Monsters and metaphors: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and the Old World

Hammond, Mary (2004). Monsters and metaphors: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and the Old World. In: Gwenllian-Jones, Sarah and Pearson, Roberta E. eds. Cult Television. Minneapolis, Minneapolis, USA: Minnesota University Press.

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About the book: Exploring the definition and appeal of cult TV from Emma Peel to Buffy. A television series is tagged with the label 'cult' by the media, advertisers, and network executives when it is considered edgy or offbeat, when it appeals to nostalgia, or when it is considered emblematic of a particular subculture. By these criteria, almost any series could be described as cult. Yet certain programs exert an uncanny power over their fans, encouraging them to immerse themselves within a fictional world. In Cult Television leading scholars examine such shows as The X-Files; The Avengers; Doctor Who; Babylon Five; Star Trek; Xena, Warrior Princess; and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to determine the defining characteristics of cult television and map the contours of this phenomenon within the larger scope of popular culture.

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