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.
These few lines would start a lifetime obsession with Buffy, the popular valley girl with some not so average problems. After the events of the eponymous film, Buffy is transferred to Sunnydale High over what is known as the Hellmouth or an inter dimensional gateway between this world and the next. It explains the paranormal activity. The metaphor Joss Whedon and his staff are going for is that ‘High School is Hell’. No one leaves high school without scars or echoes.
Joss designed Buffy to carry on in our hearts long after the series.
When I created Buffy, I wanted to create a female icon, but I also wanted to be very careful to surround her with men that not only have no problem with the idea of a female leader, but were in fact engaged and even attracted to the idea. – Joss Whedon
Joss created Buffy as wanting her to be an insignificant girl with extraordinary powers. Modelled after 80’s action heroes like Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley.
To celebrate Buffy and Halloween, I am writing a series of essays that i’m calling The Slayer Series. Starting with my beloved Xander. Xander is more then just a watcher, he is a hero in his own right.
Xander Rising: Why Xander Harris is the unsung hero of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Coming soon to #Jeffsnotthatfunny