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Bite Me!: The Unofficial Guide to the World of Buffy the Vampire Slayer [Paperback]

Nikki Stafford
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Dec 1 2007
It’s been 10 years since Buffy Summers first walked into the Sunnydale High library and came face-to-face with her Watcher, who told her she was the Chosen One who would save the world from vampires. In the seven seasons that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on TV, we watched her kill her true love (but he got better), graduate high school (by blowing it up), discover she had a sister (who… uh… was always there?), sacrifice her own life (but she got better), watch her sidekicks become heroes (and villains), and, essentially, grow up. Bite Me!, Nikki Stafford’s critical analysis of the show, was one of the bestselling and most critically acclaimed books on Buffy when it was released in 2002. Current up to season 6, the book examined Buffy’s development, and outlined the mythical, religious, and historical backgrounds to the episodes. Nikki’s guide to season 7 appeared in her Angel book, but there was never one place where fans could get their Buffy fix all in one place. Until now. Revised and updated, the 10th Buffyversary edition of Bite Me! contains all seven seasons of this groundbreaking series, chronicles what happened to all of its stars, gives the background story to why the series ended and what legacy it has had, and even contains information about the new Buffy “season eight” comic book series from Dark Horse. Bite Me! is the definitive guide for all Buffy fans.

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Nikki Stafford is the author of five books, including Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide, and co-author of Uncovering Alias: An Unofficial Guide. She lives in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Sept. 14 2009
By Harmony K. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I loved this book. It's very entertaining and explains a lot of things that didn't make sense before.

I also liked the "oops" sections. E.g. episodes where Spike or Angel have reflections if you look closely, or Giles' eyeglasses keep going up or down as the camera moves.

The only "con" I found is that the author thinks Angel is handsome. Frankly, I think Spike is way better. But then that's a matter of taste...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great edition!! April 22 2011
Loved it. I had the second edition already and loved it but it only went to season six so I was always left hanging when I would read through it. Nice to have the whole series reviewed and I like how she added the 'going back to the beginning' part in season seven. My only complaints are that I would have like more pictures and I liked the cover for the second edition better, but that's just my opinion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Biased and inaccurate at times June 23 2011
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I found this book to be biased and at times, incredibly inaccurate. Depending on the author's preference for the episode, you will get a longer and more detailed explanation with facts and commentary woven in. Same goes for the characters. We get it, you love Willow and think Alyson Hannigan was the real star of the show. The "Nitpick" portions of this book are what really bother me because it would appear this person has not actually WATCHED the episode in quite some time in order to make such incorrect summaries of what's going on. Examples include: "The Prom" nitpick: "At the beginning of the episode, Buffy walks into Angel's house and throws the curtains wide open, almost incinerating him. Doesn't she know better by now?" when in fact, they wake up together after a post-slayage nap and she is unaware that it is morning and this entire incident was accidental. Or "Life Serial" in which the comment is, "How did Buffy get into the demon bar with a bottle of alcohol? The bartender never would have allowed it, especially considering she's only 20" when in fact Spike orders drinks from the bartender and Buffy snags the bottle out of his hand, removing the stopper and chugging it. For someone who includes pages and pages of triva questions, they really don't seem to have their facts straight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive fan guide, updated to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary Feb. 4 2008
By Jessica Lux - Published on
Nikki Stafford, author of companion guides for five television programs from the ECW Press, has just released a revised version of her classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer guide to coincide with the show's 10th anniversary. Bite Me!: The 10th Buffyversary Guide to the World of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now available in The Chosen Edition: Seven Seasons, One Book. Stafford examines each of the show's eleven main characters and provides episode guides, charting the development of the Buffy mythology across all seven seasons, as well as in the Dark Horse season eight comic books. Her episode guides contain trivia, fan gripes, nitpicks, references to bands and music, and "did you notice?" moments. She has also written a 6-page ultimate Buffy trivia quiz.

In this updated 2007 version, Stafford is able to chronicle the legacy of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which lives on in fanhood well beyond the 2003 end of the television series. Updates on the careers of the show's stars are included. The author also addresses the show's move from the WB to UPN network, the short-lived follow-on show "Angel," and the unaired pilot episode.

Stafford has also written ECW Press guides to Xena, Angel, Alias, and Lost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Jan. 17 2010
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A very complete guide, pretty interesting. Main problem is that I noticed some of her "Nitpicks" sections were incorrect. On the episode "The Replacement," she complained that Xander picked up the phone when he had barely moved in, that the phone shouldn't have already been hooked up. But when he first looks at the house, the woman says that the phone is already hooked up. And other stuff like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of facts March 28 2011
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I am re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this book has been a great companion to the series. I have both the physical book and the Kindle edition. I'd recommend getting the physical book if your choosing between the two -- it's easier to use as a reference.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service June 19 2014
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I got this book for a birthday gift. The person really loves Sarah Michelle Gellar and he loved this book.
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