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11 March 2017 @ 03:28 am
Into every generation a Slayer is born.  
Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I want to add my piece on reflecting what this show meant (and still means) to me.

I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer during its third season, when I was in junior high. I didn't know much about the show other than what I was introduced to from a random episode I happened to come across. I saw that it had vampires, demons, witches, and other paranormal elements and a kickass female lead and I was like, this is my jam. Little did I know how much this show would become hugely influential during those formative years of my life and would contribute much to who I am today. In fact, BTVS was perhaps the first fandom I actively participated in with the online community, and was definitely part of the reason why I ended up creating this journal, hence my username.

As for the show itself, it certainly wasn't perfect, but there is a reason why it's considered a cult classic even after all these years. It resonated with so many people because it transcended its own genre; this wasn't just a mere fluffy "supernatural teen show", this was a coming-of-age story which featured so many emotional and powerful moments, particularly empowering moments with women and their stories. As the characters transitioned from teenagers to young adults, we were right there along with them, going through their struggles and personal journeys, possibly identifying along with them. There were honestly so many memorable episodes that just pushed the boundaries of what television could do at that time with its messages and performances, especially for a show like this on the network it was on. Even now when I revisit the show it continues to blow my mind on how outstanding it is still, and how well it holds up with its relevance. It's important to recognize that BTVS wasn't just a show, it was, and still is, a cultural influence which paved the way for many other things that would come after it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer holds a very special place in my heart for many reasons, and I sincerely consider it to be one of my top five favorite television series of all time. ♥

(And of course, with the 20th anniversary there will be a resurgence of new merchandise released in celebration and honestly I am completely down for this, mostly because my collection of BTVS merch is severely lacking to a pathetic degree and I need more things.)
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ericadawn16: Thoughtfulericadawn16 on March 11th, 2017 03:04 pm (UTC)
Now i feel like I half-assed my post, lol. Your post is far more elegant and I never thought of how Buffy got me into internet fandom, too. My first long-form finished fanfic was Buffy even though i never published it online...the first one i published online was The X-Files.
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 12th, 2017 03:18 am (UTC)
Looking back now it's so surreal thinking on how BTVS was definitely one of the reasons why I started getting involved with the online fandom community. Before I was just casually looking on different websites/forums/message boards, but never joined or participated in anything. But here, I actually engaged in discussion, I befriended so many people who were apart of the BTVS communities and are even still friends with a few of them to this day. It's just so amazing. :)
amanda: [angel] wes/lilahmorbidmuse on March 11th, 2017 03:50 pm (UTC)
I watched Welcome to the Hellmouth yesterday to honor the show. I can't believe it has been 20 years. I started watching in the middle of season one, when I was 10 years old, and really grew up with the show. Like you said, I can't even count or express the ways it has been influential in my life and formative years. This show. <3
Renée: Inara/Kaylee. <3rogueslayer452 on March 12th, 2017 05:01 am (UTC)
Hey you! It's been a while! How've you been? *hugs*

And yeah, it honestly doesn't feel like it's been that long ago when the show was still airing, and yet we've reached the twentieth anniversary mark. It's so bizarre, and yet so fascinating that the fandom still thrives no matter where it resides. Reading all these nostalgia posts, the cast and crew remembering the show, it makes me happy that even after all these years the fandom is still alive and well. :)
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Profiterole: Dollhouse - Echo and Whiskey_profiterole_ on March 11th, 2017 04:19 pm (UTC)
So much love for Buffy! I watched it from the start, despite the silly-sounding French title (literally Buffy against the vampires, which definitely doesn't sound as classy as "vampire slayer"), which made me think it was some sort of comedy (not that it doesn't have some humour).
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 12th, 2017 08:34 am (UTC)
lol, that's quite a hilarious translated title. XD

One of the things that I have always adored about BTVS was how it balanced out the lighthearted moments with the darker, more serious and emotional moments. The humor featured was unlike anything I had seen at the time (the "Buffy-speak" as it is referred to now) and it added a lot of personality to the show and has become one of the iconic aspects of the show itself. :)
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on March 11th, 2017 06:53 pm (UTC)
I recently got my belated birthday gift from a forgetful friend of mine. It was a Sunnydale Razorbacks T-shirt! And this was even without him remembering that Buffy Summers's fictional birthday of January 19 is my actual birthday! (first he gave me a joke gift box with lettuce in it; both the joke box and the real one had Minions reindeer wrapping paper)
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 12th, 2017 08:44 am (UTC)
Oh, that is so awesome!

