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BUFFY: THE SUPREME KICKER OF EVIL BUTT AND TELEVISION RATINGS. The television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, derived from an early 1990's film by the same name, has given birth to the new figure in popular teen culture: The Slayer. Joss Whedon's teen vampire slayer, Buffy, and her band of accomplices are appealing because they operate within the boundaries of our own culture, albeit with our anxieties taking the form of demons. The slayer has …

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…demons as a metaphor for life’s dangers and its representations of a harsh view of realities of growing up and a metaphoric conceit of high school as hell. These facts enable Joss Wheldon to represent the pains and pleasures of growing up in a unique and effective manner. The culmination of these factors sets “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” apart from the rest of the teen dramas and offers a prime-time heroine like no other.