Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Quotable Slayer

Authors: Micol Ostow and Steven Brezenoff
Pocket Books
RRP 6.99
ISBN 0 7434 9548 9
Available 03 October 2005

Funny, scary, pithy, profound,
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has delighted its legions of fans over seven seasons with its quick fire dialogue and offbeat insight into the human -and non human condition. Now for all lovers of Buffy's wicked wordplay comes an exhaustive collection of the sharpest, most telling and often poignant quotes from the Emmy nominated show...

Categorised by character and subject and fully illustrated in both black and white and colour, this crucial compendium of wit and wisdom is a book which will be referred to again and again.

It's not the kind of book that you can sit and read through from front to back in one sitting, but that doesn't make it a bad book. The Quotable Slayer is a fun book full of quotes from the Buffster herself, as well as the Scooby gang, the Big Bads and more.

It's great to flick through, and if you're in the mood to just pick it up and have a look, you're pretty sure to find something that'll make you laugh or that you had forgotten was in an excellent episode from the show. It'll probably have you getting your DVDs and Videos out to watch some of the episodes you haven't seen in a long time.

The intro explains the impact that the show had over the years, and it's not wrong:

It can be argued that Buffy the Vampire Slayer will go down in pop-culture history as a television show that subverted conventions, crossed genres and redefined gender roles, raising the bar for the next wave of programming. Though the titles suggests an easily dismissed concept, those who tuned in were instantly drawn to rich, complex characters, an organic mythology and some of the sharpest, savviest and most unique TV writing around. The fabrication of new words, the reappropriation of existing ones, and a complete disregard for conventional usage are hallmarks of Buffy, and the show's eminently quotable language has spawned a cult following fluent in Buffy-speak.

This little book is sure to become an indisputable reference for the true Buffy-phile, and likely to find it's way on to many a shelf.

Keri Allan

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