huntley
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Used this in the coolest class ever. Joss Whedon class at Kent State University. Very helpful.Published 28 days ago by Arya Stark
A lot of the essays in this book start getting samey. The power of friendship, sexiness of vampires, who should Buffy be with, wiccan good, love the earth, woman power. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eric Juneau
Worst book about Buffy I have read, and I have read more than a few. None of the essays raise above the worst fanfic you can find for free on the web or could have heard in any... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Hyrum
I have become a really big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ever since I found her on Amazon Prime and not a day goes by that I don't watch an episode or two or more!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steven Epley
I found this book great fun to read. It has contributions from several of my favorite authors who are Buffy fans that same as me.Published on December 28, 2012 by D. Detrick
Why read: Received for review.
What impressed me: Many authors I had read, or at least heard of, contributed essays to Seven Seasons of Buffy. Read more
Just goes to show, fantasy & sci-fi writers are human, too, and they fall prey to frenzied fandom as much as you and I. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by H. Bala
Seven Seasons of Buffy is a motley collection of essays, written by academics, professional writers and fans alike. This book is definitively not for the casual Buffy viewer. Read morePublished on October 4, 2009 by Madigan McGillicuddy
I have several Buffy books as well as books about other tv shows, like Angel, Charmed, Alias, etc. I've read books about the philosophy & psychology of The Sopranos, The Simpsons,... Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by You Can Call Me "Books"