This post was originally published on November 20, 2016
The latest update to this post was made 6 years ago.
Buffy As A Strong Female
Sarah Michelle Gellar played the strong female character of Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Let’s look at the beginning; Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally was a movie in 1992. Joss Whedon took the movie to the television screen in 1997. Sarah almost did not take the part, as she did not realize the impact Buffy would have on millions of females.
Gellar thought Buffy was flighty and was often annoyed with her lines. Buffy was immature because she was a 15 year old girl. Joss wrote Buffy true to a 15-year-old girl. Her character learned she was the fighter and protector to all people against evil at 15! Gellar soon became more than OK with her character. Money will do that.
Joss took the viewer through Buffy’s feelings and how she dealt with her power. She contended with normal 15 year-old issues as well as super power issues. She found two loyal friends at school who helped her fight evil in their own way.
Buffy often-made up stories to her mother, Joyce, as to why her clothes were dirty, she was out late, or vampires were just dusted. Joyce knew her daughter had super strength. She liked to live in the world of denial and it made for comic relief in the show. Buffy’s parents divorced mainly due to the stress of having a super strong daughter who always seemed to get into trouble.
Buffy’s character grew in confidence and strength, as she got older. She was lucky enough to have a mentor that helped her learn what being the Slayer was all about. When Joyce came to terms with Buffy being the Slayer, she just asked Buffy not to remind her all the time that she would be in danger all the time. Joyce liked to live in denial.
The love interests Buffy had were not normal either. She loved a vampire. He was a vampire with a soul who helped her fight other vampires. He couldn’t stay with her due to complications so in comes the next love interest. Buffy could not be alone. That was the only real flaw in the show. She was a strong female character with that exception of not being alone.
Her second love interest was a secret military agent. That relationship ended sadly as well. Then Buffy went through doubt and depression. Her character died and was brought back by her loyal friends. She had issues when she came back and her friends tried to help her. She found solace in another vampire and they became lovers.
Buffy was a strong leader. She had one goal in mind and that was to destroy evil. She achieved this goal while dealing with friends, love, school, work and family. There are many essays, blogs, podcasts, clubs and fan groups that discuss the various aspects of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 13 years after the series ended in 2003.
In the next article, we will discuss Buffy’s loyal friends.