30 days of BTVS, Day 2 : Favorite female character.

Willow. I mean, I love every female character in BTVS, I don’t think there is even one that I don’t deeply care for. But Willow always has been my favorite (with Cordy, but Cordy’s gone after season 3). I usually don’t go for the shy, nice characters. But Willow is very interesting since day one. She may be shy but she’s got guts, and she has a lot to offer, even before she becomes a witch. She is the computer/science genius, but we can see that she is a lot more than just that since the pilot. And she is the one that has the most complicated journey. The thing that makes her my favorite is that I absolutely love her in every episode, in every scene. She makes mistakes, she has flaws, but she is never not lovable, which is not the case of the other characters. I guess it has a lot to do with Alyson Hannigan too, I just can’t imagine a moment when I could not love her.

30 days of BTVS, Day 18 : A character everyone loves that you don’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Buffy. I don’t even not like her. I like her. I think she is a great female character. She is strong, funny, clever, she knows how to have fun and she is way more intelligent than she credits herself to be. And she can be a good friend. And she can be a good sister.

But she also can be very bad at those things. Yeah, she is the chosen one and she’s got a lot of responsibilities. And this is too much for a teen/young adult. And it is unfair. But it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have times when she is not a good friend, or a good sister/daughter. She makes mistakes. She has tendencies to wall herself from people when she is not okay, and it hurts people. She also can be kinda judgmental…

Well, she has flaws. Like all the other characters. But fans seem to forget her flaws. On of the reasons I left the fandom at some point, during the great forums era, is because everyone was saying how great Buffy was, how perfect she was, and every time I just wanted to point out something interesting about her but something that wasn’t so perfect about her, I got shout at and everything.

30 days of BTVS, Day 13 : Something you don’t like about the fandom.
I could actually answer that to any fandom but I really hate it when fans hate on characters. I mean, it is okay not to like a character, you can’t like them all. But when it comes to bullying other fans that like them, or expressing hate against the actors that interpret them, it is not okay. And the btvs fandom does it about two characters mostly. Dawn and Riley. I understand why they are not the favorite, but I just don’t get why the hate. It seems basically unfair, because the arguments are just so stupid like “Dawn is always sad”, yeah she lived through so much, I don’t know how she can be as good as she is actually. Or like “Riley is too normal I hate him”, you can feel he is boring, or not as interesting as the others, but hating him for it ? And then there is what I’ve read about the Once More With Feeling screenings where people boo at every Dawn scene ? What the actual fuck ? And I’m not even going to talk about the hate against Michelle Trachtenberg and Marc Blucas that was going on on the forums at the time… I mean, it makes me so sad, because BTVS is supposed to be about outcasts and outsiders and how acceptance is important and… Well the fans are supposed to relate to that, and giving the occasion, they just are as mean as anyone, they even go full bullies. This is crazy. It is the reason why I left the fandom at some point.

30 days of BTVS, Day 30 : What you wish would have happened but didn’t.

Well it isn’t something that didn’t happen during the show, but after it. The Faith/Spike spin-off. It still gets me depressed when I watch the scenes with Faith and Spike bonding in season 7, because I know it should have lead to something so much better.

I loved Faith, and even if she had one of the best arc of the show, she still was mostly a secondary character. I wish we could have seen her in more, with more responsibilities, trying to live her life, and not just running for something or trying to make amends.

Plus there was Spike in that spin-off too, and, to be honest, I could never get enough of Spike, so basically that would have been awesome. I know he went on Angel, but it was only a season and it wasn’t enough. (It was great, but not enough).

I’ll still resent Eliza Dushku for choosing not to do the spin-off. I understand, she wanted to avoid being typecasted and it must have felt like a clever choice at the time but… Well, her career wasn’t that great for some time after she left the Whedonverse, and Dollhouse showed she never did better than with Joss Whedon, so basically I am a little angry at her. Not too much, I mean, she is entitled to  her own choices of course, and I really like her as an actress… But I kinda think we would see more of her, and in more interesting things, if she had done that spin off.

(I really enjoy the Angel & Faith comics, it is not the same thing, obviously, but we have a little more of Faith and it is awesome.)

30 days of BTVS, Day 9 : Favorite season 2 episode. I’ve already talked a lot about Passion, Surprise and Innocence, so I’ll have to pick What’s My Line (part 1 & 2). I really loved the idea of another Slayer appearing. Big plot twist : Buffy wasn’t the only slayer anymore, and these two episodes are a good foretelling of season 3 and the whole Faith thing. Plus Kendra was really well written. I sometimes forget she was only in three episodes, that is how well characterized she was (and Bianca Lawson was GORGEOUS). Plus this double episode has everything : good fight scenes, a twist on the mythology of the show, torture, Drusilla being in full force at the end (and Spike not so much), new couple Xander and Cordy (I loved them so much together !), Oz finally meeting Willow, fun moments (Angel and the stuffed pig anyone ? I remember there was a website about this pig in the internet dark ages). And that very yuuuuk moment with the worm monster (one of the few moments of btvs that I can’t watch). Great episode.