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You think Ghostbusters was an influence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Both show a world threatened with being overwhelmed by supernatural forces that specialists in arcane arts must destroy or contain;

Both are matter-of-fact about how those specialists attack the bad guys;

Both have heroes researching arcane manuscripts (or not-so-arcane building blueprints, but you get the idea) to find the info needed to stop the Big Bad;

Both are funny;

Both are sexy (our audience [at Cort and Fatboy's Ghostbusters screening] heartily approved of Signourney Weaver, Annie Potts and, of course, the sex ghost)…

Both are insanely quotable;

And, um, the villain in Ghostbusters II is, er, kind of vampire-like. Um. *theory comes crashing down like torrents of melted marshmallow*

(If y’all can somehow wrench in to fit apply this theory to, say, Supernatural, The X Files, or whatever, go for it.)

(And if any of my readers use this as an excuse to picture Willow or Xander or whomever wearing a proton pack and nothing else, well, I’m not gonna stop you.)


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Oct. 17th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Buffy but the thing you list certainly apply to Ghostbusters.

Oct. 17th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Buffy makes me feel good!
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Oct. 17th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if there is at all, it's almost certainly unconscious. But hey, maybe it subliminally prepared me to like Buffy and by extension Angel.

It was more a food-for-thought post, and it amused me to post it.

I remember in college English I had a professor teaching Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, which is very critical of/satirical about war. She pointed out that she saw all sorts of similarities between it and, of all things, Good Morning, Vietnam. Her point was that it's ridiculous to think the makers of the film said "Hey! let's update Troilus and Cressida in Vietnam with a motor mouth!," so that's not what happened, but that since both Shakespeare and the filmmaking team wanted to do something critical about war, their thought processes went along similar lines. A good reminder that English majors like me can overthink stuff.
Oct. 18th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
This post gave me a Geekgasm.

Thank you :)

Oct. 18th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Then I'm glad I reposted it!

P.S. I like the line "theory comes crashing down like torrents of melted marshmallow." And the bit about proton packs. (Are you surprised I have a thing for Willow?)
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
Not the least bit. :) Willow is yummy.

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