Friday, March 10, 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20th Anniversary Celebration: Review and Giveaway


“In every generation there is a chosen one. 
She alone will stand against the vampires, 
the demons, and the forces of darkness. 
She is the Slayer.” 

It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since I watched the first episode of Buffy. I adored this show and couldn’t wait for the weekly episode. 

“Don’t be ridiculous. Martha Stewart isn’t a demon. She’s a witch. 
Nobody could do that much decoupage without calling on the powers of darkness.” – Anya

My friends and I would have Buffy viewing parties that almost always resulted in someone (namely me) trying to Buffy kick and limping back to the couch, having pulled an underused muscle. We laughed and cried and swooned. We waxed poetic about the deeper messages and hidden meanings. We made plans to take up martial arts and get highlights and learn to fight with swords and shop for yummy sushi pajamas like Buffy wore! Buffy was a fantastic heroine who proved you could be kickass and stylish at the same time. We shouted “GIRL POWER” and we meant it. 

“Strong is fighting. It's hard, and it's painful, and it's every day. It's what we have to do.” – Buffy 

It’s got a huge cult following. Joss Whedon was wise beyond his time, and it amazes me how much of this series has stood the test of time. He managed to incorporate feminism, women’s rights, and social issues into the episodes that surprised a lot of people who were just tuning in for the witty banter and to see vamps get dusted. Buffy was one of the first shows I watched that featured an LGBT couple, and it was amazing to see fans embrace Willow and Tara.

“The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live.” – Buffy 

Then a few years later... there was a Buffy re-run playing in my hospital room when I was in labor with Mckenzie – my daughter and co-blogger of this blog. I had been in labor for 16 hours and was enjoying the episode when the doctor came in and said it was time. The episode had five minutes left. And believe you me, I finished those five minutes before they wheeled me out to delivery. I mean, come on… she made me wait 16 hours… what’s 5 more minutes while Buffy saves the world from evil? 

“I always find a way. I’m the thing that monsters have nightmares about.” – Buffy

Fast forward 13 years when I decided it was time to introduce Mckenzie to the first few seasons (she had to get a little older for the last seasons – those got pretty steamy); and it will come as no surprise that, from the very first episode I showed her, Mckenzie fell in love and became Buffy-obsessed!

“Make your choices. Are you ready to be strong?” – Buffy 

And Buffy wasn’t the only character to look up to, either. Willow gets a special mention for being extra awesome. 

"Did we not put the "Grr" in girl?" – Willow


And if you’re wondering if I was Team Angel or Team Spike, I can answer that now: I have always been and will always be Team Buffy. Whoever she wanted to end up with was fine by me. But if I were choosing for me? GILES, baby! That accent, those glasses… ALL THOSE BOOKS!!


“I have to believe in a better world.”  Giles

Our Buffy merch
“If the apocalypse comes… beep me.” – Buffy

We still watch re-runs, we still quote the show, we still rock our Sunnydale shirts and mock each other with our monkey pants (Oz <3)… and we still and will forever love Buffy. 

“She saved the world. A lot.” 



My mother gave me this amazing book for Christmas a few years ago, and I felt like this would be a great time to review it.

Title: Buffy: The Making of a Slayer 
Author: Nancy Holder 
Publisher: 47North 
Published: December 11th, 2012 

Summary: 

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, this lavishly produced book is the first authorized, fully illustrated retrospective of the hit show. Offering in-depth commentary on the making of the series, the book explores the characters and mythology of the Buffy universe and follows the evolution of all seven seasons. Die-hard Whedon fans will also find insider information on his involvement in other projects, including Angel, Firefly, and more. Housed in a foil-stamped slipcase, this volume features more than 120 images, including rare behind-the-scenes photos, sketches, props and memorabilia from the Twentieth Century Fox archives, along with stills from the most pivotal on-screen moments. Tucked in the inside cover of the case is an envelope holding “Slayer Lore: Texts and Magicks for the Battle.” These 13 removable pieces are replicas of the ancient spells and prophecies the characters used on-screen to defeat vampires, demons, and other monsters, making this the ultimate treasure-trove for every Buffy fan. 


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By far the best Buffy gift I've ever received. The book is so beautiful, and the box that holds everything is gorgeous. The envelope with the artifacts is stunning. Here are a few pictures of the box and the book:


The actual book, The Making of a Slayer: The Official Guide, is 176 pages of full-on, hardcore fan fun. It features over 120 images, including some behind-the-scenes photos that I had not seen before. There are a lot of extras, and I enjoyed the character backgrounds. The information on Slayer Lore is much of what you learn from the show, and I’m content with that. It’s exactly what I hoped it’d be. There's some great information about the man himself, Joss Whedon, that delves into his other shows like Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. Even a shot of The Avengers. The extras are fun; and the Bibliography of the Whedonverse, which covers not just the show but the comics and companion books as well, is a great addition. The case is really lovely, too. 

