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May 30 2007

(SPOILER) Buffy mention in NY Times Review of "Hidden Palms". The mention turns up near the end of the review in the 30 May issue...

Namely:
In some sense, “Hidden Palms” marks a radical departure in popular culture’s depiction of only children, who for the better part of the last two decades have been depicted as self-reliant superstars or geniuses (Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rory Gilmore.)


As for the rest of the review... the CW programs this, but cancels "Veronica Mars," not to mention "Gilmore Girls." Yuck.

P.S. I used to think Buffy was an only child too...

And the debate for Buffy being an only child rages on.

I said it rages on!!!
this is more of a side note (and yup, i didn't even bother to read the ny times article), but the people in charge of "hidden palms" marketing campaign should be fired. immediately. i haven't seen something so horrendous in a long, long time.
I did read the article, which totally convinced me to give this one a shot last night. However, as soon as the angsty bad-girl-who-is-really-a-good-girl-underneath-it-all and the and the ho-hum Dawson-Leary-in-an-alternate-universe came on screen and had their first exchange of witty repartee I was like...this so Dawson's creek. Yawn. Can we please have teenagers who are less "written", please?

However, it will probably do well. Or at least it must be expected to do well. I don't think Cynthia Nixon would have signed onboard otherwise.

[ edited by kerfuffle on 2007-05-31 15:49 ]
Interesting that the writer refers to Buffy being an only child (pre-season 5 anyway). I always wondered why it seemed that few of the young human main characters in Buffy had any siblings- Willow, Xander, Cordelia, Oz, Riley and Faith for example. And on Angel we know Fred and Wesley were the same. It's possible that someone like Riley just never got around to mentioning them, but it would be hard to believe that Willow or Xander for example ever had siblings.

I always thought it might have been for the same reason that we so rarely saw parents on Buffy, that they simply belonged to a different world from their parents, and that the family the characters created was more important than their biological family. Still, I've always wondered about it, although there are exceptions- Gunn had a sister, and I think Tara had a brother.
You're right. Gunn and Tara did have siblings (both were used to advance a particular storyline). I didn't realize how many of the other characters were 'only children'.

"I always thought it might have been for the same reason that we so rarely saw parents on Buffy, that they simply belonged to a different world from their parents, and that the family the characters created was more important than their biological family."

I think it was probably just easier for the writers to not have to deal with a lot of extraneous characters. But that's an interesting insight.

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