Buffy Vs Bella Comparison Of Female Roles

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Vampires have held an interest for many even before Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. I always found it ironic that in most of these tales women were portrayed as the victims. To my knowledge until Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out there were few if any stories about vampires that had a female heroine. Buffy stood out for me with its characterizations of strong female heroines. Not only the main character, but many of the female supporting characters on the show were strong women. Maybe not like Buffy who was physically, and supernaturally, strong, but in mind. This not only included the so called good guys, but the bad guys were strong women characters to. It seemed the shows emphasis was on strong women. Women were no longer the just the pray in vampire tales they were the hero, or villain. Then Stephenie Mayer comes along and creates the Twilight Saga and blows away all of Joss Whedon’s hard work. I’ll start my comparison of the two main characters by first telling you about their creators.
Joss Whedon is a scriptwriter for both television, and film, he has produced both television and feature films. Mr. Whedon has written comic books, acted, and composed music. He founded Mutant Enemy productions, and co-founded Bellwether Pictures. He is the creator of such television shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doll House, Firefly, and Angel. He wrote and directed the movie Serenity, as well as co-wrote the movies Toy Story, and Cabin in the Woods. He directed the movie Marvel’s The Avengers, currently considered the third highest grossing film of all time. (Joss Whedon- Wikipedia.org)
Stephenie Mayer Is a young adult fiction writer, and film producer. She wrote the bestselling Twilight saga, The Host and a collection of short stories entitled Prom Nights from Hell. Her Twilight Novels have sold over one hundred million copies worldwide. She was the bestselling author for the years 2008, and 2009 in the United States. Her Twilight Saga books, as well as the book The Host were made into feature films. (Stephenie Mayer- Wikipedia. org)
While both creators have impressive credentials Joss Whedon worked years to gain his fame, while Stephenie seemed to gain hers nearly over night. Until she had decided to write the novel Twilight Ms. Mayer had been a stay at home mother. She claims that she got the idea to write Twilight from a very vivid dream that she had one night. (Mayer) Mr. Whedon claims his inspiration for Buffy came from his aversion so seeing the stereotype of the blond woman running into the alleyway to get killed. (Joss Whedon- Wikipedia.org) He has made it widely known that he was very unhappy with the 1992 movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as his original scrip was extensively rewritten. (Anonymous)
Finally we get to the two characters that Mr. Whedon and Ms. Mayer created. First there is Buffy Anne Summers. Buffy at first seems a normal teenaged girl. She likes clothes wants what other teenage girls seem to want. To have...

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