The perfect combination of an interest in the supernatural and being the right age meant that Buffy the Vampire Slayer came along at the perfect time for me. Like a lot of television – and particularly fantasy television – the complexity of the narrative often gets ignored. The fantasy genre is easily dismissed as ‘escapism’, and it is for this reason that some phenomenal writers (Stephen King is a great example) are often critically ignored. A quick search of academic writing about Buffy, however, will show you that there is serious academic research out there. I started re-watching Buffy recently, and I thought I would share my observations.