'Buffy Bites Back'

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Compares one episode of the series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and Bram Stokers gothic novel 'Dracula'. Written in NEWSPAPER FORMAT.

Buffy Bites Back

Recently, many television reviews and critics have been reporting that the hit TV-series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is nothing more than "... a cheap teenage soapie." Other reports have said that teenagers are better to switch off the television than watch the mystical

escapades, and that there is absolutely no educational value within the "corny script work and horrendous acting." But pro-Buffy experts refute by insisting that there is a lot more to the series than meets the eye.

Joss Whedon, the creator of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' admits that to produce a successful television series there does need to be high entertainment value. In order to connect with a mass audience, a profitable teenage series must provide wit, glamour and sexy actors.

This type of entertainment is classified as "Popular Culture". Popular culture, or pop-culture, is represented by television, movies, pop music, magazines and comic books. It is widely enjoyed by members of various groups within society and is always designed for a mass audience. The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' series is an excellent example of pop-culture.

The critics would suggest that pop-culture lacks depth and significance, so if we assume that Buffy is an example of pop-culture, she too must lack substance.

And yet, Whedon defends his production by stating that Buffy is not just superficial entertainment. He stated that "This popular series is more importantly, an examination of modern teenage social behaviour. On a larger scale it reflects the trends of all current human behaviour."

Whedon has made millions of dollars out of this series. To make these sort of statements would seem unnecessary given the...