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Thursday, April 14 2011

“I’d Very Still”: Anthropology of a Lapsed Fan

Joss Whedon has not only created great shows; he caused fans to reach out to other fans to share their mutual enthusiasm for shows and for specific characters within shows. Here Lily Rothman writes of her involvement with others who came together thanks to Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Thursday, April 14 2011

Whedon and Company: Worlds Await

The formal creation of Buffy Studies -- and therefore Whedon Studies -- was born with the creation of the online journal Slayage 10 years ago. Here the coeditor of Slayage, Rhonda V. Wilcox, offers some reflections on our obsessions with the output of a certain TV creator.


Tuesday, April 12 2011

Joss Whedon: Pioneer of the Body Count

Among Joss Whedon's greatest contributions to television has been the continual use of the Body Count, the willingness to kill off recurring characters in order to ratchet up the narrative tension and create a sense of danger.


Monday, April 11 2011

The Power of Fandom in the Whedonverse

While viewers watch television and film for entertainment, it's easy to forget that these media are industries. In this essay the changing relationships between creators, studios, distributors, and an increasingly active fandom are examined.


Thursday, April 7 2011

The Big Bad Universe: Good and Evil According to Joss Whedon

Most of Joss Whedon's work has been characterized by Big Bads. But the lines separating Good and Evil are more complex than one might expect.


Columns

Tuesday, October 4 2011

Beyond Jodie Dallas: TV's 10 Most Important LGBT Characters

Several "best" or "favorite" LGBT TV character lists have popped up in recent years, but they don't always include the most important LGBT characters. So, we pay tribute to the ten(ish) most significant LGBT characters in US television history.


Wednesday, September 7 2011

Trickster-Heroes in 'Buffy' and 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'

While Spike represents a moral alternative to Buffy’s heroism, the Arthurian Green Knight's tricks -- including a gruesome beheading -- end as mere a parlor game. Spike is the superior trickster.


Reviews

Wednesday, December 11 2013

Why Are So Many Still Fascinated with 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'?

Cover to cover, Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a solid collection, well rounded, well researched, and written in an accessible tone.


Sunday, December 12 2004

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Seventh Season

Joss Whedon says, 'We sort of worship at the same altar. Me and my staff are the biggest Buffy nerds alive.'


Monday, June 16 2003

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season

That is, the season that many fans have called out as disjointed and erratic, maddening and disappointing. To a point, the complaint is justified, as Joss Whedon and company tend to concede. But only to a point.


Monday, June 17 2002

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

As to the rejection of my understanding of the connection between lesbianism and witchcraft on 'Buffy', I have never said that BVS's creator or writers made a conscious (and consciously homophobic) decision to directly cast lesbianism as social pathology and physical addiction.


Blogs

Wednesday, July 14 2010

Buffy Vs. Edward: These Things Can Become Pretty Twisted

Recent history makes clear that society is not always progressing. Take vampires, for example -- or at least the mythologies surrounding them. While the undead


Thursday, December 17 2009

When TV Became Art: What We Owe to Buffy

In a New York Magazine essay, Emily Nussbaum argues that TV became Art in this past decade. But thanks to Buffy that had already happened at the end of the previous one.


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