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Setting and filming locations
Main articles: Sunnydale, Hellmouth and Filming locations

Most of Buffy was shot on location in Los Angeles, California.[45] The show is set in the fictional Californian town of Sunnydale (roughly analogous to Santa Barbara), whose suburban Sunnydale High School sits on top of a "Hellmouth", a gateway to demon realms. The Hellmouth serves as a nexus for a wide variety of evil creatures and supernatural phenomena, and lies beneath the school library. In addition to being an open-ended plot device, Joss Whedon has cited the Hellmouth and "High school as Hell" as one of the primary metaphors in creating the series.[46]

The high school used in the first three seasons is actually Torrance High School, in Torrance, California.[47] The school exterior is used in other television shows and movies, most notably Beverly Hills 90210, Bring It On, She's All That (explaining Sarah Michelle Gellar's appearance in the cafeteria scene of that movie), and the spoof, Not Another Teen Movie.[47] In addition to the high school and its library, scenes take place in the town's cemeteries, a local nightclub (The Bronze), and Buffy's home, where many of the characters live at various points in the series.

Inspirations and metaphors

During the first year of the series, Whedon described the show as "My So-Called Life meets The X-Files."[48] My So-Called Life gave a sympathetic portrayal of teen anxieties, in contrast, The X-Files delivered a supernatural "monster of the week" storyline. Alongside these series, Whedon has cited cult film Night of the Comet as a "big influence",[49] and credited the X-Men character Kitty Pryde as a significant influence on the character of Buffy.[50] The authors of unofficial guidebook Dusted point out that the series was often a pastiche, borrowing elements from previous horror novels, movies and short stories and from such common literary stock as folklore and mythology.[51] Nevitt & Smith describe Buffy's use of pastiche as "post modern Gothic".[52] For example, the Adam character parallels the Frankenstein monster, the episode "Bad Eggs" parallels Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and so on.

Buffy episodes include a deeper meaning or metaphor as well. Whedon explained, "We think very carefully about what we're trying to say emotionally, politically, and even philosophically while we're writing it… it really is, apart from being a pop-culture phenomenon, something that is deeply layered textually episode by episode."[53] Academics Wilcox and Lavery provide examples of how a few episodes deal with real life issues turned into supernatural metaphors:
“     In the world of Buffy the problems that teenagers face become literal monsters. A mother can take over her daughter's life ("Witch"); a strict stepfather-to-be really is a heartless machine ("Ted"); a young lesbian fears that her nature is demonic ("Goodbye Iowa" and "Family"); a girl who has sex with even the nicest-seeming guy may discover that he afterwards becomes a monster ("Innocence").[54]     ”

The love affair between the vampire Angel and Buffy was fraught with metaphors. For example, their night of passion cost the vampire his soul. Sarah Michelle Gellar said: "That's the ultimate metaphor. You sleep with a guy and he turns bad on you."[55]

The feminist issue comes out especially when facing misogynist characters. The most misogynist ones (Warren and Caleb) both die in gruesome ways, both killed by female heros of the series.


主場景:Sunnydale, Hellmouth

影集大部分的拍攝地點都位在加州的洛杉磯。故事的背景是在一個虛構的加州小鎮太陽谷(相似於Santa Barbara),而太陽谷高中就坐落在地獄口-惡魔王國的入口之上。在學校圖書館地底的地獄口與許多邪惡生物及超自然現象有關連。這個設定除了可以作為 開放式結局外,Joss Whedon將地獄口放在中學有暗喻"中學就像地獄",在是整個影集中主要的暗喻之一。

劇中的中學在前三季實際拍攝地點是加州多倫司的多倫司高中。這間學校也被用在其他的節目及電影中,比較知名的有飛越比佛利,魅力四射,窈窕美眉(可以解釋為什麼SMG會在這部片中的餐廳出現)以及搞笑電影"非常男女"。除了中學及圖書館,在這裡取景的還包括了墓 園、一家夜總會(Bronze)及影集中許多角色在不同時期住進過的Buffy家。


在第一季時Whedon將這齣戲描寫為"甜蜜芳心#遇上X檔案","甜蜜芳心"關注於描寫青少年的焦慮,相反的"X檔案"的故事則是超自然的怪物。隨著劇 情前進,Whedon認為次文化電影"慧星之夜"對劇情有著非常大的影響,且"X戰警"中的"幻影貓"對Buufy這個角色有著重大的影響。非官方公式書 的作者Dusted指出戲中經常出現混和、借用了之前恐怖小說、電影、短篇故事的元素以及民間傳說和神話。Nevitt和Smith稱Buffy使用大量 的捏他為"後現代歌德"。
舉例而言,第四季的Adam代表的是科學怪人,而在"Bad Eggs"(2x12)中則使用了"變形邪魔"這部電影等等。

Buufy也包括了更深一層的含意及隱喻。Whedon解釋"我們在寫劇本時對要表現出來的感情、政治、甚至是哲學都很謹慎的思考。它不只有流行文化的現 象,每一集都有一些更深層的含意在。"學者Wilcox和Lavery提供了一些集數中把現實生活中的議題轉為超自然現象的暗喻的例子:
"在Buffy的世界中,青少年所面對的問題變成了有形體的怪物,例如一個剝奪了女兒生活的母親(Witch, 1x03),嚴厲的繼父成為了無心的機器(Ted, 2x11),年輕的女同性戀害怕她的本性是邪惡的(Goodbye Iowa, 4x14;Family, 5x06),一個女孩在與看起來最善良的男性發生關係後發現他其實是個怪物(Innocence, 2x14)。"


女性主義的議題在面對厭惡女人的男性角色時特別的被凸顯。戲中表現的最明顯的角色,Warren 和 Caleb,都以恐怖的死法死於女英雄手下。





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