Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1:
Simon Pulse, June 2010 Trade Paperback, 704 pages
In every generation, there is a Chosen One. A slayer destined to protect the human race. She alone must fight the demons of hell. She alone must risk her life to stop the spread of evil.
Buffy is the Chosen One.
In Coyote Moon, a typical night at the carnival becomes deadly as shape shifters turn the amusement park into their own house of horrors.
Buffy starts having past-life nightmares in Night of the Living Rerun, and must face her historic counterpart before the events of the past repeat in the present.
In Portal through Time, Slayers over the centuries are in danger, and Buffy must protect them in order to save her own life and legacy.
If a little kick-butt part of your heart died when Sunnydale imploded, get a little taste of the good ol’ days with Simon & Schuster’s new Buffy the Vampire Slayer books, first published in 2010.
To illustrate my Buffy fandom, I recently defended Sarah Michelle Gellar to a newbie (who said she didn’t really like that actress) by calling her the “queen of my heart and the hero of my life.” Yes, I know. But c’mon. SMG as Buffy? Perfection.
Digress, much? Anyway…
Each pretty-heftily sized book features three novellas that take place during Buffyverse’s seven seasons – fan favorites such as Drusilla, Spike, Angel and even Andrew and Jonathan (hilarious) make an appearance.
As a Buffy slayhard, I found these stories to be delightfully true to the spirit of Joss Whedon’s iconic show with the witty banter and one liners we have all come to love and/or expect from Buffy and the Scoobies.
As for the “big bads,” the villains/situations/settings were very Sunnydale – you can tell the authors of these books wrote for the show.
From fighting zombies in one of Sunnydale’s 3,000 graveyards to taking down movie characters come to life in a drive-in on the edge of town, these places ARE Sunnydale, so much so that you’d think they were planned episodes that just didn’t get made for some reason.
I found myself on more than one occasion reading passages aloud to my reluctant boyfriend, especially when said passage was Spike-related, or when a passage included a “nod” to the viewers who religiously watched the show for seven years (and beyond).
To wrap up this love letter to Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
If “Wild Horses” makes you shiver, if “five by five” and “BLANK, much?” are regulars in any given day’s conversation and if a game of pool makes you burst into song, you will find Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1, 2 and 3 a true joy to read.