Star Sarah Michelle Gellar not only entertains teens nation wide, but also questions morals and values – the same values that have been plaguing the gothic genre since Bram Stoker’s Dracula – and socialises with the majority of young Australians’ lives.
Popular culture is becoming increasingly consumed by a moralistic tone, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the perfect example. Ever since Stoker wrote his highly publicised novel in 1897, Dracula has had a large effect on today’s society.
The classic good versus evil morals that Stoker introduced in his book is highly evident in many television programs presently reaching out to a wide range of audiences. The series involving Buffy is based upon this very theme.
Gellar plays the heroine, the good guy (or girl) that must defeat evil at all costs. While she is sexy, sleek, exceptionally strong and wears the right clothes – in other words, the perfect heroine in the minds of wide eyed teenage Australians – the job she has to perform saves lives. The enemies she has to defeat are both scary and extremely dangerous. The wider audience not only sides with Buffy, they connect with her. And it is this connection that sets the perfect platform for moral and valued lessons to be passed on. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an adapted version of Dracula, clearly evident through the...
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