At Pop Expo this weekend I was waiting in line for my photo with John Barrowman…
And I was listening to conversation of the two teenage girls behind me in line. These girls were maybe 17 or 18 at the most, probably younger, and they were talking about all things TV – geeky TV at that. Obviously they were Whovians, given their position in line to meet John Barrowman, AKA Captain Jack Harkness. (Also Malcolm Merlyn, but that’s less important). My ears really perked up when they started talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls.
You see, I was very lucky as a teenage girl. Buffy and Rory were both 16 when I was 16 and I got to actually grow up in the experiences they had at my age. These are also two shows that I own on DVD and will be showing to my daughter when she gets older. (Along with Veronica Mars, which I have been delighted to experience as an adult). There just aren’t young women on TV like that anymore.
Or if there are I don’t where to find them. I found some on Bunheads, but then that got cancelled.
Of course, I also feel privileged to have grown up watching Golden Girls and Designing Women, and my daughter can look forward to characters like Leslie Knope, Felicity Smoak – thank you DVDs and streaming services!
Meanwhile, every time I go to a con it makes me want to watch and re-watch all sorts of things – All of Doctor Who, Torchwood, Veronica Mars, Buffy and Angel, Arrow, Battlestar Galactica.
And so say we all.