When I first heard the news about a Buffy reboot, a sense of dread slowly filled me. After seeing the monstrosity of the Charmed reboot, I was really nervous thinking about how Buffy, my childhood hero, could potentially be destroyed.
I was 4 when Buffy first aired, and I was about to hit my teenage years when it finally ended here in the UK. I grew up watching Buffy, and I 100% believe that the show shaped me as a person. I have Buffy’s strength; Xander’s humour, Willow’s tenacity and spirituality, Giles’ intelligence and Cordelia’s sense of style. I watched Buffy fall in love, grow up, become a woman, and she is the reason I believe in the strength of women. When (spoiler), potential slayers were awakened at the end of the 7th season, I had goosebumps. I could be one of those women, I could be like Buffy, and I had it in me all along.
When the show carried on in the comics, I wasn’t a huge fan at first. I see those books as a great alternate AU, to be honest, and seeing it that way really helped me to enjoy them (honestly, don’t take them too seriously and read them, they’re so good!).
So, as you can imagine, the news that a reboot was coming didn’t thrill me. I was worried the replacements wouldn’t match up to the original cast, and in all honesty, I was hoping it wouldn’t be made into something political. Buffy was always an escape, and I never really thought it reflected the real world.
After seeing that Whedon was back on board, I felt a little better, and after the announcement from Monica Owusu-Breen this morning that the show would focus on a new slayer, I’m finally ready to let it happen and see where this goes.
As for the rumours that the new slayer will be black, I completely welcome it. Think about it, as a white woman, Buffy was perfect for me growing up. I had a role model who was badass, fought bad guys, and knew what to do most of the time. When it comes to equality, white women have come so far in such a short amount of time. But for black women, the same can’t be said. Black women still face inequality. A recent study found that black women in the workplace earn just 67.7% of the money that their white male counterparts earn. Although white women still earn less than white men, our percentage of 81.9% pales in comparison.
I feel like I’m ready for a younger generation to love Buffy, and I’d be more than happy to join along for the ride.
“I don’t know what’s coming next. But I do know it’s gonna be just like this – hard, painful. But in the end, it’s gonna be us. If we all do our parts, believe it, we’ll be the ones left standing. Here endeth the lesson.”
– Buffy Summers