Happy 20th Anniversary, Buffy!

by Erika Tsang

Twenty years ago today, Buffy the Vampire Slayer burst onto our tv screens…and life as we know it was never the same again. Buffy was the ultimate in female empowerment; not only was she battling the evil supernatural but she had to deal with the drama of high school AND a mom who just didn’t understand. In the 7 seasons it was on the air, Buffy taught us about true meaning of friendship, the importance of a librarian, and also the disaster that awaits when one sleeps with a soulless boyfriend.

So in celebration of this momentous series, I asked the Avon team (and a special guest from our sibling imprint Voyager) to tell us about their favorite vampire:

 

May Chen, Executive Editor

I’m team Angel all the way, but I loved the episode Doppelgangland when, due to a poorly thought out wish, we got to see an alternate reality Sunnydale where Willow was a vampire. It was so fun to see the normally very shy and nerdy Willow biting necks and being a general bad ass, “I’m so evil and…skanky. And I think I’m kinda gay.” Then of course a few seasons later, Willow is with Tara. God, I love Joss Whedon.

 

Jessie Edwards, Senior Publicist

Spike is my favorite vampire because he’s this huge badass who’s killed two slayers in his time, but when you get right down to it, what he really wants is to love and be loved.

 

Nicole Fischer, Associate Editor

Marcel Gerard from The Originals: Um, look at him? But if that isn’t enough, I guess he’s my fav because he’s actually a pretty nice vampire. He’s hot and kind and loyal, but also a bad ass who’s usually one step ahead of everyone. I can’t remember how many times I thought he’d turned bad or died over the course of 3 seasons, only to find out it was all part of some secret, genius plan to save New Orleans. Season 4 starts on 3/17 and I’M SO EXCITED.

 

Pamela Jaffee, Sr Director Publicity

Willow Rosenberg: Buffy’s best friend, and, perhaps even more than Giles and Joyce – the one who grounds the eponymous vampire slayer throughout the course of the long-running series.  Yet, there are at least two times when we see Willow go off the rails – my favorite being when she turns all “Dark Willow” in Season six.  But Willow as a vamp is so seductive – in the “Wishverse” … she’s sooooooooooo twisted.  Finally knotting Xander in sinuous loops around her pinky finger (while in real life, she could never quite work up the courage to divulge her long-standing crush on her childhood friend).  Her humor notched right up – and off the charts – into the super sarcastic range.  Love that she’s still attracted to women…and in a freaky turn, we see Vamp Willow flirting with real Willow in “Dopplegangland” later in the series.

I’m just saying, you might want to rethink the sterotype…

 

Elle Keck, Assistant Editor

Angel, the artist formerly known as Angelus, will always be my one true Vampire love. From the moment we meet him in the Bronze, I knew that he and I were destined to be. And even though he’s sadly lost his accent, he will forever be the Irishman of my heart.

 

Priyanka Krishnan, Assistant Editor

Spike. That’s practically enough said, right? From the moment he crashed his way into Sunnydale in his duster with crazy Drusilla by his side, I was hooked. The accent, the wry humor (“out for a walk…b*tch”), the Passions addiction, the IDGAF attitude that’s largely a mask for his deep insecurity and desire to be loved…the way he looks in leather pants…the lark hath spake, and William the Bloody has my heart.

 

David Pomerico, Executive Editor

I think it’s easy to go with Spike or Angel here, and—truth be told—Spike is awesome and I would want him to be (chip embedded, please) my friend. Angel…well, I always kind of thought Angel sucked. But that might have to do with the fact that I had a huge crush on Buffy, and clearly was not able to compete with his brooding broodiness. (I do have an awful Irish accent, though, so can compete with him there.)  So when it comes to favorite vampire in the Buffy-verse, I moved away from those two, and realized one stood out for me: Dracula. He makes Xander eat bugs, he can turn into mist, and even Buffy couldn’t actually kill him. Sure, he was all emo, but hey—I like emo. Seeing how he was pretty much indestructible, it’s almost a shame he was more of a throw-away character, but in the end, he was my favorite.

Him and Evil Willow.

 

Tessa Woodward, Senior Editor

It has to be Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. I know, I know, but I’m a sucker for the bad boy turned good(ish) for the love of a heroine.

 

Please tell us about your favorite vampire!