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I think we all have something that is so much a part of our lives that it always surprises us when someone hasn’t heard about it. You might meet people who haven’t read Harry Potter or someone who haven’t seen the Lord of the Rings movies.

For me it’s always surprising when I meet someone who haven’t seen or heard about Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. That didn’t actually happen until I came to Denmark, but I nearly refused to believe them when they asked me what Buffy was. The same thing happened yesterday when I went to watch Duplicity with one of my roommates and she mentioned that one of the people in the movie looked like “that flute girl from American Pie”.

“Oh, you mean Willow, right?” I said and she just looked at me with a question mark in her eyes. “Willow. You know, from Buffy.”

She slowly shook her head. “No... What's Buffy?” I was flabbergasted.

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer has always been a part of my life and my childhood friends’. It was the only series you knew you could discuss with everyone, because everyone was watching it. I still remember how we all pondered on whether we were a Buffy or a Willow. We had our discussions on Angel vs. Spike (usually Spike won) and on Oz vs. Tara (Tara always won).

It changed our way of thinking, and best of all it did it subconsciously. There were never any discussions on what we thought about Willow being a lesbian. It was just the way it was. We didn’t consider it to be anything else than the other couples in the show (in fact they were our favourite couple, the one that we all wished we would have one day). It actually didn’t hit me until years later that they were actually a lesbian couple and that two women in a relationship isn’t something you see every day on TV. We never thought it was different, because the show didn’t say it was different. The show said it was normal and a natural progression of amazing chemistry, and we said: “Cool!”

Buffy made us into girls who stood up for their rights and had faith in their own strength and power. She taught us that we didn’t have to rely on “the strong boys” to do the hard things, because we had the power to do it ourselves. We had the power to deal with our own demons and vampires.

Willow made us realise that there was nothing wrong with being the nerdy girl, who loved dusty libraries. In fact it was cool. We wanted to be the cool witch, who loved books and first had a boyfriend who was a werewolf and then a girlfriend who was a witch.

I still remember when some of us made our own Buffy version. It was called “Spuffy” (which might have been a subconscious result of loving Spike as much as we did) and it was awesome. We made a storyboard, we wrote a real script, we thought about how to shoot it and we even made special effects. In short it made us do something we’d never done before, and in a way opened a new world for us (in fact one of us has ended up making short films for real).

Perhaps Buffy is the reason why I don't like vampire stories these days, because nothing will ever be able to live up to what they gave me and in the back of my head I will always be going: "But where's the slayer?"

There's a difference between a show that you like and a show that is a part of you. Buffy is a part of me and always will be. I will never stop being grateful for what it gave me, because it made me stronger, it made me better.
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