intro of TV studies assignment 2

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Topic 2
With reference to one or two episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer studied in class, explain how the series encourages the viewer to question assumptions about high and low culture and/or television as a form of popular culture. You may wish to consider issues of genre, authorship and gender.

Vampires are widely known for their slick back black hair,fanged teeth and black and red capes; however, in the television show 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' these traditions have made different way for female fighters and ghoulish monsters. We each have our own different thoughts about what and who vampires are, but the media use their power on public to create a strong image of what are vampires 'should' look like and have endorsed traditions believed for many years. In order to maximise viewing figure, the producer's of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' have made a good mix of the horror genre and the typical, classical American high school show. This mixture of different genres is suitable for many different class or age groups and tastes.

The first episode is titled 'Welcome to Hellmouth' this name is an oxymoron as it uses words that express good and bad. The build up to the episode shows a young couple breaking into the school through a window in the science lab. This action not only ads tension but also shows a link between science and the supernatural, something that has been talked about for hundreds of years. The woman turns into a green hideous monster and kills that boy. This is very rare for a vampire tale as traditionally vampires did not look like monsters and also they only attacked defenseless females.

The episode starts properly when Buffy Summers, a 16 years old girl moves to Sunnydale, from LA with her mother. This is not the setting that the audience would expect for a vampire story as the word 'Sunnydale' hardly paints a picture of a dark, horror place full of vampires. Therefore, this name subverts the traditional signifier's. On the first...
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