My favorite part is the envelope that holds the 13 removable artifacts. Cue the inner fan girl. The re-creations of the props are done on aged paper, which lends it an authenticity and makes it a stunning gift for Buffy fans. There are replicas of spells and pages from books and diaries and a newspaper clipping from season 4, episode 18, “Where the Wild Things Are.” I also love the shadowcaster, a reproduction of the shadow figures in season 7, episode 15, “Get It Done,” that magically tells the story of the first Slayer. It’s the only piece that is a bit flimsy and doesn’t stand up as it’s meant to, but I don't even care. These may be replicas and reproductions, but to hold in my hands the restoration spell Willow performs to restore Angel’s soul in season 2, episodes 21-22, “Becoming”? I mean, if anyone around me loses their soul… no problem. I’ve got my handy dandy restoration spell… I can put that soul right back where it belongs. And the Sunnydale City Hall floor plan? The never-before-seen pages from the Watchers Diaries in 1793? My inner Buffy nerd doth rejoice!!

Here are some pics of those artifacts:

   

Visually, the set is perfect, and I highly recommend this beautiful boxed collector’s edition for all Buffy nerds and avid fans. It’s so much fun, and it looks stunning in any BtVS collection.


Now, I can’t give away a copy of the above collector’s edition because sadly I haven’t found it anywhere else, or what I have found has been ridiculously marked up. But to celebrate this anniversary, we’re giving away the first season DVD, the Welcome to the Hellmouth paperback, and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer adult coloring book!



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All quotes and cast images and the Buffy logo belong to the Buffyverse. Everything except the pics of my Buffy merch and my book. That is mine. All mine. 

Happy Anniversary, Buffy and the gang. We'll still be watching for another 20 and then some. 
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15 comments:

  1. SO basically what you are telling me is that I need to get my ass in gear and finally watch Buffy? I never got into it because when it first came out I was a bit too young and then once I was old enough it was already the middle and Netflix wasnt a thing yet lol. But that book is so so so gorgeous and its obvious any fan would love it. And I love how much you love Buffy and that Kk loves it too and basically all the things you talked about are so wonderful. Love this post Wifey!

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    1. Yes, yes, you do! And then we can talk about it, which would be wonderful since we never EVER can find anything to talk about. *snort* Thank you, lobster!

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  2. Can you believe I have never seen an episode? One of my best friends was obsessed with the show and still talks about it. She LOVES Buffy. Somehow, I never saw it. But, I have heard nothing but awesomeness about it- so I would love to watch the first season and see what it's all about. I am not sure if it is on Netflix...

    What a gorgeous book! Such a special gift. :)

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    ~Jess

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    1. Well, your friend is awesome; she and I would get along very well! I would love for you to watch it! It's just so much fun. It is on Netflix -- and so is Angel, the companion series! After the third season of Buffy is when you start watching Angel; it's neat because they have crossover episodes. Hope you get to watch it and that you love it! Thank you so much! :)

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  3. Can you belive that I haven't ever really watched the series. It came along when I was in college and when I was college I hardly ever had time to watch tv between school and my job. I keep thinking I should go back and watch it, but I never find the time. What a fantastic giveaway. You are the best Have a fantastic weekend.

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    1. Maybe you can find time for a Netflix binge one of these days! Maybe when your kids are old enough, you can all watch it together :) Thanks so much, Heidi! Hope your weekend is awesome! *hugs*

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  4. I've been hearing a lot of feedback about Buffy the vampire slayer and I think I'm one of the few that haven't watched it. And 20 years? Wow, really classic. I'll watch this one soon :)

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  5. That collectors book looks amazingballs. Yeah..ya gotta love all things Buffy!

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  6. wow 20 years already? I always don't think about my age till something like this happens lol XD

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  7. Ahhhh, I have never watched Buffy! I feel like I grew up hearing the name of the show and character, but I've never watched it. Also I'm 21... I don't think I was quite old enough to watch it. ;) I think I might enjoy the series now that I'm older. Too bad I don't have Netflix (I don't think I could handle it and university at the same time, LOL). This is definitely a good series to binge-watch, I'm sure!

    Have a fabulous week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  8. I seriously can't believe it's been that long. I loved Buffy! That's so funny about watching it while in labor. But yay for passing it on to the next generation.

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    1. I know, I can't believe it's been 20 years! Glad to hear you loved Buffy, too :)

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  9. I love this show so much and always love finding other readers who are big fans. It's sad to see so many comments from people who haven't experience the magic that is Buffy, so I hope your post inspires them to go out and binge it. Also, I had no idea there was a colouring book, so cool! I haven't felt the desire to colour in since primary school, but anything Buffy relates and I'm there!

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    1. My heart was hurting, and then you came along and restored my faith in the Buffy fandom. Thank you so much! Buffy forever! :)

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