• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What makes 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' a popular TV Programme?

Extracts from this document...


What makes 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' a popular TV Programme? By Paul Garbett 10DXS Vampire stories have been told for hundreds of years, and like all things, they have evolved with time. As technology has moved forward so did the stories, and vampire films soon became popular. These stories have recently moved onto the small screen, the most popular of which, a modern adaptation of the tradition vampire myth called 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. This popular programme has a massive following here in the UK and also overseas and is now in its 7th series of programmes and has been seen on TV screens around the world for over four years. Vampires are well known for their fanged teeth, slick combed back black hair and red and black capes; however, in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' these traditions have made way for ghoulish monsters and female fighters. We each have our own different ideas about what and who vampires are, but, the media use their power on us to create a strong image of what a vampire 'should' look like and have endorsed traditions believed for many years. ...read more.


She swings down from a bar above him and knocks him to the ground. He claims not to bite and that he just wants to help her. This section endorses up to the point where Buffy swings down and attacks the man. He warns her of the Harvest and tells her about the Hellmouth. This name paints a bad picture in the audience's minds and it is the total opposite to Sunnydale. Later at the Bronze, Buffy chats with Willow about boys. She tries to inspire Willow to stop waiting and to 'seize the day.' Buffy spots Giles upstairs and goes up to talk to him. He continues to tell her she is the Slayer and has no choice in the matter. At first the setting for this scene may seem to be totally radical in a vampire style story, however after thought the venue is dark and full of young potential victims so is a modern adaptation of the settings for the older tales. For example, the more traditional tales were set in a graveyard or 'spooky' house, which was dark and the time was always in the dead of night. ...read more.


Giles is the only character that really endorses the old vampire conventions and is obviously very intelligent and has a great knowledge of vampires. It is also important to note that he is English and this to an American audience shows historical heritage. My conclusion to this question is that I felt 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is a popular programme because it provides a good mix of many aspects of popular programming. It contains scenes that are scary, action packed and also offers addictive viewing like a soap opera. Buffy can be viewed by many different age groups as it seems that there is almost something for all, just the opening episode included many different styles of programming, from comedy to gothic style features. If you look at the most popular programmes on TV (Coronation Street, The Simpson's, Neighbors, Heartbreak High, Relic Hunter etc) you can see that 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' includes story lines and scenes that would attract people who normally watch one or more of the programmes listed above. Buffy is a blend of a American high school comedy mixed with sitcom/soap opera story lines, all this as well as including scenes of violence and horror. Paul Garbett 10DXS 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Television section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Television essays

  1. Examine the conventions of the soap opera genre with reference to at least two ...

    The characters in soaps live in closely-knit communities where everyone knows each other. The audience are attracted to these qualities of the soap opera genre as life is not often really like this. The audience may see the soaps as a virtual society that they can be in as they are watching the programme.

  2. Sitcom Feature Article

    As the land of Bill Gates and gigantic Starbucks, a show in Seattle must naturally be associated with the rich. Yes of course, it's Frasier (who could forget the Seattle skyline in the title). The family lives wealthily from slow jobs that are rarely attended, and struggle to get along sometimes.

  1. What should you think about when preparing to make a TV report?

    The interview itself should consist of a series of open ended questions as this will give them room to talk and elaborate more on their opinions rather than the simple closed questions which will give you either a yes or a no, and would not help in giving the story a proper angle or something to go on.

  2. "Dragnet 1967" Starsky and hutch Dixon of Dock Green

    The series was principally set in a suburban police station in the East End of London and concerned uniformed police engaged with routine tasks and low-level crime. The ordinary, everyday nature of the people and the setting was further emphasised in early episodes of the series with the old, British

  1. Reality TV. GCSE Media Assessment

    "We are aspirational and ambitious" says Emma Spray as she is introduced. On the other hand, as the Bardsley's are introduced, brass band tunes are being played along with images of a grimy council house with an overrun paddock. Imagery of chaos is also shown in the interior of the house.

  2. GCSE English Coursework "The simpsons" EN3 ...

    Marge is a typical stereotype of a good housewife, although she tries her best to contribute to the families financial status. I think these stereotypes were given to Marge because she is an example of a typical housewife who takes care of the children I.e.

  1. BB: The Ultimate Lab experiment

    had to drink a milkshake containing raw fish to prevent to housemates loosing �15,000 prize money. This put her under immense psychological pressure and in effect was a form of emotional black mail, this breach of human rights contained no consideration for her well-being and Michelle's personal moral principles.

  2. English Media Coursework: Comparing the Opening Sequence of Two Films - 'Clueless' and Pleasantville'

    are on a completely different scale, but everyone loves her speech because she is popular. They are funny lines even though she doesn't realise it. She appears to have everything - the perfect figure, a rich father who will get her whatever she wants, the latest fashion and she looks good, which secure her popularity.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work