I'm looking forward to it. Because I've actually always loved AtS but never really engaged in discussing it all that much. My experience with fandom has always been Buffy-centric. Just that's who I gravitated towards because hello, favorite character, but it's also where there's more active discussion.
A truth I don't talk about much: Angel is my favorite character on AtS. Seriously. Is that weird? I'm a Spike/Buffy fan and I just love him on that show. He's why I watch.
So I'm looking forward to diving into this and really enjoying his story. Also, I love Lilah and I want to really pay closer attention to her journey. Plus, Wes. I love Wes. And I even like Fred (she doesn't annoy me the way everyone else is annoyed by her). And Gunn. Oh Gunn.
But here's my challenge. I want to love Cordy. I... don't. I sympathize with her at times. I find her funny. I can even find her brave. I can even think she's wonderful and admire her fortitude. I also think she's quite simply the most gorgeous human being ever. But I don't love her. So what? Lots of fans don't love characters. My problem with Cordy is that intellectually I can see why she's fabulous and why others love her so much. Emotionally, it's just not there for me. And I'm pondering why that is. Why intellectually I appreciate her, but I don't fully embrace her.
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ETA: OMG when I first tried posting this the post disappeared and I thought OMFG NOOOOO all of it is gone.
Adding A Note: Apparently some misconceptions abound. I didn't write this as meta. This is stream-of-consciousness writing about fandom funk, appreciating AtS and doing a rewatch to get back the love, then realizing a challenge I've been meaning to explore: re-examining Cordy's character. A large portion of this post is about the negative aspects of Cordy's character I have problems with. I'm not arguing that these negative aspects are the sum of her character or that she's a bad person overall. I'm focusing specifically on them because these are what challenge me and keep me from fully embracing her.