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Willow Series: I’ve felt an urge lately to talk about Willow, my understanding of her character, my feeling about her role in the narrative, and my identification with her.  This series will hopefully give me a chance to explore what I think makes Willow tick.  My plan is to go episode-by-episode and point out a few things we learn about her during the series; that said, I will want to jump around when major themes are indicated.  Comics are considered canon for the purposes of this series, but they will rarely be required reading, though there is a blanket spoiler warning on issues that have been released.

I’m writing some notes with 2maggie2 and her brother Strudel (currently on temporary hiatus), so some of these thoughts have been expressed over there.  But the point of view is different here: my take is both more personal, and I am giving myself more leeway to present a Willow POV (as I understand it) without having to explain in detail every distortion.  So, for example, if I talk about some action undertaken by Buffy or Xander or Tara, and how it affects Willow, it should be understood, most of the time, that I’m looking at that through a Willow lens, and that I’m not going into as much detail about what motivates the others.  That said, BtVS is structured around character parallels and interactions, and I don’t intend to banish the other characters from this discussion entirely.

Disagreement is fine, obviously, but some willingness to sympathize with Willow, and some sensitivity to the personal nature of the posts, is expected.  I don’t claim to have the only understanding to the character, who can be very opaque: I just hope to offer an interpretation.

You can find an introduction here, discussion of Welcome to the Hellmouth/The Harvest here.  Updates will be…sporadic.

All quotes are either from memory or from Buffyworld transcripts.

Do not expect that all posts will be of the length of the following one; despite ostensibly being Willow-light, The Witch tells us so much about the way the narrative world of the show operates, and it will all be very important to Willow. 


Unwieldy thoughts about magic, the Madisons, high school, mothers, and using people. )
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Willow Series: I’ve felt an urge lately to talk about Willow, my understanding of her character, my feeling about her role in the narrative, and my identification with her.  This series will hopefully give me a chance to explore what I think makes Willow tick.  My plan is to go episode-by-episode and point out a few things we learn about her during the series; that said, I will want to jump around when major themes are indicated.  Comics are considered canon for the purposes of this series, but they will rarely be required reading, though there is a blanket spoiler warning on issues that have been released.

I’m writing some notes with 2maggie2 and her brother Strudel (currently on temporary hiatus), so some of these thoughts have been expressed over there.  But the point of view is different here: my take is both more personal, and I am giving myself more leeway to present a Willow POV (as I understand it) without having to explain in detail every distortion.  So, for example, if I talk about some action undertaken by Buffy or Xander or Tara, and how it affects Willow, it should be understood, most of the time, that I’m looking at that through a Willow lens, and that I’m not going into as much detail about what motivates the others.  That said, BtVS is structured around character parallels and interactions, and I don’t intend to banish the other characters from this discussion entirely.

Disagreement is fine, obviously, but some willingness to sympathize with Willow, and some sensitivity to the personal nature of the posts, is expected.  I don’t claim to have the only understanding to the character, who can be very opaque: I just hope to offer an interpretation.

You can find an introduction here, discussion of Welcome to the Hellmouth/The Harvest here.  Updates will be…sporadic.

All quotes are either from memory or from Buffyworld transcripts.

Do not expect that all posts will be of the length of the following one; despite ostensibly being Willow-light, The Witch tells us so much about the way the narrative world of the show operates, and it will all be very important to Willow. 


Unwieldy thoughts about magic, the Madisons, high school, mothers, and using people. )
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1. I liked Buffy 9.01 but it made me feel uneasy somehow. It's nice to have a new comic, but the consequence is that there is risk and danger again.  And I'm more invested in Buffy and her gang than in the Angel & Faith line, ultimately, so it's a bit scarier.  And they're all falling.  Review/comments on others' reviews, in a few days.

2. Still don't have internet at home, which means lengthy delays between responses.  Lately I've been tired all the time (maybe came down with something) and haven't gotten the urge to trek out of the house enough.  I could/should write up responses at home for those brief periods where I have internet access, but, well, you know, planning is hard.  For me.  When, see above, tired all the time.  Anyway, sorry for not replying to your comments or for cutting conversations off really suddenly.

3. Been watching a lot of movies and TV shows of late.  I should have something to say about them when I feel more wakeful.
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1. I liked Buffy 9.01 but it made me feel uneasy somehow. It's nice to have a new comic, but the consequence is that there is risk and danger again.  And I'm more invested in Buffy and her gang than in the Angel & Faith line, ultimately, so it's a bit scarier.  And they're all falling.  Review/comments on others' reviews, in a few days.

2. Still don't have internet at home, which means lengthy delays between responses.  Lately I've been tired all the time (maybe came down with something) and haven't gotten the urge to trek out of the house enough.  I could/should write up responses at home for those brief periods where I have internet access, but, well, you know, planning is hard.  For me.  When, see above, tired all the time.  Anyway, sorry for not replying to your comments or for cutting conversations off really suddenly.

3. Been watching a lot of movies and TV shows of late.  I should have something to say about them when I feel more wakeful.

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