Welcome to Mythtaken
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer means a huge amount to me. The ambition of the storytelling, the detailed characterisation and the epic themes the show explores make it my favourite series of all time.
Over the past few years, I’ve been consuming a vast number of essays, books, podcasts and YouTube videos about the Buffy phenomenon. There are so many fascinating and varied perspectives on the show. But I wanted a chance to record my own reactions to Buffy and share the lessons I have learned from the series.
Right up front I want to give a shout-out to the writers and creators who have inspired me to create my own Buffy blog posts, because their insights have revealed to me how fruitful a critical analysis of Buffy can be.
First up, Passion of the Nerd’s Buffy Guide on YouTube introduced me to the world of Buffyology. These video essays are thoughtful, fascinating and also surprisingly moving.
The Buffy Guide led me to Mark Field’s book, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Myth, Metaphor and Morality, which offers detailed analysis of the philosophy of the show. Thanks to this book I now identify as an absurdist! It taught me a huge amount about how the series treats the concept of evil and how the writers use multiple layers of metaphor to create their mythic stories.
I also love Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies. The fact that it exists brings me so much joy. The journal’s high-level academic analysis of Buffy is incredibly thought-provoking and informative. It offered me perspectives on the show which I never would have thought of and gave me the permission to criticise as well as praise.
Finally, the podcast Dusted has helped me both as a viewer and as a writer. Their detailed beat-by-beat breakdown of every Buffy episode has inspired me to ask new questions about structure, character, plot and theme.
It is inevitable that these amazing works will influence my perspective, but I hope that I will also be able to bring some original analysis to the study of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as my own personal experience.
This is a chance for me to explore and question my own relationship to Buffy, but I hope that you, dear reader, will also take something from it, and that you may see the show in a new light.
It is my hope that once I have completed a guide to all seven seasons of Buffy that I will get a chance to explore Joss Whedon’s other TV series: Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse… But only time will tell. That’s a whole lotta episodes after all.
This journey begins with a guide to the very first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer… Welcome to the Hellmouth.