frayadjacent: Rona from Buffy, text says, "haters gonna make some good points" (haters gonna make good points)
Um, I may or may not have spent 6 hours reading old BtVS meta last night. One of the things I happily came across was one of my favorite visuals about what rocks about BtVS and Xena: [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's Women, Connecting graphic showing the many relationships among women on those shows. I know I've linked to this in the past but I still think it's awesome. Besides, a fangirl should always cite her sources.

Because I've been thinking: one of the things I've been loving about Sleepy Hollow is the many relationships it shows among people of color. Like, at the point I'm at in the show, Ichabod is basically the only white character, at least in the present day scenes (and the Revolutionary War flashbacks hardly count as part of the show in my head). I thought it would be awesome to do a graphic like this for characters of color in Sleepy Hollow, but since I haven't caught up on the series, I thought that for contrast it'd be interesting to do something similar for characters of color in BtVS.

Images beneath the cut )

ETA: I've since realized that Gabrielle did an update to her Women, Connecting graphic that's pretty on par, in terms of major/minor characters used, with my first one. Perhaps more interestingly, she did one for men and shows that what's unique about BtVS is not that relationships among women outnumber those among men, but that they're roughly equivalent, unlike say Star Trek TNG. I do suspect that in Xena you would find that women majorly outnumber men, but maybe that's just internalized sexism speaking.

frayadjacent: Buffy snarling (BtVS: Badass Buffy)
As I await the Orphan Black finale's appearance in iTunes, I'm thinking about broader movie and television representations of women. And obsessively watching [livejournal.com profile] sisabet and [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain's VVC challenge vid from last year, The Sellout, a multifandom vid about Strong Female Characters. As [personal profile] laurashapiro and I discussed after VVC, this vid is especially great in combination with Sophia McDougall's essay, which appeared, like, the same weekend as VVC, called I Hate Strong Female Characters.

But what I've just realized is that the vid actually is more nuanced than the essay. That's no mean feat for a vid. (Though, admittedly, the essay isn't terribly nuanced.)

It celebrates beloved characters while also longing for more for them, and more of them. It loves at least as much as it criticizes. It begrudgingly admits we fangirls will take what we can get, while always hoping for more.

It wins my heart by subtly suggesting that Buffy and Xena are exactly the kind of women characters we need more of.

Relatedly, I feel like Orphan Black and Orange is the New Black have reduced my already-low tolerance for shows about dudes.



frayadjacent: The scoobies outside the school bus from "Chosen" (BtVS: Scooby Gang (Chosen))
[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 12: In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

They suggested to rec for a small fandom, but I'm going to rec for one of the largest: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Because I just love it that much.

Ten Things Buffy Does Best: A short, spoiler-free essay by Mike Marinaro, creator of Critically Touched and writer of the most thorough set of Buffy reviews I've seen.  Here he outlines why Buffy is his favorite show, and I totally agree.

The one thing I love about Buffy that Mike doesn't discuss is its wide range of female characters, its emphasis on women and girls' relationships with each other, and its celebration and exploration of female power.  So my second and third recs are for vids that showcase these aspects of the show with few spoilers.  There are many Buffy vids I love, but these are two that, by virtue of their emphasis on themes ranging throughout the series and their lack of spoilers, are great intros to the series.

Scarlet Ribbons by[livejournal.com profile] aycheb. Joss Whedon said that "the very first mission statement of the show was the joy of female power: having it, using it, sharing it."  This lovely vid captures just that aspect of the show, while contrasting this sort of "power with" that many women -- and some men -- exercise with the authoritarian "power over" represented by the "vampires, the demons, and forces of darkness."

Living Dead Girl by [livejournal.com profile] bradcpu.  Don't think for a second that BtVS essentializes female power as inherently better, gentler, or more egalitarian than male power.  This vid explores the "dark side" of power, and a whole bunch of other things, through the character Faith.  It is awesome. 

Of course, one thing neither of these vids captures is the humor of the series.  For me, that is a huge part of the show's appeal.  It's just some of the funniest damn television I've seen.  And not only is it funny, it's can also be just plain heartwarming.  In a genuine way.  So I'll leave off with a vid that captures some of the humor, kindness, and warmth of the show.  Of course, a lot of the show's humor isn't visual, so this leans more toward the show's use of physical comedy, but hey, I love that too.

Smile, by [personal profile] charmax .  Made for a past More Joy Day!  Includes lots of Angel as well as Buffy.

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