alexeia_drae: (caress)
I watched Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines a few days ago. It's REALLY good and I highly recommend it. They spend a bit of time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but of course most of the focus is on Wonder Woman. I loved the tv show. I think they were showing reruns when I was six and we never missed an episode. Like so many I've been waiting for a Wonder Woman movie. Plus, lots of interviews with Gloria Steinem!

I've been thinking a lot about it these past few days, and several points it made really resonated with me. One was about sacrifice, and how female characters in the action/adventure genre tend to sacrifice their life for people. I've seen this trope a lot, and on the one hand while there is something romantic about the idea of loving someone so much you would give your life for them, there's something disturbing about it to. And as the documentary pointed out, basically when a woman sacrifices her life for someone, she is saying "the world is better off without me."

Sacrifice is a tricky thing. )

The other thing that interested me was the point about how women are depicted as having too much power and it becoming a bad thing to the point where the heroine believes that she would be better off dead, the prime example being Jean Grey. I started thinking back to an amazing presentation about the history of the witch I'd seen at A-Kon (oh A-Kon, I am going to have to sit out on you this year, too) and how the idea of the witch arouse because men were uncomfortable with the idea of women being powerful. And the lecturer was a rather amazing man.

He also said that a good witch should be one bad day away from destroying the world. And, ladies and gentleman, I give you Willow Rosenberg and Lina Inverse.

That aside, it did make me think about how extremely powerful women are portrayed. Some are distressed by their power. A lot of the X-Men heroines seem to fall into this camp. Others are comfortable with it, while people in their lives aren't (Willow). In season 3 and 4 of Buffy I really had a hard time understanding where the people criticizing Willow's use of too much magic too soon came from. Could it have been that people were simply uncomfortable with her having so much power?

Anyway, good docu, lots of thoughts, watch and enjoy!
alexeia_drae: (Default)
During my re-watch, I've been wondering a lot about Dawn. How things would have panned out in season 1-4 if we saw her then. What would happen if she was killed. Poll fun below!

[Poll #1832132]
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I've been watching season 4 of Buffy on and off while doing laundry and the like, but since I got sick I really kicked off the rewatch and am now in season 5. During "Out of My Mind", while Willow and Tara are looking for Riley in the ruins of Sunnydale High, Willow casts a major league light spell. Tara protests that she taught Willow little Tinkerbell light spell.

And it hit me. Maybe Tara is a little jealous of Willow's magic abilities.

Have a cut. )
alexeia_drae: (seize the moment)
I started wondering recently about what Cordelia and Anya's relationship was like after The Wish. You never see them together for the rest of the show. Anya was someone that Cordelia could briefly come to after her break up and seemed to feel some genuine sense of friendship towards her. Anya, of course, was on the job and might not have given a damn.

Would they have made good friends? Or would their tendency to speak their minds frankly rub repel the other? Are they too similar?

And did Cordelia notice/care that the person she first confided to after the break up took her ex to the prom?
alexeia_drae: (Default)
I'm usually not big on liking villains in media. I like to root for the good guys. Still, there are villains that I feel are very effective or strike some chord with me. In my mind, a good villain is one who makes your blood boil and yell at the screen "HOW COULD YOU!?" One that you cheer when the hero/heroine takes him/her down.

See below for the villains who make my blood boil. )

That's that. In other news, B. is with my parents for the weekend because Andy had to have his wisdom teeth removed this morning. So instead of taking care of my little baby I'm taking care of a baby baby post surgery. *sighs* In Feb B. is staying with my parents for the weekend and I'm going to do something fun!
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I have a weird obsession with etymology, the study of the origin and meaning of names. I also have a fascination with name popularity. I'm constantly pouring through the lists of the top 1000 names when they come out and read up on naming trends. I find it rather fascinating. Anyway, I was completely burned out and getting over it by watching season 4 of Buffy when I thought of this poll. Enjoy!

How much do you like the name Buffy? How about Cordelia? )
alexeia_drae: (gilesfunnyhat)
I don't know if I'm just bizarre in this regard, but I see Kira's journey on DS9 as similar to how I would view Buffy's had the show continued for an 8th season (disclaimer, I have not read the comics, I do not plan to read the comics, and I try to avoid everything written about them like the plague).

