Buffy the Vampire Slayer Blog Series

Throughout the summer of 2017, and in honour of the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Sheffield Gothic explored each of the show’s seven seasons in a special blog series dedicated to Buffy. Each week the series focused on a different season, publishing a diverse range of posts exploring Xander, Giles, Faith, heroinism and victimhood, vampire boyfriends, werewolves and so much more. We owe a massive thank you to our fabulous contributors whose brilliant posts have made the series what it is! Here’s a shout out especially to Lauren Nixon, Kathleen Hudson, Holly Dann, Kaja Frank, Michelle Mastro, Claire Healey, Dana Alex, Ash Darrow, Jennifer DeRoss, Adam Smith, and Steph Mullholland.

Below you will find a list of all the posts published in the series starting with Sheffield Gothic’s list of the top ten episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer published on the show’s anniversary (10th March 2017) and then continuing through our recent season-by-season explorations.  So if you haven’t already, make sure you check out all of our amazing posts, and if you want to share your favourites, or if you want to  share your thoughts and comments, tweet us at @SheffieldGothic using the hashtag #BuffySlays20. 

Sheffield Gothic’s top ten episodes, by Mary Going.

Season One

An introduction to Sheffield Gothic’s Buffy Blog Series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One, by Lauren Nixon.

A discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One finale ‘Prophecy Girl’ by Kathleen Hudson.

Season Two

A discussion of Spike’s ‘Cockney’ accent in ‘School Hard’ by Holly Dann.

The first part of two posts exploring werewolves and masculinity in Season Two by Kaja Franck.
The concluding part exploring werewolves and masculinity in Season Two by Kaja Franck.

A discussion of Angel, Angelus, and the problematic vampire boyfriend by Michelle Mastro.

Season Three

An exploration of identity and choice through the character of Faith, by Claire Healey.

An exploration of Gothic doubles and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde throughout Season Three, by Dana Alex.

The first of two posts exploring Giles and his Character arc by Ash Darrow.

An exploration of the Buffy episode ‘Earshot’ and American Horror Story: Murder House in relation to the depiction of school shootings, by Kathleen Hudson.

Season Four

An exploration of identity Crises as the big bad of Season Four, by Jennifer DeRoss.
A discussion of Adam through the lens of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Dana Alex.

Season Five

The first of two posts exploring Xander Harris and discussing whether or not he is a monster, by Adam Smith.

The concluding post exploring Xander Harris and discussing whether or not he is a monster, by Adam Smith.

A discussion of Spike and the origins of his leather duster, by Steph Mullholland.

Season Six

The concluding, previously unpublished post in Sheffield Gothic’s 2014 Halloween Series, here exploring the episode ‘All the Way’ by Mary Going.

An exploration of ‘Normal Again’ and the idea that Sunnydale and the Buffyverse is a delusion, by Dana Alex.

Season Seven

The second and concluding part of an exploration of Rupert Giles discussing his role in Season Seven as a Slayer Ally, by Ash Darrow.

The conclusion of Sheffield Gothic’s Buffy Blog series discussing  Season Seven as the end of the show but also as another beginning, by Mary Going.

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