Last year, out of boredom, and after I read several positive reviews, I decided to give it a try. I had it all perfectly planned, you see. If my eyelids won't get heavy and in demand for sleep after the midnight hour, I would watch a Buffy episode. I was still certain that it was a teen fantasy drama and I, this time an adult, will not like it. That's how I started. I watched the majority of the first season with the sole purpose of falling asleep. And then I stopped falling asleep and started really watching. I realized that the writing and the acting wasn't that bad... They were actually pretty damn good, considering the low budget and the sometimes awful special effects (especially the first season). Episode by episode, line by line, scene by scene, it started growing on me. By the 5th season I was loving it! And when it ended, I was disappointed in myself that I waited that long to get over my prejudice and misconceptions.
Yesterday, I started watching it again, while waiting for the current favorite shows to finish filming. But that's not the real reason. Ever since I finished it last year, I missed it. I kept thinking about it. I kept comparing the newer fantasy TV Shows, like Grimm and Supernatural, to it and they seem bland, now that I have witnessed the original. It did not only grow on me, it got stuck and it won't go away. And I'm perfectly fine with it. Saying the title out loud is still embarrassing, especially when I'm in the company of people who have no idea what I'm talking about or they decided (like my younger self) that it's not worth it. And that's why I'm making this short list with the things I loved about it.
1. The writing, the dialogue, the humor and the drama
2. Strong characters
With that being said, it doesn't mean that only Buffy, Willow and Anya are the only strong characters in the show. Oh no. The men are also thoughtfully and thoroughly written. They all, men and women, have qualities and imperfections. They make mistakes, fail and rise again.
3. Relationships, hardships and death
4. The vampires and other monsters
5. It's OK to be different
If you haven't watch it, give it a try. You might like it!