Book Review

Book Review: Into Every Generation a Slayer is Born by Evan Ross Katz

Thank you to Hachette Books for the gifted ARC.
Title: Into Every Generation a Slayer is Born: How Buffy Staked Our Hearts
Author(s): Evan Ross Katz
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Publisher: Hachette Books
Genre(s): Nonfiction

The oral history and exploration of the cultural impact of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the classic, ground-breaking television show still adored by fans old and new, from pop culture critic and lifelong devotee of the show Evan Ross Katz, social media’s foremost Sarah Michelle Gellar historian.

Over the course of its seven-year run, Buffy the Vampire Slayer cultivated a loyal fandom and featured a strong, complex female lead, at a time when such a character was a rarity. In Into Every Generation, pop culture critic Evan Ross Katz, social media’s Sarah Michelle Gellar expert, will explore the show’s history and cultural relevance through a book that is part oral history, part celebration, and part memoir of a very personal fandom that has universal resonance. Katz—with the help of the show’s cast, creators, and crew—will reveal that although the show contributed to important conversations about gender, sexuality, and race, it was not free of internal strife and controversy. Men—both on screen and off—would taint its reputation as a feminist masterpiece, and changing networks would drastically impact the show’s tone and the lives of its cast. How those disruptions impact the show’s production, the lives of its cast members, and, more broadly, pop culture will be examined. Katz will address these issues and more, including interviews with stars such as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter, as well as conversations with celebrity Buffy fanatics including Tavi Gevinson, Pedro Pascal, Selma Blair, and Retta. Furthermore, Into Every Generation will explore the very notion of fandom, and the ways a show like Buffy can influence not only how we see the world but how we exist within it.

My Review:

Into Every Generation a Slayer is Born is a fantastic analysis of the cultural impact that show Buffy the Vampire Slayer had when it was first released and the impact it continues to have to this day. Written by one of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s biggest fans and a true fan of the show, Evan Ross Katz provides such a gratifying read.

The book starts with an interview that Evan had with the one and only Stacey Abrams. They talk about their favorite parts of the show, what worked and what didn’t, and why they connected with the story. It is such a great opening because it shows you how a single show can impact so many people. It reminded me of the first time I watched the show and how quickly I became a fan.

As the book goes on, the author breaks down every season bringing up moments that made Buffy so great for its time. I really liked that Evan doesn’t hold back. Just because you are a fan of the show it doesn’t mean that you have to agree with every storyline or actor who portrays your favorite character. He tells it like it is and that is much appreciated.

I know that the show is important because it finally showcased a strong female character who could hold her own. Buffy didn’t need a knight in shining armor to help fix every problem she came across. Yes, Buffy is a show that is celebrated for its feminism and that’s why is so perplexing to learn that its creator, Joss Whedon is such a different person than what the show stood for. Evan delves into scandals of the show and how its creator established a toxic environment for so many of the actors on the show.

There are interviews from cast members including Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. The stories that were shared give readers a new perspective on what it was like filming, their day-to-day experiences with one another, and again the impact of the show.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I give Into Every Generation a Slayer is Born all the Buffy stars! This is a must-read for fans of the show! I think fans will appreciate the details and exploration of the show. Also, it will most likely lead to another binge-watching of the entire series. It will not only let remind you of great scenes and dialogue but it will also bring up conversation. The love that Evan has for the show and its leading lady is so apparent and I am so glad that a true fan is able to write this entertaining and astonishing book!

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