Babylon 5 (1994-1998)
A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. – IMDb
Source: Babylon 5 Wiki.
Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurfaces and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet – the last of humanity – as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth. – IMDb
Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.
Beauty and the Beast (2012-Present)
Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. – IMDb
Source: Beauty and the Beast Wiki.
Bionic Woman (2007)
A reimagining of the popular 1970s TV series about a female athlete who is given bionic strength. – IMDb
Birds of Prey (2002-2003)
In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey–Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress. – IMDb
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
A young girl, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. – IMDb
Shows I want to check out starting with a B: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990).
The last novel included in my fourth Buffy the Vampire Slayer anthology was Tempted Champions by Yvonne Navarro. This was an enjoyable read, that even saw me found interest in Anya’s presence and side plotline in the novel. Anya is one of my least favorite characters in this fictional universe, so when an author manages to make me care about her, this is a big thing. I very much liked her discussion with Willow and Tara, which I didn’t see coming.
The same way, I found the interaction between Willow and Tara and Dawn, during the casting of some spells, a solid moment in the storyline. There were many small moments between the characters that made this novel work well in regards to how the show was developped on television.
As always, I was glad to get any scene involving Giles and Angel, but this is no news coming from me.
The antagonist in the story was a brilliant twist, with her being a Slayer turned Vampire. I liked how it challenged Buffy on so many levels. I knew that Buffy survived in the end, but at the same time, I was really wondering how or when she would be able to make it through.
The second novel included in my fourth Buffy The Vampire Slayer anthology was Wisdom of War by Christopher Golden. I wouldn’t say this is one of my favorite novels in this fictional universe, mostly because the story dragged on a bit for me; but it was still a decent read. I think that Golden’s talent in portraying the characters from the show helped a lot. He is one of the authors in the Buffy novels who does most justice to the existing characters.
The main storyline with the two different aquatic dangerous species was good but with all the players involved, it got a little messy. I felt that some things were a bit rushed while others were delayed. So it felt like unrealized potential. All characters were well defined and the ones from the show were great, especially Buffy, Faith, Giles, Willow and Tara. These five were the ones I enjoyed best in the novel. I was surprised of how I liked Spike as well in this one, as the character tends to easily annoy me. So it is another proof of Golden’s solid job at bringing these known characters to life again.
Overall, it was a decent read, and if you are mostly interested in the character dynamics, it is worth checking out.
The first novel included in my fourth Buffy The Vampire Slayer anthology was Go Ask Malice, A Slayer’s Diary by Robert Joseph Levy. This is a Faith centric one written under the form of a personal diary. When I found out and began reading it, I wasn’t so sure that I would enjoy it. I think that Faith is a very compelling character who had solid development in this fictional universe, but the whole personal diary aspect left me very skeptical, as I am not so into such books.
Yet, the novel won me over as entries went on. The author did a great job to write from Faith’s point of view and I could really “hear” Faith as I went through the pages. Learning more about what happened to her in the past and up to a few months before she appeared in the television show was very interesting and shed new light on the young woman.
There was a lot of heavy stuff (including abuse of several kinds), but given the focus of the book, I wasn’t surprised. I also liked seeing Faith with her first Watcher, Diana Dormer. Their relationship was one of my favorite elements in the novel. While we knew that Faith’s first watcher was a woman from the series, it was great to see more of a female watcher with how present she was in the second part of the novel.
In the end, Go Ask Malice, A Slayer’s Diary was a
good surprise, albeit difficult topics and my early concerns due to the diary format.
The second novel in my third Buffy anthology was These Our Actors by Ashley McConnel and Dori Koogler. It was a decent read but I wasn’t captivated as with the previous one. The story was set in season five and with a lot of flashbacks going back to England around the time Spike was turned into a vampire by Drusilla and began to live with her, Darla and Angel. All this secondary storyline in the past didn’t interest me that much.
In the present, Willow finds herself confronted with some mystery as she helps for stage play preparation at the university, as one of the asssignments for her drama class. I didn’t really care about the story in this novel. What I found interesting and that kept me reading were the interactions between Willow and Tara, as well as Willow, Giles and Buffy. The unexpected team work between Willow and Spike was also an entertaining twist given much of their banter.
So, These Our Actors was a decent novel, but I don’t think I’ll go back to it for it wasn’t as compelling to me as other Buffy novels I’ve read.
In the past couple of years, a French publisher, Milady, has been publishing Buffy novel anthologies, including some never translated before. I knew that there were expanded novels – besides the follow up comic books – for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I had never read any of them, since I only finished to fully watch the show in early 2013. I enjoy tie-in novels for several fictional universes so I was curious about them. Each anthology has two to four novels, depending on length.
I started the third anthology and the first novel, The Lost Slayer by Christopher Golden, was an omnibus of four smaller stories. I couldn’t stop reading once I started it. I wish they had been made as actual episodes because it would have been pretty epic. It takes place in early season four and Buffy finds herself thrown five years ahead in a very gloom future, her 19 year old soul sharing the body of her 24 year old self who suffered losses and imprisonment for the past years.
Alternate realities aren’t something I tend to like a lot in story lines. It can be easily cheap and cliché, but this one got me. Giles as a vampire king made for a great villain and Buffy reuniting with her surviving friends so they can take the evil down was well done. Willow was very kick ass and I liked the development she had in the future, as well as Xander’s.
It was a very interesting story for Buffy to adjust to university and let her friends in, even in her Slayer’s life. There were many emotional moments between the different characters I was also happy to see Olivia featured in the opening, before the time travel, because she was a character I enjoyed seeing the few times she showed up on the show. Seeing Wesley in the future timeline was also interesting, and worked well with how he had changed by the time he joined the Angel TV series.
Overall, The Lost Slayer is my favorite Buffy novel of the ones I read so far. I think it would have made for outstanding episodes in the show and am glad that I could get my hands on it.