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Why we like vampire slayers, especially Buffy! December 29, 2009

Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment.
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From LA Weekly.com

A friend was asking me who started a lot of this vampire craze because so many authors say it was them. But I also think a little TV show had something to do with the current popularity of the vamps. When Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out in the late 1990s, I thought it was a pretty funny and entertaining series. But check out this article from Reason.com by Virginia Postrel. Apparently there was a lot more going on in that series. Here’s an excerpt from her article:

Buffy assumes and enacts the consensus moral understanding of contemporary American culture, the moral understanding that the wise men ignored or forgot. This understanding depends on no particular religious tradition. It’s informed not by revelation but by experience. It is inclusive and humane, without denying distinctions or the tough facts of life. There are lots of jokes in Buffy — humor itself is a moral imperative — but no psychobabble and no excuses. Here are some of the show’s precepts, a sample of what Americans believe:

Evil exists. Evildoers deliberately inflict pain on others. Sometimes they do so because they enjoy watching others suffer. Sometimes they do so to assert or gather power. Often they seek both immediate pleasure and long-term gain. Whether they seek to rule the world or to humiliate high school losers, evildoers lack empathy. They lie. They manipulate the vulnerabilities of others. The truly evil are abetted by the weak and venal, who assist them out of fear, ambition, anger, or hate. The servants of evil are evil as well.

Redemption is possible. The once-evil can change. Vampires can reclaim their souls. Catty alpha girl Cordelia can learn to be nice. But true redemption exacts a price. Penitents must face what they’ve done. They must suffer. Faith, a second Slayer (long story there) who “went all evil and started killing people,” must willingly go to prison for her crimes. Andrew, the nerd manipulated by grandiose dreams of godhood, must admit that he, not some outside force, killed his best friend. There’s no cheap grace in the Buffyverse.

OK — That’s deep and more than I wanna think about tonight. But to read her whole article CLICK HERE. And let me know what you think. Was Buffy a pivotal factor in the current popularity of vampire/paranormal romance books? If not — who was or is?


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1. D Salvagin - December 30, 2009

I have never seen an episode of BUFFY. Therefore it is difficult if not impossible for me to say it started the vampire ball rolling. The current mania for vampires I think got its impetus from The Twilight Series. Before Edward and Bella there was hardly any movement on the vampire shelves at the bookstore. I could be wrong, I’m a newbie to all things Paranormal.
P.S. It took alot to confess about BUFFY.

2. Diana McCabe - December 30, 2009

Well — Charlaine’s books were printed before Twilight. Ditto for LKH. And even Anne Rice. And I’m prolly leaving others out. But for YA — maybe it was Twight. But for the rest of the readers — I’d say it started before that? What do you guys think?

d.


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