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22 December 2003 @ 01:44 pm
Why Buffy hits close to home  
Xander Harris is the character I empathize the most with on Buffy. Xander has a lot of heart - and he wears it too close to the surface most of the time. He's a perpetual nice guy, who manages to get shafted in entirely believable and realistic ways, over and over again. Xander will always be your friend, but he will only be your friend. He's oblivious to some of the most important and complex things in this world, but he means well. He keeps people happy by being funny, but that's never enough. He's the most tragic of the Scoobies, since he has no special knowledge, and no special powers, but he still wants to fight the good fight. I don't know exactly why he leaves Anya at the altar, but I imagine it will hit home just as strongly as most of the recent events.

Giles runs a close second - he spends most of his time learning arcane lore and reading books - but is often forgotten by people except as a source of information and a last resort. He's old-fashioned, with a sense of what is important. His self-assurance comes from his tenacious ability to research and learn, but his esteem is slowly eroded by his removal from the Watchers' Council, and his estrangement from UC Sunnydale college life.

Also - Season 5 of Buffy is one of the most depressing things I've ever watched in my life - as tragedy just gets piled on top of tragedy, it reminds me a little too much of a few years ago, minus the metaphysical combat and elder gods seeking revenge on mortals.
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revxaos on December 22nd, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC)
I'm totally Xander as well.

But his metamorphisis matches mine.

He goes from total floor mat, to a semi-floor mat, to a guy who can stand up for himself.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 22nd, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm still working on the last bit ;-)
revxaos on December 22nd, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks
All good things in time.

You are aware of the issue, which is more then many.
lord and master of the broken children: foxy!  lady!avatarofchaos on December 22nd, 2003 05:16 pm (UTC)
*sniff* yes. its really really depressing. especally the end. and the middle. i guess the only not bad part is the first episode, with dracula.

i bawled soooo much the first time i saw the end.

wow. i was going to say somehting else, but i just got distracted by willow. sorry. i'm sure you understand.
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Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Cursediscoflamingo on December 22nd, 2003 08:06 pm (UTC)
Um, DUH!
lord and master of the broken childrenavatarofchaos on December 22nd, 2003 11:11 pm (UTC)
in my dreams, roomate of mine. only in my dreams...
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 22nd, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
And Dracula was pretty lame, to be honest - it's only good in how nothing truly awful is happening.

Yeah - I understand about Willow. You come up with what it was, let me know ;)
A Carnot engine of self-loathingcalypsomatic on December 22nd, 2003 08:05 pm (UTC)
Whatever, Doc, I'm sure we all empathize with Xander if we were to watch Buffy as much as you seem to. But you have to remember that as good as you and I may be at insight, every person's self image is inevitably flawed due to the nature of looking at oneself. You may be a tragic character, a nice guy, and sometimes shafted, but you are neither oblivious to the important things in this world, nor lacking in special knowledge and special powers. You probably have a greater grip on what's going on than the rest of us. You'd probably end up being more like Batman in the Justice League, albeit more personable and tragic in perhaps a different way, but you'd end up disappearing while the action goes down with everyone else, figuring everything out, solving the whole problem, and building some device to fix it, then coming in at the end of the episode to save everyone's ass.
ninja in the shadows: evil edseiryu_16 on December 23rd, 2003 12:12 am (UTC)
Best - comparison - EVER. Fuck yes, Bria. ::bows in admiration:: HIGH FIVE! I am humbled before your mizard skillz.

That's it, Doc. You're not Xander. You're muthafuckin' BATMAN. Damn skippy.
masui on December 23rd, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
not to be a bitch but...
this is television we are talking about here...

I'm gonna go play with my Jack Sparrow action figure.
Angel needs no wings - just a duster & a hackysackcanth on December 26th, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)

If i were to relate real life to buffy, especially real life as of late, there are two things that I can think of that really stand out as eerie similarities.

one of them is that there has been a hell of a lot of death and suffering lately in real life. funny how it seems to be hitting people i know the hardest when the year is closing out. I can only hope that the new year brings better news. This year kind of sucked in some ways.

The other is this. My mother doesn't know me well at all and she will die before she ever gets to.