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Is Studying Buffy the Vampire Slayer More Important Than Studying Shakespeare?

How a fantastical vampire drama is making the stuffy world of academia come to terms with reality.

Back in 2012, Slate decided to do a quick, informal study to see which of the world’s most cerebral and think-piece-spawning television shows had inspired the most articles in academic journals. It was a fun exercise, an attempt to see what snobby scholars would fawn over more—the gritty “truth” of The Wire, the rampant symbolism of Breaking Bad, or the quirky, cultic appeal of Twin Peaks? But the result was totally unexpected and a little shocking: with over 200 academic articles (compared to The Wire’s 85), Joss Whedon’s campy, snarky, early tele-feminist romp Buffy the Vampire Slayer claimed the top spot by a landslide.

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If You See One Iranian Vampire Western Movie This Year, Make it This One

The chador-wearing, skateboarding, vampire protagonist of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night would fit right in to a John Hughes movie

If the phrase “Iranian vampire western” doesn’t get you interested in watching A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, then you should know the film is actually a John Hughes high school romance in disguise. The chador-wearing, skateboarding, wide-eyed vampire protagonist of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night spends her evenings slaying misogynistic men before she falls in love with Arash, a James Dean-look-a-like who has his own personal demons to slay. Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature-length directorial debut has generated a large volume of critical praise—The New Yorker called it a “tightly scripted, pictorially lavish, downbeat romantic fantasy” in one glowing review. We talked to Amirpour about her first feature film, story-telling, and how she humanized her teenage vampire protagonist.

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Twilight Is Now Required Reading for a College Level Honors English Class

An honors English course at Ohio State University is including Twilight as required reading. Does Edward Cullen belong in college?


Parents paying $19,584 a year for their kids to attend Ohio State University might not be thrilled. Twilight is required reading for English 261H, a spring 2011 honors "introduction to fiction" course.

According to Associate Professor Amanpal Garcha's syllabus, the class will read and discuss "important, influential narratives about the supernatural—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight as well a few minor works."

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