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Get to know me meme [15/15] Favorite TV shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.

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get to know me meme: tv shows [1/10]
buffy the vampire slayer

Yes, it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after. Liar.

a better season 7, #2

Okay, this idea might not be popular, but I think Anya should have left after Selfless.

I love Anya, but she was given nothing to do for most of the season. And sitting around doing nothing undermined what seemed to be a significant development for her. She should have left Sunnydale to find herself.

And then she comes back at the end of the season, more confident, full of well-earned wisdom, to pep the gang up with her particular brand of honesty and humour, and we all appreciate how much we love her and how much she’s grown. 

(getting Anya off the show would also have freed up some time in a season that was doing too much and not accomplishing much, and freed up some budget to pay more actors to return to the show as the First)

rollinginbooks asked:

susan pevensie, sleepwalking/sleeptalking, at home in a thunderstorm.

Um, so. This fill A) has approximately nothing to do with the prompt (though Susan does technically sleeptalk, and is at home during a thunderstorm), B) isn’t especially fluffy, and C) accidentally turned into a fic that I kind of implicitly promised @rthstewart that I’d write several years ago as a companion to my remix of her lovely ficlet. Also it’s a BtVS crossover and a TLB fixit. But you know, I wasn’t getting anywhere at all with my more straightforward approaches, so I went with the one that was actually willing to be wrangled into writable form. *hands* Brains, man. Brains are downright weird. (1,450 words)

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But Every Hour Is Saved from That Eternal Silence
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Susan stretches in her chair, groaning as her vertebrae pop and realign. Her neck crackles as she rolls her head from side to side, and she can feel a low, insidious ache taking root behind her eyes from too many hours of fruitless reading. The racket of Shoreditch pouring in through the open windows isn’t helping, but closing them would be even worse in the abominable heat that summer has brought on as a last challenge before autumn’s onset. 

She thinks a thunderstorm may be brewing, and hopes it breaks before much longer. 

“I’m going to kip for an hour or so, before I start seeing double,” she says over her shoulder to Alice, who murmurs agreement without looking up from her own book. 

They have a portal to locate and barricade within the next week, unless they want half of England to be swallowed by a random hell dimension. As Susan has a slight aversion to facing catastrophes that could range from an invading demonic horde to a sudden need to learn how to breathe chlorine gas, she would prefer to find the mystical doorway sooner rather than later. She suspects her countrymen would concur. 

In her more rational moments, she doesn’t blame the Watchers’ Council for losing track of one relatively inactive portal during the Blitz. The bombs smashed London’s magical infrastructure along with the physical, and, Hellmouths aside, dimensional weak points tend to be intermittent and migratory even without that kind of disruption. In her less forgiving moments, though, Susan is furious. Those self-righteous prigs wouldn’t even know the portal was a concern if she hadn’t stumbled across a record of one of its previous activations in a battered secondhand spellbook, and she still suspects their avowed confidence in her ability to handle the problem alone is simply a polite way to avoid saying they don’t believe her warnings. 

(She would have called her family in for help, but they’re all at the Professor’s house reminiscing about Narnia. Susan prefers to live in the world she’s been given rather than the one she was forced to leave behind. This one, at least, she can still protect.) 

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Buffy versus Gender Studies: Political Lesbian.

If you read any sort of works about Buffy the Vampire Slayer coming from the academia you’re basically accustomed to them being shit. Ideological nonsense, poor knowledge of the source material, bullshit and general low quality are to be expected but every once in a while you stumble upon an idiocy of such proportions that it still menages to blow your mind. This one’s from a book Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan by Lorna Jowett. It’s unreal. I am actually impressed that a mere human could create so much bullshit writing about a 90s TV show with only 66 words and I’ve been a member of this fandom for years. Trust me, I have seen some shit! Without further ado here goes:

Willow’s sexual difference is generally identified (named) as “gay” rather than “lesbian.” She is never identified as bisexual, and her sexual identity is constructed within and upholds the binary opposition between hetero- and homosexuality and thus between the gender categories “male” and “female.” Given that the sexual element of this identity is largely removed, I am almost tempted to suggest that Willow is a political lesbian.

OK, let’s unpack this fucker!

Willow’s sexual difference is generally identified (named) as “gay” rather than “lesbian.” 

She refers to herself as a lesbian in “Checkpoint” ( We’re lesbian, gay-type lovers. ) and…wait a second. What’s the difference?! Willow is gay and clearly a woman. Is that not a definition of a lesbian?

Given that the sexual element of this identity is largely removed…

Um…

I am almost tempted to suggest that Willow is a political lesbian.

Enough!

You might want to ask, what the fuck is a political lesbian? Basically, a political lesbian is not a lesbian. Political lesbian is a straight woman who sleeps with women because she detests men. Lorna is almost tempted to suggest that Willow is not gay and dates Tara and Kennedy because she detests men. Aside from being completely ridiculous when confronted with the actual script this idea does strike me as pretty homophobic as well, but hey, what do I know? Obviously the show makes it abundantly clear that Willow is not about to head back to Boys Town and also, and here’s where things get extra hilarious, explicitly ridicules people like Lorna and their immense idiocy. “Entropy” gives us this jewel:

Anya: Actually, there’s an eensy something I could use a little help with. You’re lesbians, so the hating of men will come in handy. Let’s talk about Xander.

Tara: Well, it’s not really so much about hating the men.

Willow:We’re more centered around the girl on girl action.

Anya: And men really like to watch that kind of stuff, don’t they? Men like Xander.

Willow: Well, Xander is a guy, so it’s kinda not the surprise that he likes to watch girls…Why are we talking about this?

Anya: We’re comforting me!

Tara: Well, I guess it’s natural for guys to be interested in-

Anya: God! What kind of lesbians are you?! If you love men so much, go love men!

Yeah, Willow does love men, Oz aside, Xander and Giles are her best friends, right? But it gets even better! This is from “The Killer In Me”:

Kennedy: Do your parents know?

Willow: Yeah. My mom was…was all proud like I was making some political statement. Then the statement mojo wore off and I was just gay. She hardly ever even met Tara.

Kennedy: Classic.

Congratulations Lorna - you’re Willow’s mom!

An author of a book about Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes off as a stereotype the show itself makes fun of. Buffy studies in a nutshell.