Blue and black fog gathers around the scene. There are ruminants of screams and distant howling…pretty typical for a horror film huh? But wait, the starlet of the show is making her entrance! A petite, blond teenage girl enters the cemetery gates with a splintering wooden stake in hand. Her name is Buffy Summers and slaying vampires is her specialty. Of course, vampires do not exist in our world: Neither does Buffy Summers. She is the main character of a formerly wild popular show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, in Sara Blevin’s eyes, Buffy is more than a symbol of feminism and altruism.
Sara was in college trying to complete her English major, when her best friend at the time, Todd begged her to take an independent study course with him.
“Even though the show was running while I was a teenager, I didn’t watch it until then. Todd begged me to take the class with him and another friend of ours. That meant I got to watch all seven seasons in just under a month.”
Buffy first made her television debut in March of 1997 courtesy of writer and producer Joss Wheadon. The opening pilot depicts a teenager girl much like every other teenage girl…except that she has been kicked out of school and she has been known save the citizens of SunnyDale quite often. Throughout the duration of the show, Buffy becomes a young woman. With that comes: falling in love for the first time, getting a job, graduating high school, and a whole lot more. Wheadon embraced that women could be powerful and vulnerable both at the same time. Sara, a feminist and human after all, found so much more in Buffy that could be seen in forty five minutes per episode.
“Buffy is in many ways a constant reminder to be my best self. That humans are humans, even when they are monsters and we all have the power to be a chosen one or a lifeless female stereotype. But you get to make the choice.”
Wheadon stated that he wrote the show, “as a response to the helpless damsels in distress characters he saw in typical horror films, as he felt women needed better screen idols to look up to.” Throughout seven seasons, Buffy was rebelling against higher power. You could say that on Mondays she resisted conformity by disobeying the principal and one Tuesday nights she refused to fall victim to a vampire bite. Regardless of whom she fought against, she never wavered in her fighting. Before Buffy, women were sex symbols in the horror genre; in films like Scream a women’s sexuality was preyed upon. Viewers watched as Buffy fell in love with (and later had to kill) her vampire beau, Angel, this added the element of love into the mix of her womanhood. Her young woman must face falling in love at least once and Buffy was no different. She also faces the challenges of raising her sister after her mother’s death, getting a job, and finding another job when she gets fired. Buffy was a symbol of hope for women everywhere. She fought the good fight while juggling everyday life.
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