10 Reasons Buffy is Still Awesome!

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Just yesterday I was looking over some old quotes I had on my computer and I came across one I made with a quote from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.  So, naturally, I started getting nostalgic and decided to watch the 7th and last season of the show  and immediately I remembered why I love this show is one of my all-time favorite shows, EVER!!

Now I could go on and on about how good this show is and how much I love it (literally, I could go a whole 24 hours talking about it and still not have covered everything awesome about the show).  Instead, I’m going to give you 10 reasons Buffy is still awesome!

1.The vampires!  Hello, anyone who knows me knows that vampires are my favorite monsters but besides hunting vampires, Buffy, her watcher, Giles and her best friends, Xander and Willow, fight and conquer every supernatural being to ever hit Sunnydale (which also happens to be on a Hellmouth). We’re talking zombies, ghosts, evil witches, werewolves, giant snakes, Dracula, mummies, and demons.  Hell, she even took down a God once.  A  freaking God!

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2.She did most of this while still in high school! Buffy started slaying when she was only fifteen years old and it was no easy task.  She was battling demons while still trying to have a social life, which as anyone knows, is pivotal for teenagers.  Buffy had to grow up real fast and that is something I know all too well.  She was different and being the only slayer in the entire world, even with her friends around, she often felt alone.  I felt like that all through my childhood into my young adult years.

3. Buffy is the definition of a strong female character and a superhero!  I’ve seen Wonder Woman.  I used to watch her when I was a kid. I had She-Ra and Cheetara (Thundercats, Ho!) action figures.  I used to love Storm from X-Men and Xena, the Warrior Princess was another one of my favorite shows in the nineties but it was Buffy who I connected to the most.  She was a teenager like me and she was fighting the forces of darkness, with the help of supernatural super powers, while keeping a secret identity (and she didn’t even have to change her name).  Buffy is my favorite super hero!

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4.She and her friends really are characters you can connect to!  Life is messy and people are complicated.  She’s the good guy but she wrestles with her darkness just like anyone else.  She doesn’t want to be a super hero.  She just wants to be a normal girl.  She was the reluctant hero who stepped up anyway because the world needed her.  Buffy and her friends faced real-life matters such as teen suicide, domestic abuse, a broken heart, addiction, and a number of other things.

5.The Sarcasm!  Buffy and her friends are known for their sarcastic and witty sense of humor.  It’s pretty much every other word in every single episode right down to the very last.  They had to be sarcastic.  They wouldn’t have survived on the hellmouth without it!

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6.The show dealt with many different social issues.  Homosexuality, sexism, and bullying are among the many social issues fearlessly tackled by the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, who was so creative in how he had the characters deal with these issues that the show gained respect throughout the world

7.Joss Whedon is a creative genius!  I love Joss Whedon.  He said in an interview once that the way the characters speak in the show is the way he speaks in real life.  All that sarcasm had to come from somewhere. After the flop of the movie, where Joss actually walked out on because the studio wouldn’t follow his vision, bringing it to TV was something Joss almost gave up on.  He persevered though and look at the success! He is now one of the most sought after writers in Hollywood!

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8.There is never a happy ending in romantic relationships!  Relationships in the Buffy world don’t last, yet it’s this very real and very complicated look at love and sex that keeps us going back for more.  We want to see the couples make it and when they don’t, we grieve.  We relate to this.  When these characters hurt, we hurt.

9.Her best friends were my fantasy best friends!  I had very few friends in high school and out of those friends, none of them would have had my back the way Xander, Willow, Giles, Oz, Angel, Spike, and Riley did.  We all want friends like that.

10.The show had EVERYTHING!  It was scary. It was funny.  It was emotional.  It has sex, violence, and romance.  This show literally had everything and when a show has it all, how can you not love it?!

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