Why Buffy Matters

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Why Buffy Matters
Why Buffy Matters (Buffyverse).jpg
Author Rhonda Wilcox
Subject Buffyverse
Genre academic publication, Media Study
Publisher I. B. Tauris
Publication date
October 13, 2005
Pages 256
ISBN 1-84511-029-3
OCLC 60513984

Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an academic publication relating to the fictional Buffyverse established by TV series, Buffy and Angel.

Book description[edit]

Rhonda Wilcox, (an editor of Slayage: the online journal) presents an argument for Buffy as an art form as worthy of respect and acknowledgment as film or literature. She highlights depth of characters and symbolism in the show.

The start of the book deals with everything from the significance of the characters' names in relation to their identities to parallels between Buffy and the Harry Potter saga, while the last half of the book offers analyses of seven of Buffy's episodes. ("Surprise", "Innocence", "The Zeppo", "Hush", "Restless", "The Body", and "Once More, with Feeling".)


Chapter Title
"There Will Never Be a 'Very Special' Buffy: Symbol and Language"
"Pain as Bright as Steel: Mythic Striving and Light as Pain"
"I Think I Can Name Myself: Naming and Identity in BtVS"
"When Harry Met Buffy: Buffy Summers, Harry Potter, and Heroism"
"Every Night I Save You: Buffy, Spike, Sex and Redemption"
"Show Me Your World: Exiting the Text and the Globalization of Buffy"
"Love and Loss: It's Not Over - Time, Love, and Loss in 'Surprise'/'Innocence'"
"Laughter: Xander, Laughter, and 'The Zeppo'"
"Fear: Power, Silence and Fear in 'Hush'"
"Poetry: T.S. Eliot Comes to Television: 'Restless'"
"Death: Quality TV and the Supernatural in 'The Body'"
"Song: Once, More with Textual Feeling"