Book No. 33 – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Graphic Novel Season 8

23 Feb

I have been super freaking excited to write this particular blog because anybody that knows me well, knows that I am obsessed with Buffy The Vampire Slayer! It’s easy to understand why I would be though because in my opinion it’s one of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen and it’s only 1 of 2 TV shows that I have watched that has had a truly profound and lasting impact on me. Which is saying something because I watch ALOT of TV! Well anyways, the TV show ends after season 7 so the creator, Joss Whedon, continued the series through a graphic novel. As usual, Buffy and the scooby gang have to battle demons, vampires, and try to save the world from being destroyed. Over the course of the season 8 graphic novel, Buffy became a god, battled and slept with her ex Angel, and (SPOILER) watched him kill her mentor Giles. And then even after all that, she came through and destroyed the seed of all magic on earth! Willow with no more magic? This should be an interesting turn of events for the next graphic novel. What makes Buffy so good? Well it has many different layers to it and each character is beautiful and complex in their own way and each character has their own personal battles to overcome. Most people scoff at this graphic novel and the TV series simply because of the name : Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Most people write it off as just being some dumb show/novel about a girl who kills vampires, and yes, she does.. but the story is so much more than that. The title isn’t about what she does, rather it defines who Buffy is. She is THE vampire slayer – the chosen one, the one with all the responsibility who goes through life with the weight of the world on her shoulders. The graphic novel and TV show deal with many different themes: good and evil, honor and duty, faith and disbelief, responsibility and sacrifice, love and heartbreak, family and friends, and life and death. Buffy and her friends face many evil creatures and save the world from several apocalypses, but the demons and vampires she fights are just a metaphor for the real life demons that we all face. The apocalypses represent the feeling that we all have growing up that every tiny little thing, every mistake, every heartbreak, feels like the end of the world. We all have our monsters to face, Buffy’s are vampires and demons, but ours may be just as difficult to fight off.

There is one scene in Buffy that really resonated with me:

She is fighting a vampire who is trying to eat a little kid and after she stakes the vampire this is the conversation her and the kid she saves have:

Kid: “H-how’d you do that?”
Buffy: “It’s what I do.”
Kid: “But you’re… you’re just a girl.”
Buffy: “That’s what I keep saying.”

Even though Buffy is the “chosen” one, at the end of the day she is just a girl, like you and me. She likes boys and she cares about going to the prom and she deals with all the same problems that every regular girl has to deal with, but she also has to keep the world safe. I guess a part of me feels like if Buffy can fight off the original vampire, kill her one true love and send him to hell, AND sacrifice herself to save her sister and save the world, then I can manage to deal with day to day problems. Buffy instills in me the belief that no matter how bad it gets, we have inside of us, a great capacity to overcome.

Xo.

Taylor Jordan

 

 

 

 

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