Inspirational people surround us at every turn. To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I have decided to post a Monday Muse – a look at the women/characters who are my artistic inspiration.
Last time I honoured author, Sue Townsend. You can read that post HERE. Today, I’m devoting the Monday Muse to a fictional character who marked an important chapter in my life. Sarah Michelle Geller played the lead in Joss Whedon’s hit TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, between 1997 and 2003.
I was twenty-five when the show first aired but following the release of The Lost Boys movie in 1987 I was already a firm fan of anything vampire related (you can read about my top ten vamp films HERE).
My addiction to Buffy was two-fold. I adored the way Joss Whedon and the other writers created the episodes and even bought a few of the screenplays so I could analyse them to help me to develop my dialogue writing. The other reason behind my fascination was purely personal – I lived vicariously through the TV show, taking strength and hope from Buffy’s many trials and relationship goals, and living by her one-liners.
At the time, I was unhappily married to an overly controlling individual, so my hour with Buffy Summers and her friends allowed me time to let go emotionally. I took great comfort in watching her overcome ordeals and judgements. Yes, it was a show dedicated to exploring the lives of a group of high school/college students. It also blurred the lines between teen challenges and the fantastical, but, it resonated with thousands of people (of all ages) across the globe.
Through this character I could visualise who I wanted to be; not just a vampire slayer with a great wardrobe, but a capable individual who could stand up for herself, stop giving her power away, and learn to embrace changes when they arose.
I have regular Buffy-a-thon binge-watching marathons, where I’ll either start from the beginning and watch all seven seasons or pick out my favourites – even my three children love the show.
I did eventually stand up for myself and leave that abusive relationship. I also embraced every part of that experience so I could learn from it. Now, many years after Buffy Summers closed the Sunnydale Hellmouth for good, I find myself writing motivational books for women and crafting strong, loyal teenage protagonists for my young adult fantasy fiction. I honestly believe the shows influence had a positive impact on my life journey – for that, I will be forever grateful.
I recently stumbled upon a book review on Jade Cranwell’s blog for a hardback guide written by Buffy’s Watcher, Rupert Giles. ‘Demons of the Hellmouth’ is a perfect way to take a trip down memory lane and re-live Buffy’s world. You can read Jade’s review HERE.
Has a TV show or movie ever shaped how you see yourself or feel about a situation in your life? Maybe you were a Buffy fan and can understand the impact it had on the fans? I’d love to hear your thoughts.