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This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include bestselling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfeld, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include bestselling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfeld, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its cast are the topics of such critical pieces as Lawrence Watt-Evans's “Matchmaking in Hellmouth” and Sherrilyn Kenyon's “The Search for Spike's Balls.” An informed introduction for those not well acquainted with the show, and a source of further research for Buffy buffs, this book raises interesting questions concerning a much-loved program and future cult classic.


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This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include bestselling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfeld, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include bestselling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfeld, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its cast are the topics of such critical pieces as Lawrence Watt-Evans's “Matchmaking in Hellmouth” and Sherrilyn Kenyon's “The Search for Spike's Balls.” An informed introduction for those not well acquainted with the show, and a source of further research for Buffy buffs, this book raises interesting questions concerning a much-loved program and future cult classic.

30 review for Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    This essay collection was hit or miss for me. There were some I really loved, and one I really hated (I'll get into that later). The rest were just boring to me. Is That Your Final Answer? - Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, Sex and the Single Slayer - Nancy Kilpatrick, Lions, Gazelles and Buffy - Chelsea Quinn Yarbo, For the Love of Riley - Michelle Sagara West, A Buffy Confession - Justine Larbalestier, The Meaning of Buffy - Marguerite Krause, When Did the Scoobies Become Insiders? - Sarah Zettel, A This essay collection was hit or miss for me. There were some I really loved, and one I really hated (I'll get into that later). The rest were just boring to me. Is That Your Final Answer? - Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, Sex and the Single Slayer - Nancy Kilpatrick, Lions, Gazelles and Buffy - Chelsea Quinn Yarbo, For the Love of Riley - Michelle Sagara West, A Buffy Confession - Justine Larbalestier, The Meaning of Buffy - Marguerite Krause, When Did the Scoobies Become Insiders? - Sarah Zettel, A Reflection on Ugliness - Charlaine Harris, Unseen Horrors & Shadowy Manipulations - Kevin Andrew Murphy, Where's The Religion in Willow's Wicca? - Christie Golden, A World Without Shrimp - Margaret L. Carter - these are all the essays I found to be either boring or pointless. They really contributed nothing to my understanding or appreciation of the show. I loved the first essay, by David Brin, called 'Buffy VS The Old Fashioned Hero'. He compares Buffy to the likes of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, with the distinction that Buffy questions authority rather than obeys and she would rather break tradition than follow it, change the system rather than work with it. This one quote sums up the point of the essay nicely - 'Buffy is our future. Brash, open-minded, open-hearted,. Always willing to give someone a chance, even if they're low born, or even (ew!) ugly. Always questioning authority while willing to cooperate and learn something new. To Buffy, old isn't always better (as it is in Star Wars and Tolkien). She's stylish, hip, caring, sweet, and nowhere near as dumb as outsiders might think.' 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ambivalent' by Laura Resnick was another essay I really enjoyed. It pinpointed one of the things I love most about the show, the complexity of the characters. She goes through some of the characters contradictions ('In equal measures, Spike regularly repels us and wins our admiration [...] He is both villian and hero, both demon and knight', 'Cordelia is self-centered, snide, arrogant, and malicious,' she is also 'brave, honest, sincere and capable of love', 'Throughout Buffy's tenure as the Slayer, there is a ruthless, ambivalent side of her character which is, in fact, crucial to her survival [...] part of being the Slayer is being able to do what others find unthinkable'), showing that every character has the capacity for good and evil, it's their choices that define them. 'Dating Death' by Jennifer Crusie is a great essay that suggests that Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the great romances of our time. She takes us through all of Buffy's relationships, explaining why it worked and why it didn't ('Riley wears a milk moustache while Buffy's hands drip blood'), with some really interesting and thought provoking musings on how love works and the difference between conditional and unconditional love ('the 'You complete me' statement that sounds good but is really a threat: 'Complete me or lose me, it's all about me' Mature love goes beyond that and says that it doesn't matter whether the object is wonderful or not, the love is just there, like the air we breathe'). I particularly love her argument for Buffy as a great romantic heroine, not just a great action heroine, 'But first among equals, it is Buffy in her passion and in her blazing, defiant sexuality that most defines the myth, Buffy the great feminist icon as warrior, lover, and finally mature woman. She’s our Ishtar who aced the SATs, our Morrigan with a snarky sense of humor, our Kali with a better fashion sense, and the complexity of her myth, the depth of her metaphor, and the truth of her love stories makes her a great romantic heroine and Buffy the Vampire Slayer one of the great romances of our time.' 