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Taken from Nickelodeon Magazine, November 1997


Whedon: the VAMPIRE MAKER


Buffy the Vampire Slayer tells the story of a highschool girl whose main after-school activity is destroying vampires and other demons. We asked Buffy’s creator and executive producer Joss Whedon some high-stakes questions about this high-kicking creation.

 

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE: You first created Buffy for the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What inspired you? JOSS WHEDON: I was watching a lot of horror movies that starred pretty blonde girls who walk into alleys and get killed. I was starting to feel bad for them. They needed a movie where they could walk through an alley and take care of themselves.

 

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE: You first created Buffy for the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What inspired you?

JOSS WHEDON: I was watching a lot of horror movies that starred pretty blonde girls who walk into alleys and get killed. I was starting to feel bad for them. They needed a movie where they could walk through an alley and take care of themselves.

 

How is the TV Buffy different from the movie Buffy? On the TV show, she has already learned to be a hero. She's not an airhead like she was in the movie. She's smarter and more thoughtful.

What's the difference between working in movies and in TV? Working on a TV series is like making mini-movies, one after the other. Sometimes I long for the leisurely pace of making a movie. But I like coming back to this week after week.

 

What do you like most about working on a TV series?

The continuing characters. When you live with them so much, you start to get very excited about what turns they're taking: if they're going bad, if they have a personal victory, if they find romance.

Which characters do you like and dislike?

I like them all. I wanted to give each one of them a piece of me and a piece of something that I could relate to. I even like Cordelia [the school snob]. She has wit, and she has a certain self-awareness that you just have to admire.

 

Can you relate to the Master [the   vampire who Buffy fought last season]?

I don't relate to him—thankfully, I look somewhat less like a bat—but I do try to understand him and what he wants. That way, he's not just a stock villain. He also has a great sense of humor.

 

Where does his sense of humor come from?

You've got to keep your sense of humor when you've been locked underground

 

What TV shows did you watch as a kid?

It's a little embarrassing, but I was a PBS kid. I was a Masterpiece Theatre and Monty Python boy.

 

In your opinion, what's the scariest TV show ever?

The X-Files is definitely up there. And The Twilight Zone episode called "To Serve Man" [in which aliens come to Earth to kidnap humans for food] was probably my single most traumatic television experience.

 

Why do the vampires on Buffy have weird foreheads?

Because we want it understood that a vampire is not a person. looks like a person. We created our own vampire mythology or the show, which says that vampires are people infected fly demons.

 

Will Buffy herself ever l become a vampire?

That's very doubtful. ()nce you're a vampire, you're always a vampire. I don't like it when movies, like The Lost Boys, say you can go back. What's it like, the measles? You get over it?

Can you kick like Buffy?

No. I can barely touch my toes. I invented Buffy not as someone  I can relate to, but as the person I can never be. That's what   a hero is for.

 

 

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