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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Anne Billson



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BFI Publishing
01 December 2005
Television; Fiction-related items; Popular culture; Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BTVS)
'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.
By:   Anne Billson
Imprint:   BFI Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   annotated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   285g
ISBN:   9781844570898
ISBN 10:   1844570894
Series:   BFI TV Classics
Pages:   154
Publication Date:   01 December 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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