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abookaweek 2012: week forty-one

2012 October 14
by Romy

Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery

Category: Non-fiction

Story: A collection of academic essays around Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Opinion: I picked up this book because a) I love Buffy, and b) I’m a fairly superficial TV watcher, so I wanted someone to point out and discuss the aspects I tend to miss as a casual watcher. I’ve started re-watching the show from the start recently, and I’m definitely picking up on things that I missed in my umpteen previous viewings, after reading this book.

On the whole, however, this book was just a bit too academic and, dare I say it, haughty for me. While I enjoyed essays discussing American Christianity v. Buffy’s vampires, I was turned off by one chapter which discussed why we are “denied an erotic queer reading of Buffy and Willow’s relationship.”

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