Nov 30, 2020
What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide
Posted by Jana Riess

What Would Buffy Do explores the fascinating spiritual, religious, and mythological ideas of television s hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer from apocalypse and sacrifice to self reliance, redemption, and the need for humor when fighting our spiritual battles.

  • Title: What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide
  • Author: Jana Riess
  • ISBN: 9780787969226
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Would Buffy Do The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide What Would Buffy Do explores the fascinating spiritual religious and mythological ideas of television s hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer from apocalypse and sacrifice to self reliance redemption

    Larry McCloskey

    Jana Riess takes an academic look at the spirituality of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, using the stories and style of everyone s favorite vampire slaying heroine to explore personal spirituality, the friends who help us and, hopefully, are helped by us on our spiritual journeys, the mentors who shape us and the quest for redemption when we come up wanting.An interesting read, it unfortunately rambled at times An observant viewer has probably already reached all the same conclusions from watching the [...]


    Wavey Cowpar

    I really enjoyed this book.As both a Christian and a Buffy fan I have sometimes find these two things to be at odds, not usually in my mind but in other people s Riess book was perfect for that situation because it looked at some of the themes in Christianity that can be seen throughout the show.One of the things I loved is the idea of Jesus seen in Xander in the finale of Season Six.In that episode Willow has gone all black haired and veiny due to the death of Tara She went out on a vengeance t [...]


    Sarah -

    A few thoughts here allthebookblognamesaretaken.blI should begin by saying I am not what you would refer to as a casual fan of BtVS I am one of THOSE I know every episode name, can recite them in order I have a tendency though to block out parts of season 6, forgive me , can quote the show verbatim, and somewhat embarrassingly in high school I stayed home sick one day just to catch a radio interview of David Boreanaz on the Dave Ryan in the Morning Show on KDWB Yes, I skipped a whole day of sch [...]


    Indah Threez Lestari

    455 2013Beberapa tahun lalu, aku menemukan DVD BtVS Season 1 7 di ITC Kuningan, dan sempat terkena demam seri ini dengan menonton stripping semua episodenya, dan menonton ulang berkali kali Aku juga sempat tergila gila pada Spike, padahal dulu waktu serial ini diputar di RCTI sukanya sama Angel Mungkin karena dulu belum sempat melihat transformasi karakter Spike dari pure evil menjadi lebih manusiawi.Buku ini membahas BtVS dari sisi spiritualitas, tapi bukan berarti jadi serius kok Yang ada mala [...]


    Lauren

    If you re not a hardcore Buffy fan, this book isn t for you It s a big re hash of all the seasons and the most important lessons I saw someone put in their review that this book isn t good because Buffy the Vampire Slayer is for entertainment and isn t deep If you think this way, you re not only not going to enjoy this book but you re not going to enjoy any outside Buffy books, so honestly, don t waste your time There were some things that this book pointed out that I never even thought about, a [...]


    Nathan

    Enjoyable read discussing the philosophy and spirituality of the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer This book yet again reminded me of just how much I loved the show, with its light approach to dark subject matters, rich character development, and refreshing plot twists on familiar story lines.It could go further into depth on any given topic death, friendship, accountability, eg , but there are plenty of sources for that This primarily synthesizes the biggest issues raised over the course of the [...]


    Janet

    This is a surprisingly fun and insightful look at the spiritual themes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and what can be learned from them It s a fast read, but there s a lot of good material here The book draws exmaples primarily from Buddhism and Christianity, but reflects the show s own lack of affiliation with a particular path Still, what I considered to be the most pertinent passage draws a Jewish example Like the biblical heroine Esther, Buffy is a young woman who feels the burden of preserving [...]


    Bunny

    What s really sad is the reason this doesn t get five stars is because she made one INFINTESSIMAL misquote, and it stuck in my brain so much that I can t give her five stars I am a sad, sad human being.This is a truly, truly great book for the BTVS lovers Even the not as obssessed as we type If you have even a passing knowledge of the show, this is a really great book to read It brings back the nostalgia for the show, plus throws in a whole lot of deeper meaning I just the quotes because honestl [...]


