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November 11 2009

A Slayer Comes to Town or The Two Types of Fantastic Story. Interesting essay taken from the anthology "Seven Seasons of Buffy".

I read this essay earlier this year in the book that it's excerpted from, "Seven Seasons of Buffy," I remember liking it quite a bit.

For those of you thinking about getting the book, I'd recommend it, if only for the hilarious and thought-provoking essay entitled "Is That Your Final Answer...?" where a young demon explains on his final exam his unusual choice for "The Most Powerful Individual Force for Good in the Realm of Sunnydale, California" Hint: It's not the titular slayer...

You can get a quick taste of it with Amazon's page previews.
I can't seem to be able to get at the link. *sighs* It's gonna be one of those days.
Link worked fine for me. That was a really good, really well-thought-out essay! Now I definitely want to read the book.

There was only one thing that bugged me. Well, two, and they may have been the fault of the person transcribing it rather than the original author.

"They were just guys in thunder need of a facial." That's one impressive misspelling of 'dire'. =P Have you ever done that thing where you're typing and you space out and your fingers write some word that totally wasn't what you meant to type and makes no sense in elephant? I mean in context?

Also, 'George'? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've loved the Narnia books since childhood and I don't remember any character called George. The one who completely repressed her memories of Narnia into a childish game was Susan. Another kind of odd error.

Ah well. It was still an awesome essay!
Got and devoured that book a few years ago and, yes, that "Final Answer" chapter is hilarious.
I may be both nitpicky and delusional, but I'm pretty sure Buffy fans refer to the alternate world of "The Wish" as the "Wishverse", not "Vampworld". Loved the essay, though.
I call it Bizarro World. As did Cordy!

(Even if it's not really accurate.)
Yes, fan do refer to the episode "The Wish" and the events that happened in it as the "The Wishverse", Taaroko. I've never seen it called "Vampworld". I found that very odd as well.
My only explanation? This was written by a fiction writer, an imaginative, word-oriented person; he probably gave the Wishverse his own special name when he first saw the ep. and it stuck in his head.
He mentions that he was living in Australia at the time. Maybe fans there had their own names for things.
I'm an Aussie and I've always called it the Wishverse as well. I've never seen it called VampWorld but is there really a right or wrong answer to this?
I'm just going to add that if you don't already have this book, you'd do well to add it to your bookshelf. It really stands out among a spate of truly excellent Jossverse academic works.
Really, really excellent essay. Well-written, thought-provoking and numerous other hyphenated words. My only complaint, aside from "Vampworld" (I always called it Wishverse), is that "Surprise" isn't 2-25, it's 2-13 (I wish there had been 25 episodes of Buffy in Season 2). It is an understandable mistake as "Surprise" is the 25th ep of the series, but not of the season. But altogether, just a really engaging read. Adding the book to the Christmas list.
This is from one of the first two jossverse books I bought. Most of the essays are excellent, I highly recommend it.
Wish S-4 had had 24 epsiodes. Cordelia comes for a visit in "Primeval," helps the Core 4 realize what Spike did, and goes down in the Initiative with them, as Vocus the Voice, and Anya and Tara come along to the meeting beforehand, are told they're not expereinced enough to join the attack but Giles binds them magically to Xander and Willow so they add some strength to the battle, then go buy the snacks for the moviesfest afterwards.
Then a 2-hour "Restless" with a longer opening sequence and three aditional dream sequences. The First Slayer cuts Cordy's throat, pulls out Anya's spine, and abandons Tara at her father's.

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