Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Happy Birthday, Buffy!

Okay, this tidbit, more than anything else I've heard or seen recently, makes me feel a teensy bit old: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV iteration) is 10 years old today. TEN. Thanks to PopWatch for pointing it out, and big, big thanks to this excellent article in Flak for laying out Buffy's legacy so well. Buffy is a major cultural touchstone for so many of us in teen librarianship, and not just because of geeky hunk Giles. For me, it's that Buffy was deeply invested in strong girls coming of age, and as a strong girl who was coming of age while it was on the air, I was deeply invested in it. Even though the show had run its course by the time it went off the air, I was really sad to see it go, and it's a great comfort to me to see how many production & writing alumni of Buffy have graduated to many of my current favorite shows: Battlestar Galactica, 24, The O.C. (of blessed memory), Gilmore Girls and Grey's Anatomy. Share your favorite Buffyverse moments, quotes, and reminiscences in the comments!

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  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger Susan said…

    To help one and all remember those great quotes here is a fun website from the BBC Cult Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Homepage It includes a random Buffy quote generator. My random quote is:

    'Note to self - learn to duck'

    Tabula Rasa

  • At 8:49 PM, Blogger Liz B said…

    BTVS was meaningful to me because:
    -- as pointed out in the article, kick ass storytelling that spanned a season. I fell in love with the stories, the characters, the writing, the plotting.
    -- I first began posting online at Buffy message boards so in many ways it was my intro to life online, and thanks to that experience (good & bad) it taught me a lot about trolls, flaming, the lack of sarcasm font, and never post your first reaction to something that pisses you off
    -- It taught me that the Internet can create community. I was alone in my fandom until the Internet; and it wasn't until season 5 that I first met other BtVS fans.
    -- It made me proud to watch tv. Before this, watching TV was something to downplay; after this, it was something to say, proudly, I watch TV. So what?

  • At 2:08 PM, Blogger Ky said…

    Oh, did I love Giles. So, so much.

    I mocked Buffy at first, until my friend sat me down and made me watch it. Then I was hooked. When they started playing them in syndication STARTING FROM SEASON ONE, I almost expired with happiness.

    I could live without Riley, though. He was the lamest ever.

    Also, Spike? Fictional Characters Top Five, absolutely.

  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger Tom said…

    Hey Sophie,

    You do know that tomorrow Dark Horse Comics will be picking up the saga where Buffy Season Seven left off, in a new monthly comic with Joss at the helm, right? Not only will many of the show's writers will be contributing to this effort, but they'll be tapping the phenomenal talents of Brian K. Vaughan (whose work includes Y: The Last Man and the recent acclaimed graphic novel Pride of Baghdad) as well as Jeph Loeb, one of the masterminds behind the hit show Heroes.

    My wife and I will be staking out (heh heh) our local comic book store tomorrow in order to make sure we don't miss it! Even if you're not a "comic book" person, I think this is something that's going to be worth a peek at...

  • At 9:58 PM, Blogger adrienne said…

    I'm late on this, but 10 years? That's crazy. I've rewatched eps. from the first season recently, and it seems to me that they've aged well. They didn't make me think, "Wow! That was a long time ago!" They made me think, "Wow! I want to watch all seven seasons again right now!"

  • At 4:20 PM, Blogger Alex Richards said…

    10 years old? Seriously? Wow. That makes me feel kind of old. BTVS is probably my fave show of all time, but I have to say, Buffy herself began to wear thin toward the end. She was very "Me, me, me"... But this is not a "rag on Buffy" post. I love Buffy! She was empowering, as were ALL the female characters (with the possible exception of whiny Dawn).
    Hmm. Can't think of many quotes off the top of my head, but I was always a fan of Kendra, and her introduction (in DREADFUL Jamaican accent):
    "They call me Kendra. I'm the Jamaican Slayer."
    Loved it.
    Favorite episodes: Hush, Earshot, the musical... oh, and EVERY SINGLE episode with Angel.
    Thanks for letting me reminisce!


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