'The Power of Becoming' by Jacqueline Lichtenberg makes the case for Buffy as Great Literature, and provides a psychological study of Willow, comparing her process of Becoming with Buffy's. 'Innocence' by Carla Montgomery explores sex and consequence within the show. 'Matchmaking on the Hellmouth' by Lawrence Watt-Evans asks the question 'Who is the ideal mate for Buffy?' Angel, Riley, Spike? It's someone you would never guess and although I was sceptical at first, I actually think I agree with his choice. There are other essays worth reading (A Slayer Comes to Town, Skin as Pale as Apple Blossom, Love Saves the World, Slayers of the Last Arc) but now onto the essay I truly hated. 'The Search for Spike's Balls' by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This essay argues that Buffy is strong because she 'sucks the testosterone' out of the men in her life. Yes. It sounds like something an MRA would right but alas. The essay basically equates strength, heroism and courage with maleness and imply's that if a male character isn't fighting, fucking or being otherwise menacing and aggressive then he is stripped of his masculinity and is therefore a Bad Male Character. It isn't well argued and really makes no sense. '[On Riley] Finally he could stand no more of it and had to leave Sunnydale because he knew he could never be a man so long as Buffy was sucking the testosterone out of him.' Everything about this essay annoys me, arguing that whoever is the strongest is the one who 'has the balls' implying that strength is inherently male and Buffy can't simply be strong because she's, you know, the Slayer. But overall this collection of essays was mostly interesting and I would recommend it to fans of the show.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Why read: Received for review. What impressed me: Many authors I had read, or at least heard of, contributed essays to Seven Seasons of Buffy. I didn't agree with everything the essayists put forth, but appreciated the contrasting opinions that made me consider other outlooks. This book is a celebration of everything that Buffy was, but doesn't hold back when presenting theories and ideas that show fans may rabidly disagree with. What disappointed me: With any anthology of this nature, some essays Why read: Received for review. What impressed me: Many authors I had read, or at least heard of, contributed essays to Seven Seasons of Buffy. I didn't agree with everything the essayists put forth, but appreciated the contrasting opinions that made me consider other outlooks. This book is a celebration of everything that Buffy was, but doesn't hold back when presenting theories and ideas that show fans may rabidly disagree with. What disappointed me: With any anthology of this nature, some essays were drier than other and some essayists seemed less familiar with the subject that they should have been. It wasn't perfect, but it was one of the better books that look deeper into Buffy. Recommended: Buffy fans, obviously, but the more fanatical the better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I very much enjoyed this. As a person who was a late Buffy fan (I started watching when I was 25) m, it was so interesting to read a collection that came out right after the finale. I’m someone who thinks Buffy is outstanding, from Season 1-7. I think The finale was one of the most outstanding finales to ever grace television, and I was perturbed to find that some viewed it as disappointing. This sort of anthology is how I want to consume fandom. For the most part, even the essays that I disagre I very much enjoyed this. As a person who was a late Buffy fan (I started watching when I was 25) m, it was so interesting to read a collection that came out right after the finale. I’m someone who thinks Buffy is outstanding, from Season 1-7. I think The finale was one of the most outstanding finales to ever grace television, and I was perturbed to find that some viewed it as disappointing. This sort of anthology is how I want to consume fandom. For the most part, even the essays that I disagrees with were absolutely excellent. I rated this down to a 4/5 because there were three essays that I felt should have been eliminated entirely. “The Search for Spike’s Balls” was so disgustingly sexist I was appalled. I was even more horrified that a woman wrote it. It was misogynistic, uninformed, and almost embarrassing. I wish it had been cut completely. The essay on Ugliness in Buffy I also found to be somewhat useless and poorly argued. I will admit that it’s a little bit because I think Charlaine Harris is an atrocious writer so I set no store by her opinions. And the essay regarding Buffy potentially having a relationship with Wesley Price was a bit off the wall, too. It had the flavor of someone trying to be subversive by just grasping at straws blindly. The true subversive choice here is that the “right” boyfriend for Buffy is that women don’t need boyfriends to thrive and be happy. Oh - and the one about Willow/Wicca. Overall, that one seemed to have little to do with Buffy and a lot to do with someone just being an offended Wiccan. Overall, I love love loved such a collection of thoughtful and nuanced pieces on what is now my favorite show. I particularly adored the final essay, which outlines all of my personal feelings re: Why Season 7 is the absolute perfect ending to Buffy, and why it is one of the single most incredible television shows every produced. It would be really interesting to see a revisitation of these essays now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    TammyJo Eckhart

