Why Buffy Matters : The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Paperback Book

Why Buffy Matters : The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Paperback

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Hugely enjoyable, long awaited book by top world authority on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Buffy is still on screens and on DVD in home television libraries of a wide array of TV watchers and fans.

This is also the student text for TV and cultural studies at colleges and universities where Buffy is widely taught.

Rhonda Wilcox is a world authority on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", who has been writing and lecturing about the show since its arrival on our screens.

This book is the distillation of this remarkable body of work and thought, a celebration of the series that she proposes is an aesthetic test case for television.

Buffy is enduring as art, she argues, by exploring its own possibilities for long-term construction as well as producing individual episodes that are powerful in their own right.

She examines therefore the larger patterns that extend through many episodes: the hero myth, the imagery of light, naming symbolism, Spike, sex and redemption, Buffy Summers compared and contrasted with Harry Potter.

She then moves in to focus on individual episodes, such as the "Buffy musical Once More, with Feeling", the largely silent Hush and the dream episode "Restless" (T.S. Eliot comes to television). She also examines Buffy's ways of making meaning - from literary narrative and symbolism to visual imagery and sound.

Combining great intelligence and wit, written for the wide Buffy readership, this is the worthy companion to the show that has claimed and kept the minds and hearts of watchers worldwide.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
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  • Category: Television
  • ISBN: 9781845110291

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This is a splendid read for Buffy fans who sense deeper meanings to the stories in the Buffiverse but tend to get strange looks from their adult educated friends . . . ! Sometimes Wilcox's analogies can seem a little stretched - e.g she seems to be intent on equating Buffy with Dickens, especially Esther Summerson, which I think is a bit tenuous, but her theories are always intriguing. For example the connection between Spike and light is something I now see when I watch the episodes back but didn't really clock at the time. An engagingly written book.