English Literature and Theatre Studies
‘Have You Tried Not Being A Slayer?’ Compassionate Conservatism and Allegory in Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which aired from 1997 to 2003, has proven itself to have lasting appeal and has captured the attention of critics and academics over the past two decades. Buffy employs the age-old Gothic horror trope of realising societal fears and concerns through the supernatural. Though it is often lauded for its progressive gender politics and subversive approach to the horror genre, it is my argument that Buffy is far more Conservative in its outlook than some may proclaim. By examining three separate instances within the show, I will conclude that supernatural allegories can act as a vehicle for social Conservative policy and reactionary politics.