    22 essays in this collection, all of them seem written quickly after the series finale of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I wonder if the time that has passed, more than 15 years now, would change what these authors wrote or not. I think it has given me more time and thus I think I read the essays more critically than I might have within the first year or two after the show. Let me say that I have seen the entire series from start to finish 3 times -- live and then twice on DVD over these past years. 22 essays in this collection, all of them seem written quickly after the series finale of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I wonder if the time that has passed, more than 15 years now, would change what these authors wrote or not. I think it has given me more time and thus I think I read the essays more critically than I might have within the first year or two after the show. Let me say that I have seen the entire series from start to finish 3 times -- live and then twice on DVD over these past years. I've seen individual episodes up to a dozen or so times. I think in some cases, these essays could have used more time particularly Sherrilyn Kenyon's essay "The Search for Spike's Balls" which seems to have completely ignored every flashback and discussion the show gave us about his past. This was the only essay in this collection that I didn't believe in any shape or form. 7 essays were weak -- I could see what the author was trying to say but I felt they either lacked evidence or the essay needed some edited to make it flow more coherently. Sadly these included essays from Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Zettel. 8 essays were strong with solid evidence but they didn't make me nod my head or say "That's right" when I read them. They had evidence but didn't say something that truly resonated with me. Among these were Lawrence Watt-Evans and Jacqueline Lichtenberg's pieces. That leaves 6 essays that I no only agreed with but felt were wonderfully crafted in terms of argument. Among these were essays by Laura Resnick and Jennifer Crusie.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Ambrose

    An interesting collection of essays about Buffy. A bit too focused on Angel or Spike, but I did particularly like the essay "When did the Scoobies become Insiders?" by Sarah Zettel which talked about how the Scoobies moved from outsiders to insiders over the course of the series and how that affected the show. I've read better written and more critical essays, but it was a fun read. Good for any Buffy fan.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Admittedly, I skipped a few of these essays. If it didn't grab my attention, or said something that annoyed me, I just didn't read it. That being said, the ones I DID read were mostly solid, and insightful. Also, turns out part of the reason it was such slow going is because the book is listed at 240 pages, but it's actually like 205. So. There's that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Przybylski

    A few of the articles were spot-on, in my opinion, and a few missed the mark, but in that way that I can respectfully disagree with. So why didn't I enjoy it more? I guess maybe it hasn't aged well, I don't know, but I found myself skimming more articles than I usually would.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This was okay. Some essays were enjoyable, others were terrible and tedious. I wanted to DNF so many times but I was reading this book for a specific challenge and so I carried on. Wouldn't really recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryle Ross

    An excellent collection of highly interesting essays.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JulieJ

    A fun read for any Buffyphile into analyzing the show and its characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Doug Cornelius

