Saturday, 17 January 2015

Life After a TV Show - My review of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home

One of my graphic novel picks from the library this week was Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon and art by Georges Jeanty. I will start by saying that I have never seen a single episode of Buffy while it was on television and the only experience I have of anything "Buffy" is the original 1992 movie and other people talking about the TV series.

I'll start by mentioning the artwork, the style is not my cup of tea, however it is very well done. You can tell who is supposed to be who without reading the dialogue which is definitely a good sign. There isn't much I can say about the art, except for the fact it works for this book. 

The story itself starts after the TV series has ended, so immediately I knew that I would be at a disadvantage with not knowing how the show had ended. I carried on though as everyone I know who had watched Buffy has been a huge fan. There seemed to me to be an awful lot going on in just one book which is only Vol. 1 of a series and it was just too much for me. With stories about different countries, people and references to things that had happened previously, it was too much crammed into 136 pages. I didn't like how Buffy was portrayed (though I've no idea how she was portrayed in the show, so it could be spot on)as a character and found her irritating. I also didn't connect with any of the other characters, you didn't really get to "meet" any of them long enough in this book to start forming any sort of feeling or bond. 

Overall I really disliked this book, but I feel a big part of that is because I hadn't seen the TV show. It'd be interesting to hear from someone who did watch the show and then read this book to see what they thought of it, to get a better opinion of how good this book is. If you are that person, please get in touch and let me know.

I started reading this on the 14th of January 2015 and finished it on the same day
I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads


  1. Interesting thoughts, I've been wanting to read this, but didn't pick it up as I've not finished the show. It'll be interesting to see if my feelings are different.

    1. Definitely! Let me know, I feel bad for hating it, but I plain don't have the time (or inclination ;) hehe) to watch the show