Welcome back fellow writers to this bi-weekly post!
Not only do I wish to talk about how Buffy the Vampire Slayer can help you with your writing, but this post also allows me to fangirl over of my all time favourite television series.
Every Writer Should Watch: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Why yes, Buffy, you can help us!
Lesson 1: How to write a strong, three-dimensional and captivating protagonist. There is no doubt in my mind that Buffy Summers is one of the most well-written, captivating, three-dimensional and strongest female characters in television history. In fact, her character is incredibly complex. She may be the slayer — a fierce, powerful and capable protector of humanity — but, at the end of the day, Buffy is a simple and normal teenage girl. She has trouble with her parents, arguments with her sister, she dates, she has homework, she loves shopping and clothes and being girly, but she additionally knows how to kick some serious butt.
What makes me love Buffy so much is that she is so real. Buffy the Vampire Slayer can demonstrate to writers how to develop a protagonist that comes across so human and strong. Her actions have repercussions and consequences, influencing the overall story’s events. Additionally, the responsibility of being the slayer often weighs down on her shoulders, and she wants to give up, but she keeps pushing forward. She fights, she cries, and she gets back up again and tries all over again.
I recently did a blog post about What Constitutes A “Strong Female Character” and Why They Are Important, and Buffy definitely constitutes a strong female character.
Lesson 2: How to write a band of secondary characters that steal your heart. When reading a series, when the secondary characters are written well and seem just as life-like as the protagonist, I fall instantly in love with them. Buffy the Vampire Slayer can demonstrate how to properly develop secondary characters just as detailed as the protagonist. In fact, Willow, Xander and Giles are awesome, compelling characters and really made this show. They were allowed to have their own storylines that assisted in their development, and they were not passive characters either. They may have been swept up in Buffy’s destiny, but Joss Whedon made sure that they were actively participating in the storyline.
Sometimes, these characters aren’t as likable — initially — but this series does a wonderful job at portraying secondary characters as real people. Personally, I really enjoyed watching the development of Faith. She comes into the show as a bit of a lose cannon, a complete opposite of Buffy, but she has one of the most fascinating and intriguing storylines.
Lesson 3: It encourages the development of healthy and strong female friendships. How many times have you read a book and the main female characters are fighting or enemies? I hate when authors make it seem like two female characters cannot have a healthy female friendship. There are WAY too many instances of female characters not getting along. However, Buffy the Vampire Slayer demonstrates the importance of writing female friendships that are strong and healthy.
For example, Buffy and Willow have a very strong friendship that develops beautifully throughout the series. They have been good friends since the very first episode, developing into best friends, and finally, by the end of the seventh season, they are basically sisters. Their friendship doesn’t begin with hostility/jealously/hatred. It really annoyed me in City of Bones that Clary and Isabelle did not get along at first. Buffy the Vampire Slayer challenges that and demonstrates that females do not need to be enemies, but on the same side.
Lesson 4: How to be humorous. This series is definitely one of the funniest shows that was ever on television. Joss Whedon has an amazing talent to write such humorous dialogue. And Buffy the Vampire Slayer will definitely assist in helping writers create such natural, funny dialogue. If you are struggling to write witty, entertaining dialogue that doesn’t seem forced, watching this series will definitely help you with that!
Key Points (This show will help you with…)
- Strong Protagonists
- Developing Secondary Characters
- Writing Female Friendships
- Creating Humorous, Natural Dialogue
What do you think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
This bi-weekly post was inspired by Ravenclaw Book Club‘s “5 Reasons Why”