Buffy and the Heroine's Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One

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McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Performing Arts - 236 pages
The worlds of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and other modern epics feature the Chosen One—an adolescent boy who defeats the Dark Lord and battles the sorrows of the world. Television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer represents a different kind of epic—the heroine’s journey, not the hero’s. This provocative study explores how Buffy blends 1990s girl power and the path of the warrior woman with the oldest of mythic traditions. It chronicles her descent into death and subsequent return like the great goddesses of antiquity. As she sacrifices her life for the helpless, Buffy experiences the classic heroine’s quest, ascending to protector and queen in this timeless metaphor for growing into adulthood.
 

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User Review  - ecurb - LibraryThing

Although I am a huge fan of all things Buffy, I found this book to be a hard read. I liked the tables and charts in the book.The twist on Joseph Campbell's writings intrigued me, and I believe the ... Read full review

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User Review  - willowsmom - LibraryThing

This had potential, but overall (even as a Buffy fanatic!), I found this to be a fairly dry read. Although the topic was fairly interesting, it read in general more as a thesis dialogue than as a fully developed book. Not one that I will re-read. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Heros and Heroines Journey
5
2 Departing the Ordinary WorldThe Film
13
3 Refusing the Call Accepting the Call
26
4 Allies and Enemies
42
5 AngelAngelus
62
6 Embracing the Shadow
76
7 The Rewards of Growing Up
93
11 The Powerful Feminine
145
12 Season Six and the Pain of Return
163
13 Leading the Next Generation
177
14 Downfall in Season Eight
189
Conclusion
204
Appendix I
205
Appendix II
207
Bibliography
209

8 Terrible Mother Powerless Father
99
9 More Allies More Enemies
110
10 LoverBeast
125

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Valerie Estelle Frankel, storyteller and novelist, teaches English at Mission College. The author of 50 popular culture books and more than 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California.

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