FYMP Podcast #25 – Buffy, Vampires, and the Chosen Family: A Conversation with Sami Gardner

In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with career coach, podcaster, fiction connoisseur, and Buffy superfan Sami Gardner! Our wide-ranging conversation on vampire fiction centers around Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the often underappreciated gem of late 90’s early 2000’s TV. We talk about why the show was so special, and why messages about chosen communities resonate with modern people so much. You can (and should) find more about Sami on her website: samigardner.net

Timestamp Recap
(01:30) Guest intro: Sami Gardner
(10:11) Why vampires, why Buffy?
(18:10) Buffy and Angel 101
(24:14) The highs and lows of the vampiric world
(35:05) The chosen family and the allure of Buffy
(43:36) Buffy and the modern outcast
(49:47) The archetypes of Buffy and beyond
(54:34) Buffy as Jesus

Stories Discussed
Creators – Joss Whedon
TV – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel
Books – The Final Empire (Mistborn), Red Rising, Carmilla, The Last Vampire
Movies – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Only Lovers Left Alive

Dis/Honorable Mention
Creators – Brandon Sanderson, Libbie Hawker, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, PeeWee Herman, Rutger Hauer, Christopher Pike
Books – Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing, A Short History of Portugal, Dune, Acorna, Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, Twilight, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned
TV – Martin, Hanging with Mr. Cooper, True Blood, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Vampire Diaries, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dexter, The Expanse
Movies – Braveheart, The Avengers, The Fellowship of the Ring, Trainspotting, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Harry Potter, The Lost Boys, What We Do in the Shadows, Blade, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, Catwoman, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman

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