    Blanche

    If you are a die hard Buffy Angel fan, then this will be a fun piece of fluff for you This book takes you through all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer plus some of the spin off, Angel picking out spiritual and possibly religious life lessons to be taken away from the show There is absolutely nothing new or revolutionary discovered within its pages if you ve paid even the slightest bit of attention during the series, you ve already made these connections Still, it was a fun, quick read, [...]


    Jacqui

    surprisingly wonderful and informative love it for the blend of buffyverse with religious studies but not always in ways you would assume was surprised at the spin the author took on btvs bought it for the catchy title and thoroughly loved it this book definitely left a lasting impression on me.


    Juls

    Okay, let s get this over with No, I am not a cultie of BTVS I just happened to catch the reruns with my friends when I was in college, in between dinner and going out, every day, for a year or two We re seriously not cultie types, no trekkie hand signals or whatever But wow, for a young woman, there can be no better role model than Buffy And this book lays it all out for ya.


    Lavonne

    What can I say My favorie TV show actually has merit and it s been written about in book form It s not necessary to see the series to read the book, but I can seriously recommend watching the entire series, too I still miss the writing on this show Nothing else has quite lived up to it, although Lost has come very close.


    Susan Clark-cook

    Over all I liked this book, it was fun and some of the ideas were interesting albeit a bit of a philosophical stretch This book played out during the Buffy phenom showing she had quite a bit of Pop culture impact bottom line, I think a lot of girls and women enjoying seeing a strong beautiful woman portrayed, who could, ahem, kick butt.


    Shiloh

    An interesting look at the various approaches to spirituality and morality in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Probably best for a casual fan of the show, and definitely not a solidly scholarly book The interview with Eliza Dushku is very interesting, however, and worth reading.


    Miriam

    I LOVED this book Religion spirituality and Buffy are two of my passions, and it was a joy to read a book that combined the subjects Riess writing is fun, cohesive, and utterly enjoyable Buffy fanatics and people who study or are fascinated by religion, READ THIS BOOK.


    Melissa

    What did I learn from the Buffyverse Redemption is about saving the world, mentors are important but you must think for yourself, a spiritual journey is better with friends This book was awesome.


    Sharkcrow

    This is one that is probably for fans only It was a lovely trip down memory lane, and I loved the way Riess was able to pull out all the spiritual elements of Buffy and put it into such a concise and easy to read format.


    Nikki

    This is quite possibily my favorite text on Buffy It explores the spiritual context of Buffy, while referencing different religious ideas, namely Christianity and Buddhism Their are many great quotes incorporated It taps into the true power and inspiration of BTVS.


    laura

    Do you realize they teach college courses on Buffy these days Fantastic This book takes an in depthe look at the symbolism and themes of religion in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer See, it was a smart show p


    Terri

    Just couldn t get into this book This book didn t have a point Just rehashing of the episodes intermingled with pseudo intellectual analysis Buffy isn t deep It s entertainment.


    Bcoghill Coghill

    An entertaining books containing considerable depth on how a meaningful life may be lived in service of others.


    Ozma

    Riess is the ultimate Buffy expert If you are interested in Buffy or how televisions shows and movies use religious symbolism, this is a great book to read It s a quick read too.


    Ken

    would you believe I actually bought thisw book I liked the series so I bought it on a fluck.


    Robert Tidwell

    I like that the book doesn t simply focus on judeo christian religions and beliefs.


    Kelley

    Ethics are everywhere.


    Kate Silver

    4.5


    Bethany

    An amusing, quick read.


    Jay Z

    Heeheeheehee


    Meagan G

    After reading this book it makes sense to me why I love Buffy so much and watch it all the time I watch the show when I am feeling down and the spirtual messages in Buffy helps me out.



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