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What Would Buffy Do?: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide

What Would Buffy Do?: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide is an academic publication relating to the fictional Buffyverse established by TV series, Buffy and Angel.

Book description

Jana Riess argues that despite the show being ostensibly secular in some ways, it takes on some very spiritual elements. Riess attempts to get to the heart of the show's values. She uses as a key example Buffy's gradual embracement of self-sacrifice for a greater good instead of "normal" teenage commitment to materialism. Such self-sacrifice is typical amongst many key religious figures. The idea of redemption is also an important theme in the show, which is dealt with by many characters on the show (for example with Angel, who has to come terms with beginning to make amends for his past misdeeds as a vampire, Faith, the rogue slayer driven by self-hatred and envy; and Spike, the vampire whose love for a slayer causes him to seek to get back his soul.

The book also includes an interview with Eliza Dushku.


The book contains three main sections. The first deals with issues of "Personal Spirituality" (Chapters 1-5). The second section, "Companions on the Journey", expands to look at relationships with families, friends, and mentors (Chapters 6-8). The final section, "Saving the World", looks at socially engaged spirituality (Chapters 9-11).

Chapter Title
"Be a Hero, Even When You'd Rather Go to the Mall: The Power of Self-Sacrifice"
"Changes Make Us Human: Embracing the River of Change"
"Death is Our Gift: What Death Can Teach Us About Living"
" 'The Anger Gives You Fire': Can Negative Emotions Be Constructive?"
"The "Monster Sarcasm Rally": Humor as Power"
" 'What Can't We Face If We're Together?': The Power of Friendship"
"Obey Your Teacher, Except When He's Wrong: Spiritual Mentors on the Path to Maturity"
"The Higher Way: Choosing Forgiveness over Revenge"
"What Goes Around Comes Around: Consequences"
"The Monster Inside: Taming the Darkness Within Ourselves"
" 'Redemption Is Hard': Personal Deliverance in the Buffyverse"

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