It’s just so incredible… who would have thought that a TV show would have impacted me so much? I can’t believe we’re coming up on the 16 year anniversary of Buffy‘s premiere. I have officially been a fan of Whedon for half my life!
Buffy’s been on my mind today, so I wanted to write a quick post. It all started this morning when Whedonesque linked to lostboy_lj’s LiveJournal post: “The Monomythology of Buffy.” It was one of the first things I read today. A brief post accompanied with Buffy images to chronicle Buffy’s descent into the underworld and return with the boon. This sparked my interest more than your average Buffy article because this was the topic of my entire Master’s thesis. It was interesting to see what lostboy_lj plugged into each piece of the wheel as I had different selections. At some point when I’m not still working on my own research for grad school, I want to pour over his selections in more detail. For now, it just made me happy to see people are still talking about Campbell, still talking about Buffy, and still working the pop-culture to myth connection. It’s a strong connection that I’m really surprised doesn’t get talked about even more.
As I continued through my day, checking into social media as I do, I just kept seeing Buffy everywhere. This is of course because I follow fellow fans on Twitter and pages like SlayerLit on Facebook. In fact, SlayerLit posted 3 new articles on Buffy today from just the last few days. I simply must link to them. I’ll confess I haven’t had a chance to read them all yet, but I plan to. And if you’re here, you’d probably like to read them too:
It’s nothing new that people are still talking about Buffy – it just makes me crazy happy that they are. This show has so much depth, substance, and life in it. Not to mention, Buffy was as much of my high school experience as anyone else I met sophomore year. There’s no doubt that the nostalgia factor is just as important to me as the brilliance of the series. And the fact that I was able to take my best friend Buffy with me from high school into college and then into the world of academia in graduate school and beyond… it’s really been a great journey.