Fighting Evil in Sunnydale

“What do you want me to say?

Lie to me.

Yes, it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.

— Buffy and Giles

Vampire series are generally quite uninspired and unexceptional. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was quite different. It had mass appeal as it highlighted the joys and tribulations we all go through, using the alternate universe in which vampires and demons existed as a mirror. Saving the world was not so bad when you had such great friends to help you.

Sarah Michelle Gellar was an instant sensation and I must admit I had the biggest crush on her. The success of Buffy is in large part credited to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s acting and the characterization of Buffy Summers. She portrayed the character of Buffy in a manner that lent it depth and relatability while eliciting sympathy that otherwise would not have been possible.

The struggles Buffy goes through from teenage angst to adult problems while saving the world from apocalypse made her lovable and made us care for her. The love story between Buffy and Angel was touching and beautiful. Even though they could not be together, the love was very real and led to the spin-off Angel.