Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Rhonda Wilcox, David Lavery
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Performing Arts - 290 pages
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For every television series, the original vision grows within a press of forces-both social and artistic expectations, conventions of the business, as well as conventions of the art. Bad television predictable, commercial, exploitative simply yields to the forces. Good television, like the character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, fights them. Fighting the Forces explores the struggle to create meaning in an impressive example of popular culture, the television series phenomenon Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the essays collected here, contributors examine the series using a variety of techniques and viewpoints. They analyze the social and cultural issues implicit in the series and place it in its literary context, not only by examining its literary influences (from German liebestod to Huckleberry Finn) but also by exploring the series' purposeful literary allusions. Furthermore, the book explores the extratextual, such as fanfiction and online discussion groups. The book is additionally supplemented by an online journal Slayage (www.slayage.tv), created by the book editors in acknowledgement of the ongoing nature of television art. Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery have written and edited several books and articles exploring the social, literary, and artistic merit of quality television. In addition to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, their work has covered a variety of programs including Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, The X-Files, and The Sopranos."
  

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Review: Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

User Review  - Eli - Goodreads

This was a great book for any true fan of the series. These academic essays go into many fun topics of the show from differing perspectives. Some of the connections were new to me and some were not ... Read full review

Review: Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

User Review  - D. - Goodreads

A fascinating collection of theory-rich essays that don't shy away from some of the more problematic aspects of the series... but still accessible enough to make for comprehensible bedtime reading. Read full review

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\Rhonda V. Wilcox is professor of English at Gordon College. David Lavery is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery have written and edited several books and articles exploring the social, literary, and artistic merit of quality television. In addition to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, their work has covered a variety of programs including Twin Peaks, Nothern Exposure, The X-Files, and The Sopranos.

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