‘I feel strong. I feel different’
Transformations, vampires and language in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
in Open Graves, Open Minds
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The television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer was created by Joss Whedon and aired from 1997 till 2003, spanning over seven seasons. The series's protagonist, a young girl, Buffy Summers, is the chosen one, the Slayer, the only one strong enough to fight and defeat vampires. This chapter explores three different types of transformations which contribute to the construction of vampires in the show. These are being revived from the dead, being turned into a vampire and having one's soul restored as a vampire. The chapter mentions briefly the situation when a human becomes a vampire in an alternative reality. It examines how those transformations are expressed in language. The chapter focuses on the language accompanying transformations, rather than speculate about what this may signify, leaving this open for literary analysis. The simple elliptic phrase 'bored now' points to something much more complex: it is a sign of Willow's transformation.

Open Graves, Open Minds

Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present Day

Editors: Sam George and Bill Hughes


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