The iconic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, which is being accompanied by all sorts of things, including of course some new books. Though episode one of Buffy was first screened in the U.S. in March of 1997, here in Australia we didn’t get it until much later in the year, a now inconceivable six to seven months later. So while these new releases may not be on time for the U.S. anniversary, they’re about right if you think locally. In a move that is unlikely to surprise anyone, publishers are releasing a selection of Buffy related books. The media event tie in product swarm is not a new phenomenon by any means, but I must admit that these three do look pretty cool.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia is just what is says, a comprehensive reference work for the entire Buffy canon including comics and spin-offs and of course Angel. A cross-referenced guide to every character, location, theme, in-joke or recurring motif. Heavily illustrated with photos from the show, some never-before-seen this is a book that even the most attentive Buffy fan will find something new in.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twenty Years of Slaying is an interesting mix of old and new material. To be fair the old material will still probably be pretty new to most folks since it comes from the three volume Watchers Guides which were published to satisfy fan’s desperation for behind-the-scenes details and lore trivia. This book has taken the best from those books and added interviews with cast and crew.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire is guaranteed to raise hackles with Buffy fans. To begin with, it can’t be Buffy‘s grimoire ‘cos Buffy doesn’t do magic. Willow is the resident witch, and in fact the book is presented as if Willow wrote it which is kind of cool. This book has everything you could want to know about magic in the Buffy universe. It covers spells, artefacts and entities referencing just about every magic related event from the series and is filled with lots of old-style sepia illustrations.