[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to welcome author Sawyer Bennett to the site today. She has THOUGHTS about Buffy, and we’re here for them.]
Last week I released The Rise of Fortune and Fury, the fifth and final book in a paranormal romance/urban fantasy series called The Chronicles of the Stone Veil. Readers that are familiar with my work might sit back and wonder, “Sawyer, you’ve got more than 80 contemporary romance titles. Why did you wake up one day and decide to publish a fantasy series?” Well, let me tell you how that not spur of the moment decision was made…
I have always been a fan of the PNR/fantasy genres. If I’m sitting down to read (or listen) to a book, there is a pretty significant chance that it falls into these genres. Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter, Karen Marie Moning…I could go on and on. As a matter of fact, the very first books that I published were paranormal romance. But in addition to reading, I enjoy shows and movies with a supernatural element to them as well. And that brings us to the topic of today’s Ted Talk…Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Sawyer’s Top Ten Reasons Why Buffy is the Best Show Ever (in no particular order):
- Buffy (as portrayed by the amazing and adorable Sarah Michelle Gellar) is strong. 100% kick ass. I love a fierce heroine, and you’ll notice that is how I write all of mine.
- But even with all her strengths, she is still flawed. She doesn’t always make the right decision, and definitely has moments of self-doubt. It humanizes her and makes her relatable to the viewer (or reader).
- The dialogue in Buffy is unparalleled. The witty repertoire simply can’t be beat. My favorite is adding “y” to the end of nouns. Buffy: “Why are you all bad moody?”
- The anti-hero aspect. Angel + Spike = broodfest. And I don’t care what anyone says, the Angel vs. Spike debate isn’t a debate. It is hands down Spike.
- It is so campy, and that is my JAM. Have you ever seen the Chris Hemsworth (who deserves an article all his own) movie The Cabin in the Woods? If not, you have to watch it. I don’t like horror movies, but this one is a personal favorite.
- I can watch it over and over and it never gets old. I’ve seen the full series at least ten times (and individual episodes even more), with one exception—the episode title The Body, where Buffy’s mom dies. It was done completely without music, and it is so heavy that I can’t bring myself to watch it again.
- The best episode of the series is titled Hush. Even after watching it countless times, I still get chills thinking about The Gentlemen gliding around town, heads slowly tilting back and forth with those fake, pasted smiles and goulish teeth. Great, now I’m going to have nightmares tonight.
- Giles! A patriarchal figure to Buffy, I have a massive crush on him. His relationship with Buffy was the sweetest, and I love that she irritated him constantly.
- THE. BEST. MUSICAL. TV. EPISODE. EVER!!!! Many TV viewers either love or hate musical episodes, and most fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. But the Buffy musical titled Once More, With Feeling was the best one ever, no contest. FIGHT ME. I can sing every single song.
- And last, but absolutely not least, are Buffy’s friends, The Scooby Gang. Their core group of friends couldn’t be matched. When people say that friends are family you choose, I’m certain they were referring to The Scooby Gang. And I loved this concept so much, that when I wrote Chronicles of the Stone Veil, I knew I needed my own Scooby Gang. Because a girl can only get by with a little help from her friends.
What do you think? Are you a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan? And how many of you are about to go binge watch it now? Because I am absolutely am. Series re-watch number eleven, I’m coming for ya.
And if you’re looking for a binge read, you can get all five books in The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series now!
About the Author:
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.
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The Rise of Fortune and Fury by Sawyer Bennett, out now!
It’s time to meet my destiny.
Kymaris has everything she needs to bring down the veil between Earth and the Underworld. If she’s successful in completing the ritual, Earth will be darkened by evil. Demons will swarm our lands and the human race will be decimated.
It’s up to me to stop her.
My fate is to thwart the prophecy, but I’m not sure what to do. While I may have some gifts, I am still merely a human facing the queen of the Dark Fae who holds unimaginable power.
But I have something she doesn’t. Something she could never comprehend.
I have love.
Deep, abiding love which gives me the strength and courage to face down evil. Family, friends, and unexpected allies, who will stand shoulder to shoulder with me against this enemy. Should I fail, they are prepared to go down with me, but only after we have given our all.
My sacrifice may destroy everything I am. Fate may require my demise. But if that happens, I will leave this realm without regret, knowing that I have loved and been loved in return.
The Rise of Fortune and Fury is book five of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.