- Nov 13, 2018
Found this from TV Tropes article on depending on the writer where they mention instances of characters changing based on a writers whims.I think the waters are further mudded since you're dealing with multiple creators some of whom change their minds and retcon things in their own minds to suit their understanding - Fury mostly disliked Spike and I don't think fully understood him. I think Fury thinks in binary a tad - did he have much influence on Lost? Because I couldn't stand the so called 'hero' on that show - someone else who thought in binary.
- Buffy and Spike's romance was a particularly bad case. The production staff have openly stated that there were harsh disagreements over whom to portray as the aggressor and whether it was genuine love. So everyone just wrote it their preferred way when their turn came around, with no thought as to whether it made any sense with what came before or would come afternote the result actually invoking Truth in Television: some Real Life passionate affairs simply do not make sense, and sometimes not even the lovers themselves can say who's pursuing who.
I have had some run ins with TV Tropes. They banned me for writing a truthful article about DW that contradicted their agenda, though ironically this very page I'm quoting uses one of my articles as a reference for DW LOL, but still I think there may be a small grain of truth in what they say about Buffy and Spike. Buffy saying "why does everyone still think I'm in love with Spike" in season 7 is a bad example as that makes it look like she already told him and it was known.
Overall though I think it holds together reasonably well to be honest. Most of the time I felt Spike was pursuing her until her breakdown, and then she was disgusted with herself, and then Spike gets a soul and eventually becomes a genuine hero and wins her heart. Even then though it's still him pursuing her throughout most of season 7.
Spike is kind of like a Vampire version of Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia pursuing the Waitress LOL. Both in real life would be seen as really creepy stalkers, but because of the odd sweet moment, like Spike protecting Dawn from Glory, Charlie's day dream, and because both are funny and likable and it's tv and not real, then they both have lots of people routing for them.
The Waitress and Buffy have that same scathing sarcastic look LOL. Obviously Spike though is more charismatic, but he's pretty much Charlie, mummy's boy, hopeless romantic loose canon. I guess that makes Buffy the Waitress (she was actually twice) Cordelia is Sweet Dee, the sarcastic, former high school bully, failed actress, Angelus is Dennis the manipulative bastard with no feeling, and Frank, well I don't think there's any character like him LOL.