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“You’re Not the Source of Me”: Navigating and Mastering the Transmedial at the End of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Fourth Season

  • Marc McKee
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Abstract

Transmedia storytelling denotes an approach to constructing narratives that incorporates a variety of paratexts and supplementary materials to constitute a storyworld that expands and elaborates on the central text. Working from an understanding of this phenomenon as observed and described by Henry Jenkins, Jason Mittell, and Colin B. Harvey, and in conversation with scholars of the Whedonverse(s) including Justine Larbelestier and Matthew Pateman, this chapter argues that beyond operating as an example of just such a transmedial text, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s narrative and characterological construction produces a work that is intracompositionally transmedial. The characters’ capacity to adapt to and incorporate transmedial storytelling determines their successes and consequently provides a transmedial blueprint for fans and critics of BtVS to aspire to.

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  • Marc McKee
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  1. 1.The Missouri ReviewUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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