Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: Buffy and The Heroine's Journey - Valerie Frankel

Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Prefer Action Women over Helpless ? 

Review: Buffy and The Heroine's Journey - Valerie Estelle Frankel -February 2012
Women, for a long time have been portrayed as the weaker gender . The helpless female in the Harlequin Mills and Boons, Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga as we read in Book #2 , she mopes around and is empty without Edward around . It is like he was her life-source.  Think of all the movies you have watched where the women have been portrayed as weak , helpless insignificant roles ?
With the introduction of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Trilogy , Suzanne Collins sparked a light which brought back a new line of hero's in the forms of heroines. The type of female who isn't helpless , who is strong and yes - she is the one who can proudly sing to any guy "Anything you can do, I can do better".   The character of Katniss reminded Girls and Women , that we too are strong and are not all weak.  We have Velma in Scooby-Doo , Xena Warrior Princess played by a New Zealander nonetheless , Veronica Mars , Nancy Drew. Though who was one of the original kick-butt females , it was none other than Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Buffy was brought to us when we still lived in a world where Vampires didn't sparkle and they weren't nice people- well not all of them were anyway as with Buffy came along Angel played by the hunky David Boreanaz. 
Author Valerie Frankel has written a book that focuses on the TV Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her role at being the Ultimate Female. Buffy and The Heroine's Journey is the perfect read for all those fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and those girls who loved the fact that Buffy represented the character of a Strong female , one that didn't need the guys to come and save her every time she fell into trouble and mayhem. 
Her Book Buffy and The Heroine's journey chronicles through Buffy's timeline from the very first episode of the series right till the last screening , we read as Buffy transforms from an awkward Cheerleader/Vampire Hunter to a Knife-wielding action girl. 
If you know anyone who is a Buffy fan or if you are writing a thesis on Girls in Literature as the Heroine's then this is the perfect book for you.

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