Bear with me for a minute. Both Kira and Buffy had to grow up too fast. Kira had been fighting in the Bajoran resistance since she was 14. Buffy was 15 when she became a slayer. Both had to put their lives on the line day by day and suffered a lot of trauma. Both lost a lot of loved ones. In Kira's case, the Bajorans succeed in kicking the Cardasians off Bajor, and there are still challenges in the forms of healing their planet and continuing threats from the Cardasians. In Buffy's case, there are still vampires, but now there are other slayers in existence whom she can share her burden with. Heck, she can even take off to Disneyland and take a vacation.

The cut is here. )
alexeia_drae: (gilesfunnyhat)
I finished reading Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams, and Distortions. It's an exhaustive look at how people have viewed Cleopatra through history. Eventually it got to the creation of the idea of the femme fatale and how the Cleopatra story was molded to fit it, and for whatever reason I started thinking about how one would expect Cordelia to become one.

And then upon further thought, I realized that Xander was more of a femme fatale. In the relationship, Cordelia had more to lose as she had social standing while Xander never did. And in the world of high school, social standing seems to be everything.

Fans of Xander and Cordelia have probably already reached this conclusion, but as I'm not a big Cordelia fan I never really gave it much thought. )
alexeia_drae: (tara)
So today I'm doing the opposite of what I did yesterday. I'm wondering which episodes do you think get more love than they should?

This time I posted episodes that rated above an 8.6 on IMDB on the poll. I had a hard time coming with this cut off, as it allowed some episodes that I really didn't think were considered as highly as they were on to the poll. But to omit them would leave off episodes that I knew were crowd pleasers. I also put "Restless" on the poll, even though it rated an 8.5, because I figured it's one that you either love it or don't..

More clicky things below! )
alexeia_drae: (tara)
So today I'm doing the opposite of what I did yesterday. I'm wondering which episodes do you think get more love than they should?

This time I posted episodes that rated above an 8.6 on IMDB on the poll. I had a hard time coming with this cut off, as it allowed some episodes that I really didn't think were considered as highly as they were on to the poll. But to omit them would leave off episodes that I knew were crowd pleasers. I also put "Restless" on the poll, even though it rated an 8.5, because I figured it's one that you either love it or don't..

More clicky things below! )
alexeia_drae: (girls wanna have fun)
Okay, I got the idea for this poll...and then I had a bad gut feeling that my sis had probably already beaten me to it. So I went through her numerous polls and if she has, I did not find it. So...if you've done it already, sorry Gabs! Just yell at me.

Okay, with that out of the way, let me get to the point. You all know which episodes they are. I, Robot...You, Jane, Where the Wild Things Are, etc. Episodes in the Buffyverse that aren't known for their popularity. I want to know which ones you actually like despite the fact that they're not considered great, or that you think just aren't given their due. The ones that you slip into the DVD player when no one is looking to secretly relish...okay may be I'm exaggerating a bit but you get my point.

OK, at first I was going to attempt to be completely objective and only put the episodes that have a rating below a 7.0 on IMDB in the poll. If that seems high, well, most of the poorly rated episodes in fandom tend to hoover around a 6. So I guess we can take comfort in the fact that even at it's worst, Buffy still rates above average! However, season 3 threw me off by having the three episodes that I see panned (Dead Man's Party, Beauty and the Beasts and Gingerbread) rate between a 7.0 and 7.5. So for season 3 I upped it to any episode below a 7.5...So much for objectivity.

**Edit: Yeah, I misspelled assembly in the poll...too late to change it now!

Clicky things below! )
alexeia_drae: (girls wanna have fun)
Okay, I got the idea for this poll...and then I had a bad gut feeling that my sis had probably already beaten me to it. So I went through her numerous polls and if she has, I did not find it. So...if you've done it already, sorry Gabs! Just yell at me.

Okay, with that out of the way, let me get to the point. You all know which episodes they are. I, Robot...You, Jane, Where the Wild Things Are, etc. Episodes in the Buffyverse that aren't known for their popularity. I want to know which ones you actually like despite the fact that they're not considered great, or that you think just aren't given their due. The ones that you slip into the DVD player when no one is looking to secretly relish...okay may be I'm exaggerating a bit but you get my point.

OK, at first I was going to attempt to be completely objective and only put the episodes that have a rating below a 7.0 on IMDB in the poll. If that seems high, well, most of the poorly rated episodes in fandom tend to hoover around a 6. So I guess we can take comfort in the fact that even at it's worst, Buffy still rates above average! However, season 3 threw me off by having the three episodes that I see panned (Dead Man's Party, Beauty and the Beasts and Gingerbread) rate between a 7.0 and 7.5. So for season 3 I upped it to any episode below a 7.5...So much for objectivity.

