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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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