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August 04 2003

"The children who won't grow up" Sociologist Frank Furedi ponders "boomerang kids" and "parasitic singles" (quite flattering terms!). "Buffy" is mentioned twice. The quotations follow.

[ edited by FFuchs on 2003-08-04 15:39 ]

Cultivating nostalgia for the best days of your life is a strategy relentlessly pursued in TV and film. 'For those older viewers who still cling to their high-school misfit designation like a badge of honour, the bright, perceptive, out-crowd teens of shows like Felicity, My So-Called Life and Buffy the Vampire Slayer represent one of the fondest wishes of middle age: that, armed with all the self-knowledge you now possess, you could go back to your youth and avenge every hurt, erase every choice', observed journalist Joyce Millman astutely.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer casts adults as repressive figures, airheads or grown-up adolescents.

I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the few 'teen' series which represents adults as *people*, not as charicatures.

And I've sent a letter to the editor about it. Spiked can be so full of it.
I dunno. I kinda thought through Giles, what was being said was you can't ever go back and fix the wrongs, but you can move forward, and grow based on where you are now and what you want to be. That's what the Ethan Rayne bits were about. That's what season four was all about. That's what his leaving Buffy's side was all about. Giles was finding himself. Looking back in anger caused him to lose his love and turned him into a demon. Looking forward renewed him, and he both matured within and found his purpose of self. He could be both what Buffy needed of him, and he could still be his own man. He didn't have to be her boss or her father figure. He could just be her friend.

I think this link completely misses the point of Buffy, kinda like how Quayle missed the point of Murphy Brown some years ago. Buffy's not about never growing up. Sunnydale isn't a modern Never Never Land and Buffy's no Peter Pan. BtVS is all about growing up. Facing your fears. Allowing obstacles to mold you into something stronger rather than weakening you in atrophy.

Xander finding construction. Willow finding love in others and faith in herself. The redemptions of Spike, Faith and Anya. This is not about boomerang kids. This is about growth and self-reliance.
Completely agree that the author missed the point of Buffy. The characters grew and became adults as each season past. Wonder if the author really watched the show or was just going on its "popular" image. Plenty of people I know are surprised if I mention that Buffy graduated from highschool 4 years ago. They just presume that the show is suck in some sort of time loop.
Maybe he only saw Band Candy?

I have to admit to not having read the whole article, myself. It got hard to take seriously when he links Forest Gump with Look Who's Talking, and when enjoying movies like Monsters Inc. is somehow similar to thinking Liam Gallagher makes a good role model.

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