    Only for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm one of those. Mrs. Doug and I are big fans of the show. This essay anthology dives deep into the themes of the show.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Webber

    Fun stuff. I will always love Buffy. It's good to share that appreciation with others as they describe where and why your love exists.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    No. Just no.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    You can find more reviews @BloodyBookaholic Are you the kind of Buffy fan that declares that Buffy was the ultimate T.V. Series? Are you the kind of Buffy fan that bought the series and watched it over and over and over again? Are you the kind of fan that discusses with your fellow Buffy mates various points of the series? Like what went wrong, what went great, and things like that? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this IS the book for you. This book will give you plenty of thin You can find more reviews @BloodyBookaholic Are you the kind of Buffy fan that declares that Buffy was the ultimate T.V. Series? Are you the kind of Buffy fan that bought the series and watched it over and over and over again? Are you the kind of fan that discusses with your fellow Buffy mates various points of the series? Like what went wrong, what went great, and things like that? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this IS the book for you. This book will give you plenty of things to ponder long after you finish reading it. The essays will stay with you for days, even the ones that annoy you because they just don't think like you think. And at the very least I can asure you that after finishing it, or heck even while reading it, you will go to your special DVD space, pick up that beloved yet used up box set and sit down to watch it all over again. The Smart Pop books are not like normal books. Smart Pop books are basically a bunch of essays put together that deal with a specific main thing in pop culture, literature, etc. This book in specific deals with a pop culture phenomenon that is very close to my heart, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. How much of a vampire slayer geek am I? I love it with every fiber of my being. The show, the characters, the romance, relationships, bonds, Spike, Spike, Spike, everything! And speaking as a Buffy Geek I can tell you that it was fun to read various different ideas when it comes to Buffy. Some of these essays went against everything I believe in when it comes to the Buffy universe(like one essay discusses how Willow and Tara's relationship is not the healthiest relationship in the entire Buffy Universe -I think it is-, and Spike not being the ultimate mate for Buffy -which he totally is and I could write my OWN essay listing the reasons why) and some others had me screaming "YES!", "Exactly!", and "I am go glad you pointed that out!". Some of my favorites: Is That Your Final Answer...? by Roxanne Longstreet Conrad The Meaning of Buffy BY MARGUERITE KRAUSE Love Saves the World BY JEAN LORRAH Dating Death BY JENNIFER CRUSIE A Buffy Confession BY JUSTINE LARBALESTIER (It was a good essay even if the ending sort of screw it up a bit) There are a LOT of essays. So because of this these book won't go by in the blink of an eye like if it was a normal fictional story. You have to take your time and not hurry yourself through it because if not you will not completely enjoy it. That's my advice. What I found interesting about the essays is that I enjoyed the essays written by people that I basically know nothing about, but the people I do know something about (Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Scott Westerfeld) I didn't enjoy as much. There is definitely a little of everything for everybody. A lot of different interesting opinions. Like I said if you love Buffy and love talking about it and discussing it read this book. It's totally for you. PS; something that disappointed me is that no one tackled the question of who is in reality the better man, who is gooder (if that is even a word), Angel or Spike? This question is one me and my fellow friend talk about a lot. We think Spike is the better man, more good, for many many reasons.So, disappointed nobody tackled that, but maybe I will take the time sometime to tackle this in an essay on my own free time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I've been a Buffy fan since the early years and at one point in time, I might have been one of those crazed fans that collected all things Buffy, but my love for the TV series waned with the start