I was reading through some Buffy blog posts on fanpop.com, and the names "Bangel" and "Spuffy" hit me. I am so used to hearing "Brangalina," "TomKat," and "Bennifer," that I am surprised that I haven't heard any television series relationship pairings. I think that this is an interactive way to interest oneself into the series and relationships. In fact, the "Bangel" and "Spuffy" feud reminds me a lot of "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" mixed with the "Brangelina" concept to create "Bangel" and "Spuffy." I'm personally a "Bangelier." Which brings up relationships:
It's really interesting to see how Buffy has touched so many people and how it's influencing popular media today. I also think that a television series relationship has a deeper affect with its audience than a real-life relationship. For example, if Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes decided to separate, it wouldn't flabbergast the world. It would just be another celebrity break-up - which is unfortunate, but highly occurring. Not that many people would take offense to their break-up either. Maybe their hardcore fans would be disappointed for a week, but the news keeps on going and they find their next relationship.
However, I felt personally offended for Angel when Buffy said that she wanted some space. Maybe this is just my reaction, but I've noticed this reaction for most television series relationship twists - I feel some of the emotions that the characters are going through. This is probably because I see it happen whereas I didn't see the hypothetical TomKat break-up happen. Does anyone else feel that way?
Here's the link for the fanpop website: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/buffy-the-vampire-slayer/articles?sort_method=recent