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10 Vital Storytelling Lessons I Learned from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer rocked our world, and it remains one of the all-time greatest TV shows. The story of a fated vampire-hunter who tries to live a normal life in high school, Buffy still has few worthy successors. And it has so much to teach us about good writing.
By Charlie Jane Anders

This is an interesting article for writers, but this passage really stuck out for me in light of what TMZ is doing right now.

5) Big mysteries should always have a hard-hitting payoff

And for the most part, Buffy not only paid off its big mysteries, it paid them off with a punch in the gut. … Because Joss Whedon is not always the best at coming up with coherent plots, these stories didn’t always entirely make sense, but the big questions generally had answers—and those answers felt like a slap in the face, not just a new piece of information. That last bit is the vital one. The longer you make people wait for a secret, the more upsetting and horrifying it should be when it arrives. Don’t EVER tease a secret for months and then have it turn out to be prosaic or harmless. As a rule, people keep secrets because they’re too horrible to share, not because they’re pathologically secretive.

Once more:

Don’t EVER tease a secret for months and then have it turn out to be prosaic or harmless.

The kid's got his priorities straight

My friend Heather posted this morning on FB about watching Buffy with her pre-teen son:

This still makes me so happy every time I think about it. On Valentine’s Day, school is cancelled for a snow day, and Alex and I watch an old Buffy episode (I watch, he humors me).
Me: Angel and Buffy can’t have sex.
Alex: Why?
Me: Angel is cursed; he will turn evil if he experiences one moment of pure happiness.
Alex: Does that mean he also can’t go to water parks?