Amidst the Twilight craze, some teenagers looking for something more than entertainment have turned for the first time or with renewed interest to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Many reasons could account for this, but of all the vampire books out there, there is only one mythos of a Vampire Slayer. Buffy shares some qualities of other teen books such as those written by Stephanie Meyer, Rachel Meade, or others. For instance, like those other aforementioned books, Buffy is originally aimed at a teenage audience and bemoans the difficulty of high school, the discovery of love, the loss of love...and other things which readily appeal to a teenage crowd. But what's more important is the superior qualities of Buffy compared to these other works. From a historical perspecctive,vampire slayers are nothing new. But from a fictional perspective, this is very original and makes Buffy stand out. Also, the characters in Buffy tend to ressemble real people who you know as opposed to Meyer or Meade. There is an incredible, incremental rise from immaturity to maturity throughout Buffy--and this applies to Buffy Summers specifically, as well as Willow, Xander, and others. What Meade and Meyer accomplish, in my opinion, is a not so well-done rip off of Buffy which is both unimpressive and unmemorable, added with their own lame spin.
In any case, this book, a repackaged combination of three books placed into one, is a decent showing of the ressurection of Buffy in 2010, although the format could be better. I'll take this opportunity to agree with the other reviewer who is disappointed by the extremely unBuffy logo on the front of the book. For fans like us, the Buffy logo is a representation of the mythos as a whole, and while marketers might think it's 'cooler' to come up with their own logo style, we don't think it's cool at all, and think it smacks of a hastily completed effort. And, like the other reviewer, I dislike the particular books that were chosen in this combination because they're not in chronological order. The books should have been printed in threes by season. So, for instance, because "The Harvest" was the first book which was printed and started Season 1, that should have been first. After that, "Halloween Rain"--one of my favorites--should have come second, followed by "Coyote Moon," just like the original way these came out when they were first written and published individually in the 1990s.
No matter, it's still very nice to see even one Buffy book on the Young Adult section of the bookstore where I work, and I hope that a high sales rate might encourage Simon and Pulse to continue re-releasing Buffy books, and maybe...releasing new titles. I haven't seen a new Buffy title since 2008, and I'd love to see more. There are some very good things about this Buffy the Vampire Slayer Volume 1 edition. For instance, the book is a fairly high quality softover, as opposed to the original book constitutions, which were released in mass market trade paperback, with a handful released in hardcover.
Although I have to be honest and say that I don't really care much for the cover art, and would have rather seen a character from the series on the cover, preferably Giles or Buffy. Anyway, I have every Buffy boook ever made, but the copies of "Coyote Moon," "Night of the Living Rerun," and "Portal Through Time," which I have are pretty well worn despite my tender care and good treatment. The reason? As I said, trade paperback isn't the best quality. The pages of a softcover are superior as they are made of thicker yet glosser paper, and the spines are much tougher and won't bend in half easily. One other thing I like about this edition is that the words are in larger print than orinigally. Imagine my surpirse to discover that a someone at S&P Pulse had the brains to actually reproduce the books in said larger print. I've come to expect the worst in quality when it comes to S&P, but this time they got something right. This was probably pretty expensive but they did it anyway and it was for the best. Nothing is more annoying than reading a paperback and then discovering that the softcover print is the same size. Companies know this, and every once in a while they'll act on it, like S&P.
I didn't like everything about this edition, but I still bought it from Borders. I don't spend very much money, but I'll go out of my way to buy anything Buffy, because it's one of the few TV shows I really like, and the books are pretty well-written as well.