This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet. I'm stitching the Buffy The Vampire Slayer alphabet cross stitch pattern (available from my Etsy store). Each day I will share that letter's stitching, as well as a bit about the relevant character.
B is for Buffy
Buffy Summers is the Vampire Slayer, and title character of the show.
Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the Slayer.
Buffy was born in 1981, and became the Slayer in 1996 when she was attending high school in Los Angeles. There is a terrible, terrible movie by the same name which tells the story of Buffy's calling and the events which caused her to leave Los Angeles (she burned down a school building). But as a result of this awful movie (seriously, it's bad) we got a kick-ass TV series. Anyway...
Buffy and her mother moved to Sunnydale, where Buffy became the protector of the Hellmouth - a portal into hell which demons spent seven years (on and off) trying to open, and which was conveniently located in the basement of the local high school.
Buffy was unique amongst Slayers - she fought to maintain a "normal" life (in history, slayers had become 'the job') and relied on her friends to help her save the world. Buffy also died... twice. But more on that when we get to the letter 'F'.
I loved the character Buffy. She was a kick-ass female superhero, the first strong female lead I had encountered. The show first aired when I was 11 so to have characters on TV like Buffy and the Charmed sisters was very powerful. It showed young girls that women can do anything, including saving the world. Buffy wasn't perfect - she could be selfish, she could be bitchy, she could be sad, she could be scared, she could be angry, she could be stubborn to the point of nearly endangering the whole world. But she was also self-less and generous and kind and understanding, and sacrificed so much. She saved the world... a lot.