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{May 5, 2013}   What Would Buffy Do?

anya from the bodybuffy wwbdI ask myself that a lot. In times of craziness, if I’m stuck in some kind of Hellmouthy situation or just plain want to punch some idiot in the face, my inner voice, rather, one of my inner voices, whispers “what would Buffy do?”.
Since I obviously can’t go around staking my way through life, which, when I really think about it though, would sure simple things up a lot… uh, forget I said that last part. There will be no staking on my watch.
The pointy point I’m trying to make is, in case you haven’t picked up on it already, I’m slightly(completely)obsessed with all things Buffy.
I know.
But how can I not? Buffy Anne Summers saved the world. A lot. And not just the thousand and one apocalypses she and her Scoobies averted, I’m talking about real-life worlds and real-life people who, through the magic of television/comics/books/etc have had their own personal world saved through a creation of Joss Whedon’s brain.
Pshaw, you may say. How can a silly show with a silly title be so important as to be called a life-saver? To that I say, apparently you’ve never watched Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
I can write an entire manifesto on the influence Buffy has had on my life and at some point, I probably will. I can establish a connection with nearly every episode easily, but now is not the time because the only Buffy episode running through my mind these days is The Body, the episode where Buffy finds her Mother dead on her own couch. I’ve always had a hard time with that episode because I’m a pre-worrier; I knew without a shadow of a doubt that someday I would be in Buffy’s stylish yet affordable boots. But that would be in the future, far far in the future.
I certainly didn’t expect my own Mother to die two weeks ago.
So now I understand too well why Buffy falls to her knees and vomits.
Now I understand the stoic look on her face, the efforts to hold back the tears because things have to be done.
Death comes for us all, hell, even Buffy died twice but she came back. Moms don’t come back and no amount of wishing can make it so.

Dammit, I did it again didn’t I? It’s like I can’t do anything without mentioning the loss of my Mom.
I started this wondering WWBD, intending to write something light and fluffy and full of Buffy-love yet this uncontrollable mind of mine has a mind of it’s own. So here’s what I’m gonna do; the following words were said by Anya, a former vengeance demon with no understanding of death:

Anya’s Speech in the Body.
Anya: But I don’t understand! I don’t understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean I knew her and then she’s , .. there’s just a body and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore. It’s stupid. It’s mortal and stupid. And Xander’s crying and not talking and I was having fruit punch and I thought well Joyce will never have anymore fruit punch ever, and she’ll never have eggs or yawn or brush her hair, not ever and no one will explain to me why..

No one can explain, Anya, that’s why no one is telling you how this all happens, because not a one of us knows.

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Buffy is a deep philosophical character. Here is a link to a Thesis written about Buffy. http://davidlavery.net/Collected_Works/Essays/I_Wrote_My_Thesis.pdf



For some reason that link didn’t work for me but I’m very interested in checking it out. Is that available on Slayage (I think that’s the name, I just save everything Buffy in a Buffy file)?
I think I own most of the books about Buffy (re philosophy, religion, etc) anything that delves deeply into the characters as well as the usual Watcher’s Guides etc. I’m determined to get to that link though! Thank you!



Sorry the link did not work. In google search for Buffy Studies. Many Universities teach courses on Buffy. You should find this result:
[PDF]
Buffy Studies as an Academic Cult I – David Lavery
davidlavery.net/Collected_Works/Essays/I_Wrote_My_Thesis.pdf‎
“I wrote my thesis on you!”: Buffy Studies as an Academic Cult. Spike, my boy, you really don’t get it! Do you? You tried to kill her, but you couldn’t. Look at you.

Hope this helps.
-R



Thank you! It does and I will! And I’m immediately brought back to “Checkpoint” and that scene with Spike and Lydia :-)



I’m a BIG Buffy and Angel fan too! Great stuff!



we have MUCH in common :D I love anything that comes from Joss Whedon’s mind!



billgncs says:

my youngest and I watched Buffy together… and I remember the day when she came home and said — “Oh no, I am culturally irrelevant!”
What do you mean I asked -
she had made a buffy reference to a much younger girl at church as received only a blank stare…



ha!!! it’s that darn glittery Edward! :D tell your daughter she’s in good company and she should keep on watching so when she goes to college she can take the courses on Buffy, lol, i can’t think of another show that has college courses dedicated to the study of the show, they study BTVS at Oxford and some colleges in the states :)
thanks for commenting!



billgncs says:

one more Buffy story… Our neighbor’s girl the same age as mine wasn’t allowed to watch Buffy. She somehow found out that they repeated the episodes at 05:00 AM and would sneak down from her bedroom to watch it without anyone knowing….

that’s a powerful show :)



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