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05 February 2012 @ 12:36 pm
Hi everyone! I'm Becky, your new mod!  
Hi everyone! *waves excitedly*

I'm your newest mod, Becky. I'm a huge, huge fan of all things Whedon, but Buffy has a special place in my heart. I'm super-excited to be a part of this community. I hope to post a question and/or poll every Sunday. I'm pretty knowledgeable regarding all Whedon's shows, love discussing his shows with fans, and look forward to answering any and all questions you might have regarding his 'verses. As always, all members are encouraged to ask questions and post to the community. Let's make this comm rockin' again!

This week's question is my attempt to get to know you all;

How did you discover the wonderful world of Buffy (or, if not, your favorite Whedon show?)? Did you watch it on television in the beginning? Did someone "convert" you? Or some other way? How long have you been a fan? What makes your show so special for you?
tangwstyltangwstyl on February 5th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I've been interested in vampires for as long as I can remember; fascinated by them really. Never saw the Buffy movie, but when I found out that they were making a tv show based on it, I thought 'why not', so I did. Saw the premiere, and loved it. Watched until season 6, but . . . stuff happened and I stopped watching. Then got all caught up at the end. Watched the last season of Angel.

Why do I love it? Geez, that could take hours.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I was never really into vampires; I don't, still, really see Buffy as a "vampire' show. At its core it's show about the emotional lives of people, I think. The vampires are just metaphorical, really. I do, however, like Anne Rice. Are you a fan of her Vampire Chronicles? I adore Lestat.

Thanks for commenting!
Spiletta42: Buffy does not approvespiletta42 on February 5th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
A "friend" made a big fuss about the show encouraging devil worship or something, and at the time I was growing increasingly tired of her opinions, so when the reruns started airing on FOX in the middle of the night, I watched the pilot episode solely to be passive-aggressive, and fell in love instantly. I'm a big sci-fi/fantasy fan, so I would have gotten to it regardless at some point, and I probably would have watched it from the beginning if I had cable, or decent reception, but I was broke at the time.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
I know the American Parent Union or whatever once voted Buffy as Worst Show on Television, lol.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on February 5th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I read a review of it in the newspaper which A-vampires, so automatically on the rader, and B-rave review that mentioned the humor, the witty dialogue, etc. And this was talking about season one! LOL I was only able to watch the show when I found myself someplace with cable, so for the first few years I was always playing catch up. Finally got the ability to watch it in real time, as well as catch up on all the episodes I'd missed. So - yes, I watched on TV from the beginning, but only intermittently until about season 4 or 5. No one had to convert me - I was onboard from the get go. Not sure what made it special (other than the aforementioned wit, humor, etc - I mean, it's a pretty amazing show), but if I were being honest, I guess I'd have to say Spike? And Buffy. Meeting Spike is what sent me searching the internet for more about him and led me to fandom where I found other like-minded people, some of whom have become RL friends. And it gave me another hobby - fanfiction. The fact that I starting writing about my favorites characters, and have continued to do so for so many years is one of the things that has made it so special.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
And I love your fics! Yay for fandom. :) I've fallen as hard for this show's fandom as I have for this incredible show. I've met some really great, creative, intelligent people thorugh this show, and I am so grateful for the amazing output of our fandom! We truly are the best (No matter what the Twihards, Potter Heads, or those insane SPN girls say, lol)
Thanks for commenting!
Any new fic in the works, btw?
Becca: Doyleyou_speak_lies on February 5th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
I was really late to the game. I first started watching Angel because it came on TNT in the mornings after Numb3rs, and sometimes I was busy so the TV just stayed on. And it's weird - even though it was only a couple of years ago, I still can't remember when or why "leaving the TV on" turned into "rabid, obsessive fan." It just happened.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Yay, another late-gamer! I didn't discover the show until 2005, when a co-worker lent it to me. I was instantly in love, 20 minutes into Welcome to the Hellmouth. I remember thinking that I'd never seen anything like Buffy, and I still and will always think it's the best show ever made. Thanks for commenting!
iamfitz on February 5th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
First, I was excited about the movie, which I went to see in the theater (and didn't think was nearly as bad as people seem to now, not great, certainly, but I'd seen much worse). Then I heard that it was going to be a series, but I had no idea when it was going to be on.

One Saturday afternoon I was flipping through the stations and caught "The Witch." No idea why it was on at that time, but it's likely it was preempted for a basketball game (the local station used to show them a lot back in the day), and the rest is history. I found it when it aired and I watched ever since.

It's strange reading about people's views on BtVS, because watching a show on DVD only is a much different experience than watching it year to year, week to week. Since then I've seen them all again, of course, on DVD, but still, no one seems to remember (or maybe just not want to mention) the fact that many of the fans were thinking it was time to put a stake through that show's heart, though OMWF bought an awful lot of goodwill with us all.

ETA: Sorry, forgot to say HI BECKY!!!! (^_^) Great that you're here.

Edited at 2012-02-05 09:37 pm (UTC)
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Initially watching the series on the DVDS is totally different then as it aired, agreed. I watched the entire series initally in a span of about 5 months. I was working 3 jobs at the time, and didn't have much free time, or I'd have finished it sooner. Buffy was my refuge from life. All day I looked forward to coming home and watching an episode or two before bed.

Thanks for commenting!
Dark Starscribesds on February 5th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hello Becky!

BtVS aired in my area in December 1999, and I saw it by accident. It started off as ‘just one of those things you watch’ until it gradually dawned on me that I was hooked. I love the character of Angel, and that has inspired me to take part in the fandom by making sites and writing stories. I’ve made some fabulous friends through the series, and learnt a lot along the way as well.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Interesting to see how many of you have been fans from the beginning. I feel like such a late "Buffy-bloomer", lol. I didn't discover it until 2005.
kats_meow: spred the love by mekats_meow on February 5th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Welcome Becky!

