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Slaying Buffy

It is hard for intellectuals analysing popular culture to retain a sense of proportion

By Richard Jenkyns   February 2002

Reading the vampire slayer

Ed Roz Kaveney (Tauris Parke Paperbacks, ?9.99) 

Reviewers often exaggerate how much they know about the subjects of the books they discuss, but you would have to be a bit sad to be a real expert on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I hasten to assure readers that I don’t know a great deal about it. But it seems I should be getting out less. Roz Kaveney declares that this is the first television show to have seduced her completely, and admits to being obsessed with it. She is not alone. Writers and intellectuals, she adds,…

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