**Edit: Yeah, I misspelled assembly in the poll...too late to change it now!

Clicky things below! )
alexeia_drae: (cool zel)
I've been reading Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan which is about raising kids without religion. One of the sections deals with death. I was raised by Secular Humanists and we had a naturalistic view of death: we cease to exist, there is no after life. Our bodies decompose and become chemicals that build other life.

A lot of people writing had a hard time come to terms with their demise. It has not been something that has ever bothered me, though. I'm perfectly comfortable with the fact that one day I won't exist...as long as I'm 90 and I go peacefully in my sleep. I figure it can't be any worse than the time before I was born when I similarly did not exist. Though it is mind boggling from my ego-centric perspective to think that there was a time without me and there will be a time again without me, it doesn't bother me.

I do know other people, raised in a manner similar to mine, who have some trouble coming to terms with it, so I believe it was an important chapter. And it proved illuminating on two things I'd not considered.

One is Charlotte's Web )

The other is Anya in The Body )
alexeia_drae: (cool zel)
I've been reading Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan which is about raising kids without religion. One of the sections deals with death. I was raised by Secular Humanists and we had a naturalistic view of death: we cease to exist, there is no after life. Our bodies decompose and become chemicals that build other life.

A lot of people writing had a hard time come to terms with their demise. It has not been something that has ever bothered me, though. I'm perfectly comfortable with the fact that one day I won't exist...as long as I'm 90 and I go peacefully in my sleep. I figure it can't be any worse than the time before I was born when I similarly did not exist. Though it is mind boggling from my ego-centric perspective to think that there was a time without me and there will be a time again without me, it doesn't bother me.

I do know other people, raised in a manner similar to mine, who have some trouble coming to terms with it, so I believe it was an important chapter. And it proved illuminating on two things I'd not considered.

One is Charlotte's Web )

The other is Anya in The Body )
alexeia_drae: (halloween)
Occasionally cutting coupons leads to little revelations. There I was, wondering for the umpteenth time why so many people do not believe that Buffy loved Riley when a possibility hit me. It might be because she didn't love him the same way that she loved Angel. Which seems to be Riley's reasoning. The thing is, no one loves two different people the same way. The love between people is like a snowflake, and basing whether or not Buffy loved Riley based on how she loved Angel is not fair.

I hope this makes some sense. )
alexeia_drae: (halloween)
Occasionally cutting coupons leads to little revelations. There I was, wondering for the umpteenth time why so many people do not believe that Buffy loved Riley when a possibility hit me. It might be because she didn't love him the same way that she loved Angel. Which seems to be Riley's reasoning. The thing is, no one loves two different people the same way. The love between people is like a snowflake, and basing whether or not Buffy loved Riley based on how she loved Angel is not fair.

I hope this makes some sense. )
alexeia_drae: (tara)
This has been kicking around for awhile, but Gab's post got me thinking about it again. Ah, the Buffy/Riley relationship. When I was a graduate student studying counseling I had to read a book by David Schnarch called Passionate Marriage. I read it at the time I was first watching Buffy. What struck me was that what was going on in their relationship directly related to what Dr. Schnarch was talking about in his book.

Before I saw my first client, I used to conceptualize what I would do in therapy based on which Buffy character came into my office...especially at the point they were at in season 6. )
alexeia_drae: (tara)
This has been kicking around for awhile, but Gab's post got me thinking about it again. Ah, the Buffy/Riley relationship. When I was a graduate student studying counseling I had to read a book by David Schnarch called Passionate Marriage. I read it at the time I was first watching Buffy. What struck me was that what was going on in their relationship directly related to what Dr. Schnarch was talking about in his book.

Before I saw my first client, I used to conceptualize what I would do in therapy based on which Buffy character came into my office...especially at the point they were at in season 6. )
alexeia_drae: (dr. phil)
[livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's poll on "Passions" got me thinking about Joyce and her parenting of Buffy in the show. Really, in the first three seasons I don't think she did a stellar job. When Buffy entered college, she seemed to get the hang of it better. I try to cut her some slack because she was dealing with a situation no parent ever expects to face, but there are enough real world parallels that gnaw on me.

Me and my psychobabble full steam ahead. )

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