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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Making of a Slayer: The Official Guide Hardcover – October 26, 2012

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"What is outstanding is the variety of colour photographs included and some of these are really superb. Many are full page and some double-page ... At the back of the book, there is an enormous bibliography in case you missed any of the associated books, let alone all the comics, canon and otherwise, to this point."
-SFcrowsnest.org.uk

"This beautiful hardcover book comes in a clamshell slipcase and is the first authorized, fully illustrated retrospective of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It’s full of pictures and commentary that give a behind-the-scenes look at everyone’s favorite slayer. You’ll learn about the characters and mythology of the universe and how it developed further with each season while you drool over the 120 images of the cast, props, and show memorabilia."
-wired.com's Geekmom --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Holder has written numerous Buffy and Angel tie-in novels, as well as co-authoring the first 2 Buffy Watcher's Guides. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, she is the author of dozens of novels, short stories, and essays on writing and popular culture.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (October 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781162468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781162460
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,870,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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