of season four, not only because Angel left (I personally might have cried when he left at the end of season 3, even knowing that he was getting his own show the next season, yet I never really wanted Angel and Buffy together as I thought that he deserved better....) but because of the show just seemed I've been a Buffy fan since the early years and at one point in time, I might have been one of those crazed fans that collected all things Buffy, but my love for the TV series waned with the start of season four, not only because Angel left (I personally might have cried when he left at the end of season 3, even knowing that he was getting his own show the next season, yet I never really wanted Angel and Buffy together as I thought that he deserved better....) but because of the show just seemed so pointless and the upheaval of characters and such altered the show. Despite how pointless season 4 felt, I hung in there and watched til the end. I have all 7 seasons on DVD, numerous books, poster and other Buffy/Angel odds and ends. So when I found this book, (and I literally mean found it, abandoned in a free pile of stuff), my inner geek girl kinda squealed. Fast forward about 3 years and here I am, finally reading it and to my surprise... getting rid of it. This collection of essays started off slow for me and I worried that the first entry was a sign of things to come, thus causing me to almost stop there but there were entries from authors that I knew and liked so I marched forth. The 2nd essay was humorous to me and the next few that came after weren't bad but weren't memorable either. The long winded ode to Tara/Amber Benson was a bit much for me, even though I liked the character and the actress just fine. Justine's Larbalestier's slight "Angel-fan" bashing was a bit much for me, as yes, I am one of those people that came to enjoy the show "Angel" much more than I ever did "Buffy" but I am still a Buffy fan not only because that is where we first come to know Angel but other characters as well. The two are interconnected and to lightly bash on the other fans isn't endearing, to say the least. Jacqueline Lichtenberg's essay was long winded and more footnote self-promotion than anything. Kevin A. Murphy's essay at least mentioned actual Angel episodes as most of the other essays acted as if Angel no longer existed after second 3 or that Buffy never ended his world after season 3. Margaret L. Carter's entry was another long-winded one that I was quite sure it would never end. I was rather bored by it and felt that it, out of all the submissions lacked a purpose or even a place in the book. The rest of the contributions were fine, even if they didn't stick out. This book strikes me as something for the diehard fans only as nothing much will interest the casual viewer nor do it hit me as the type of book that would interest someone into checking out the show for the first time. I expected it to be better, as I have no problem with fans pointing out flaws of a show but some of these tales read like hate letters to the show and Joss.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    As always, when reading a collection from many different contributors, it's impossible to like them all equally. My favorite essays were written by Roxanne Longstreet Conrad (loved her frisky creativity), Scott Westerfeld (his ideas about story types intrigued me), Laura Resnick (liked her writing and it rang true to me), Justine Larbalestier (really loved her voice and her "festival" ideas), Kevin Andrew Murphy (interesting behind-the-scenes info about making the show), Christie Golden (another As always, when reading a collection from many different contributors, it's impossible to like them all equally. My favorite essays were written by Roxanne Longstreet Conrad (loved her frisky creativity), Scott Westerfeld (his ideas about story types intrigued me), Laura Resnick (liked her writing and it rang true to me), Justine Larbalestier (really loved her voice and her "festival" ideas), Kevin Andrew Murphy (interesting behind-the-scenes info about making the show), Christie Golden (another fresh and frisky voice, explaining just why Willow isn't a Wiccan) and Lawrence Watt-Evans (offering an unexpected choice for a Buffy love interest). Several of the other essays were interesting enough but not standouts, and a couple didn't support their arguments very well or took things to a weird, and in my opinion, overly-serious level. Also, the intro by Drew Goddard had me laughing out loud. Fun collection and a must-read for Buffy fans.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Michaelides

