Sunday, June 12, 2011
Buffy, Faith and Willow (Awesome Women)
One of my favourite ever shows is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched it from the very first episode and was instantly hooked. Before that, I'd even loved the (admittedly terrible) movie. But something about the whole atmosphere of Sunnydale, the characters - from Buffy herself, Willow, Xander and Cordelia just grabbed me instantly. I love the dialogue and the action and especially the romance between Buffy and Angel.
I thought today would be a good day to share with you my favourite Buffy characters.
Buffy - When I recently did another Awesome Women post about another favourite female television character (Sidney Bristow from Alias) I had quite a few of you pipe up saying that Buffy was your favourite kick-ass character. I'll have you know that she's also one of mine!
I love her cheesy one-liners and her sarcastic sense of humour. She's little and blonde and is easily believeable as a flighty cheerleader. Instead, she's a Vampire Slayer and a pretty kick-ass one at that. She's been chosen as the one person who stands in the way of evil. Instead of acting alone, Buffy surrounds herself with loyal friends and tackles monsters, vampires and evil-doings together as a team. I love how strong she is and how much she sacrifices for the good of others.
Faith - Faith is a very interesting character. A second slayer, but one very different to Buffy. Faith has had less support in her life and eventually she goes down the path of villian. But what I love most about the show is that that line between good and evil is so often blurred and confusing. Because while Faith starts off as being this wild and care-free person, she's also a bit of an outsider looking in on Buffy's circle of friends and family.
When Faith goes too far and kills a man, things begin to really unravel. Despite the efforts of the Scooby Gang and in particular, Angel, Faith begins to start healing and moving in the direction of owning up to her actions, when she's captured by the Council. Faith turns to Mayor Wilkins and goes 'rogue.' Lots of fighting and bad stuff happens, but then, in the Angel spin-off, we see Faith's redemptive side as she struggles so hard in order to make up for the things she has done. Finally, she goes back to Sunnydale and fights together with Buffy against the Big Bad.
Willow - Right from the start, Willow has been one of my favourite characters. Especially in the early seasons when she was quite shy and wall-flowery and not very assertive, I could really aspects of myself in her character. Quite bookish and clearly nerdy, I love that she is such a huge character in the show and during the course of it, transformed into somebody a lot more confident and powerful.
I really loved watching Willow's transformation. From mostly doing research and using her computer skills in order to help, Willow takes on an interest in spells and witchcraft, which she develops more in college. After a great deal of magic and witchcraft is used in order to fight against evil, Willow becomes addicted to using magic. This culminates in Dark Willow threatening to destroy the world after the loss of her girlfriend, Tara. I love that it ultimately took Xander's friendship in order to bring Willow back from the edge.
How much do you love the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Who is your favourite character?