Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Despair of Young Men with Guns

The Stake

*plot points are revealed within*

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In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sunnydale, CA is always moments away from the end. Potential apocalypses lie around every corner, and danger to the existence of human life on earth is constant. This danger is also, to most everyone, inconsequential to daily life. Sunnydale residents know when something is off. They know that there is more going on  than they have been told, but they don’t quite know what, or how close it is to killing them.

And, for most, it doesn’t really matter. Because the world is complicated enough without demons, difficult enough to manage a life without worrying about a constant barrage of the supernatural seeking to destroy humanity. In the Buffy Universe at large, the problem of being an individual human, of finding an identity and place of security to live as one would choose, is never fully resolved for anyone. Buffy spends her life…

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