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The horror genre has very set conventions and rules and horror films have stuck to these but in Buffy the vampire slayer a new set of rules are written.

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The horror genre has very set conventions and rules and horror films have stuck to these but in Buffy the vampire slayer a new set of rules are written. Joss Whedon has given the audience another dimension to horror by subverting the genre, in doing this the effectiveness of the program is increased. In the first episode Buffy arrives in Sunnydale, straight away she is under the male gaze but unconventionally the boy gets hurt looking at Buffy. This continues through out the program with the roles reversed; now the heroine is the hero. This is the bases that Buffy as a character works and the fact that she is female complicates the genre. Unlike most kids starting a new school, Buffy ignores the popular girl who offers friendship but instead goes to the social outcast showing that she can be independent. The popular girl Cordelia is shocked as she is rejected and at Buffy's intellect to outsmart her in what develops into a comic foil between the two. ...read more.


The dreams that Buffy has are that Drusilla has killed Angel, these don't come true but to Buffy they seem very real as she saw what could happen. The vampires in Buffy the vampire slayer would conventionally choose the popular kids or people who have had sex to kill but the genre is subverted because they choose the social outcasts and virgins. Later in season 2 Angel kills Miss Calender who is a member of a gypsy tribe whom Angel had previously killed a member, resulting in the rest of the tribe being killed. As punishment they restored his soul so he would feel his guilt, this shows his human characteristics which allows him to have feeling and there for to have a relationship with Buffy. Angel gives Buffy a ring that symbolizes devotion, loyalty and love this is significant, as the two seem at their happiest. They say they love each other and in the next episode have sex. This again subverts the genre because they would now conventionally have to die as a result of having sex. ...read more.


In "Primeval" the group are faced with their most evil character, Adam a creation of a group called the initiative. As they are planning if there is any possible way to defeat him Xanda says "her with slayer strength Giles's multi lingual know how and Willows witchy power" his sarcastic idea to combine everyone's powers is made possible with Willows witchcraft skills. As Buffy fights Adam the others perform witchcraft to send her powers, the plan works as once again the group succeeds against evil. Throughout Buffy the vampire slayer Buffy and her mum have a very strong relationship and whenever they are together, Buffy is safe. The home is also used as a place that is safe, which complicates the genre, because the home is usually a vulnerable place. In Buffy the vampire slayer the genre is subverted by Buffy in many ways through the use of the group dynamic, dreams, gender identity being blurred and the physical appearance of the hero and heroine. Joss Whedon has re-written his own genre, which is the reason for the programs success, it gives a new dimension to the horror genre by subverting it. ...read more.

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