Buffy: The Making of a Slayer – The Official Guide
Written by: Nancy Holder
Published by: Titan Books
Price (UK): £19.99
It’s hard to believe that Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a show that started the trend of such shows as Supernatural, Firefly, pretty much everything you watch regularly on TV and Charmed – hey, they can’t all be winners – started 15 years ago.
Yes, it kicked of in 1997. Wow. Do we feel old?!
Now, since then there has been novels, companions, tie-ins, comics… the mythology of the Slayer has continued to grow right to this day with Buffy Season 9, currently running from Dark Horse Comics.
During the run of the series and after, Nancy Holder, a four times winner of the Bram Stoker Award, wrote to great length about the characters, themes and mythology of the series, including the Monster Guide and Watcher’s Guides. Her knowledge of the series and characters is extensive and cannot be argued with.
So she was the natural choice for this tabletop book. And what a beauty it is.
There is no doubt there has not been a nicer presentation of information on the Slayer and indeed the information therein is exhaustive and very informative. Characters, production, events and actors are all covered and to compliment the various articles is a wonderful collection of rare and glorious images.
But the only problem is, as a long-time Buffy fan myself, I have seen all these before and there was nothing new in the volume.
Therein lies the problem. Who is the target audience? The long-time fans will be familiar already with everything herein. Those finding the series for the first time should avoid it as it’s spoilerific. So that leaves the ones who have only recently finished the series and are about to embark on the mythology and the trivia of the Buffy-verse.
Or maybe I’m just missing the point.
While there is little unknown or unseen here, there is a lovingly put together book that looks back at a series that, for many, is where fandom and the world of nerdiness began.
Buffy changed the world – hey, it gave us Joss Whedon too, remember – and while this book won’t do that, it certainly brings back a lot of memories. Now, where’s that Buffy DVD box set?