On March 10, 2017, Buffy the Vampire Slayer will mark its 20th anniversary. That’s 20 years of slaying and snarky comebacks, all played out against the backdrop of high school, college and adult life. And creator Joss Whedon has a few things to say about his best girl and her show.
According to Yahoo, Whedon said he’s most proud of women telling him ...
"'That's the girl I think about when I think about strength.' Strength as in leadership and the ability to deal with a crisis and the decisions they make going forward. When I was still making the show, I had a woman come up to me in the commissary of Fox who was in her late 30s, and she was like, 'I was able to move cities and get this particular job that I was after because of her. Because I could use her power as mine.' I thought I was, at that time, still just talking to young people, and that was an amazing moment."
Another aspect Whedon is proud of is being able to reach an intergenerational audience, where viewers watch it with their children or their parents. He recommends families introduce their children to it at age 12, but cautions Season 6 should be watched by people "21 and over obviously, because it's a pornie."
But Whedon was careful not to take too much credit for the romance between Willow and Tara. "… I only had a gay romance in it because it was college and I thought, 'This is a good way to follow up Oz.' It was only later that he realized, 'Oh. Representation matters ...'"
Still, the 20th anniversary doesn't completely lead to hugs and puppies for Whedon. "[Women] say they grew up with it, which always makes me feel old."