Some while ago I went to a store called Boxlunch (which features a lot of geeky/fandom stuff) and I got myself a Buffy shirt, keychain and a pin. This was before I had known about this being the 20th anniversary and I don't know if this was because of that, but when I saw those I was like yes! Jackpot! And now with there going to be more merchandise I'm quite ready to save up and buy more things. :D
tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.: haikyuu // suga sanhiddleasaurus on March 11th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
I was 9 when the show came out and my mom wouldn't let me watch it because it was about vampires. Eventually, she relented and I caught the odd episode here and there. It wasn't until I was in high school that she bought me the complete series for my birthday and I finally watched it all. So much love! :D
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 12th, 2017 09:56 am (UTC)
I'm thankful that my mom didn't necessarily care what I was watching. And I was watching quite a bit of things from the WB (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Dawson's Creek, etc.) BTVS was actually the gateway show that grabbed my attention when getting into the other WB shows, and I'm so grateful for that. :)
goldenusagigoldenusagi on March 12th, 2017 03:15 am (UTC)
I never watched Buffy when it was on (we didn't get that channel) but caught up with it later on DVD. And of course, it's what got me into LJ.
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 12th, 2017 11:44 am (UTC)
I love hearing that BTVS brought so many people together here on LJ, no matter whether they were watching it during or even after it had aired. I joined in 2003 and that was when the show was already over, but the fandom was quite active here (because Angel was still going on), and even though fandom has shifted and moved to different places it is surprisingly still quite active even after all this time, which pleases me. :)
Lauren: Amy Brighteowyn on March 13th, 2017 02:58 am (UTC)
This is a bit crazy ... but ... I've actually never seen a single episode of BTVS!
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 14th, 2017 11:29 pm (UTC)
That's not strange at all! There are plenty of people who haven't seen the show, or have just started watching it way late in the game or even only just know of it due to its pop culture influence.

Are you interested in checking it out, by any chance?
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Naomi: Buffy nightmares By letsey_xfrelling_tralk on March 13th, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
(And of course, with the 20th anniversary there will be a resurgence of new merchandise released in celebration and honestly I am completely down for this, mostly because my collection of BTVS merch is severely lacking to a pathetic degree and I need more things.)

Same! Although honestly I'm a bit bummed that it doesn't sound like we'll be getting a Blu-Ray set, or even a special DVD set to commemorate the anniversary. Not that I can really justify double-dipping with the episodes again, but they could totally have my money if they released a really deluxe set with all new interviews and features :sighs: Forever my fav show <3
Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on March 14th, 2017 11:32 pm (UTC)
It would be pretty sweet to have a Bluray release of the entire series, like an exclusive 20th anniversary set that has new interviews with the cast reflecting on the show and perhaps some new-old content that wasn't previously released. But alas. :( Of course, I do wonder how S1 and S2 will translate to Bluray, considering how it was filmed.
Kelly: joss // buffy // buffy meteagues_veil on March 14th, 2017 11:43 pm (UTC)
I love everything about this post. ♥♥♥ I don't think I would have come to identify as Pagan OR bisexual if it wasn't for Buffy.
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on March 15th, 2017 10:18 am (UTC)
It's so wonderful knowing that BTVS is not only important to many, but has impacted many of our in such meaningful and influential ways, from discovering who we are about ourselves to sharing this love with others.

:) ♥
Nina: <hex> good timeshoneymink on April 7th, 2017 10:30 am (UTC)
Every time I think of BtVS, I think about The WB's line-up at the time... Roswell and Felicity. Such good times.
Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on April 7th, 2017 11:06 am (UTC)
Same here. I also think about this amazing promo for those lineups too. The WB had some pretty quality programming back then, a wide variety of them. From teen and young adult dramas to comedies and sitcoms. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, Roswell, Dawson's Creek, Felicity, Popular, etc, those were my jams. Ah, good times.
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