Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Obsessed

I have to say something, and you’re not going to like it. It’s about Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I love it. I more than love it, I obsess over it. Joss Whedon, the creator of the Buffyverse, is absolutely brilliant. His characters are amazingly well rounded, the plots are maybe a little cheesy but also well rounded and his metaphors are nothing short of brilliant. The entire seven season run of Buffy proves that he has a way of speaking to audiences, a way that few others can truly touch.

I have rewatched the show many, many times – I own all seven seasons on DVD. Now, you may be thinking, “how can she hate Twilight but love Buffy?” The answer is simple – Buffy is well written and heart pounding, Twilight is not. Buffy is about character relationships at their best and worst – it features a female lead who is strong, independent, and completely, beautifully flawed. Twilight features a female lead who is boring, dependent, can do nothing for herself, and is needlessly clingy to a manipulative vampire who keeps loving her and leaving her.

Buffy has what Twilight lacks – self respect. It has a true understanding of what people go through in life – how they grow up, the problems they face, the people they love and are hurt by. Every single one of its characters lives and breathes on their own – what would the characters of Twilight be without Bella? They live and breathe around her, revolve around her, and she is so pitiful that it’s hard to sit by and watch them destroy themselves over her. But the characters of Buffy have lives of their own, personalities of their own, and they come and go as they please when need be.

Buffy teaches us to be strong, to fight when we need to, and ask for help when it gets a little too hard. It teaches us to live our lives, be our own people. Twilight teaches us about loving to the point of obsession, it teaches us to chase men who treat us badly and to look up to them for all the answers. It teaches us to depend on other men for our livelihood.

Personally, as a female, I prefer Buffy’s message because it says that it’s okay to be a strong and independent woman. Twilight scares me because even after reading just one book, I feel nearly brainwashed enough to go ask my boyfriend to lock me in the closet where I’ll be safe from myself.

Does that seem right to you?

2 Responses to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Obsessed”
  1. Bravo, fantastic and amazing. I totally love your second paragraph and I love your take on the message of the two works. This is a great post.
    Let us hope that Buffy continues to be watched for a long time yet to come.

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