I want to love everything Buffy and I hope I can get more into this.
Why couldn’t I like this? Is it just because Xander gets a big part and gets to be cool and because I really grew to hate Xander by the end of the series? Maybe.
It was hard for me to follow. Book 1: The Long Way Home, contains the first five issues of the series. I think head-hopping and scene/setting hopping were huge issues for me. When you’re watching TV, this works. You’re watching a scene and either there’s a commercial or there’s an instant’s blackness, and then you’re in another part of the story.
But I couldn’t make those transitions in this book. If those cues are there to let me know to restart, I’m not catching them. So you turn the page and you don’t know if you’re continuing where you were or if you’re starting something else. (I hope I’m making sense here.) Sure, you can figure it out, but readers and writers of prose fiction know that when you have to stop and figure it out, it pulls you out of the narrative and brings that choppy feeling to the experience.
The Superfriends, for the little kids, is very easily to follow, what with the very structured episodes, and the little yellow boxes that tell you where you are when the setting shifts, “Meanwhile, at the Superfriends’ satellite headquarters…” I realize that that’s is own style and not necessarily appropriate to this, and yet I find those square-cornered boxes are less intrusive to the narrative than being confused, and make the reading experience smoother and more like reading a novel. For teens and the adults who love to read about them, Miki Falls is a series that employs this well.
But back to Buffy.
The story takes place in a future that happens after the end of Season 7, when there are a whole bunch of slayers running around. (Btw, did you love that moment when they gave all the potential slayers the power and potentials all over the world were awakening to something they didn’t know was inside them? And there were so many of them. That part was awesome, the concept that so many girls who maybe didn’t feel strong or special suddenly found that they were pretty kick-ass, but it was because of something that was always there, waiting. Um, yeah, fan.) Anyway, back to the future, they seem to have acquired a lot of tech, they have a fortress, and Xander seems to be very much in charge of things. He’s supposedly very Watchery. I know, Xander’s the one who sees stuff. It still seems off to me. But I’ve already admitted my prejudice.
So we’re very much dumped into the middle of this new world in which military types, along with the help of some old foes, are the bad guys plotting against the heroes and causing them some problems, while the heroes are tracking down a paranormal mystery.
What is very much there is the snappy dialogue and Buffy-speak, which is nice. What’s missing, for me, is the sense of Buffy as the central character.