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How To Obsess: Buffy the Vampire Slayer In 20 Steps

  • Step 1:

    Either get introduced to the show as a kid or through friends, family, or in my case vloggers and Netflix.

  • Step 2:

    Laugh at Season 1

  • Step 4:

    Start cosplaying, making fanart/fanfic/gifsets/playlists

  • Step 5:

    Get excited about Season 2 because new villain is awesome

  • Step 6:

    Cry about halfway through Season 2 and/or at "Becoming Part 2"

  • Step 7:

    Realize that Joss Whedon ripped your heart out by the second season and contemplate the meaning of life

  • Step 8:

    Spot the lesbian/gay subtext in Season 3

  • Step 9:

    Pick and choose the "good" season 4 episodes and/or start watching Angel: The Series

  • Step 10:

    Pick a ship or start multishipping (this starts at around Season 4 or 5)

  • Step 11:

    Dawn. Love her or hate her. There is no in between.

  • Step 12:

    Cry over "The Body." And "Tough Love." And "The Gift."

  • Step 13:

    Get optimistic about Season 6 because Buffy Lives

  • Step 14:

    Start losing hope around "Smashed" and "Wrecked."

  • Step 15:

    Start crying again from Hell Bells onwards because Season 6 is a beautiful disaster.

  • Step 16:

    Realize there's only one season left.

  • Step 17:

    Pick out the people you recognize amongst the Potential Slayers. (Hi Felicia Day!)

  • Step 18:

    Hate everyone by the time you watch "Empty Places"

  • Step 19:

    Watch "Chosen" and cry one last time, wondering what the hell you should do next.

  • Step 20:

    Read the comics and/or start reading/writing fanfiction



Buffy: Vampires are creeps.
Giles: Yes. That’s why one slays them.

(Buffy rewatch- 2x11, “Ted”)

I love moments like these—any time a character (especially Buffy) is drawing a parallel between two things going on in their life (the parallel usually being between personal/supernatural matters, such as this case here), another character has to point it out.

This show’s like, “We know you picked up on this, and we want you to know that WE know so you don’t feel like you’re overly clever or anything, also because we’re overly clever yay us”

That’s how I imagine it goes down, anyway.

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