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Nov. 11th, 2005

Gah, it's ten o'clock, and I've been out eating Japanese food and drinking wine and NOT PACKING and getting into an argument about Joss Whedon's talents with a friend who has never seen Buffy but thinks the trailer (trailer, mind you, not film) for Serenity looks stupid apparently because a friend of his thought the idea of the teenage girl assassin is cheesy. Which it obviously is, but the point of Joss Whedon is that when he's good, he's making something that could be cheesy into something clever and humane and entertaining and moving.

It's funny, Buffy is still something that people who've never seen it still feel capable of slagging off. And I still get pretty defensive about it, because I loved it and spent so long defending it to people who though that just because it was about vampires it was stupid. But it felt like it was a programme that might as well have been designed for me - it was funny and sweet and so smart and feminist and scary and exciting and moving and I loved the characters and Joss Whedon wasn't scared of killing them off for the sake of the story. I think at its best it was genuinely great drama, and that was because however preposterous or melodramatic the situations might have been, the people were real. There are people who don't like anything supernatural because it's not "realistic", and I just don't get that. I mean, I hate most fantasy, because I don't like makey-up fantasylands in magical worlds where the people speak in fake archaic language - I like magic set in our world, or books in which people from our world enter magical places - like Narnia - or when the magic world is a parallel universe (a la Diana Wynne Jones) which is like our world with extra magicky bits, because it puts the magic into relief. It feels like magic. The magic has to be in context. And then it works. Then it is realistic. And when it works, I love it. And that's just one of the reasons why I love Buffy,

That, and the fact that Joss Whedon knows, especially in the second and third seasons, how to tell a really fucking great story. Roll on the box set!

And now I must go and pack and watch Peep Show (a new series! Hurrah! Although can they beat lines like "who needs love when you're doing it up the arse?" like the last magnificent series? Hey, it was hilarious in context). And then tomorrow is HOLIDAY! Me and Patsington on the road! HUZZAH! See you on Sunday, missbassey!

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pescana
Nov. 11th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
Buffy is brilliant. The characters are so very human, even the non-human ones. The writing is truly witty and the stories are very good.

I was thinking yesterday about that box set, because I don't believe I get to keep the season-by-season sets I've got now. I've only ever seen parts of it, and I want to watch the whole thing eventually.

Have a fabulous vacation!
stellanova
Nov. 11th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
I think you should treat yourself to the box set! You deserve the joy of non-stop Buffy. I watched it from the beginning (and I have a lot of the video box sets), but there are some episodes I haven't watched for years and I can't wait to watch, say, Season 3 in order again.
pescana
Nov. 11th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen all of season 3 yet, just pieces. I have them all now, I could probably just go watch one every night, right? If I lose custody, I will definitely be getting myself the box set.

I think everyone should have the musical, too. I'll take that out and watch it sometimes to cheer myself up.

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