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7 Lessons I Learned from Re-Watching Buffy

As I noted briefly in the last Caught My Eye post, my boyfriend and I have been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer like fiends ever since I was blessed with the power of Netflix. Since there's nothing like a little '90s programming to get my neurons crackling, check out what I've learned from re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

1. High school was a weird time for everyone. The weird kids always had it bad; the delinquents and the nerds were picked on by everyone from the popular people to the school principal. However, high school in Sunnydale shows, to an extreme, that everyone from the popular girls to the swim team had their own internal weirdness.

2. The macabre was always cool. Vampires and zombies have come back into fashion these days, but just like the return of 80s fashion pieces, popular macabre TV shows have been played time and again. In re-watching Buffy, I see how many of the tropes we now see are often poorly replicated versions of the complex storylines and relationships in shows of old.

3. Comprehensive female characters can be emotional without being whiny. Speaking of current TV, this point needs to be stressed more often. With the advent of weak heroines like Bella from Twilight and the flimsy emotional plots that are often put through these days. My current antidote? Fringe. Diverse characters, great storyline, and strong female lead is everything I asked for.

...read the final four lessons of this post at my blog, The Cowation.

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