- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (Sept. 26 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250128927
- ISBN-13: 978-1250128928
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.1 x 24 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy & Angel Hardcover – Sep 26 2017
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EDWARD GROSS is an author and journalist, currently Executive Editor of Empire Magazine Online and co-author of the bestselling The Fifty-Year Mission, the definitive oral history of Star Trek, from St. Martin’s Press.
MARK A. ALTMAN is a film and television writer/producer who most recently was Co-Executive Producer of TNT’s hit series, The Librarians. He co-authored The Fifty Year Mission with Edward Gross.
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Along with her we got a cast of wonderful characters you could sink your teeth into and lessons about love, loss, family, and loyalty. Who can forget some of the iconic moments like: her mother’s death, her & Angel finally giving into that spark, her killing Angel, Willow falling in love with Tara so we had LGBTQ representation, the musical, Buffy’s death and resurrection, and I could go on because Whedon gave us a show that allowed us to look at our teen lives a whole new way.
Gross & Altman’s book is essentially like sitting down in front of a fan panel and getting to hear producers, actors, writers and directors all take turns talking and not necessarily just about Buffy & Angel. You also hear from people who seemed to have nothing to do with either show but were included because they seemed to have an opinion on the show, Joss Whedon or maybe they worked on a different project with him.
There’s a good chunk of those involved with the original 90s campy movie talking about why it sucked or why it didn’t and whose fault it was that critics hated it. Because Whedon is not just the god of Buffyverse there is a lot of discussion between ‘panelists’ regarding his other projects such as Alien Resurrection, Toy Story, Roseanne, etc.
Admittedly I was thrown a bit by the style, I don’t know what I was expecting but it certainly wasn’t this so despite my permanent devotion to a show that shaped my teen years I don't think I'm the right audience for this. I worship Whedon and all that he creates, I'm on the Team who agrees he's God's gift to cinema. Maybe I was expecting something with more focus on Buffy & Angel so all the rest of the stuff whether it was talking about his other projects or the sniping that seemed to come through about why things didn't work out because someone changed what the original project was meant to be just annoyed me.
You learn A LOT about the actors and people involved with the show behind the scenes; how they started out, how they ended up on Buffy, what they thought of each other and the characters they played. You also get to learn about how the show came to be, where Whedon got the concept from, why the style of the show and movie are so different, and how their lives were impacted by being involved with something so iconic.
I’ve never read anything by them before although they’ve created histories of Star Trek and J.J. Abrams so if you’re familiar with their style you’ll probably not have a “WTH is going on here?” reaction like I did with the ‘panel’ like format. For me it felt too much like they just sat down and transcribed a bunch of interviews and the way they laid them out didn’t necessarily flow as the topics being discussed would jump around.
On a positive side you get to learn a whole lot about people in Hollywood who may or may not have been involved with an iconic television show.
It's not too 'warts and all', but there were parts where some were cussing others quite blatantly and I wondered if that didn't class as slander or fighting talk and if there wouldn't be repercussions - maybe I'm an easily-shockable Brit?
Not sure that I learned a ton of insider info about this, but it was good to hear stuff from the horses' mouth and to reminisce over the romantic episodes. And nope, you don't learn for sure what happens at the end of Angel, bummer.