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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (Group 14)

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THEMES
B. Femininity
Buffy Gillmore (Sarah Michelle Geller)
Undermines traditional notions of gender within the genre by being featured as the continuous, driving force behind defeating evil in both a physical and intellectual capacity Masculinity
Angel (David Boreanaz) – traditional brooding,
enigmatic male yet succumbs to the protagonist as her main love interest
Spike (James Marsters) – defies gender norms, functions as a hybrid of masculinity and femininity Sexuality Heterosexuality (Female Experience)
Angel; Male characters featured as more sexually aggressive than female, physically robust but occasionally revealing a gentler-side Heterosexuality (Male Experience)
Buffy Summers; sexually active, slender physique, blonde and alluring. Frequently puts up a fight but eventually succumbs to her own sexual desires— particularly with Angel and Spike Lesbianism & Bi-sexuality
Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) has a lesbian relationship after falling in love with a witch Tara Maclay (Amber Benson)
Spike; presented throughout the series as sexually ambiguous while exhibiting both hetero and homosexual qualities
series received a GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Best TV Drama nomination in 2001 Sadomasochism
Buffy and Spike’s sexual relationship defined by violence (physical & emotional) toward each other
Identifies relationship between sex, power and the infusion of eroticism by aggression Vampirism &
the Supernatural Vampires
Angel; ‘Vampire with a Soul’, brooding, mysterious, seductive
Spike; vampire with moody, tumultuous personality, ambiguous sexuality
The Master (Mark Metcalf); villainous, elderly vampire Slayers
Buffy Summers; bloodline designates her as a “Slayer”
to help battle supernatural forces of evilc.
Faith Lehane (Eliza Dushku); rebellious rocker/ slayer
Slayer superpowers: increased physical strength, endurance,
agility and accelerated healing/ prophetic dreams Witches, Werewolves and other creatures
Daniel Osbourne (Seth Green); high school rock guitarist by day, violent, shape-shifting werewolf by nightb.
Tara Maclay, magical witch who falls in love with Willow
Anya (Emma Caulfield); demon who avenges scorned women
Gender Fan Base & Afterlife Terminology BTVS - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
fanfic - fiction written by fans of a TV series, movie, etc. using existing characters and situations to develop new plots
verse - (short for universe) a fan coined term referring to the fictional world in which a TV show or movie takes place
spoiler - information about a TV show leaked before an episode’s initial airing
mailing list - a discussion group whose messages are distributed through e-mail The Internet During First-Run
1997
October The Pink Rabbit Consortium, the first (non-commercial) fanfic site to host BTVS fanfic
November Usenet group alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative was created; the first forum for BTVS specific fanfic
1999
FanFiction.net, the first commercial fanfic site launches featuring BTVS fics
August 19 FanFiction.net - Slayer’s Fanfic Archive receives a cease and desist notice from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation via email