    Since finishing Buffy and Angel I've become a voracious reader of Buffyverse academia and have enjoyed most of it. I read the companion book Five Seasons of Angel and loved it. It was clever and well-written. It was with high expectations that I read Seven Seasons of Buffy, and was sadly, quite disappointed. First, this essay compilation needs a much better editor. Basic information about the show was incorrect, at least one character's name was misspelled, and a couple of essays suffer from far Since finishing Buffy and Angel I've become a voracious reader of Buffyverse academia and have enjoyed most of it. I read the companion book Five Seasons of Angel and loved it. It was clever and well-written. It was with high expectations that I read Seven Seasons of Buffy, and was sadly, quite disappointed. First, this essay compilation needs a much better editor. Basic information about the show was incorrect, at least one character's name was misspelled, and a couple of essays suffer from far too much repetition, so much so that I was reminded of former students' padding their papers to reach a certain page length. Second, and more importantly, the essays were not nearly as thought-provoking, interesting to read, or unique as the aforementioned book on Angel or other Buffyverse academia. Bored now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric Juneau

    A lot of the essays in this book start getting samey. The power of friendship, sexiness of vampires, who should Buffy be with, wiccan good, love the earth, woman power. It starts feeling like refined versions of online editorials, only by professional authors. And that's saying something because, unlike most things, I did not lurk on Buffy web sites. I didn't read the analyses or identify with a main character or get into discussion groups. Mostly because I wanted to avoid spoilers, but because I A lot of the essays in this book start getting samey. The power of friendship, sexiness of vampires, who should Buffy be with, wiccan good, love the earth, woman power. It starts feeling like refined versions of online editorials, only by professional authors. And that's saying something because, unlike most things, I did not lurk on Buffy web sites. I didn't read the analyses or identify with a main character or get into discussion groups. Mostly because I wanted to avoid spoilers, but because I thought the TV show, by itself, was perfect. Anything extraneous would sully it, like dumping a bunch of toppings on ice cream.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Since I'm re-watching Buffy currently with my fella, who has never seen it, I found this especially delightful to re-read. It also let me look forward to reaching S7, which I don't think I've watched since it originally aired as I didn't enjoy it as much as Seasons 1-6 (and especially not as much as seasons 2-5, the best Buffy years, imho). I'll be glad to remember how it all shakes out and re-experience it, especially now that this book has helped me remember some of that joy. As always, the es Since I'm re-watching Buffy currently with my fella, who has never seen it, I found this especially delightful to re-read. It also let me look forward to reaching S7, which I don't think I've watched since it originally aired as I didn't enjoy it as much as Seasons 1-6 (and especially not as much as seasons 2-5, the best Buffy years, imho). I'll be glad to remember how it all shakes out and re-experience it, especially now that this book has helped me remember some of that joy. As always, the essays in SmartPop anthologies are thoughtful, insightful, and get me arguing with the author- which I think is an excellent sign! A good read for any fan of BtVS!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    First off, I admit I didn't read this book cover to cover. I just hopped around chapters as the mood grabbed me. The fact this book even exists seems ludicrous, 23 well-established authors writing about a TV series?! You'd think they'd run out of wise insights or issues to discuss. But, as fans of Buffy know, they don't run out of topics to passionately discuss. And THAT is the beauty of this show. My "Buffy knowledge" dwarfs in comparison, but several times while reading I realized, "Hey, that' First off, I admit I didn't read this book cover to cover. I just hopped around chapters as the mood grabbed me. The fact this book even exists seems ludicrous, 23 well-established authors writing about a TV series?! You'd think they'd run out of wise insights or issues to discuss. But, as fans of Buffy know, they don't run out of topics to passionately discuss. And THAT is the beauty of this show. My "Buffy knowledge" dwarfs in comparison, but several times while reading I realized, "Hey, that's why I'm a Buffy fan!" The book has spoilers, so don't read until you've finished all seven seasons. And if you haven't watched Buffy -- well....give it a try. Then come read the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    It is fascinating to see other peoples' opinions on this show and the meanings behind it. A few of the essays were hard to swallow; I felt they were too harsh and did not supply realistic views. To quote Ms. Larbelestier, "Don't they WANT to enjoy the show?" I was intrigued by Matchmaking on the Hellmouth. Having seen the first four seasons of Angel, I can actually see it working with the Rogue Demon Hunter. *sigh* But alas we shall never see how that would have played out... And, I'm sorry, but It is fascinating to see other peoples' opinions on this show and the meanings behind it. A few of the essays were hard to swallow; I felt they were too harsh and did not supply realistic views. To quote Ms. Larbelestier, "Don't they WANT to enjoy the show?" I was intrigued by Matchmaking on the Hellmouth. Having seen the first four seasons of Angel, I can actually see it working with the Rogue Demon Hunter. *sigh* But alas we shall never see how that would have played out... And, I'm sorry, but no matter how much they defend Riley, I'm still not going for it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Angelo

