I’m a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here are some wonderful academic articles about the show: From Rupert Giles and Search Tools for Wisdom in Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Grace Anne A. DeCandido
I am not alone in the belief that the appearance of school librarian Rupert Giles on television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer has done more for the image of the profession than anything in the past fifty years, with the possible exception of Katherine Hepburn in Desk Set. Giles, this wily and attractive professional, is our hero librarian: a pop culture idol
whose love of books and devotion to research hold the key to saving the universe – every week. I know librarians who use quotations from the episodes in their email sig files. The Internet Public Library has named all of its office computers after characters in the show.
It is a heady experience for any profession to find itself an integral part of a wildly popular TV series. How much more so for librarians, who have been bedeviled with a poor public image since at least the nineteenth century. Giles of course moves across the stereotype in other,
not necessarily positive ways – he is both male and technologically inept.
The crucifixion is treated as a real event. When Spike, a leading-role vampire, first arrives, we hear a vampire saying, “This weekend, the night of St. Vigeous, our power will be at its peak. When I kill her, it’ll be the greatest event since the crucifixion. And I should know. I was there.” Spike answers, “You were there? Oh, please! If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock. I was actually at Woodstock. That was a weird gig. I fed off a flower person, and I spent the next six hours watching my hand move.”