Makes me want to binge Buffy again!
I requested this book for a few reasons:
1. I love Buffy, she is tough and snarky and very cool!
2. I love Angel, he is handsome, brooding and a good vampire (Mostly).
3. I love Spike, he is hilarious and crazy!
4. It was listed in the category of “Arts and Photography”. So I thought there would be a lot of reminiscing about the show and photos to boot.
Alas there wasn’t any photos, but there are a ton online so it wasn’t hard to find a bunch for my review. Though there was certainly a lot of reminiscing but also much more. The book has interviews of cast, crew and fans and delves into things like how Buffy the Vampire Slayer, (which will have premiered 25 years ago by the time the book is released) was not only a cultural phenomenon but ahead of its time for focusing on female empowerment.
Evan Katz doesn’t shy away from the disparity between highlighting the show as a feminist touchpoint and the fact that many years later allegations were made against its’ creator Joss Whedon for creating a toxic work environment. I hadn’t known about those allegations prior to reading this since I have had my head in books since 2017 and haven’t watched much entertainment news. However, it certainly needed to be addressed and Katz did that early on in the book.
Katz readily admits just how much he loves both the show and Sarah Michelle Gellar herself and is not afraid of putting his feelings out there in a witty and self depreciating manner. I not only enjoyed this, but totally understood his feelings since I loved the show nearly as much as Katz.
“When Tom Cruise tells Renée Zellweger “You complete me” in Jerry Maguire? It’s very that steez for Buffy and me, but objectively less reciprocal.”
“It became my “thing,” intrinsic to my being years before my homosexuality or Judaism came to dominate my cultural identity. Before I was an American, I was a Buffy fan, I would joke. But I wasn’t joking. I loved this show. I loved to love this show. And I loved how much people seemed to love my love for this show (“seemed to” being the operative words).”
Katz also mentions the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie starring Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry and host of others. As all of us Buffy fans know, the movie that the TV show was based on was very different than the show in a multitude of ways. Though I like the quote in the book which tells how the film-makers took Joss Whedon’s admittedly dark humor and turned it into schlocky horror.
“Schlocky Horror” is exactly what comes to mind when I think of the Buffy movie. Not that the show didn’t have some of that at times, but the show had so much more as well. It had wit, fun, romance, awesome characters, camaraderie and the dark humor to top it all off. Like Zander, I think many of the fans had some “what wold Buffy do” moments, especially us girls when confronted with monsters in our lives.
The book was overall an enlightening and enjoyable nostalgic look at the iconic TV show.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.