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Season One cast picture of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.


The Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom is web based, content rich fandom. The numbers are staggering and the fandom has consistently added new sites since it came into existence.

Main Cast

The Show

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Canon release dates

Other release dates

See Buffy: The Vampire Slayer episode release dates for a list of episode release dates.


Below is a partial list of terms used in the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fan community.


Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

For a list of fan fiction events in this fandom, see Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fan fiction#Timeline.

1997 to 2003

  • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer was in its first run on television.



  • Betsy Vera created a page called BEDLAM: About Writing – Beta Reading. Betsy’s page is notable for several reasons. Early on, in the late 1990s, this page was important in terms of defining how to beta read as the page contained examples of various beta reading jobs, giving different perspectives on how people actually went about the process. The story being critiqued and used as an example was from the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer community but the site was referenced in such communities as the Star Wars, Star Trek, Gilmore Girls and X-Men fan fiction communities.



Disclaimer: Not mine, JK's. There are quotes in here from Red Dwarf
(back when it was funny), Blackadder, Buffy, and I realized I'd
criminally neglected Terry Pratchett so far, so made up for it by
nicking several quotes in this chapter at once.
A/N There's a fair bit of telepathic communication in this story,
which is indicated in italics. If you can, read it in Files, where
the italics show up. Otherwise, I apologize if it's at all confusing. [42]

This disclaimer is a bit important as Heidi and Cassandra Claire would later both claim that Cassandra Claire's disclaimers were both okay and properly done, citing the material correctly. This is the disclaimer for the chapter that eventually led to Cassandra Claire's black listing from FanFiction.Net for plagiarism.

  • ! is a symbol that frequently appears between a character name and a description of the character. Example: Leather!Draco. It probably entered fandom from unix users. [43] The use of the symbol dates back to 1996/1997 in the X-Files fan fiction community, [44] [45], Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999, [46] Buffy: The Vampire Slayer in 2000/2001, [47]








A lot of it depends on the particular fandom you're talking about. For example, in the Buffyverse and in Stargate SG-1 you'll see as much het as slash, and occasional femslash as well -- while in due South it's almost all slash; het happens, but it's pretty rare -- and Farscape is heavily het. [61]



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The Internet


DeadJournal was never very important to this fandom. For a while, during the mid 2000s, there was a small active fan community on this site. Below is a timeline of relevant events that took place on DeadJournal.


LiveJournal was important to this fandom. Below is a partial list of LiveJournal events that took place in this fandom.


There are a few incest pairings in this fandom. [70]

Fanworks policy and history

Fans Go Interactive, and Popular Culture Feels the Tremors by Ann Powers in an article from the Washington Post Section H, E-Commerce dated September 20, 2000 says that Joss Whedon once actively supported fan sites but after being satisified by Fox's explanations of their actions in regards to fan sites. [71]

Tunnel Vision says that while Buffy: The Vampire Slayer has aggreesively gone after fan sites, they have totally ignored alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative and much of Buffy ficdom. [72]

Fans Go Interactive, and Popular Culture Feels the Tremors By Ann Powers from the New York Times does mention Fox tactics in dealing with Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fans. The article says:

Fox has been particularly active in sending cease-and-desist letters to Buffy sites, perhaps because their Webmasters are so avid. Fans have not taken the legal threats lightly. Solo84 has organized a group known as the Buffy Bringers that has mounted peaceful protests, mostly online and through letter-writing campaigns.
Solo84 insists that fan sites comply with the legal guidelines for fair use of material and contends that Fox is overzealous. Such sentiments are common across the Internet. Even many fans trading music through Napster see their activity as a form of sharing and say they doubt that it harms the artists they admire.
Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy, once avidly supported fan sites, but he has retreated on the subject, having been satisfied by Fox's explanations of its actions, Mr. Melnick said

Science Fiction Weekly had an interview with Joss Whedon where the issue of fan fiction was brought up several times. The following is a quotation from the pertinent sections:

You've developed quite an Internet-based following for Buffy. What do you think of that? Do you read fan comments, and do they influence your thinking about the show? Or do you ignore most of it?
Whedon: I think it's really neat. I haven't had as much time as I used to to check in and see what people are talking about. [But] sure, I'll read the posting board. I'm always interested to see what people are responding to, and what they're not. To an extent it does [affect me]. For example, when I saw that people were rejecting the Oz character when he was first introduced, I realized how carefully I had to place him. I wrote scenes where Willow falls in love with him in a way where fans would fall in love with him too. You learn that people don't take things at face value; you have to earn them. It was clear that David was a popular figure fairly early on.


