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That’s me as a vampire?

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I followed "The Wish," as I often do, with "Doppelgangland".
This episode is from later in season three, and it’s a direct follow-up to "The
Wish." We meet Anya the (ex) vengeance demon again, and, oh yeah, Evil
Vampire Willow makes another appearance. In fact, she gets a lot more screen
time here.

This episode was written and directed by Joss Whedon, so I could be cynical
and accuse him of just wanting to make Alyson Hannigan put on that leather corset
again. But, that’s okay, since all the fans of the show wanted to see
Alyson Hannigan in that leather corset again. And more, we get to see both Evil
Vampire Willow rocking that corset like nobody’s business, and Regular Willow
sort of awkward and cutely uncomfortable in it.

The Wish is one of very few Buffy episodes that I think is primarily horror,
"Doppelgangland" is one of a handful that is mostly comedy. The title,
for those of you low on German or poncey literary obscurities, refers to the
German concept of the doppelgänger,
or double-goer, a kind of shadow self that looks just like you. Season three
has an overall shadow-self theme with Buffy and bad-slayer Faith, so this episode
ties in nicely.

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This is the world we made

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Last night’s make-dishes-tolerable randomly-selected entertainment was season
three Buffy episode "The Wish." It remains one of my favorites. It
has a solid story, fascinating alt-world building, fabulous new characters,
a devastating emotional punch, and is one of very few Buffy episodes
to actually be, mostly, a horror story.

Maybe I should explain. Obviously Buffy is built out of horror tropes
— vampires, werewolves, zombies, and demons and monsters of every conceivable
variety. The stories tend to have a high body count, and a surprising amount
of blood, guts and goo for network television.

Buffy is horror genre, no question. But genre is as much about milieu as it
is about story. (Which is an argument I pull out whenever people try to claim
that Star Trek isn’t really science fiction.) And genre is about approach
and desired emotional affect as much as about story.

Which, this came up as a rant about the Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror
X", part of our newly purchased season 11, when I couldn’t stop throwing a tantrum
about how segment two, where Bart and Lisa get superpowers, isn’t horror.
It was more than just "superheroes aren’t horror." Superheroes can be horror.
Anything can be scary. But, you have to commit. You have to be horror.

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Anne Rice, Dracula, vegetables, Dracula, brains, Nosferatu, Dracula, Paradise Lost…

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Anne Rice, Dracula, vegetables, Dracula, brains, Nosferatu, Dracula, Paradise
Lost, Nosferatu, martinis, X-Files, martinis, Twilight

Many years ago —

(Before Anne Rice had written so much post-Interview dreck, and I
still thought she was a good writer, instead of some kind of literary idiot
savant — and I imagine, in some alternate reality where she wrote only one
book and that book was Interview with the Vampire, that she would have
a better literary reputation than the one she has garnered from writing Interview
plus a lot of rubbish — although she probably has more money in this reality
so I guess that works out.)

— I was talking about vampire fiction with an acquaintance, let’s call him Comic-Writing
Dude.

Me: I assume you’ve read Anne Rice.

CWD: I thought the books were good but I have just one problem. The vampires in
her books aren’t really vampires.

Me: Okay… um, they’re undead humans who feed on human blood, in what way are
they not vampires?

CWD: Vampires aren’t all angsty* and mopey* like that. They’re just predators
that like to play with their food.

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Twilight:better than syphilis

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Saw Twilight over the weekend. It was better than syphilis.

I’m also pretty sure it was better than a couple of the movies in the previews,
Bride Wars and Confessions of a Shopaholic, both of which
made me sort of want to shoot someone in the face.

Twilight is frequently dull and pretty stupid, which is an unfortunate
combination — two strikes and its almost out. It didn’t make me deeply, deeply
angry, which was a plus. It has lovely scenery and an appealing cast. And some
of the funny jokes are even intentional.
But, as a vampire movie, I just didn’t like it. As a teen romance…
well, I wouldn’t have bothered to watch it, so I’m going to talk about it as
a vampire movie.

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