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17 December 2013 @ 03:48 pm
Article rec/fandom discussion: Why Are So Many Still Fascinated with 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'?  
Pop Matter's Catherine Ramsdell reviewed a new Buffy Studies book, and in it she asks the question: Do we really need another book on Buffy? The answer is yes. Always. Why? Because the incredible complexity, and people's many interpretations of it, could - and do - fill a hundred books.

Her answer to her own question is spot-on:

So no—we may not need another Buffy book—but considering the show has been off the air for over a decade and many people are still talking about, writing about, watching, and even creating new Buffy content, one more book on Whedon’s Scooby gang doesn’t seem at all out of place—particularly one that focuses, in large part, on fan responses to the show.

This is what fascinates me so much about Buffy and her fandom; how, so long after the show has went off the air, people are still analyzing, publishing, discussing and re-watching the series, some would argue with more fervor than when it originally aired. Why is this? Rhonda V. Wilcox asked, why does Buffy matter? It's clear she does, for different reasons and to different people, but there is no denying that the series continues to carve a deep and meaningful place in our cultural landscape. Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the latest attempt to explain why and how.

Ramstall asks, Why are so many still passionate about all things Buffy? The answer to that, is of course, a long story, and every fan has his/her own.

Read the entire review here.