My desert island (If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have one ____ ) book is Wuthering Heights. A movie is a bit trickier… I do have so many favorites. But when it comes to TV shows the winner, hands down, is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I clearly remember the night Buffy premiered on the WB. I was in 6th grade and had won the Catholic School Spelling Bee and was in the midst of preparations to compete in the city-wide competition. We had this book of words to study; the words to be used in the spelling bee could only come from that book. I had to sit at the dining room studying spelling words while Buffy was on. I could hear the theme song playing for the first time all the way from across the house as my mom watched the show. Granted, she recorded it for me (on a VHS tape), but still – it kills me that I didn’t get to see it live.
Buffy got me through the better part of my teenaged years. She graduated high school when I graduated middle school and the show ended the year I graduated from high school.
But we were cemented as lifelong friends.
I have comic books, dolls, a board game, countless novels and even several academic essay collections. But the best part of my collection is my slowly growing pile of autographed pictures from the Buffy cast.
A couple of years ago another Buffy-obsessed friend and I discovered the wonder that is conventions. Wizard World hosts a Comic Con in Chicago each year and several Buffy actors turn out for the event.
It’s been amazing to meet some of them (so far I’ve found Clare Kramer (Glory), James Marsters (Spike), Nicholas Brendan (Xander), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Mercedes McNab (Harmony), Julie Benz (Darla) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia)) and to attend the panels to listen about their experiences on the show. It’s also been a fun way to meet other fans who also feel a connection to the show.
So why am I writing about this now? Comic Con has rolled around again. It’s going on this weekend in Chicago and I CAN’T WAIT! Juliet Landau (Druscilla), Amber Benson (Tara), and Amy Acker (Fred / Angel) are all supposed to be there, plus James Marsters is returning and performing in concert. I’ve had the opportunity to see him once before and it’s a fun show.