    This is a collection of essays written about BTVS by other famous science-fiction and fantasy authors, including Sherrilyn Kenyon and Charlaine Harris, among others. An entertaining and informative read that I would recommend to any Buffy fan. I only have two complaints - some of the essays got to be repetitive after a while (many of the essays delved into Buffy's love interests), and it's not terribly well-edited. I noticed quite a few grammatical and formatting errors, as well as misnumbered e This is a collection of essays written about BTVS by other famous science-fiction and fantasy authors, including Sherrilyn Kenyon and Charlaine Harris, among others. An entertaining and informative read that I would recommend to any Buffy fan. I only have two complaints - some of the essays got to be repetitive after a while (many of the essays delved into Buffy's love interests), and it's not terribly well-edited. I noticed quite a few grammatical and formatting errors, as well as misnumbered episodes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Clark

    I really enjoyed this book. My friend Mark and I are doing a Buffy, the Vampire Slayer podcast, and I am reading pretty much any Buffy book I can get my hands on. This was a fun compilation of science fiction and fantasy writers, lovers of Buffy all, who wrote about particular themes or characters. I took so many notes. Why can't I be rich? This is one of those books that I wish I had my own copy of. I'll be doing a lot of xeroxing. The book gave me terrific ideas for themes to discuss on the po I really enjoyed this book. My friend Mark and I are doing a Buffy, the Vampire Slayer podcast, and I am reading pretty much any Buffy book I can get my hands on. This was a fun compilation of science fiction and fantasy writers, lovers of Buffy all, who wrote about particular themes or characters. I took so many notes. Why can't I be rich? This is one of those books that I wish I had my own copy of. I'll be doing a lot of xeroxing. The book gave me terrific ideas for themes to discuss on the podcast, questions to raise, and games and possible spin-off standalone episodes. Fun book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cindywho

    Most of these essays are on the silly side, intentionally or not. The only writer I'd actually read before was Sarah Zettel and I liked her essay that made some sense of the difference between the high school seasons and the post high school seasons - why the latter didn't work as well. I haven't been watching reruns, but it will probably be fun in a few years after memory has faded. (January 17, 2005)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    This book is a collection of essays from various writers, especially in the SF, Fantasy and Romance genres, on various ideas and themes portrayed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What I read was brilliant and I only didn't finish it because my life is so busy and I needed to return the book to the owner so the long line of friends who want to read it get the chance. I'll get it back again when the queue is shorter. [Copied across from Library Thing; 27 September 2012]

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I was surfing Jennifer Cruisie's site and came across the short story from this book which I had never heard of before this. Out to the library I went and I have been browsing the book for a couple of days now. It's making me nostalgic for the series and now want to go out and get the 7 seasons on DVD. Didn't end up reading every story in this but enjoyed most of the ones I did.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    The essays in this book vary in quality, but provide an enjoyable summary of the myriad ways in which Buffy the Vampire Slayer endeared itself to its fans. Highlights include essays by Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Although a few of the essays were fluffy, some of them were excellent. On the whole, I found the quality of What Would Buffy Do by Jana Riess and Why Buffy Matters by Rhonda Wilcox to be more consistent.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A hit and miss book, but better than any other movie/TV show essay book I've read. The Scott Westerfeld essay "A Slayer Comes to Town: An Essay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is excellent and will make you think about SciFi differently.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    This is a must for any Buffy fan. I was surprised, impressed, and entertained by the quality of writing and analysis. If you love Buffy and you want to understand not only why you love the show but also how it has helped construct the zeitgeist, this is one book, you shouldn't be without.

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