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Buffy: The Watcher's Guide Volume One (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series) [Paperback]

Christopher Golden , Nancy Holder
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24 Oct 1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Book 1)
As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their members. She is the Slayer.

Exclusive Interviews, Totally Pointy Profiles, Behind-the-Scenes Info, and Other Buff-stuff About the Hit Show.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Mark Metcalf, Robia La Morte, Armin Shimerman, Joss Whedon, and more!

Love Bytes: Boy meets Girl, Girl meets Monster: does anyone live?

A Walking Tour of Sunnydale's Hot Spots (both of them)

The Slayer Handbook (according to Buffy Summers)

Character Guide-- who knew what and when?

Monster Guide-- vampires vs. Bezoars: who's deadlier?

Special Guest Stars-- John Ritter?!

Playlist-- what song did Buffy and Xander slow dance to?

Don't Try This at Home-- an interview with the show's stunt coordinator!

Bonus! Never-filmed dialogue from the original scripts!

Never-seen, behind-the-scenes photos-- Seth Green in makeup, Xander's closet, those icky fish guys!

The Monsters, The Mythology, The Villains, The Victims, The Fashion

Don't be caught dead without "The Watcher's Guide".

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Television tie-in edition edition (24 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671024337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024338
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 18.8 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS and THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN, among many others. He has co-written three lavishly illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, the first of which, BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE, was the launching pad for the Eisner-nominated comic book series, BALTIMORE. As an editor, he has worked on the anthologies THE NEW DEAD, THE MONSTER'S CORNER, and 21ST CENTURY DEAD, among others, and has also written and co-written video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

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One of US TV's best shows now has a superb tie-in book--and this watcher's guide is even better than the one for The Simpsons. For novices, the title is a pun: Buffy, an ordinary high school girl with all the normal problems, also must spend her nights battling vampires and demons, supervised by her "Watcher," who poses as the school's librarian.

But the book serves novices and obsessive Buffy fans equally well. Each episode of the first two seasons gets a snappy yet learned summary, including a "Quote of the Week," a quick recap of each love entanglement and relationship switcheroo (and no soap opera is tanglier than Buffy), a "Pop-Culture IQ" guide (when Oz hunts for Buffy--who's been turned into a rat--that's Michael Jackson's "Ben" he's singing), countless pop-up balloons of fun facts (Buffy was turned into a rat in order to free up her schedule to host Saturday Night Live), and a catalogue of "Buffy's Bag of Tricks"--her weapons, plus all the spells, chants, incantations, and previously incomprehensible rock-band lyrics on the show.

There's way more than we can list here. Not only do we get an ample sample of dialogue nearly as clever as Seinfeld's, there are also scenes from the original scripts that were cut for length and cast interviews. Every single vampire, demon, witch, zombie, mummy, werewolf, shape shifter, ghost, reanimated cadaver, invisible killer, prehistoric parasite, monster puppet and psychotic robot on Buffy's acrobatic dance card gets its due.

