Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American film (1992) usually seen as a “B-movie.” The movie spawned a successful TV series (1997-2003) that gained a kind of cult following among forward thinkers and academics alike. Both incarnations of Buffy were created by Joss Whedon.
In the TV version of Buffy, the lesbian character Willow originally uses witchcraft for the good but becomes consumed by her quest for magical power. She eventually allows evil to dominate her.
Many religious fundamentalists might deplore such an apparently ‘evil’ program, but the TV series closes with Willow regaining her humility (and humanity) by allowing love to enter into her life again.
The TV Buffy was lauded by some professors of Cultural Studies as the “new thing,” some of whom went to great lengths analyzing its every detail. This enthusiasm was arguably more than just bored academics being titillated by nubiles, same-sex relationships and eerie violence. The TV show was, indeed, innovative and the characters arguably represent basic archetypes.
More recently, a Canadian TV program, Lost Girl, has gained an international cult following, especially among lesbians and liberal thinkers. Lost Girl arguably owes much to Buffy and probably couldn’t exist if Whedon hadn’t paved the way for gay and bisexual cultic characters.
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