A slayer’s lineage: 9 pop cultural precursors to Buffy

When Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted on The WB in 1997, it signaled a new direction for the fledgling netlet, a pivot toward audiences who could see themselves reflected in Buffy Summers and her Sunnydale High classmates. Of course, it’s the distinctions between Buffy and all previous TV teens that made all the…

Read This: Why Hollywood simply won’t let Winona Ryder grow up

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, thanks to a string of off-kilter films like Beetlejuice, Heathers, and Edward Scissorhands, Winona Ryder became America’s unlikely sweetheart: dark, waifish, quirky, intellectual, and somehow eternally innocent yet wise beyond her years. At 44, Ryder is still active in television and…