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Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy & Angel

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  61 reviews
"In 1997 the first episode of a new show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired. It's fair to say that following the critically panned and commercially unsuccessful film of the same name five years previously, expectations were not high. However over the course of 144 episodes and the successful spin-off show, Angel, it produced some of the best and best-loved television of ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Tor Books
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Sara
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The premise behind this book is interesting. It's a collection of interviews and behind-the-scenes stories about the to shows Buffy The Vampire Slayer and its spin off show Angel. I grew up with Buffy, she was a huge inspiration to me as a young teen, and as such the show has a very special place in my heart. I owned all the box sets for both shows, and had posters of Seth Green up all over my walls. Anything Buffy related and I'm
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Bunny
Sneak preview received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

::taps fingers::

A disclaimer.

If there is ever a subject I am going to be extremely critical of, it will be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you don't know, the fandom feels I have are very strong, very deep, very emotional, very intense. I have bookshelves lined with books about Buffy, a container of memorabilia dating back to the early days of the show, and an encyclopedic knowledge of both the show, the spin-off,
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Kirsty ❤️
The problem with unauthorised books is they never really give the greatest version of a story as everything is gained second hand. This is no exception. Made up from anecdotes and interviews that can be found elsewhere it's quite a comprehensive book that will save a casual fan hours of trawling through the internet for information.

However i suspect the more ardent fans will know it already or have the information stored somewhere themselves. It's probably not the greatest book for the die hard
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Glen
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

An oral history about the Whedon-verse. Some good stories here, but we now know a little more about Joss Whedon than we did when this book was written.

Informative, but takes itself rather too seriously for a book about a couple of television shows.
Hrmcginty
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Makes we want to go back and rewatch both series from the beginning.
Dawnie
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sadly i can't say that this was particularly great for me.
I LOVE the idea. I LOVED Buffy. I grew up with her, i still love watching the show and i love what it offered for me as well as any other generation be it a girl, woman, boy or man watching the show -everyone can find someone they can relate to and love.
So when ever i see a Buffy book? I HAVE to give it a try. What is better than combining the two loves of my life? Buffy and Books?

Sadly this book feels very unfinished and choppy.
I have
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Iza Brekilien
Thanks to Netgalley and the editor for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review.

In case you didn't know, I'm a huge Buffy/Angel fan. The first time I saw that title on a TV program : "Buffy the vampire slayer", I thought it was completely ridiculous and I would never watch it. Then I happened upon it one cold, rainy saturday evening and I got hooked. Now I have all the DVDs and Spike will be one of my favorite TV characters for ever ! So of course, when I saw this book on Negalley, I
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Keith Chawgo
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
TV experts Edward Gross and Mark Altman talked to almost 100 writers, producers, directors, filmmakers, sociologists and stars from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel in new and vintage interviews from their personal archives
Edward Gross and Mark A Altman have lovingly put together a very detailed book consisting of interviews from Joss Whedon, Guillermo del Toro, Felicia Day, Anthony Stewart Head, Charisma Carpenter, James Marsters, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker, J. August Richards, Eliza Dushku,
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Shashank Singh
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buffy being my favorite show, and also being a fan of Angel this book was a lot of fun for me. 80% is composed of interviews with the MANY writers who worked on the shows. I was familiar with most of them [a lot went on to write/produce other great shows]. I came to the realization no one writer got the whole show, each had particular aspects[the comedy, certain metaphors or arcs] that they were completely in tune with while other aspects didn’t click with them. Buffy is one of those rare shows ...more
Linds
Very thorough telling of Buffy and Angel from the cast, crew, writers, and producers. This books has deep cuts and is not really for casual fans. If the names Martin Noxon and David Greenwaldt mean nothing this book’s not for you.

Danielle Long
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Not what I thought it was going to be. Since it is a unauthorized history of the Buffy and Angel. This book was more "interviews" from the cast and creator than actual background.
Alex
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A pretty interesting read, even if there wasn't a whole bunch of new information that I didn't already know.

It's filled with a lot of insight from noteworthy people, including Joss, various writers, directors, producers, and actors from both Buffy and Angel.

The book is split up pretty logically; it opens talking about the movie, and then how they transitioned the movie into a show. From then on, there's pretty much a chapter per season of Buffy, a chapter per season of Angel, and then a quick
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Kerstin
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not actually that great but I could never give a low score to anything that celebrates Buffy
Alex
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must-read opus for fans of Buffy and/or Angel.
Alex Linschoten
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable but ultimately didn't deliver enough for me, especially for a book that is as long as S&V is. Buffy is consistently evaluated as being one of the great TV series of my lifetime. I enjoyed it when it first released and have returned to it at various points since. This book lets you into some of the production challenges, what the writers were thinking as each season developed its own momentum and a little bit from the actors as well.
William Dury
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
My all time favorite show is “Buffy.” It never quite gets mentioned with “The Wire,” “The Sopranos “ or “Breaking Bad” so it has a place in my heart. Intrigued by the title I saw the movie back in the day after renting a video tape from a video store. Unimpressive. Watched an early episode about exploding cheerleaders. Passed again. Then, in the second year during “Monday Night Football” I began to switch to “Buffy” during the commercials. I realized after a while that I liked the vampires more ...more
Jonathan Anderson
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Weirdly, the Angel section is fairly interesting and full of the behind the scenes detail and gossip you'd want from one of these, but the Buffy section, the majority of the book, is full of the same talk about the philosophy and themes of the show that fans have been reading about for nearly twenty years.

