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Throwback: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Incels

Content warning: mentions of rape, violence and sexual assault Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a revolutionary show in many ways; it featured one of the first serious lesbian relationships on television and it tackled a number of heavy social issues such as coming out to your parents, domestic abuse, and mental health. In the series’ […]

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First kiss: Buffy and the move away from LGBT+ TV tropes

With some good progress being made in recent years towards positive portrayals of LGBT+ characters in television, it is perhaps worth looking back at one of the first lesbian relationships to be portrayed positively on TV – that of Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Willow’s relationship with Tara was, at the time, […]

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Throwback: Angel

Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s spin-off show may not have received the same attention as Buffy itself, but that does not make it of any lesser importance. The character of Angel originated as the love interest of Buffy Summers on the critically acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Following his departure from Sunnydale at the conclusion of the […]

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Three TV shows that capture the reality of mental health

Mental health is a difficult concept to handle well. Many TV shows use issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm or suicide as plot devices, and they often handle it poorly. Most recently, the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why was accused of romanticising suicide and self-harm. Going a little bit further back, Miranda in Lizzy McGuire […]

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Throwback of the Week: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired 20 years ago and it has passed the test of time. Just as a slayer comes around once in a generation, so does a show of this calibre. Intelligently written, witty throughout, and with incredible talent, this cult classic is a fantastical genre-blend that thrives on being outside of […]

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The Vampire Diaries finale falls flat

As a pre-teen I gobbled up any vampire-related reading material I could get my hands on, and so, of course, I read The Vampire Diaries. While the books were never anything spectacular, they did not prepare me for the feeling of utter disappointment I would experience while watching the TV show. Unlike Buffy The Vampire […]