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Buffy and the Heroine's Journey by Valerie Estelle Frankel
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: pop-culture, womens-studies

This is an excellent book about how Buffy's progression as a character through the original movie, the tv series, and the Season 8 comic book follows the arc of a heroine's journey. As someone who loves Buffy and is always fascinated by archetypal studies, this book was right up my alley.

It's easy to see the growth of Buffy's character over the years, but this book really breaks down the critical steps in her life -- and without denying the uniqueness of each of the vivid supporting characters, it shows how each of them function as aspects of Buffy's Self as she strives for maturity, balance and fully realized heroism.

Unlike some of the "Whedon studies" books out there, this is not an intensely academic analysis. Instead, it's easily accessible by general readers, many of whom may find it a good introduction to the basic Jungian concepts of Anima and Animus, the Shadow, and etc.

Ultimately, it heightened my appreciation of a show I already love.

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