Oh, and PLENTY of praise for Joss Whedon which is poorly timed given recent accusations and suspect given the personal connections the authors outline in their introductions. It comes off as
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☘Tara Sheehan☘
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
When I saw this was coming out I had to jump in and check it out. I was a teenager when Buffy exploded onto the scene giving young girls like me our first real modern female that kicked butt instead of getting killed. She slayed the ditzy blonde, weak girl trope that was so beloved by cinema and showed us you could be strong and beautiful.

Along with her we got a cast of wonderful characters you could sink your teeth into and lessons about love, loss, family, and loyalty. Who can forget some of
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Courtney
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Getting past the amount of smoke that was blown up Whedon's arse while reading this was a challenge. Why are you reading a book about Whedon's creations then, you ask? Well... the thing is. For all it's problems. I really enjoy Buffy. It came along in a time in my life when I needed it and therefore I do cherish it. However I'm not a big fan of any other Whedon work (this includes Angel though I do adore the fifth season, Firefly and Dollhouse) and I could go on about how much I loathe Age of ...more
M.L.D.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
For an "uncensored, unauthorized" history of Buffy & Angel, this is pretty tame.

I would have liked the collators to have indicated in text when and where these interviews took place--or at least include a proper bibliography. I suspect lack of proper citations is to hide how many of these are old interviews and how few original cast members participated. I have no problem with old interviews being mined--it's great to have the perspective of the participants at the time the shows were being
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Jenny GB
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love Buffy and Angel so I was hoping I would love this book. I was disappointed and I think the problem mostly came down to editing. The book is roughly organized into chapters that follow all the seasons of Buffy and Angel. However, the content in each chapter doesn't necessarily follow the "theme" of the chapter and inside of each chapter you will frequently read several pages of similar comments from various people. Even more baffling, you'll sometimes get the same comment from the same ...more
Stephen
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
By the same authors of The two volume The First Fifty Years, an oral history of Star Trek, this single volume tome takes on the task of laying out the history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin off series, Angel. I thoroughly enjoyed the Star Trek books so I had high hopes for this as I liked Buffy and loved Angel and have found enjoyment throughout the Whedonverse. Sadly, either there simply isn't enough material to create the same all encompassing overview the authors achieved with The ...more
Sean Wicks
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't find this one as compelling as the pair of Star Trek books from the authors (The Fifty Year Mission x2) which is not the fault of the authors, but more the material itself. What it does give you is the progression of a hit TV show and how a serialized show dealt with it's success and ongoing plots, while managing to avoid some curves (an actor with a drug problem, a regular that got pregnant when she was meant to be the season's "Big Bad") but otherwise some of the material rambles on ...more
Hypable Books
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fandom
Read our full review on Hypable!

There’s no doubt that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an iconic piece of television that has withstood the tests of times. Angel follows quickly on its heels, and even though it had less of an impact on popular culture, it’s still part of the same universe created by Joss Whedon, and therefore breeds the same kind of respect.

It’s one of the main reasons why we decided to spend two and a half years rewatching both series on our ReWatchable podcast, with newbies and
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Chrissy
Feb 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I loved Buffy for its witty dialogue, pop culture references and the originality -- for the time -- of its kick-ass hero. I picked this up hoping to be reminded of what I liked about the show and to get a sense of of what it was like to be part of the creative process. This book disappointed on several levels. First, the interviews were not very clearly organized; it is frequently confusing to trace the roles, especially, of various crew members and writers since they were not always ...more
Kristen
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I found this book to be fascinating in a number of ways - especially knowing as little as I do about how TV shows are made. It was really interesting to learn about what the creators were thinking and planning while developing the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series for TV. But what I found most interesting was the blatant bro-ness about these groups. Yeah, we're totally feminist - as long as that means pretty women kicking ass on TV and not actually in the writers' room. Although my ...more
Mike Crate
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I watched both Buffy and Angel when they were broadcast and own both series on DVD having watched them at least once more. I haven't really been then interested in the behind the scenes events both small and large which occured and led to what the audience got to watch on TV but this book just turned up at the right time when I was at a loose end reading wise.
The interviews were both current and taken from previous articles/interviews from the full range of cast and crew, Joss Whedon himself did
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Bree Taylor
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
I couldn't resist. I saw this at the library in the READ ME section and I had to back to check it out.

A great telling of the behind the scenes stories from the actors, producers, directors, and others involved in the show. It's told as a series of quotes all put together like a conversation. It really took me back to the beginning of how and why I loved Buffy and Angel. And why Angel calls me back more than Buffy does when I want to rewatch.

It was interesting to learn stories about Glenn Quinn
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Susan Johnston
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here::
Both Buffy and Angel were on before I was born. I am a five year old kitty. But I knew my family were hooked on both series and when my brother started to watch them again, I could see why. It had everything. It was funny, hip and very, very good. Perhaps that is why I had hoped for more in this book.
That is not to say it is not interesting or good. It is. It is filled with memories of the various people involved both in front and behind the camera. Much of it revolves
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Debbie
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
so this is a huge book about Buffy and Angel - over 500 pages. And it generally moves through the seasons of Buffy and Angel with various cast members, directors, writers, assistants commenting on the show, actors, or each other. It's frantic to read - there is one sentence from Joss Whedon, a paragraph from Marti Noxon, a paragraph from Joss, one line from David Greenwalt, another paragraph from Marti Noxon, followed by a paragraph from David Fury, two lines from Sara Michelle Geller, back to ...more
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