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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Paisley Publications; 2 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985160012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985160012
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Don Meyer on April 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
Where to begin. Probably with the pop-culture references! I am in awe of the time and energy needed to pick up on the vast number of these that were in the episodes. I like to think I'm pretty good at the pop-culture reference game, but a lot of them still went past me - but not past the author of this book!

The "Character Arcs" section is a nice overview of each character's personal journey throughout the show.

And then there are the episode tables, crammed full of info about each episode in a concise table format. Want to see which episodes your favorite writer wrote, or favorite director directed? Yep, tables for that too.

Last but not least - the index! I know indices aren't normally considered exciting, but if you want to know which episode references Captain America, the index holds the answer. (5-8 "Shadow")

One of my favorite features are the Episode References - Joss Whedon loves to both foreshadow future events, and reference events in previous episodes. And those references can span multiple *seasons*, not just multiple episodes. For example, in episode 5-12 Buffy refers to a Watcher's Council "test" that occurred in episode 3-12. I'm not sure which impresses me more - the effort the writers put into making the Buffy universe consistent, or the effort the author has made to note all those references!

In summary, if you love details, or just want to get greater insight into the pop-culture references that abound in BTVS, you'll enjoy this book!
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Absolutely love it! This newer, second edition contains many updates of course, not least a new index of episode cross-references, even more references and a new, improved watchability rating for all the episodes. Some reviewers complained about the original edition containing too many typos but I can happily report they are a thing of the past!

Personally, this book absolutely shines for me whenever a character drops a pop-culture reference that just goes completely over my head. For instance, in episode 3-12, Buffy refers to Brian Boytana. Who? Oh, an Olympic ice skater, that's who! The show is completely littered with these types of references, so much so that it seems a shame to miss out on any of the jokes. This also goes to show what a genius the wonderful Joss Whedon is.

Music fans may also love and appreciate this book as they can find out which band appeared in which episode. The Bronze seems to have been a brilliant venue considering they were hosting all these great music acts, even though it sat on a hellmouth! Some great bands have appeared on the show, including Cibo Matto, Nerf Herder and of course, the legendary Dingoes Ate My Baby!

All in all, I loved having this book near me while navigating the world of Buffy. It may not have glossy pictures of all the beautiful cast members but it has so much information about every single episode that it's irreplaceable on my bookshelf. First time viewers of Buffy should obviously be aware that the book contains every single spoiler imaginable. This is a watch first, read all about it right after book!
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Kathleen Mattson's book catalogues one of the greatest, but increasingly difficult, aspects of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: its pop culture references. As we get further away from Buffy's era, the harder it is to remember that pagers were once a staple for teens on the go. By gathering up these references, Mattson reiterates Buffy's cultural legacy and ensures future fans will get the references in years to come.

Not only does The Gentleviewer's Obsessive Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer preserve the show's smart and witty dialogue, but the book's layout makes it an excellent companion for academics and/or fervent fans. The pop culture references, songs used, and episode callbacks are featured in an episode-by-episode guide that make the book easy to navigate. Mattson's season and character charts in the back of the book also make easy work of figuring out which characters were featured in specific episodes.

Happily, however, the book is not a dry read. Mattson interjects her own sense of style and humour by giving the reader helpful summaries and even her personal recommendations for episodes. After finishing The Gentleviewer's Obsessive Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was almost impossible not to rewatch the series to pickup the pop culture references missed before.
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Great for fans of the show. Does have a few inconsistencies/errors but they are easily picked out. The relationship arc section talks about Willow and Anya when it should be Willow and Tara. Overall a very fun and thorough book:)
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