Monday, December 20, 2010

I Sleep With Dead Guys Club

Alright, let's get things started.
I want to welcome everyone to the weekly
"I Sleep With Dead Guys Club".
And I'm excited to announce that we have a new member!
So everyone, please welcome Bella!


We're all excited that Bella is now a member.
Like the rest of us, her boyfriend is a vampire.
His name is Edward and he's super broody.

That's good.
You definitely want broody for your first vampire boyfriend.

Sookie's right.
Broody for your first vampire.
Then you can experiment with evil vampires later.

First vampire?
Edward's the only vampire I love.
And the only one I will ever love.
We are going to be together forever.

Yeah, heard that before.
Then he went and slept with his maker.

I hate when they get all lusty after their makers.

Mine had a kid with his.
Don't even get me started.

Umm . . . Edward was made by a man.
He's like his Dad now.

No comment.

So Bella, you really don't have another vampire?
Maybe an evil one?

Evil, sexy and blonde.

They don't have to be blonde.

They're usually blonde.

No. I mean. There's no other vampire for me.
I mean, I have a best friend.
We got kinda close.
But he's a werewolf.

Oo, been there sister.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chosen Challenge: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Chosen is a word that can mean many things. It's defined as: one who is the object of choice; who is given preference.

But there are those of us who know better.


"Into every generation a Slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. She is the Slayer."

Making a massive impact on the world, Buffy the Vampire Slayer hit television series in 1997 and saying that it changed tv is only the beginning.

Buffy took young, blossoming actors and turned them into pros. It created seven amazing seasons, a spin off series, and is even continuing in a comic book version for the eighth season. It's very difficult to turn on television these days without running into at least one Buffy alumni. Buffy had it's own language. Buffy was "Twilight" before Twilight was Twilight.

I've known many a Trekker (or Trekkie if you prefer) and those so dedicated to Star Wars that they live by the code of the Jedi. There are even Browncoats among us all, and underground of fans, geek and non-geek alike devoted to television shows that changed their lives. So when I say that I have the word, "Chosen" tattooed on my back, I want you to understand that it was not a spur of the moment, "Golly that sure would look cute" kind of decision.

Buffy can be dissected in so many ways. People love it. They hate it. Some (though ignorant) have never seen it. There are colleges teaching courses in Buffy studies and Buffyology. There are authors taking Buffy and turning it into philosophical understanding. There are reviews on thousands, if not millions of websites, in hundreds of books and everyone has their opinion. Well here's mine:

"Every girl who could have the power, will have the power. Can stand up, will stand up. Slayers, every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?"

As many young boys want to grow up to be Jedi, I wanted to be a slayer.
I wanted to be strong.
I wanted to be chosen.

And if the series did nothing but this, it reminded me that everyone is "Chosen" for a purpose in the world, and within that purpose, there is strength.

For those of you who've been living under a rock lately, I'll break the news. Buffy has been optioned to be rebooted on the big screen. Now brace yourselves . . . . Buffy creator, Joss Whedon has no part in this. For those who don't understand the severity of that statement, imagine that Star Wars was being remade . . . without George Lucas.

Joss Whedon has stated his opinion on the reboot, and when the official announcement hit the interwebs, the fans lost their mind. 'Joss Whedon' and 'Buffy' became a Twitter trend faster than any other I've seen before. And even if the fans were going to remain silent about the travesty, former Buffy stars are giving their opinions, and they - like the rest of us - think it's a mistake.

Naturally there's nothing that can be done at this point. A movie is being made and apart from an oncoming apocalypse, there's a pretty good chance that it'll hit the big screen eventually. What we fans CAN do is appreciate Buffy the way it's supposed to be, created by Joss Whedon.

That's why I'm instigating an official Chosen Challenge to my fellow Whedonites!

A Buffy marathon, if you will. The original movie, all seven seasons of the television series, the eighth season in comic book form, and anything else I can get my grubby little hands on. That's 144 episodes. At least 40 comic book issues and loads more. And I'll be reviewing it all right here. I figure if I get in at least 3 episodes per week (which let's face it, will probably be on a slow week), I can complete this challenge in one full year (or less). Everyone can participate. All seven seasons are on Netflix. Watch and read along with me. Certainly before the rebooted movie comes out.

"I would love to be upstairs watching TV or gossiping about boys or, god, even studying! But I have to save the world. Again."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

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