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So it's been 10 years, or so I hear, since Buffy premiered. I actually remember the premiere, when I was a wee little 7th grader. I remember discovering what it truly meant to be a fan. (I have the action figures to prove it). I remember reading TWoP when it was MBTV, with all the endless analysis. I remember Buffy Cross & Stake and obsessively collecting information. I even signed my friends yearbook with just Buffy quotes. In the 8th grade, David Boreanaz being on the cover of Twist or some Buffy novel tie in was cause for much squealing. (I moved pass the DB stage rather quickly, though.) My vocabulary still hasn't recovered from it (Adding a "y" to a word is a perfectly valid way of creating an adjective). Ah, all those fun positive things. But I can't really do justice to all the great things that have already been posted regarding Buffy's 10th anniversary.

What I can do is remind people, graphically, of the crazyness that was the pulsating mass of Buffy's fandom. I actually did a cultural studies paper on Buffy fans and how they're so invested in their pet ships/characters. So in honor of that, I'm posting random images from Deeply Bitter and/or Heavily Invested people that I used for my paper. All in good fun, though, because it's so very funny.

First, THE TWOP BANNER WARS!!!! Ooooh. This was around Season 7 of Buffy. TWoP was trying to raise money by selling ad space. One group of enterprising fans (The kittens?) decided to remind everyone that Tara was dead. There was rainbow text, a rather unflattering picture of Amber Benson in the center, and a phrase that went something like: "They are the Magic." I actually can't find this one, sadly, but I did find the second one they posted, designed in the same vein, minus one dippy picture.

And that's when everyone went crazy. TWoP was raking it in from all the response ads and the back and forthyness of it.

The best response:


And you can't forget the fans who raised thousands of dollars to buy ads in Variety. (According to my paper, at the time it was up to $10,300). It was much like the TWOP banner wars, expensive and pointless, but on a much grander scale. Only it was pretty one sided as the people who might have responded weren't devoted enough to making a thousand dollar joke.

Here, the Ducks teamed up with the B/A Warriors (btw, these names? Ducks? WtH?):

This ad occurred around 2001, during the beginning of S6 of Buffy and S3 of Angel.

This was done as Buffy ended, thanking Joss, and REMINDING him of the blood debt he owed to all of them. Or something like that.

And finally this, with Angel's 100th episode, showing that it's still all about Buffy. And Angel. Together. FOREVER! Just in case Joss and David might have forgotten.


What I would have loved to have seen is the reactions of the hapless Variety readers who knew very little about BtVS, coming upon all these weighted and melodramatic ramblings.

So Cheers Buffy, to what has been a long and fruitful 10 years.

Date: 2007-03-11 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swsa.livejournal.com
The banner wars were actually super fun, IMO. They were pretty cheap. I even chipped in $5 for the first Spander ad mocking the Kitten ad. I so wish you had that first W/T banner with AB's creepy picture in the center. But yeah, they at least seemed more tongue in cheek and *cheaper*. The Variety/Hollywood Reporter ads scared me.

I actually remember the first B/A ad being a HUGE controversy because they'd solicited funds under the guise of campaigning for more crossovers between the shows. Which means that a whole lot of Spike/Spuffy fans were pissed off when it came out and they realized they'd given money for a B/A 4-eva ad.

Date: 2007-03-13 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celestialfray.livejournal.com
I loved the banner wars. And I really wish I had the first ad. I'm not sure why I saved the the second but not the first.

And re:controversy, My god. I hadn't heard about that. That's even more insane. ::boggles::

Date: 2007-03-11 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zanthinegirl.livejournal.com
I'd forgotten all about the banner wars! Hee!

Date: 2007-03-11 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyclogenesis.livejournal.com
Hahahaha Buffy fandom. *pets it*

Date: 2007-09-29 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojave-wolf.livejournal.com

Date: 2008-05-11 05:52 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'll check that out!


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