Buffy is in her thirties now.
I’ve seen a number of people commemorating the fact that this week, yesterday actually, would be Buffy Summer’s thirtieth birthday according to the hints dropped in the TV show. For several years, each January brought us a new ‘birthday party from Hell’ for the guardian of the Hellmouth, including vampire boyfriends turning evil, losing her Slayer strength, her Watcher getting turned into a demon, her little sister finding out that she was a key, and being trapped in the house by a curse.
It seems as if to mark this birthday, the ‘Buffy season eight’ comics series is finally wrapping up, and season nine will kick off soon, which is cool. I’ve still got a long ways to catch up on season eight myself, so I don’t really know what’s been going on in Buffy’s life since she left Sunnydale.
But at this point, on my writing blog, I’d like to reflect on the debt that I owe Buffy and her friends, (and her marvelous creator,) as a writer. It goes back to the spring of 1998, after that season two birthday episode with Angelus and the Judge, when I first really hit the Internet looking for speculation or clues about what would happen next, and in the process, as I recall, came upon a few Buffy fanfic websites, like slayerette.org and the Slayer’s Fanfic Archive. Read the rest of this entry »