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Bring Buffy Back

on August 15, 2011 in Misc 8 Comments »

So in my last post I talked about what it was like being a kid back in Mad Men days, when little girls like me weren’t supposed to like playing with swords – neither the fencing nor swashbuckling kind.  Then in the post before that (Toughening Up) I talked about real self-defense/martial arts/whatever ya got and how I tried to make it real while writing fight scenes in The Compass Master.  (There are only a few; I’m not that belligerent.)

Anyway, my blog pal Hart (Confessions of a Watery Tart) asked if YouTube has videos of self defense and fight scenes that could be handy for us writers. I haven’t had a chance to explore those and other sources yet, but I promise to do so within the next couple weeks.  I’ll also guide you all to anything helpful that you could use.

What did kinda stump me was when Hart asked if Buffy, as in the Vampire Slayer, had unrealistic fight scenes, but I couldn’t answer her because I’ve only seen a few Buffy episodes and that was a while ago. See, that show was kinda after my time, age wise, so I’ve mostly caught it only in reruns. Still, I was curious so I looked to see if the Denver library system had some Buffy DVD sets. Turns out a) yes, they do and lots of them for all the seasons; and b) almost all of them were checked out, which tells you how popular that series still is. I finally managed to get my grubby hands on one much used  set, in this case the complete third season. And after reviewing just one disc with four episodes I have to ask a couple questions. The first one is…

WHY WASN’T BUFFY AROUND WHEN I WAS A KID BACK IN MAD MEN DAYS OR AT LEAST WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AND COULD ’VE REALLY USED A COOL ROLE MODEL LIKE BUFFY?

And my second question is…

HOW THE HELL DID WE DEVOLVE FROM BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TO BELLA IN THE TWILIGHT SERIES?

Now in all fairness I haven’t read the Twilight series, only a lot of stuff about them, both pro and con, and there must be something good in them to sell a gazillion copies.  But my niece said that at her high school (she’s now in college) the kids were divided into two camps: slavering, avid Twilight fans (only females, no males) and rabid Twilight haters (both genders) who claimed that the books could be summed up in one sentence: Bella’s choice is to fuck the vampire or fuck the werewolf, and she makes the wrong choice. (Their words, not mine.)

I also know a couple people (adults!) who read and liked the Twilight books but said that Bella was so whiny and self-pitying, especially in the second book, that they wanted to slap her.

I mean, even as a non-cognoscente outsider on the issue it seems pretty obvious to me that Buffy is a far better role model for young women than Bella, has gobs more going for her, and as a fictional character can carry her own show through several seasons because she’s intriguing all on her lonesome, and not because of who she’s dating.

So am I right?  Very wrong?

After watching some more Buffy shows and other stuff I’ll get back to you on fighting techniques.  In the meantime, Buffy has gained another fan.