I love it when I find another closet Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan in the most unexpected of places — like a colleague at work, an old high school friend or a cop who pulled you over for speeding and notices your Once More With Feeling soundtrack. (Not that that’s ever happened to me.)
So imagine my delight when reading a Q&A on wowowow.com between 60 Minutes correspondent (and one of the site’s founders) Lesley Stahl and New York Times columnist Gail Collins I learned that Buffy was the latter’s favorite show of all time. Now that’s what I call all the news that’s fit to print.
Lesley Stahl and Gail Collins
But my glee turned glum when I read Lesley’s response to Gail’s admission.
Boo, Lesley Stahl! Boo! Of course, this kind of incredulous, disdainful response is all too familiar to fellow Buffyverse disciples. How many times have you had someone look at you funny after you’ve revealed your love for Buffy and say, “Buffy? Seriously? Um, yeah, whatever.”
To which, I always say, don’t be fooled by the blonde and the bloodsuckers. The show was a metaphor for what we all go through growing up. Also, man, it just rocked, so don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it (cough, Lesley, cough).
And, of course, that’s exactly what Gail told Lesley, too. Leave it to the Gray Lady’s first-ever appointed female editorial page editor to lay out her argument with in intricate detail:
Now that’s what I call a true fan. And she was a public one, too. Gail wrote a piece in the Times about her love for the show after its series finale.
What always made Buffy so great for me, besides the fact that it gave us one of its most adorable lesbian couples in the history of television, was that the show blazed a trail for female heroes. Buffy was a superhero who was also all-too-human. Sadly, too many people couldn’t get past her silly first name to find that out.
All this of course got me thinking, what shows do you love and find yourself defending to the uninitiated and unappreciative masses. Besides Buffy, my list include My So-Called Life and Wonderfalls. How about you: What shows will you defend tooth, nail and wooden stake?