Do you share William Shatner's opinion of the most ardent fans that they need to get a life?
Whedon: I have never had any particular life of my own, so I don't see any particular reason why anyone should run out to get one. Of course, if they're dressing up like Willow and staying in their basement for nine months at a time, that's not good. But the show's designed to foster slavish devotion; it has it from me, and I entirely respect it in others.


How do you feel about the cultural impact of Buffy? The comics, merchandise, fan fiction, etc?
Whedon: Again, the show was designed to be the kind of show that people would build myths on, read comics about, that would keep growing. So naturally, I'm wicked pleased that it's entering people's consciousness. I obviously can't read [fan fiction], but the fact is there seems to be a great deal of it, and that's terrific. I wished I'd had that outlet as a youngster, or had the time to do it now.

"Interview with a Vampire Creator" By Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal, written for DishThis.Com [73] quotes Joss Whedon as mentioning fan fiction when he says:

"There are other Buffy projects. I really can't go into them just yet. The universe seems to be expanding. I always wanted to create a universe, not just a show. It expanded when the first person wrote the first piece of fan fiction. People take the mythology to heart." [74]

News - 14th May by Rob Francis [75] for an article on the BBC's web site has a section which deals with the official reaction by the folks who write for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. The article states:

Keen to explore the relationship between TV writers and their fan fiction counterparts, The Washington Post chatted with Buffy and Angel script writers Marti Noxon and Mere Smith last week.
Noxon is full of praise for the amateur writers. "We're in a weird position with fan fiction," she says. "It's flattering because, something you're creating - a universe you're a part of - has inspired people to go off and continue imagining," she says.
The writers do, however, have to exercise a little caution. A TV story that covers similar ground to a fan could result in accusations of plagiarism. "Because of legal stuff, we have to be really judicious about how much we read," notes Noxon.
Mere Smith started out as a fan writer before landing a full time job on the Buffy staff. A regular poster to the official Bronze board, Smith made some useful contacts whilst at one of the famous Posting Board parties and after a brief stint on another show, ended up scripting Angel.
"It's just so odd because I've been in both places," she says. "I've been in the office at 7 in the morning on the board in New York... And I've done the part where I stand over [executive producer Joss Whedon's] shoulder as he reads the board. It's very strange." [76]

Influential communities

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Influential fanworks

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Fandom Members

For a directory of fans, see Category:Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fans.

Fandom size

Comparitive size of fandom based on archive sizes from November 2006
Same chart as above only including Quizilla totals from December 2006
Includes data on total stories posted to FanFiction.Net on December 28, 2006 and January 3, 2006, total of new stories added during those periods, number of LiveJournal communities and users with the fandom as an interest, number of news stories on Google, number of episodes on television in a two week period.

See also:

November 2006

As of November 22, 2006 there were 546 stories on Twisting the Hellmouth [77] and 30,066 on FanFiction.Net. [78]

May 2007

As of May 23, 2007, there were 142 Buffy: The Vampire Slayer stories on FanLib. [79]

As of May 27, 2007, there was 1 story on The Zone~. [80]

As of May 28, 2007, there were 31,009 stories on FanFiction.Net. [81]

December 2007

As of December 8, 2007, there were 274 Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fanworks on FanLib [82][83] and 31,874 on FanFiction.Net.

January 2008

As of January 2, 2008, 234 stories, 30 images, 28 videos, 5 screenplays and 2 poems on FanLib. [84]

January 2009

As of January 28, 2009, there were over 11,000 stories on Twisting the Hellmouth.[85]

External links


See also


Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.

  • Loyd Case "The Death of Fandom". ExtremeTech. August 2007. FindArticles.com. 03 Dec. 2007. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_zdext/is_200708/ai_n19427213
  • Gray, J., Sandvoss, C., & Harrington, C. L. (2007). Fandom identities and communities in a mediated world. New York: New York University Press.
  • Harmon, A. (1997, August 18). In TV's dull summer days, plots take wing on the Net.. New York Times, p. A1.
  • Kem, Jessica F. Cataloging the Whedonverse: Potential Roles for Librarians in Online Fan Fiction. Diss. Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005. 10 June 2006 <http://hdl.handle.net/1901/137>.
  • Schulz, N. (2001, April 29). The E-Files; Mad for Mulder? Got a Jones for Buffy? Juiced by 'JAG'? In the Fanfiction Realm, You Can Make the Plot Quicken.. Washington Post, p. G01.

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