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Walking on the Veg Side

Young meWhen I was a kid and first heard about vegetarians it didn't make sense. I couldn't imagine life without meat. It's one of those ironies of life that I'm now moving towards a vegetarian diet.

In my pre-adult world vegetables were a distraction from the main event. The only vegetables I remember liking were picked straight from the garden and eaten raw. In most cases vegetables were an unpleasantness to be avoided, and some - especially cream corn - were an ultimate evil (I couldn't eat cream corn without gagging a little). The real flavour was in meat and carbs, why bother with vegetables? I couldn't wait to grow up and escape the craziness.

The first inkling I had that veggies might actually be desirable was in the dorm while attending BCIT. Some of my dorm-mates were cooking vegetables when they didn't have to! One guy was cooking asparagus for gods sake, and no one had a gun to his head. Asparagus! Oh sure, he doused it in cheese sauce, but he said he liked asparagus. I thought he might be lying and the asparagus just an excuse for cheesy goodness, but the cheese sauce didn't look that appetizing, either. In the back of my mind I wondered if I'd missed something.

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Seven Seasons of Buffy

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Must read for anyone who enjoyed the series AND likes analyzing why.
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Seven Seasons of Buffy is a collection of 22 essays on the TV series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer . Written by fans, the essays range from humourous to thoughtful to scholarly to esoteric.

Seven Seasons isn't a Cole's Notes style redux of the series or a gushing fans' parade of accolades. Each essay discusses the good and bad of some aspect of the series. Some are deep and sometimes scholarly, and others good fun. To name a few examples: Is that Your Final Answer by Roxanne Longstreet Conrad is fun piece written in the style of a final exam essay exploring Xander's place in the series; Nancy Holder's Slayers of the Last Arc analyzes how Buffy's story arc fits into the "Hero's Quest", a story telling plot progression much discussed in writing circles; and Where's the Religion in Willow's Wica by Christie Golden discusses Wica in Buffy , Hollywood and the real world. One essay, Dating Death: Love and Sex in Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jenny Crusie, can also be read online.

This book is a must read for people who enjoyed Buffy AND like analyzing why. I submit it's also a good read for anyone who aspires to storytelling, especially in episodic formats. All of the essays are well written and thoughtful. Together as a collection they help place your thoughts in perspective and bring out aspects of the series previously unseen, even if you don't always agree with an essay's conclusions. I really enjoyed the experience of reading this book.

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