Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy

Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale

Book - 2003
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Twenty-three essays by young professional philosophers examine crucial ethical and metaphysical aspects of the Buffyverse (the world of Buffy). Though the show already attracted much scholarly attention, this is the first book to fully disinter the intellectual issues. Designed by Whedon as a multilevel story with most of its meanings deeply buried in heaps of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has replaced The X-Files as the show that explains to Americans the nature of the powerful forces of evil continually threatening to surge into our world of everyday decency and overwhelm it. In the tradition of the classic horror films Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses ethical issues that have long fascinated audiences. This book draws out the ethical and metaphysical lessons from a pop-culture phenomenon.
Publisher: Chicago : Open Court, c2003.
ISBN: 9780812695311
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 B929s
Characteristics: xi, 335 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: South, James B. 1960-


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Jun 14, 2010

When you think philosophy, you normally don't think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but clearly someone did, because this volume of essays exists. What it purports to do is look at Joss Whedon's creation, looking at its philosophical underpinnings.

What really happens is that various academic writers use Buffy to explore their favourite philosophical strand. Or a specific element of the series is twisted and contorted to fit the particular philosophical world view of the papers author. And then there are the papers that are so dense, that you really can't make heads or tails of then.

This does not mean that the book is garbage. There are several essays that are quite well written. Some of them also make you uncomfortable with the ideas they put forward, because although you don't agree with the ideas, they are very persuasive.

A worthy read for those that like to think heavy about their favourite TV series.

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