Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy Summers wants her former life back.  In her old high school, she was Cheerleading Captain.  She dated the star football player.  The rest of her time she spent at the mall, keeping track of fashion trends with her large group of fellow A-List friends.

Then she learned that she was the Chosen One – the Vampire Slayer.  A girl with supernatural strength and powers.  Prophesied to stand against “vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness”.

Now, she has a lot to worry about.  During a battle, Buffy burned down the gym at her old high school, and she was expelled.   Now she and her mother have moved to a new town called Sunnydale and Buffy is enrolled at Sunnydale High, saddled with quite the rap sheet.  All she wants to do is stay out of trouble, re-claim some of her former popularity, and avoid answering questions about her past.

But her past is none to eager to leave her alone.  Before she’s gone a single day at her new school, Buffy meets Giles, the school librarian.  Giles informs her that Sunnydale High rests right on top of a Hellmouth — an opening into Hell.

With the help of Giles and her new friends, the brilliant Willow and affectionate Xander, Buffy battles the forces of evil, saving the world over and over again.

Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy ranks #3 on Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years, runner-up only to Homer Simpson and Harry Potter.  She has a huge fan following and has inspired countless books, essays, and websites.

You can watch the entire first season for free at Hulu.  At this time the whole series is available on Instant Netflix and Hulu Plus.  Check WorldCat to learn where to find DVDs, books, and comic books at a library near you.

See also my post on Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed by Jonathon McIntosh.

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About Allie Jane Bruce

Children's Librarian, Bank Street College. Librarian, We Need Diverse Books. Co-creator of Reading While White (readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com). Newbery Committee 2016. Addicted to children's literature and chocolate.
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