“Fox is the exclusive owner of all copyright”, “unauthorized distribution”, “derivative works”, “copyright infringement”, “trademark infringement”, “criminal and civil sanctions”, “stationary frame images ... copyright violation”, “Your interest in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is most appreciated. Fox will continue to do its best to bring you quality entertainment.”
Whedon, however, has a different stance: “I love it. I absolutely love it. I wish I had grown up in the era of fan fiction,” only stipulating that such productions be true to his characters.
BTVS fan base rumored to have reached critical mass after the airing of episode 66: “Hush” (the only BTVS episode to be nominated for an Emmy)
2000
Better Buffy Fics List was founded by Which Witch to archive BTVS fanfic with higher literary qualities
Bad Fanfic! No Biscuit! was founded by Siubhan and Joan the English Chick to archive intentionally bad fanfic (the first site not to be deemed bad but to aim for it)
2001
January - Slayage: The Online Journal of Buffy Studies first journal is published
March 21 - The Darker Side of Sunnydale was founded, an archive for fanfic with darker themes and good grammar FanFic (Whedonesque.com) created in 2002 by Caroline can Oosten de Boer and Milo Vermeulen to archive all internet postings and media related to BTVS and the spinoff Angel
USA Today “For Buffy and Angel fans only: A new Joss Whedon Weblog, WHEDONesque, is now online with constant, juicy updates.” "Joss the way we like it." still actively updated with the day to day developments in Joss Whedon's professional career.
registration only open on holidays to limit trolls and spammers (often there is a waitlist)
Joss himself has posted on the site on numerous occasions to check in with his fans or announce things "in person" Forums Forum - a meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects of public interest. In this case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For BTVS Fan Forums have kept
the show and its influence alive
long after its cancellation. Most Prominant Forums SlayAlive.com
Buffy-Boards.com
Buffythevampireslayer.org
Buffy.wikia.com Academia "We are the few, the proud, the lonely." The 'Verse Comics From 1998 to 2004 Darkhorse published BTVS comics that stood alone from the central plot of the show. They were later gathered into volumes of trade paperbacks and know as the "Omnibus" series. In 2007 Darkhorse began
publishing a series of BTVS comics
under the title "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8." The series is a canonical continuation of the TV series picking up years after the [spoiler alert] ... ... Hellmouth is destroyed. The comic continuation was only supposed to be 25 issues but season 8 finished out with 40 issues and season 9 on the way. Production Company Creation Joss Whedon 1997 Not an Official Production
Company until 1998 Staff Joss Whedon- creator, producer, writer, director, showrunner
David Greenwalt-co-executive producer, later promoted to co-producer then executive producer
Jeff Bynum became senior Vice President of Production
George Snyder-director of development
Doug Petrie- Story Editor
Marti Noxon-staff writer, promoted to co producer later supervising producer
Dan Vebber-staff writer promoted to executive story editor
Tracey Forbes-staff writer Productions Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
Angel (1999-2004)
Firefly (2002-2003)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
Dollouse (2009-2010) Innovations With Dr. Horrible, mutant enemy proved that web accessible programming is a viable entertainment medium. Production conflicts During the production of Buffy, trouble maintaining
a full writing staff, as well as any kind of permanent staff

