Five Ways Something Ruined My LifeFive ways ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer' ruined my lifeErin Mallory Long

In honor of the show’s 18th anniversary today, we’re bringing back this ode to our undying love for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ 

Sorry Kristy Swanson fans, this is about the TV show, not the movie from 1992 (I know you’re crying now and for that, I apologize.)

I start watching Buffy when it premiered in 1997 and watched through the first 4 seasons as they aired. I eventually stopped watching it (until recently, but we’ll come back to that) but a bunch of adults I knew kept watching it through the end. So it would become this awkward thing of, “Hey Teen Erin, did you see that crazy episode of Buffy last night?” And I’d have to say in response, “No, sorry, Adult, I stopped watching that vampire show because I have play rehearsal every night.” So it was only a few years ago (at the insistence of some friends) that I started completely re-watching (and subsequently dragging my husband with me) and finally got to finish watching the series. And boy, was I hooked.

It took maybe 3 minutes for me to remember why I watched the show in the first place and then it just kept coming. And you know what? I don’t care about the weird stuff. I don’t. The Dawn Stuff doesn’t bother me at all (that season 5 finale gets me every single time), and I don’t care that it just goes totally off the rails eventually (come on, you know what I mean). I’m with them all the time. I want to be best friends with Willow and to have dated Angel and have Xander be in love with me and secretly date Spike later on and have a great mentor (and friend) in Giles. I really do.

This show ruined my pre-teen and teen years and then came back to ruin my adult years. I can’t escape it. So for that, here are five ways Buffy ruined my life:

1. I don’t understand why I don’t have slayer strength

This is the thing, I’m “stronger than I look” but I’m not STRONG. You know what I mean? Like, I can carry heavy things, I took kickboxing briefly in high school and I didn’t wimp out when I went camping with my family and had to hike out 4 miles in pouring rain with a huge camping pack on, but I don’t have Slayer Strength.

Buffy Summers does and she is amazing. I mean, I know she’s The Chosen One and everything, but she can really kick butt. (She also heals quickly and doesn’t bruise which I’ve always been intensely jealous of.) A ton of vampires closing in on her? Who cares! Some gross demon stalking her? She’s fine! And she makes it look SO easy. Never a hair out of place, never without makeup, never sweating.

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  • Holly

    Fun! I watch the whole series at least twice a year and I’m working my way through the comics, which I recommend for anyone who just can’t let it go. Most of my vocabulary comes from BTVS, especially as I was the same age as the characters, graduated with them, etc.

  • Nicoline Hirtsholm Pedersen

    It’s like you read my mind! I think I need to re-watch the show soon.. Like tonight… Or right now… Never mind writing my theses – It’s BUFFY time!

  • Amy Marchand

    Number 5 is the best!!! I really loooved this episode! I sang those songs for like a week. xD

  • Amy Marchand

    Number 5 is the best!!! I really loooved this episode! I sang those songs for like a week. xD

  • Amy Marchand

    Number 5 is the best!!! I really loooved this episode! I sang those songs for like a week. xD

  • Amy Marchand

    Number 5 is the best!!! I really loooved this episode! I sang those songs for like a week. xD

  • Liz Tailor

    Love this article!! I’m an avid Buffy lover and often break out into song hoping that it’s a really awesome curse that everyone has been affected by. But it usually just ends up as me being me. Great list!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhiannan.pinnell Rhiannan Pinnell

    I wasn’t even 5 months old when the show started but am now watching it with my dadon Netflix and I just saw the episode with Kendra in season 2. I am addicted and babble about it to my friends who think I am crazy. I keep saying things like “Gee, could you vague that up a bit for me” and took notes on the funniest quotes from the first 7 episodes and made my friends read them. I am starting to add “age” to all my verbs too. My parents are not impressed. I have been reading fanfiction because I’m only seeing 1-2 episodes a week and can’t wait in between! I so need some Buffy stuff! I can still hold out hope for being called as a Slayer though :P or even discovering crazy witch powers. (yes, I’ve read ahead about what happens). I have to say, my friends and I appear to be about 14 years behind fashion-wise because we still wear clothes like on Buffy! LOVE IT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656328316 Brenda Schneider Golden

    I love Buffy! I own every season and rewatch them too much. I also have the soundtrack for the musical Buffy episode because I love a musical as well. Thanks for your post. I’m going to go watch the musical episode again. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/lthorpe87 Lindsey Thorpe

    how about, when i’m watching the cw’s “ringer” i’m forced to hold back my buffy comments!! sob!

