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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

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