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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc (31 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078642172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786421725
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. T. Fallone on 28 April 2006
Format: Paperback
Jes Battis, a Canadian doctoral student, is in a Department of English Literature, with a preference for popular culture and queer theory. He approaches 'Buffy' and 'Angel' from those directions in a book that was originally intended as his doctoral thesis. Unfortunately, if I had been his external examiner this effort would not have passed. It still has the faults of an undergraduate essay, where he pauses frequently to say that he will now discuss this or that aspect of the topic, listing the things he is going to explicate. Not only is this intolerably irritating but it is a device that should have been left behind long before in his academic career; undergraduates traditionally use it in the Introductions to their essays. Postgraduates should have learned to subsume this scaffolding into the flow of the prose, bearing it in mind but not revealing it. Another cardinal sin he commits is to personally intrude far too much into the analysis, to an embarrassing, self-abnegatory extent. Self is, of course, the problem: there is too much of it; there is a 'Poor me Syndrome', a hermeneutic, claustrophobic self-regarding. Jes Battis never loses the chance to tell us how similar he is to Xander: "I am the Zeppo" he proclaims, saying that he feels an outsider in his Department, as Xander did in the Scoobies, the only one without a superpower. None of us need to know this and it harms the book. There are errors: he claims that Buffy was written by straights; he complains about Xander's jokes on 'gaying him up' in one episode and when he talks about making love to Riley; he views these jests as 'patronising' and generally hurtful to Buffy's substantial gay audience and to him in particular, because they are words coming from the mouth of the character with whom he identifies.Read more ›
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It's not always about you... 27 April 2006
By oldfan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book represents itself as an academic discussion of the family in Buffy and Angel, and is dressed in the jargon of contemporary criticism, but is a largely unreadable essay of personal reflections about what the programs mean to the author. Better choices for the academic fan are Jowett's Sex and the Slayer or Wilcox' Why Buffy Matters or any of the collections of shorter pieces available in book form or on line, or, on the other hand, for the pleasure of well written personal essays with insight, Seven Seasons of Buffy. This is least successful of the growing number of Buffy studies.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Muddled mess 7 Aug. 2006
By ZombiKitty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book purports to examine the TV series Buffy and Angel with respect to the characters relationships as "families." I thought that sounded like a great idea, so I read this book. Unfortunately, the essays in this work are quite muddled. The author begins each essay by stating what he will be focusing on for the duration of the essay, but then he inevitably meanders away from the topic. Maybe he should consider creating an outline before he starts writing and sticking to it! Another problem I had with the essays in this book is the fact that the information about the shows that is presented within them is often incorrect. I found that incredibly distracting and annoying. I am giving this book the two stars for the idea --- it gets no stars for the execution of the idea.
24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Anyone out there speak Acadamian? 2 Dec. 2005
By Etsonia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book with great hopes, the extended family aspects of Buffy being one of my favorite topics. First, and foremost it is outrageously priced at $32.00. $3.20 would have been more appropriate. I'm just grateful I bought a used half-priced copy. The text reads more like a doctoral thesis than most of its predecessors and is much the worse for it. If you can wade through descriptions of Buffy episodes as, "They are visual representations, whose imagery is double-coded with semantic "values" that often conflict, or even negate each other," and other comments like, "I mentioned a Deluzian family-rhizome in the introduction, but that's absurdly abstract," then you'll probably love this book. Anyone else will be much better served checking out Reading the Slayer or Why Buffy Matters. Nothing really new is said here, but writing it in acadamian just makes it seem new and important. I give this book 5 yawns and a 10 on the waste of money scale.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wish I was an Angel 2 April 2006
By Cindy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There was nothing new here. The writing is so dull I could not read past the fourth chapter. Save your money and buy the Buffy DVD's instead.
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By Sandra Lee Isenhower - Published on Amazon.com
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