Even though it's been 20 years since its premiere, Buffy The Vampire Slayer remains one of the most iconic TV shows of all-time. What keeps people talking, year after year, and what keeps pulling in new viewers on Netflix, is the show's unmatched writing. Buffy transports you to places that even the most well-developed, high budget, Oscar-worthy movies could never dream of taking you. Through the series, there are major, realistic, and raw plot lines about loneliness, self-loathing, abuse, addiction, death, grieving, sisterhood, queer relationships, selfishness, revenge, redemption, depression, womanhood, and growing up in a cruel, ever-complicated world.
It's interesting then, to wonder what Buffy would look like if it was written by different people. The writers of Buffy have very clear voices that shine through, giving the show and its characters their own unique flavor. What would the Slayer look like if she were written by Haruki Murakami, for example? How would the fate of certain characters be changed if Roxane Gay had been heading the show? Would J.K. Rowling's flair add tragedy to an already devastating show? And what damage would George R. R. Matin do if he was writing it? Let's ponder, for a moment, what Buffy would be like if it had been written by these four very famous authors.
Spoiler warning ahead.