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How does Buffy the Vampire slayer subvert the horror genre.

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How does Buffy the Vampire slayer subvert the horror genre. Typically the Horror or more specifically Vampire genre will have the theme good vs. evil where the hero represents good and the villain represents evil. This is consistent in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Buffy is the hero and the evil vampires she slays (in this episode Glory/Ben) represent evil. There is also a clich� within this genre where good is always triumphant over evil. Buffy in this episode conforms to this clich� but with a twist; which is also typical of the Genre, good triumphs over evil in the end but not without a sacrifice. Although Buffy contains many of the conventions that are typical of the horror genre it also contains many conventions which are associated with other genres making it multi generic. From this episode we can see that it contains references to the Kung-Fu genre from the fight scenes and also the Teen Genre as there are romances between characters and typical teen language is used 'smart chicks are so hot'. Obviously as the hero Buffy is the main character in this programme. ...read more.


The Goblins are typically ugly looking creatures who have hunchbacks and green skin as in this episode of Buffy. They are loyal to their mistress and help her to fight Buffy and her friends. Stereotypically the horror genre will contain a twist at the end. Buffy conforms to this in her tragic death, she saves Dawn but not without a sacrifice. As Buffy slowly realises what she has to do 'I figured it out' there is an air of sadness all around, she has realised that 'her gift is death' and that is what she must give. As the audience realise that Buffy is dead we are shown the icon of Buffy's gravestone. As the camera flies in to a close up shot we see the words 'here lies Buffy Anne Summers' 'She saved the world a lot'. This is overly sentimental and it brings tears to the audience's eyes. Although not usually portrayed in this way gravestones are a common icon of the horror genre, normally they are used to show the residence of the vampires but in this case they are ironically used to show the final resting place of the slayer. ...read more.


In the opening sequences we see a wide range of images, most of them are scary and typical of the horror genre but some of them are typical of the teen genre which further proves that Buffy is Multi-generic. We see Bats and Dragons fly out of the portal which are also typical symbols of fear and of the horror genre. The purple tinted lighting and purple coloured portal are typical of the horror genre as purple is strongly associated with Vampires and it also gives the viewer further connotations of horror. Buffy the Vampire Slayer subverts the horror Genre by being multi-generic. This means it adopts the conventions of various other genres i.e. Kung-fu and horror. It is aimed at a young adult/teen audience and it appeals to this audience by being multi-generic (and more interesting) as people of this age need to have their mind stretched to keep them engaged within it. It also has slightly different appeals to each of the sexes; it appeals to teenage boys especially as Buffy is an attractive woman and it may appeal to girls as they may aspire to be like her 'an independent woman'. 1 Andrea Johnson 10.V. ...read more.

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