  • http://www.facebook.com/txjustjoan Joan Roberts

    I have always wondered when my super powers would kick in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielascrima Daniela Scrima

    You DO have slayer strength.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=660380598 Sandra Bönzli

    I loved buffy as well. I still got some of the seasons on dvd but havnt watched it in a long time, but gues would be fun to watch it again. My fav was always dawn! And i still like ms. Trachtenberg as a actress. Had a big smile on my face when i saw her in weeds. She is just cute!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691283966 Robin Shadowes

    I found my way here from a Facebook friend who linked here. Ironically I have my Buffy & Scooby gang t-shirt on today. Although it is 9 or 10 years old it still looks fairly good. I haven’t re-visited either series since they were cancelled but I never missed an episode of neither Buffy or Angel though. I do wish I had the complete series on dvd but I haven’t been able to afford it yet.

    I was in my late 30’s when the series started and lives in south Sweden. I followed the shows on danish tv since they were way ahead of my own country. To be honest, the danish channel handled it much better than the swedish anyway. They only had commercials in-between shows and not in them. They also had the both series in perfect sync. So it was very cool to follow the episodes about the daywalker-ring from one series to the other in the same afternoon.

    Since it has been so many years it’s hard to remember all episodes. One of my favourites was the episode with The Gentlemen. the floating creatures in tophats that stole their voices. I believe it was also the episode that introduced Tara. The musical episode was also cool just because it were so different. The show was very unpredictable. Things took different twists and turns that very few other shows do. Another examples was when Buffy’s mom suddenly passed on un-expectedly.

    I also liked the series because how Buffy changed during the run of the series. Since I’m not american I can only guess but I assume she was a pretty normal ordinary teenage girl at the start of the show. A bit shallow perhaps- But she certainly matured during the series. Especially when her mom died. In that sense I think it was a good idea that they made up her little sister Dawn.

    All in all, both series were great. I lied the darker tone in Angel which suited that series much better than Buffy. One thing that annoyed me a little bit was that Boreanaz got a bit fatter over the years. He was so slim from the start.

    Please, Joss Whedon, either re-boot the show or make one about another slayer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001294310366 Linda Hoops

    I love the show!! I watch it any chance i get and ive seen every episode in ever season
    1-7 like twice and love it every time

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767186102 Donald Daher

    Hey Tarja! Look at my age above….if u r weird, than so am I lol (i do not think we are!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378761197 Tarja Pihlaja

    I was a BIG fan of Buffy at the 90´s when i saw the show in swedish TV. I still think BUFFY IS THE BEST! I´ve all the DVD´s and I re-watch them at least once a year, and i´m now 52…weard??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767186102 Donald Daher

    please replace the phrase “woo them over” with “win their affections” (oh my gosh i am sooo corny)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767186102 Donald Daher

    I am 57. I got hooked after picking up season 1 at the library about 3 years ago. I still watch when I can. My wife and 3 kids (11. 9, and 6) just laugh and shake their heads when they see me losing sleep watching free, no commercial showings on TV Links.
    Ok all you crazy Buffy freak gals out there: Who is the REAL stud of the series? Hint#1: 2 women loved him over the course of the series (not at the same time), Hint #2: His sex appeal crossed racial barriers, Hint #3: He never lost the girls through any mistake or fault of his own. AND #4: He did NOT have to be a vampire to woo them over.
    It’s obvious (I think) of whom I am speaking of. PLEASE somebody comment!!! thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tara.cairns Tara Lynne Cairns

    I feel like I shouldn’t comment because any time the subject of Buffy comes up I go into a thesis length comment about my obsession. But I loved this article! I laughed out loud so many times! I watched Buffy the first day it started when I was 12 and watched it religiously every Tuesday until it ended (and thus did my world). I agree with this article on too many (probably unhealthy) levels lol I still am down with Buffy’s fashion…i HAD to have yellow jeans! I wore a claddagh from the time I was 12 until actually 3 years ago when I lost it (I’m now 27…lol) I rewatch various episodes when I’m sad, or bored, or just whenever. I am glad I am not alone in my geekdom (since not many of my friends are Buffy fans….pffft)

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