How To Obsess Over Buffy The Vampire Slayer in 20 Easy Steps

In 1997, a TV show about a vampire slayer came onto the scene. It wasn’t until 2013 that I finally got around to watching it. Part of the reason I decided on watching it was because I wanted to get into the Halloween spirit. So I decided I’d make a list for anyone who wants to get into the show.

Step 1: Either get introduced to the show as a kid or through friends, family, or in my case vloggers and Netflix.

Step 2: Laugh at Season 1

Step 3: Start cosplaying, making fanart/fanfic/gifsets/playlists

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Step 4: Get excited about Season 2 because new villain is awesome

Step 5: Cry about halfway through Season 2 and/or at “Becoming Part 2”

Step 6: Realize that Joss Whedon ripped your heart out by the second season finale and contemplate the meaning of life

Step 7: Spot the lesbian/gay subtext in Season 3

Step 8: Pick and choose the “good” season 4 episodes and/or start watching Angel: The Series

Step 9: Pick a ship or start multishipping (this starts at around Season 4 or 5)

Step 10: Dawn. Love her or hate her. There is no in between.

Step 11: Cry over “The Body.” And “Tough Love.” And “The Gift.”

Step 12: Get optimistic about Season 6 because Buffy Lives

Step 13: Memorize all the songs in “Once More With Feeling.”

Step 14: Start losing hope around “Smashed” and “Wrecked.”

Step 15: Start crying again from Hell Bells onwards because Season 6 is a beautiful disaster.

Step 16: Realize there’s only one season left.

Step 17: Pick out the people you recognize amongst the Potential Slayers. (Hi Felicia Day!)

Step 18: Hate everyone by the time you watch “Empty Places”

Step 19: Watch “Chosen” and cry one last time, wondering what the hell you should do next.

Step 20: Read the comics and/or start reading/writing fanfiction

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