I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As a kid, Young Valerie didn’t appreciate how amazing that show was. Thank goodness Young Adult Valerie got her act together and realized how freaking amazing it is and watched all of the seasons on Hulu/Netflix.
I’ll also shamelessly admit that Buffy Summers is one of the reasons I’m taking self-defense this semester. She’s just your average girl who kicks butt (literally and figuratively) and looks really cool doing it, so I couldn’t help but wish to emulate her a bit.
So when this certain speaker (who shall remain nameless lest I cause rioting in the streets) referred to my really-not-really role model as “Buffy the Vampire Killer,” I was absolutely not amused.
“I… but… that’s not her…. why did he just…” was pretty much all I could think of.
You might be thinking, “Oh Valerie, it’s a common mistake; ‘slayer’ and ‘killer’ are basically the same thing anyways.”
To which I can only respond,
‘Slayer’ and ‘killer’ may seem like the same thing, but they connote drastically different things. A slayer suggests the person is fighting for justice and defending the good of the world, while a killer is just a deranged lunatic.
Would a psycho have THE BEST THEME SONG EVER?
No, no they wouldn’t. But Buffy does. Ergo, slayer.
Look at the Halo franchise, too: the player enters super-awesome Slayer Mode, not LET’S RAMPAGE EVERYTHING MINDLESSLY KILLER MODE.
It was the worst. I just sat there, staring at the speaker, wondering what Buffy would say at this injustice. It also reminded me of how so many people think that The Legend of Zelda refers to Zelda’s quest, not Link’s quest.
Anyways that’s all. I just have a lot of feelings about things that really don’t matter that much but actually matter a whole lot.
And that’s why That Guy Who Called Her Buffy the Vampire Killer was my least favorite person of the day.