Yesterday. Happy anniversary yesterday, Buffy. Sorry for being a day late. But, you meant so much to me I felt the need to still post something about it. See, Buffy meant a lot to me. For a variety of different reasons.
Let’s go back to 1997. March 10th 1997 was Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s premiere. In America. I can’t honestly remember when exactly it premiered on British television. But I do remember taking the absolute piss out of a friend who professed her undying love to the show. I just couldn’t get past the name. Buffy the Vampire Slayer? You’ve got to be kidding right?
I ate my words. Which episode did I tune into and which was it that got me hooked? Probably one of the weakest episodes in the history of Buffy – The Puppet Show. I remember loving it. Thinking it was one of the greatest things on TV at the time. See, I didn’t watch a lot of TV back then. In fact, I don’t think I really ‘watched’ anything like I do now. God I was weird.
Anywho. I was hooked. Every Thursday evening by 6:45pm I made sure I had done all my homework and hogged the TV for 45 minutes. Recorded every episode. Watched them again on the weekends. Obsessed is a word I’d choose for it.
Why? It was a combination of all sorts. I wanted to be a part of the Scooby Gang. I wanted Willow, Xander and Buffy to be my BFFs. I wanted to go to my school’s library and see Giles, and not my stuffy, boring librarian. I fell for the characters. Hard. They were the coolest. The did the coolest things in the world. It’s safe to say that Buffy was probably my first TV show crush.
Circa the year 2000 I had days of a summer holiday to kill. My Buffy obsession was still riding high. I wanted to make a website. Enter, Dusk ’til Dawn. My first ever foray into the world of the web. With a website which included about 5 frames, a flash animation with pre-loader, black background, crazy fonts. It was the best thing ever.
And probably a big point in my life. It’s true. I not only loved being a ‘webmaster’ (I am so glad people don’t use that word anymore.) but I loved my website. It was fun. Everything I did in for it was self-taught. It was something I loved doing – every weekend update the site with all the latest Buffy stuff. My dear lord I was a sad teenager.
Sometimes, I look back and wonder where I’d be right now and what I’d be doing had I not fallen for Buffy and not thought about sharing my obsession with the world wide web. It might be a bit presumptuous, but it almost feels like it shaped my life. In a way. I honestly don’t think I’d be in the web design career had I not created that website all those years ago. Even if I had created the website, what would have happened if I chose a different subject I wasn’t so passionate about?
Oh and I think Buffy started off me getting into ‘fandom’. I didn’t know there was such a thing. Then the interwebs showed me the light of hundreds of other fans out there just like me. It was brilliant!
I know a lot of you all will be looking at me really odd right now. All I can do is gracefully accept your odd looks.
So thank you Joss Whedon for giving the world Buffy. For probably shaping the course of my life. Leading me to make a pretty big decision about 6 years ago.