I started watching mid-season 2 but didn't watch consistently (I remember Spike coming to Sunnydale, vividly. I was worried they were going to kill him off). I started making sure to watch every week once Faith came along and then it was a matter of buying the DVDs and catching what I missed on reruns. By the time season 5 ended, I was hard-core hooked!
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Kaytkayt_arminta on February 5th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I was literally flipping through channels and ran across the show just after the opening credits. The more I watched, the more I wondered if that movie I saw as a kid was gonna sue these guys for like, copying everything..... then I checked the TV listings and saw it was an actual SHOW, so I checked again the next week and it was on again!!! I was elated, finally, a really funny cool new vampire show that wasn't the usual run of the mill. I was totally in love.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
I love it! Thanks for commenting.
Paul Gadzikowskiscarfman on February 6th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)

Midway through season one a friend of ours recommended it to us. If memory serves, we didn't actually start watching it till my stepdaughter was already watching it. By mid-season 2 I was posting crossover fanfiction to Usenet.

Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
You feel hard and fast, it sounds like!
Rebcake: btvs_buf_slayerrebcake on February 6th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
I went to see the movie when it first came out, because it sounded like the best thing ever, right up my alley. Girls being awesome, fighty, funny — all the major entertainment groups. However, it was...just okay. So I wasn't in a hurry to watch the show when it aired, as I didn't want to be disappointed again. Also, I had a newish baby who never went to sleep when I wanted her to. I had many people telling me I would like it, and I was sure I would, but I only caught 2 episodes during the initial run, due to life and stuff. I picked up BtVS S2 on DVD when I finally thought I might be able to squeeze in some "me" time. After "School Hard" I was completely hooked and gobbled up everything I could, as fast as possible. Good times...

Edited at 2012-02-06 02:12 am (UTC)
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
Ah, those were the days, eh? ;)
a2zmoma2zmom on February 6th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
The TV critic for The Star Ledger raved about it every week so when the first season was rerun that summer I decided to give it a try. By the end of the cold open I was in love and I still haven't changed my opinion.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Two Mick Jaggers and a line of cheap whizz: strongerslutbunwalla on February 6th, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
I think Firefly was my door. And I have to say that I dismissed Buffy at first because of the crazy outlandish demon costumes I saw the first time I saw it (now I believe that episode was one where she was at Willy's) as someone who was very anti "alien/monster" type stuff it turned me off.
Now I realize I lost a lot of good Buffy worshipping years. And also a boyfriend who would have loved to dress up as Spike and bite me(he moved to China, it's not because of my lack of Buffy knowledge that we broke up. It just would have added another element I didn't know was missing at the time...) There are lots of things I regret in my life, and not getting the whole Buffy vibe for so long is on that list.
But I made up for it in complete obsession for a few years. I even made a Sunnydale crossword I could repost... Unfortunately it's a printy out kind. I had not the skills or the money then to make it interfaceable to online.

Right now I am sick and alone, and so Buffy and Angel come to mind as comfort ..visuals...and also strengthening.
I just want to say that I know that this is low traffic and I haven't really even answered many questions...I think you don't have to stick to once a week, once a month would be good so I could ruminate a bit. I just don't have the resources I used to to go back and figure out exactly how I feel about everything and I haven't actually gotten to all the latest stuff.

anyway, just know that I appreciate your efforts and I will try to step up with some answer every time something is posted.


And I always feel good when I can use this icon, because I want to be that so much.

Again, slightly delirious so I hope this reads ok....
iamfitz on February 7th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Right now I am sick and alone, and so Buffy and Angel come to mind as comfort ..visuals...and also strengthening.

When depressed, I've been known to put on S6 and watch it over and over. It seems to help.
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)

I totally get what you're saying. I always watch Buffy when I'm depressed, too. It cheers me up. It's like a familiar face in the light of darkness. It's gotten me through tough times. I love these characters like they're my own. I'd be lost without them.

Boy, do I wish I had a boyfriend who'd be willing to dress-up as Spike! What fun.

I don't mind posting a question a week. I have tons already written, waiting to be posted. :)

ms_scarletibis: Spike/Angelms_scarletibis on February 6th, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
I am [one of the few--we happy, happy few] who fell in love with the movie. I was seven or eight, maybe, when that came out, and waited anxiously for a sequel...which of course, never came. I was skeptical about the show, but decided to watch it since that was all I was going to get :P Instantly loved it, and tuned in every week. Kind of zoned out during the middle of season 4, but came back during "Restless" and picked up into s5. Started watching Angel as well, but it really didn't grab a strong hold of me until Darla's returned. I was hooked on that too. For the longest time, Tuesday nights were the best :P
Beckyjoans_journal on February 8th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
ladypeytonladypeyton on February 9th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
How did you discover the wonderful world of Buffy (or, if not, your favorite Whedon show?)?

I was a fan of the movie, caught the first 5 minutes of Puppet Show and hated it, a friend tried to persuade me to try it again and then I saw David B on Mad TV so I listened to her and tuned back in. That episode was Becoming II. I was hooked from that moment on.

Did you watch it on television in the beginning?

Not quite. I did watch religiously from Becoming II on, though.

How long have you been a fan?

Since May 19, 1998

What makes your show so special for you?

The character development and attention to detail. What completely sold me forevermore on the show was when they actually showed us Xander's Snoopy Dance. I couldn't believe someone remembered a throwaway line from early seasons and actually *showed* us the dance.

Edited at 2012-02-09 09:19 pm (UTC)