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What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide

What Would Buffy Do The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide What Would Buffy Do explores the fascinating spiritual religious and mythological ideas of television s hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer from apocalypse and sacrifice to self reliance redemption

  • Title: What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide
  • Author: Jana Riess
  • ISBN: 9780787969226
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Would Buffy Do explores the fascinating spiritual, religious, and mythological ideas of television s hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer from apocalypse and sacrifice to self reliance, redemption, and the need for humor when fighting our spiritual battles.

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    1. Jana Riess

      Jana Riess is the author, co author, or editor of many books, including The Prayer Wheel A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice Flunking Sainthood A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor The Twible All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less Now with 68% More Humor She is a senior columnist for Religion News Service and holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D in American religious history from Columbia University She speaks often to media about issues pertaining to religion in America.

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    1. Jana Riess takes an academic look at the spirituality of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, using the stories and style of everyone s favorite vampire slaying heroine to explore personal spirituality, the friends who help us and, hopefully, are helped by us on our spiritual journeys, the mentors who shape us and the quest for redemption when we come up wanting.An interesting read, it unfortunately rambled at times An observant viewer has probably already reached all the same conclusions from watching the [...]


    2. I really enjoyed this book.As both a Christian and a Buffy fan I have sometimes find these two things to be at odds, not usually in my mind but in other people s Riess book was perfect for that situation because it looked at some of the themes in Christianity that can be seen throughout the show.One of the things I loved is the idea of Jesus seen in Xander in the finale of Season Six.In that episode Willow has gone all black haired and veiny due to the death of Tara She went out on a vengeance t [...]


    3. A few thoughts here allthebookblognamesaretaken.blI should begin by saying I am not what you would refer to as a casual fan of BtVS I am one of THOSE I know every episode name, can recite them in order I have a tendency though to block out parts of season 6, forgive me , can quote the show verbatim, and somewhat embarrassingly in high school I stayed home sick one day just to catch a radio interview of David Boreanaz on the Dave Ryan in the Morning Show on KDWB Yes, I skipped a whole day of sch [...]


    4. 455 2013Beberapa tahun lalu, aku menemukan DVD BtVS Season 1 7 di ITC Kuningan, dan sempat terkena demam seri ini dengan menonton stripping semua episodenya, dan menonton ulang berkali kali Aku juga sempat tergila gila pada Spike, padahal dulu waktu serial ini diputar di RCTI sukanya sama Angel Mungkin karena dulu belum sempat melihat transformasi karakter Spike dari pure evil menjadi lebih manusiawi.Buku ini membahas BtVS dari sisi spiritualitas, tapi bukan berarti jadi serius kok Yang ada mala [...]


    5. If you re not a hardcore Buffy fan, this book isn t for you It s a big re hash of all the seasons and the most important lessons I saw someone put in their review that this book isn t good because Buffy the Vampire Slayer is for entertainment and isn t deep If you think this way, you re not only not going to enjoy this book but you re not going to enjoy any outside Buffy books, so honestly, don t waste your time There were some things that this book pointed out that I never even thought about, a [...]


    6. Enjoyable read discussing the philosophy and spirituality of the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer This book yet again reminded me of just how much I loved the show, with its light approach to dark subject matters, rich character development, and refreshing plot twists on familiar story lines.It could go further into depth on any given topic death, friendship, accountability, eg , but there are plenty of sources for that This primarily synthesizes the biggest issues raised over the course of the [...]


    7. This is a surprisingly fun and insightful look at the spiritual themes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and what can be learned from them It s a fast read, but there s a lot of good material here The book draws exmaples primarily from Buddhism and Christianity, but reflects the show s own lack of affiliation with a particular path Still, what I considered to be the most pertinent passage draws a Jewish example Like the biblical heroine Esther, Buffy is a young woman who feels the burden of preserving [...]


    8. What s really sad is the reason this doesn t get five stars is because she made one INFINTESSIMAL misquote, and it stuck in my brain so much that I can t give her five stars I am a sad, sad human being.This is a truly, truly great book for the BTVS lovers Even the not as obssessed as we type If you have even a passing knowledge of the show, this is a really great book to read It brings back the nostalgia for the show, plus throws in a whole lot of deeper meaning I just the quotes because honestl [...]


    9. If you are a die hard Buffy Angel fan, then this will be a fun piece of fluff for you This book takes you through all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer plus some of the spin off, Angel picking out spiritual and possibly religious life lessons to be taken away from the show There is absolutely nothing new or revolutionary discovered within its pages if you ve paid even the slightest bit of attention during the series, you ve already made these connections Still, it was a fun, quick read, [...]


    10. surprisingly wonderful and informative love it for the blend of buffyverse with religious studies but not always in ways you would assume was surprised at the spin the author took on btvs bought it for the catchy title and thoroughly loved it this book definitely left a lasting impression on me.


    11. Okay, let s get this over with No, I am not a cultie of BTVS I just happened to catch the reruns with my friends when I was in college, in between dinner and going out, every day, for a year or two We re seriously not cultie types, no trekkie hand signals or whatever But wow, for a young woman, there can be no better role model than Buffy And this book lays it all out for ya.


    12. What can I say My favorie TV show actually has merit and it s been written about in book form It s not necessary to see the series to read the book, but I can seriously recommend watching the entire series, too I still miss the writing on this show Nothing else has quite lived up to it, although Lost has come very close.


    13. Over all I liked this book, it was fun and some of the ideas were interesting albeit a bit of a philosophical stretch This book played out during the Buffy phenom showing she had quite a bit of Pop culture impact bottom line, I think a lot of girls and women enjoying seeing a strong beautiful woman portrayed, who could, ahem, kick butt.


    14. An interesting look at the various approaches to spirituality and morality in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Probably best for a casual fan of the show, and definitely not a solidly scholarly book The interview with Eliza Dushku is very interesting, however, and worth reading.


    15. I LOVED this book Religion spirituality and Buffy are two of my passions, and it was a joy to read a book that combined the subjects Riess writing is fun, cohesive, and utterly enjoyable Buffy fanatics and people who study or are fascinated by religion, READ THIS BOOK.


    16. What did I learn from the Buffyverse Redemption is about saving the world, mentors are important but you must think for yourself, a spiritual journey is better with friends This book was awesome.


    17. This is one that is probably for fans only It was a lovely trip down memory lane, and I loved the way Riess was able to pull out all the spiritual elements of Buffy and put it into such a concise and easy to read format.


    18. This is quite possibily my favorite text on Buffy It explores the spiritual context of Buffy, while referencing different religious ideas, namely Christianity and Buddhism Their are many great quotes incorporated It taps into the true power and inspiration of BTVS.


    19. Do you realize they teach college courses on Buffy these days Fantastic This book takes an in depthe look at the symbolism and themes of religion in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer See, it was a smart show p


    20. Just couldn t get into this book This book didn t have a point Just rehashing of the episodes intermingled with pseudo intellectual analysis Buffy isn t deep It s entertainment.


    21. An entertaining books containing considerable depth on how a meaningful life may be lived in service of others.


    22. Riess is the ultimate Buffy expert If you are interested in Buffy or how televisions shows and movies use religious symbolism, this is a great book to read It s a quick read too.








    23. After reading this book it makes sense to me why I love Buffy so much and watch it all the time I watch the show when I am feeling down and the spirtual messages in Buffy helps me out.


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