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The Gentleviewer's Obsessive Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Second Edition Paperback – December 1, 2013
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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!
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!
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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A gift for my Buffy obsessed son. He LOVED it! It really is a neat book.Published 5 months ago by Lynda Lindhardt
Can't believe I spent good money on this book! No nitpicks/glitches .. the episode guide is much too short. The guide "dusted" is far better!Published 10 months ago by Andrea McGlynn