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Published:March 11th, 2007 08:53 EST
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer turns 10

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer turns 10

By Garrett Godwin

In 1992, Joss Whedon wrote and directed the film Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, about a California cheerleader who discovers that she is a vampire slayer and must save the world from evil.  It was a critical and commercial failure. Five years later, Whedon resurrected and redeemed the character on the small screen with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer on the then-WB Network.  Debuted as a mid-season replacement in January 1997, the series became a critical and ratings favorite, mixing "girl power" with demon mythology as metaphors for life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Michelle Gellar (All My Children) takes over for Kristy Swanson in the title role.  The show follows Buffy's trials and tribulations through high school as well as adulthood.  It came at the right time during the 1990s when both male and female viewers come to accept onscreen action heroines such as Xena: Warrior Princess.  Though strong, sexy, and tough, she can still be feminine while trying to have a relationship as well as a normal life.  As first, it was believed to be a curse with powers, Buffy has come to embrace her destiny as the Slayer, becoming both a role model and heroine to young women.

Besides the writing, one of the key factors in Buffy's success is the tragic romance between the Slayer and Angel (David Boreanaz), a vampire with a soul.  We have watched them become allies, lovers, and then enemies.  Though never together, these eternal soul mates are never apart, because they have put a stake into their -- and our -- hearts.  This led to the spin-off Angel, which lasted from 1999 until 2004.

Buffy aired on the WB Network for five seasons, and two more at the UPN (United Paramount Network) until it ended in 2003.  However, Buffy will continue to live on in syndication every morning on FX, and all seven seasons are available on DVD.

For every generation, there is a Chosen One.  She will alone stand against the vampires and the forces of darkness.

She is Buffy Anne Summers -- but you know her as the Slayer.