buffy the vampire slayer

January 8, 2010

Do His Enemies define a Hero?

Watching the last hurrah for David Tennant’s Doctor last night in the two parts The End of the Time. The film epic detailed the complex relationship between the Doctor and the Master. They need each other — direct and opposing forces. The Batman had the Joker and many more in his gallery of villains. Novel HeroesIn Julie Garwood’s Heartbreaker, Nick Buchanan is an FBI agent who specializes in missing children, murder and more. His villain is a serial who targets Nick’s oldest friend Father Tom and Father Tom’s sister. Nick doesn’t realize at first that the villain going after them […]
November 11, 2009

Vampire Love Stories

The thrill of Twilight: New Moon opening is beginning to rev to a fever pitch. I like vampires. I like the story choices that different authors make. I like twists to the legends such as Kelley Armstrong’s vampires that must kill one person a year to sustain their existence. Romance and vampires is hardly a new concept, it has been around since Bram Stoker’s original monster pursued Mina Harker with ardent passion. In Interview with a Vampire, there were multiple layers of passion – the passion of Lestat for Louis’ depth of feeling and the passion of Louis for Claudia, […]
October 21, 2009

Trick or Treat: Five Great Halloween Episodes

I love Halloween. It is my second favorite holiday of the year. I love it for a variety of reasons for the dressing up in costumes to the pranks to the decorating of jack-o’-lanterns to candy corn and trick or treaters coming to your door. I love Halloween. I love the holiday of Samhain and the roots of pagan traditions and I love the modern secular holiday too. It’s the turning of the wheel, the cooling off of the year and the marking of the final harvest. It’s the last hoorah before the winter months set in and we begin […]
September 18, 2009

Angst for the Memories

In German and Dutch, angst means fear or anxiety. In English, angst has come to mean emotional strife. It is most keenly associated with teenagers (teenage angst). But angst itself is a powerful motivator in fiction whether we are talking about teenagers, adults, fantasy or romance. For a writer, angst is the obstacle to be overcome in their hero or heroine’s journey. For the reader, angst generates empathy and sympathy. You want the characters you are rooting for to overcome their angst whether it is coming from an internal or external source. In the Buffy episode Lover’s Walk, all the […]
August 29, 2009

Saturday Speculation: Gothic Horror and Romance

Gothic horror sounds like the antithesis of romance, but the dark and brooding genre is very appealing to fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. A very modern example of gothic horror on television is Supernatural. The show uses a mixture of the modern monster hunter versus the dark gothic horrors from ghosts to demons to vampires and more. In fact, the very first episode of the series embraced the lone woman in the dark who needed saving in the very first episode, albeit as a ‘Woman in White’ rather than as a heroine. Other notable differences are the fact […]