After the first season, lost five staff writers and had
some difficulty finding permanent replacements, so
turned to freelance writers Following the shows cancellation a series of scholarly publications and internet journals focusing on the themes and subtext of the show began to pop up. April 2002 Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first academic publication relating to BTVS is published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
2005 The Wesleyan University [Whedon’s alma mater] Press publishes “Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan” October 19 - 20, 2002 “Blood, Text and Fears: Reading Around Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, a conference for sharing academic studies on BTVS.
May 2004 The First International Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses - Nashville, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee State University hosts “Buffyologists” from as far as Singapore to present more than 190s papers on topics of academic study on BTVS

Major public interest bodies took notice in the growth of Buffy Studies.

2003
May 13 - “‘Buffy Studies’: End of TV Series Clouds Future Odd Academic Discipline” airs on NPRMay 16 - Joss Whedon is interview by The New York Times on the academic community’s use of BTVS and its literary influences Universities across the United States and in England began offering seminars and eventually masters courses focusing on BTVS's contribution to an area of study. Using the show as a familiar looking glass for students and scholars. Slayage, the online international journal of Buffy Studies, is a peer-reviewed journal on the internet dedicated to the scholarly exploration of Joss Whedon's creative works. A new issues appears roughly every three months. The site is edited by David Lavery and Rhonda Wilcox. RATINGS o Buffy the Vampire made its television début in 1997
o Monday 9pm timeslot
o Season one drew 3.7 million in U.S ratings.
o Ranked #6 on WB net ranking o Season two ran from 1997 – 1998
o The timeslot being Monday 9PM from September 15th 1997 to January 19th, 1998 until it was moved to Tuesday 8PM where it stayed from January 20th till the end of its seven season run.
o drew about 5.2 million people according to the U.S ratings. It pulled in at #3 on the WB network ranking and # 133 in its overall ranking. o Season three premiered and ran from 1998-1999.
o on Tuesdays at 8PM.
o drew 5.3 million viewers according to U.S ratings.
o tied at #2 on WB network and once again stayed at #133 in its overall ranking.
o Season four ran from 1999 to 2000.
o pulled in 4.7 million American viewers according to the U.S
ratings, a major decrease compared to previous 5.3 million
viewers from season three.
o It stayed on #2 WB network rank
o It pulled ahead from its previous overall rank of #133 to #122 o Season five ran from 2000 to 2001
o It decreased in U.S ratings at 4.4 million viewers
o went from being tied at #2 on the WB to #3
o It pulled out from #122 on overall rankings to #120 o Season six ran from 2001 to 2002
o left the WB and moved to the UPN network
o continued to air on Tuesdays from 8PM
o move to the UPN network gained helped Buffy
move ahead in the U.S ratings, going from
4.4 million to 4.6 million viewers
o It pulled in at #3 on the UPN ranking charts
o It moved back to #124 on the overall rankings o Season seven ran from 2002 to 2003
o had a significant drop in the U.S ratings
pulling in only 3.6 million viewers
(previously 4.6 million)
o continued to air on Tuesdays at 8PM
o Buffy dropped from # 3 to # 4 in ratings
o final season made a huge leap backwards
pulling in at only #140 overall rankings o Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran a total of 144 episodes
each being a total time of 43 minutes.
o Originally created for the WB network it moved to
the UPN netw
o did not compete with shows on the other four
big networks.
While on the WB network it continually came in behind 7th Heaven. It would continually tie with shows at the #2 rank with shows Dawson’s Creek and Charmed.
When it moved to the UPN network, UPN had a two hour premiere for the series to help “re-launch” the series.Instead it targeted a younger audience successfully. SYNDICATION • first aired on March 10, 1997 on the WB network.•
After five seasons, it transferred to the UPN for its
final two seasons. • In 2001, show went into syndication
in the US on local stations and on cable
channel FX; the local airings ended in
2005, and the FX airings lasted until 2008. •- Beginning in 2010, it began to air in
syndication in the US on Logo. • In March 2010, it began to air
in Canada on MuchMusic and MuchMore. •- On Nov. 7, 2010, it began airing on Chiller
with a 24-hour marathon; the series airs weekdays • As of July 2008, BUFFY episodes available
for PlayStation systems •- In 2011, it began airing on Oxygen. • Reruns also briefly aired on MTV NETWORK

Starring Emmy-award winner Neil Patrick Harris PRINCIPLE CAST
Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy Summers”) Nicholas Brendon (“Xander Harris”) Alyson Hannigan (“Willow Rosenberg”) Anthony Head (“Rupert”) James Marsters (“Spike”)
David Boreanaz ("Angel") GROUP 14
Rebecca Steinberg,Ryan Steinke, Avi Stern,
Kristen Stilwell, James Sutton, Sarah Tamarkin
Creator/Creative Producer Background Comes from a family of writers of film/tv: son of Tom Whedon (The Golden Girls) and grandson of John Whedon (The Donna Reed Show)

Started off as a writer on popular sitcom "Rosanne" Buffy The Vampire Slayer Intrigued by the idea of subverting stereotypes by having a petite blonde be the bad-ass monster-killer
Wrote a script for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, but was dissatisfied with the results when it was released in 1992
Made an hour-long live-action series around the same character from the film
Wrote over 25 episodes, and directed many of those. One such episode, "Hush" (S4E10), was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Also wrote the last issue of Buffy Season Eight comic to commemorate the titular character’s 30th birthday
Created spinoff Angel with several of the main characters from Buffy Beyond Buffy
Uses many of the same actors/writers/directors/producers in his various projects
Regularly features women in roles requiring physical and emotional strength
Set to direct The Avengers Joss Whedon
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