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Gender identity. Popular culture. Noir. Gothic. Veronica. Buffy. Female empowerment.

Eek - just had my meeting with my Honours supervisor. She's very excited about my thesis - not sure whether I am anymore ;-)! Looks like I have a lot of research in front of me. The intro alone will run to several pages as I have to look at the literary history of the genres I'm dealing with, so I'll have to look at the advent of hard boiled detectives and noir, and it's evolution from books to film to television in the case of Veronica Mars. Buffy is another matter all together - it's such a mix of genres, not sure where to start. What do you think Flisters?

Poll #762962 Buffy as genre

What genre is "Buffy"?

All of the above
Other - see below in comments
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Hee! dithered about whether to click on submit first or make the comments first. I hope I made the right choice.I started to click "all of above", but it didn't cover humor or drama, so I decided to go with comments. Yes, technically, it was a horror show I guess - but the most horrific things about the show were often the characters' treatment of each other and there was so much more to it that that genre obviously doesn't come close to covering it. Ditto for SF - which used to encompass Fantasy but now is considered separate. So, a touch of SF (Initiative, Adam, enhanced commandos) but mostly Fantasy, what with vampires, demons, werewolves, magic, etc. But, I don't think you can over look the downright funniness that often ensued from the characters actions. It certainly wasn't a funny show, and I wouldn't classify it as Humor by any means, but it was always in there somewhere - everything from subtle wit to slapstick. And, God knows, the show had enough drama for a soap opera! So, good luck with the whole thing! LOL
I guess if I had to pick one category, it would be Fantasy - and then you'd have to discuss all the various elements that found their way into the show's scripts.
It is hard to categorise. Good old Wikipedia puts it like this, "the show is noteworthy in part for its blending of genres, including horror, martial arts, romance, melodrama, farce, screwball comedy, and even (in one memorable episode) musical comedy."

I think it's probably in the literary tradition of gothic novels which in turn lead to the sub-genre of the horror film which (again quoting Wikipedia) is "characterized by the attempt to make the viewer experience fright, fear, terror, disgust or horror. Its plots often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, sometimes of supernatural origin, into the mundane world."