It’s been a long time since the first time I watched Buffy, not the movie, the TV series. I recently started to watch the series again and I had forgotten how great the show was.
It may have started out as young adult–true love between vampire and slayer. I could see the honest appeal, but when I started watching Buffy I wasn’t a teen. I was a grown woman raising a child on her own.
The characters were amazing. Let me help you recall some of them. Of course Buffy always fell for the good, bad guys like Angel, and Spike. Xander fell for a praying mantis teacher, a life sucking mummy, the went for a long romance with Cordelia (what a nightmare that was), and eventually wanted to marry an ex-demon named Anya. Willow was the most stable falling for the Oz the werewolf and then Tara the witch.
I loved them all.
The big bads were pretty fun too. First year it was the Master, the next Angleous, later the mayor of Sunnydale, and Glory. There’s more but those are my favorites.
The characters were good but the magic was in the simple fact the audience knew everything — secrets, desires, fears — when most of the characters did not. So when Buffy went to face the Master even when she knew she was going to die, we held our breaths and died a little too. We knew how afraid she was and how brave.
It’s moments like that I’d like to learn to capture on the page. I’ve read about inner and outer conflict, and what it can to do enhance the read. It can change mediocre to powerful.
Have you watched anything lately that amazed you? Tell me about it, so I can check it out too.