Get this book, then send one as a gift. Friends don't let friends miss out on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Don't you get the feeling that the Watcher Rupert Giles knows an awful lot more than he's telling "The Harvest," part two of the two-hour premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, opens with Giles beginning to explain to Willow Rosenberg and Xander Harris just what it is they have gotten themselves involved in by discovering Buffy Summers's secret identity as the Slayer. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide. 1 Jun 2000
This book is an excellent companion to the first two series of "Buffy". It features detailed guides to each episode, profiles and quotes of all the characters, interviews with the cast and crew, a section about all the different relationships, pieces about all the different demons and monsters, and a song list. An excellent guide, but only to the first two series. A follow-up, "The Watcher's Guide Vol 2" is coming out late this year which will deal with series three and four, I think.
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This was my first purchase of a Buffy book, and I'm glad I made the decision to go ahead - at ..... it represents great value for money if you are a new fan looking to become introduced to Buffy, or if you have been watching the series and want to learn more about the cast, the characters and the show itself. Included within the 300 page "handbook" are character and cast guides, an episode guide for the first two seasons, interviews with the cast and many more interesting features(including those essential cast photos!). The Watcher's Guide is well laid out, well written and a great read - it comes highly recommended so if you want to learn more about Buffy, this is the place to start!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide around! 5 Aug 1999
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The book has all you want from a guide. It's got character profiles, behind the scenes and mythology - all presented in a pleasant and informative way. It covers seasons one and two, (perfect for British readers), with excellent summaries and other interesting bits and pieces about each episode. It has interviews with all the regulars and some of the guest stars, the crew, including Joss Whedon, and has plenty of photos and pics, not a huge amount to distract you from the actual text. As a bonus, it includes several pages of full colour pictures. If you're looking for a guide, official or unofficial, choose this perfect companion to one of the best series around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have buy for any Buffy fan... 27 Dec 1999
By A Customer
I have recently been introduced to this series and have now managed to catch up on most of the show, helped very much by the excellent 'Watchers' Guide'. I found the book very informative and particularly enjoyed the "Quotable..." sections on each character which allowed some of that brilliant dialogue to stand out.
A well thought out and informative guide to the best show on television at the moment. I can't wait for the follow up for series' 3 and 4.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning: Volume One 10 May 2013
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This is an excellent introduction to the first series and the whole show by extension. It is a lot shorter than the other two volumes as it only deals with the first season but sometimes less is more. It is a useful reference if you're like me and want to watch particular episodes and can't remember the name of them. Because a whole Buffyverse has been created around the seasons, the plots etc have become quite intricate so it is useful to dip into just to clarify something that isn't clear or if you can't remember who is who. There is also some useful background on the cast. I think these books are a must-have for anyone who wishes to study more seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of All 15 Jan 2000
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I have quite a few Buffy The Vampire Slayer books and none of them have come quite as close to being superb as this one has. It is an excellent book, especially with it's glossy pictures and extreme detail to the programme. This book is very good if you have maybe missed a couple Buffy episodes (tut! tut!) and want to read about them, as it is very detailed and has lots of quotes from various episodes. It tells you the backround of each character in real life and in the programme and it is very useful if you want to know all about demons such as Angelous, The Master, Spike, Drusilla and many more of the demons featured in the programme. Keep in mind though it does still only go up to season 2. A must have for all Buffy fans!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the ultimate Buffy reference guide... 24 April 1999
By A Customer
Never has another book been SO dedicated to the show it is cataloguing. If you have ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes, or in the episodes themselves, this is the place to go. The tone is lively and the quotes come thick and fast. improve your knowledge of Buffy trivia, increase your enjoyment of the show, and goggle at the sheer weight of the book. The only down-point is, if you read the quotes long enough you start *talking* like the Scooby Gang. Which is no bad thing, since the writing on the show is razor sharp...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Buffy Reference 22 July 2002
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This is a book for those of us who think that Buffy The Vampire Slayer is the dogs b******s. In this book you can find all the information that you'll ever need, and it's as compelling as hell. My only qualm would be that a few interviews with regards to the individual episodes would be interesting. Mind you, since it was written after the event, and people's memories are not necessarily that good, then it may be a tad difficult. But, that's just asking for too much. All in all, the ultimate Buffy The Vampire Slayer reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long read
Really good read even if you haven't read the rest of the series, I love the characters and relationships between them
Published 13 months ago by helen93
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
I loved reading this book I enjoy watching the Buffy series and I liked reading this book very much and I'm glad I brought it I would recommend this to any one who is a fan
Published 14 months ago by lydia axton
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
I don't know what it is about this book. Although I found it interesting, but I found the excessive quotes rather annoying. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all major buffy fans.
If you're a real buffy fan then this is a must. Covering the whole of seasons one and two, it breaks down each episode and carefully discusses them. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Buffy fans!!!
Great summaries on sessions one and two of Buffy. Also gave indepth references on every character.
Great Book. A must for everyone.
Published on 29 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant sum up of the first 2 seasons of Buffy!!!!!!!!!!
This book is a must have for all Buffy fans. I got it 2 Christmas's ago and I read it while I was having dinner. You have gotta read it. It's essential!!!!!
Published on 26 Dec 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars okay,but spoils it if you only started to watch the show
at first this book seemed to be writen by buffy's watcher. but then as i was reading it turned out to be written about the show,monsters,buff's friends etc.... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for a real Buffy Buff!
A superb collection of character, episode and monster guides, plus enough quotes to have you conducting entire conversations in pure Buffy speak
Published on 13 Sep 2000 by
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book
This book is fantastic, it is so detailed and has everything that a true buffy fan would ever want. The character profiles are really good and also the monster guide at the back. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2000 by
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Buffy fan this book is a must have
This book is a brilliant guide for any Buffy fan with a very detailed episode guide for seasons 1 and 2, background and character guide. Its great value for money.
Published on 23 July 2000
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