For my hero I picked a fictional character who has always been my number 1 hero, going on 15 years now. And that hero is Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. Yes, I know you want to laugh, but those of you who watched the show are probably nodding your heads and thinking, “Okay, I get it.” So when I saw the topic of these blog posts, I just had to write about her.
*Warning if you plan on watching the show, this post will spoil everything*
So what does make a good hero? When I look back at everything Buffy did, the answer is clear. All of the greatest heroes I have ever read about, or seen on television have all had it in common. Strength, courage, sacrifice, and the ability to get the tough job done when no one else can.
There are 3 specific moments in this show that stand out for me, proving what an amazing hero this woman is, but I’m just going to tell you about one of them for now.
In the season 2 finale, Buffy has to kill her boyfriend in order to save the world. Of course at this point, her boyfriend has been turned evil (his soul has been removed).
Throughout most of the season she toils with this predicament. How could you possibly kill the person you love more than anyone else in the world? During the last few moments of the episode, her and Angel (her boyfriend) fight. He knocks her down repeatedly, taunting her that she’s all alone. Her mother has turned her back on her, her friends are in the hospital, badly wounded after an attack that was meant for Buffy, and she has no one. You think it’s over for her. She’s cornered. No weapons, bruised all over, near tears. She closes her eyes, and you think she’s accepting it all, her inevitably death by the hand of her lover.
He twists the sword around in his hand, looks right at her and says-
“Now that's everything, huh? No weapons... No friends...No hope. Take all that away... and what's left?”
She remains still, silent, eyes closed.
He lunges his sword to her, and she catches it in her hands. She opens her eyes, and answers his question with one word, “Me”.
She had the strength to fight him, the courage to stand up for what she knew was right, she sacrificed her one true love to save the world, and she did it because no one else in the world could. She is the very definition of a hero.
I'm a writer for The Huffington Post, and The High Tea Cast. Before writing my first novel, I earned a Master's Degree in Psychology and taught at the college level for nearly 3 years. Previously self published under the name Chase, What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan? is my debut novel, and the first in the New Adult series.
Psychology, huh? No wonder you can break Buffy down and analyse her so well. Shall we take a little look at your lovely new book?
Life in the city gives 23 year old Amalia Hastings a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village! She thought she had everything she wanted - a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of trusted friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn't enough.
Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty. Amalia is essentially torn between two men, and Michael is torn between two women. Her best friend Cassandra is being strung along by her "boyfriend", Bryce, and even her friend Olivia is having a secret relationship!
After getting terribly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself asking - what happens to men when they move to Manhattan?!
I think we need answers! Thanks for coming over to enlighten us about Buffy, Jill. You can find Jill's fabulous new novel in all good online retailers now, available for download now...
Barnes and Noble- http://www.nook.com/gb/ebooks/what-happens-to-men-when-they-move-to-manhattan-by-jill-knapp/9780007594672
...And you can contact her here: