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The Journals of Rupert Giles: Volume 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2002
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About the Author
Nancy Holder has published more than 200 short stories and seventy-eight books, including the New York Times bestselling Wicked series. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, and far too many animals. Visit her at Nancy Holder.com.
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In negotiating the deal Krathalal makes Giles look back at Buffy's last three birthdays: "Helpless" (teleplay by David Fury), when Giles let the Watcher's Council do their incredibly stupid test of the Slayer without her powers, the Cruciamentum (yes, a dramatic episode, but, sheesh, what a stupid ritual for people with a supposedly vested interest in keeping Slayers alive�I really think they were tired of her and were trying to take her out); "A New Man" (teleplay by Jane Esperson) when Giles turns into Fyral demon, which is worse than being a fifth wheel in Buffy's life, especially since he has to turn to Spike for help; and "Blood Ties" (teleplay by Steven S. DeKnight), the events of earlier in the day when Dawn discovered the truth about herself and Glory almost killed them all. Ironically, it is the actual Watcher's journal that Giles keeps which reveals the truth to Dawn.
Will Krathalal protect Buffy and keep her alive until her 21st birthday? Well, we watched Season Five so we know the answer to that one, but that is not the point here. This book has to do with the departure of Rupert Giles (and Anthony Stewart Head) from Buffy. Holder makes these novelizations not simply retellings of the episodes but re-examinations of Giles and his relationship with the Slayer. After all, in "Helpless" he is fired, in "A New Man" he feels useless, while in "Blood Ties" he fails her. Usually I give novelizations four stars as a matter of course, but this framing device bumps it up one more. We should not have been surprised that Holder put some effort into this job. Of course, we cannot help but wonder how there will be a Volume 2 of "The Journals of Rupert Giles," since the Watcher has returned to England.
In the words of Agatha Christie...
"A fine idea...pity you couldn't carry it out better!"
Now, the framing of the stories is interesting and unusual. Unfortunately, it's not written very well. I never have liked Nancy Holder's writing, and this time proved no exception. Not even my love for Giles could make it worth the pain. Only true Giles fans could attempt to read this book and not scream out loud.
The problem, you ask? Well, anyone who's read Ms. Holder's books knows that she has an annoying tendency to lean toward teen-speak in her writing. It's all fine and good in dialogue, as sometimes the Buffy characters use it--but in descriptions? (At one point, the setting of Xander's basement is called "Back at Casa del Xand.."). One of the characters might talk that way, but in a description, it just looks ridiculous. Not to mention that in some scenes, the text is so ridden with teen-speak that I have to read it several times over to understand. (And let me add here that I'm under twenty, hardly an old fogey!)
Ms. Holder writes Giles just fine, to my immense relief. Only Giles. With Buffy and especially Dawn, she turns Joss Whedon's brilliant scripts into teen film drivel. It's a bit depressing,really.
So, as I said before...only if you really love Giles could you sit through this book...and even then, it's a challenge.
I was pretty disappointed by this book. Giles is such an interesting character and the best they could come up with was not much more than a script book that is only kind of Giles centered. The first part, "Helpless," wasn't even all that well written. The author managed to make the character's thoughts so shallow and inane that I felt the need to bang my head against the wall repeatedly. "A New Man" was the only truly Giles centered part of the book. The novelization of this episode is the only reason Giles fans should read this book. "Blood Ties" was just kind of there. The concept of this book wouldn't have been so bad if these episodes had been told only from Giles' perspective. That would have supported the plot better since Giles is suppose to be reading these stories from his journal. As it is, this book is basically just a script book with a little bit of the characters' thoughts filled in.
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By Nancy Holder, based upon teleplays "Helpless" by David Fury, "A New Man" by Jane Espenson, and "Blood Ties" by Steven S.