Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy, of course, wasn't just fighting vampires, but larger issues that happened to take the form of Big Bads who terrorized her seemingly picturesque town of Sunnydale.
There are a lot of reasons to watch Buffy: It's smart, it's amusing, it has a legion of loyal fans for a reason, and it still holds up after 20 years.
Read her full letter below. "And lastly, but most importantly thank you to all of you, the fans".
As Buffy's legacy continues, I think about how the show taught me things about myself that I didn't realize I was learning at the time.
I don't know if Whedon realized the characters he created would speak to so many people or that Buffy would serve as a role model.
Buffy was only a few days out from her mother's death, but almost two years later I was still consumed by that same type of denial, the one that masquerades as busyness and strength.
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On March 10, 1997, a teenager named Buffy Summers first appeared on TV screens across the country, combining wit with her impressive demon-killing skills. Whedon has been known to give his female characters the deserving attention and strength they deserve, and BTVS was perhaps the greatest example of women with the power to overcome all odds, supernatural or not.
"We made this show for you, and your unwavering support has kept this show going long past our seven years". Thank you to Gail Berman for always believing there was a show in that movie. Buffy's relationship with Spike in particular manages to encompass the series at its very best, and it's this relationship that, even at its most troubling, has stuck with me long after Buffy's final episode aired. "Thank you to all the incredible actors for seven seasons of unbelievable performances".
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer", let's face it, is the story of an inclusive (at least in Fantasy terms) group of friends, led by a young woman, who fight villains that are basically various expressions of patriarchy.
Angel: I saw you before you became the Slayer. In that "moment of flawless happiness" (a euphemism if ever I heard one) Angel loses his soul and once again becomes Angelus. "It's not like I have any fluffy bunny feelings for them, I'm just not going to get real extracurricular about it". I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredible crew that worked tirelessly (and also really tired) to bring this show to life.
After all this time, Gellar still hasn't stopped slaying, and something tells me she never will.