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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

BFI TV Classics : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book

Sunday 4 December 2005, by Webmaster

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Cover: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Anne Billson

Paperback: 12

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’In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons, from 1997 to 2003, and in that time revolutionised American TV. Created (and often written and directed) by Joss Whedon, author of the 1992 movie of the same name, this was a television series which single-handedly reinvented the high-school genre, splicing it with action, comedy and the supernatural and captivating its core teenage audience while providing enough formal experimentation, existential reflection and above all pitch-perfect writing and acting to extend the show’s appeal to viewers of all ages.

Series by series, Anne Billson unravels the magic of Buffy, examining the Slayer’s antecedents and influences and exploring how, in a broadcasting environment inimical to long-running series, Whedon and his collaborators were able to push the outside of the envelope, take so many risks and create a fully realised mythology in which the fantasy elements are underpinned by an emotional honesty that beings fresh relevance to the age-old story of the struggle between Good and Evil. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a superheroine for our times: an all-in-one role model, icon and iconoclast. Not only that, but she’s funny as well. Television would never be the same again.

192 pages, Illustrated

Published December 2005

Paperback ISBN: 1844570894

About the author

Anne Billson is a film critic and author of several books, one of which (Suckers) is a novel about vampires. She lives in Paris, France. Inspection copy available

This book is available on inspection for use on courses in the UK and Europe. Lecturers can request up to three titles at any one time. To do so, please write to bfi Publishing on headed notepaper at 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN. You will then be given 30 days to examine the book(s) and if you adopt the book on a course with 20 or so students you may keep it free of charge.