buffy the vampire slayer
Taking a series not averse to using such technology itself, we explore Buffys presence on the Net with a selection of fan websites and more...
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A British-run site, but hot on the trail of American news. From its cheeky logo downwards, this has higher standards of illustration and journalism than many a professional site. An excellent source of merchandise reviews, original fiction, ratings analysis, off-the-beaten-track interviews with writers and musicians, plus bulletins on mainstream media coverage. I should declare an interest: there's even some material by me buried amongst its riches.
Stylish (its recently been re-designed), comprehensive, frequently maintained: all things you should look for in a worthwhile site. Excellent source of trailers and a vast array of multimedia downloads, plus good news presentation, forums and IRC (Internet Relay Chat). A majorly confident collaborative site in itself, incorporating the long-running and still-healthy area Buffy Unlimited.
Little Willows Slayground
One of the best content-led personal sites, run by a regular on the official posting boards. A wealth of articles, digressions, plus unique features including 25-moments-per-episode highlights (sorry, HighFrights), and WhoSays?, an archive of VIP board postings, including Joss Whedons candid comments. Little Willow is also in-depth on some Bronzed musicians, and has sub-sites for individuals such as Xander and Faith, while running Buffy novelist Christopher Golden and Superstar, sorry, actor Danny (Jonathan) Strongs official sites. Sometimes erratic in design, but well worth exploring.
An interactive multimedia guide to every Buffy and Angel episode, and amazingly detailed and comprehensive it is too: air-dates, trailers, vidcaps, transcripts, even a dictionary of slanguage. Also offers series calendars (current air-dates and cast birthdays get marked in) and the fullest known index of music used in each episode anywhere, with a good cross-section of links to MP3 downloads.
Cast Fan Sites
Many fans have concentrated on sites devoted to one particular character or actor, which can become the best place to keep updated on their interviews, media appearances and roles outside Sunnydales city limits. The best of these unofficial but lovingly maintained shrines might just be:
or just enter any Buffy actors name into any respectable search engine. You should find plenty of choices.
Newsgroups and mailing lists
The major US-dominated
newsgroup (where postings sometimes run into hundreds per day) is:
The best variant aimed at
Buffy viewers in the UK (although the technology cant restrict it to UK
contributors, and spoilers may still intrude) is:
The mailing list, on the other hand, is a hybrid service which takes some aspects of the newsgroup and delivers the results to your e-mail inbox. After joining a list which may be at the list moderators discretion you can raise questions, share information and debate character nuances, all by e-mail and within the relative privacy of that lists membership.
Two leading free list
providers, ONElist and eGroups, recently merged, and there are almost 700
mailing lists matching the series title on their site:
Details of the lists sizes and regulation are provided: some are tiny and stillborn, some, like the series, in flourishing health. For UK viewers, the BuffyUK list is recommended. Happy hunting!
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