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My Buffy book

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Hi Everyone,

I hope I don't break any forum rules by posting this. But I wanted to share with other Buffy fans that I have published a book about Buffy & Angel. It is called:

Femininity & Masculinity: - A Reception study about the construction of gender in four relationships on the TV-series Buffy & Angel

The book is based on a thesis I wrote at the University in between 2003-2008. It was published last year.
It contains an academic approach to the tv-series and is partly based on interviews with fans who come from different shipper groups. B/A, B/S, C/A and W/T. Originally the plan was not to publish it as a book. But considering the hours I spent working on this, I thought why not share my findings with a wider audience, when I got the offer last year.

This is the description of the book:

"Pop culture hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and its spin-off series Angel (1999-2004) were considered ground breaking TV when they first graced our screens. The TV-series quickly gained a cult following and the main character Buffy was hailed as a feminist icon that reversed gender stereotypes. But was the character really more male than female just because she was a girl who could fight?

This and more is explored in Femininity & Masculinity, which is a book about how gender is constructed in four relationships on the TV-series Buffy and Angel. The aim is to find out if the characters have a traditional gender construction, a hybrid or reversed one. This was done by conducting a semiotic text analysis and a qualitative interview study with 16 fans. The book also offers an in depth look at how the selected relationships are perceived by a particular group of fans, namely the shippers. The pairings chosen for the analysis are: Buffy & Angel, Willow & Tara, Buffy & Spike and Angel & Cordelia."

If anyone is interested in reading it you can find it on amazon by searching on my name Karin Schill.

It is a bit on the expensive side. But so is most academic literature.

My aim with this post is to inform of the book's existence. I am not saying anyone should buy it. That is up to you to decide if you think it sounds intersting to read or not.

Take care,
Best wishes:
Karin.
 
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That sounds like a really interesting book! If I had a need other than casual curiosity I would buy it, but damn it's pricey.
 

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It does sound really really interesting, but it's a bit too expensive for me to justify buying. Why is it that price, if you don't mind me asking? Was it set by the publisher?
 

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Sounds really interesting! Not available in Canada though, but by what others are saying, it would be outside of my budget anyway, so maybe that's a good thing. Less temptations that way.

Either way, you should be proud of yourself for publishing it!
 

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Looks pretty good but the price scares me a bit . Maybe latter & thanks for letting me know .
 
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Thank you everyone for your comments and interest in my book. :)

I agree with you that the prize is expensive. I tried to fight that with the publisher but unsuccessfully so, as the only way the prize could have dropped more was if I had bought more copies of my own book from them. I only bought five copies. That dumped the prize from approx. 80 dollars to 60 dollars!
To dump the prize as much as I would have liked though, I thought about 30-40 dollars would have been okayish, I would have needed to buy 25 books though and that was not an option. :(
 

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I love how much writing/analysis there is on Buffy. It really was a game-changer as far television content being included with literature and film as something worth studying.

Thanks for sharing!
 

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Thank you everyone for your comments and interest in my book. :)

I agree with you that the prize is expensive. I tried to fight that with the publisher but unsuccessfully so, as the only way the prize could have dropped more was if I had bought more copies of my own book from them. I only bought five copies. That dumped the prize from approx. 80 dollars to 60 dollars!
To dump the prize as much as I would have liked though, I thought about 30-40 dollars would have been okayish, I would have needed to buy 25 books though and that was not an option. :(
You had to buy copies of your own book?! :eek:

My dream is to get some of my fiction works published one day - I had no idea that publishers made you buy copies of your own book to guarantee a price. It is because they need to guarantee a certain amount of sales? I honestly feel so sad for you that you had to do that Karin.
 

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I'm a little confused here. Why did you have to buy copies of your books from them & why did it knock the price down.
And thanks for the information.
 
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I'm a little confused here. Why did you have to buy copies of your books from them & why did it knock the price down.
And thanks for the information.
The rules with online publishing are very different from traditional publishing. I worked in traditional publishing fields for my career (Jan M. Mike - 34 children's books) but online does offer some better opportunities. Hey - Fifty Shades of Grey started as a fanfic, was reworked, published online and found by a publishing company. It's a whole new world.
 
Spanky
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Anyone (literally) can publish anything online now. It's amazing and saddening at the same time.
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So did "The Martian," and it made a helluva lot better movie than "Fifty Shades..." at leasy in my opinion.

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Now that interesting . Thanks for clueing me in on that :D
 
But Man does not live by Bread alone . :cool:
 
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They were flat fee - I don't get a penny. Of course I had some royalty books but I got 35 cents, so not a path to wealth.
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Thank you all for your comments. :)

Cerocket, I agree there are tons and tons of research about Buffy.
One of the first things I did before I even started my study was read up on some previous research that I could find in the University library's online search catalogue and it was a lot.

Athena and ChaseRules, the publishing company offered me a chance to buy copies of my own book at a reduced prize. If I did they would drop the retail prize.
But well I had the option of not buying any copies of my book too. They would have published it either way. But since I had dreamt about publishing a book since I was a teenager I didn't want to pass up on the opportunity to have my own book in my bookshelf even if I had to pay a lot for it. So I figured five copies would be ok for me to buy. I gave the other copies to my family and well one to my teacher advisor who had guided me through the writing process. She was happy that I remembered her. :)

bespangeled, I am sure you can explain better than I can why me buying copies of my own book made the retail prize cheaper.
I am not that familiar with publishing.
 
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bespangeled, I am sure you can explain better than I can why me buying copies of my own book made the retail prize cheaper.
I am not that familiar with publishing.
No idea - always got one freebie. I will say I hated book signing though. In fact, most of the author life blows, IMO.
 
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lol I didn't realize that you were an author when I read your first message. But that is great that you've gotten that many children's books published. You can feel proud over yourself. :)

I have never done a book signing, but I guess you are right that it must be pretty boring.
 
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lol I didn't realize that you were an author when I read your first message. But that is great that you've gotten that many children's books published. You can feel proud over yourself. :)

I have never done a book signing, but I guess you are right that it must be pretty boring.
Mostly I found them embarrassing - people walk by and look at you like you're a panhandler. The only thing I liked about the writing life was writing - and being able to get into conferences for free because I was a speaker. That part was fun.

I left writing and became a teacher - Montessori - and loved that!
 

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I guess it would be good to have copies of your book. I know when I was in the Paper I brought a number of copies my self .
And your right there a lot out there . I got a number of Buffy books myself.
 
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Thanks for sharing bespangeled. I'm glad you're enjoying your teaching job. :)

ChaseRules, which Buffy books do you have in your collection?

I have "Fighting the forces" and "Reading the vampire slayer" as well as a "The Watcher's guides" and "Angel casefiles" and well "Sunnydale High School Yearbook", as well as a couple of fictional books.
 
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Thanks for sharing bespangeled. I'm glad you're enjoying your teaching job. :)

ChaseRules, which Buffy books do you have in your collection?

I have "Fighting the forces" and "Reading the vampire slayer" as well as a "The Watcher's guides" and "Angel casefiles" and well "Sunnydale High School Yearbook", as well as a couple of fictional books.
Isn't it all fictional?
 
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