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March 12 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and mental illness. A writer relates how the show helped her confront the source of her anxiety and depression.

Fascinating article - very insightful. I especially like "Instead she put on the face of someone brave and tricked everyone into believing she was fine. This, in turn, hurt Buffy even more because it made her feel weak in comparison."

I think everyone has their own way of dealing with personal issues and how they present them to their friends/family. Buffy's was to be (or pretend to be) exactly what was expected of her - strong, heroic, decisive etc. Makes sense, I think we all do that. Someone who is expected to be funny will probably keep acting that way no matter what. It's one way of masking what is actually going on?
Spot on. We are all fighting vampires, in a sense. Some of us more than others, but no one is completely free from the experience of fighting something.
Beautifully put.
An interesting and perceptive article, especially about how the Scoobies in the end were unable to support Buffy because they were all trapped in their own issues.
Interesting. I don't exactly feel comfortable with linking slayer to mental illness because of the, 'is this all in Buffy's head' ness of it all :p But many things do make us feel different and disconnected. Mental illness among them.

I personally believe that the Scoobies fought for Buffy. They didn't support everything but they fought for her and by her side. They considered her family. Though Buffy would never have been friends with them if not for her being the slayer. And even now Buffy felt kind of superior to them. Though that made her have less self respect. It was all a mess. It's interesting because what made her different and "better" is the thing that bought them together. It's the very thing that grouped them.

Things did kind of change when Buffy died the second time. Buffy came back different. She felt different. She had anger issues with Willow and Xander but what could she do? They fought for her. They did everything they could to get her back. You feel the love but also the betrayal.

I hate to bring the addiction metaphor back but I think it's more a kin to what happens after an intervention where family forces a loved one into rehab. Recovery is happening but there is still anger and fear within both sides.

I also don't like the use of word emasculated for how Xander felt. I mean the show kind of did that to him but he never really responded that way. These were his girls. He loved them. He would risk his life for them. Not that he was a saint. I just think that word is not the right one for the most part.

[ edited by beckyboo on 2014-03-14 22:32 ]
It also doesn't properly account her tendency to insult her friends as a way of improving herself , as in "The Yoko Factor" and "Selfless."

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