Espenson Introduces the Buffyverse to Billy the Vampire Slayer

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October 10, 2012
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CBR News: How did you and Drew Z. Greenberg decide that this was the story that you wanted to tell?

Jane Espenson: For me, it really started when I noticed that most of the people telling me that "Buffy" changed their life were young gay men. And when the reruns started airing on Logo, that confirmed for me that there was this whole big group of people that grew up watching "Buffy," identifying with her and her outcast status and her secret and her inner strength. It just hit me that we had a story to tell about a boy who wants to be a Slayer. And I didn't want it to be a story about him getting a door slammed in his face. The thing about inclusiveness is that it continues after you make it in -- always have a hand held out to help up the next person.

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