How Well Do You Know Buffy The Vampire Slayer?
When Buffy the Vampire Slayer first hit theatres, it was rightfully written off as a pretty lousy film. Buffy, as played by Kristy Swanson, was a self-involved valley girl. The jokes were overplayed, the direction was poor, and Donald Sutherland was helpless to do anything about it.
Creator Joss Whedon has said that the script he wrote was bastardized by director Fran Rubel Kuzui. Whedon got his chance when he created the TV series to tell it his way, though Kuzui remained on as an executive producer. The show is vastly different from the film, though it does make vague allusions to it in the first episode. But very quickly, the show became an entirely different beast.
Whedon was recently accused of sexism for his work on The Avengers: Age of Ultron which, to anyone who has read his work or heard him speak, is beyond absurd.
“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women,” said Whedon when he was accepting recognition for his contribution to women in film and television. “And the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance and that imbalance is sucking something from the soul of every man and women who is confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”
If those are the words of a sexist, then I’m Donald Duck. There’s a reason Buffy The Vampire Slayer is amongst a handful of shows that have college courses based entirely on various aspects of its storytelling.
It’s also a show that has earned the kind of obsessed fan club that only Whedon can draw. Are you a member? Find out by taking this quiz.
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