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hence why I said: scenes, personalities and storylines.
its just a tradition which started as early as x-files original airing. THe idea of combining to words/names into one word, so called, portmanteau is as old as L.Carol's Alice books. Words like wikipedia or brunch(breakfast and lunch) are officially recognised blends.
Overall it shortens the need of text to write and is easier to write than let's say,"Buffy/Faith"
Correction: Any sort of longterm happiness means the end or beginning of a LOT of angst.
J.Whedon does not like his characters(and viewers) being in happy moood for too long. Every Birthday, holiday, etc, turns bloody. And why angst-y and messed up characters like Buffy live for such a long time.The more tortured, messed up, etc, you are, the longer you get to delay your innevitable horrible cruel death.
AS for Spangel and Fangel, those two pairings have considerably less fan following, than let's say Fuffy did.
Otherwise than those three pairings I listed, its pretty much useless to guess or name ships as J.Whedon hated the whole "destined" or "soulmates" fluff.
And yes, let's not spoil anything :P Halde still did not get through season5 and 6 and 7, also known as THE meat-y stuff in terms of twists and cruelty :)
well, Bangel(Angel/Buffy), Spuffy(Spike/Buffy) and Fuffy(Faith/Buffy) ship names are the classic already :)
And yet first half of season5 is nothing compared to second half :P
I almost got impression that the writers and producers enjoyed the pain they would cause the viewers and characters with a lot of very cruel stuff that tvd or any other show really would never manage to do :]
Also you forgot:
Anya+Cordelia = Caroline :)
And actually its 7 more.
Klaus, Elijah, 5 more brothers and then mother and father(confirmed accidentally by J.Plec that the coffins include the two parents-originals)
It would be nice if they WERE NOT the good guys too.
It would be kind of nice to have a three or more way situation. Originals might be against Klaus but still have some very dark and dangerous ideas and plans and cruelty and etc. now IF the slip about Stefan possibly betraying Klaus IS true and Stefan STILL remains badguy at that point, it would even be possible to have four way confrontation - "main characters"/"Klaus"/"Originals"/"Stefan" with them equally hostile to each other.
It would certainly introduce an unique dynamic to the show as right now we had only two-way situations with good guys and badguys on different sides and some badguy would end up the goodguy in the end...
Stefan is annoyingly VERY VERY GOOD to the point that even when he is bad, he is completely good and guilty and noble. Its taken to a level that I fear TVD will never dirty up stefan even a little bit and the whole bloodaholic thing will end in few episodes with no consequences...
Spike on other hand I disagree...Damon is built after Spike, but he is nowhere near close to Spike in character development, and TVD TRIED to imitate Spike's progress through seasons, but just can't do it correctly. While Spike's journey was interesting,shocking and engaging, Damon's story comes off as more like a try to stretch the story out - Damon does good thing and then two bad things to SHOCK(!!) the viewers and then good thing and again to the point that he is the embodiment of face-heel revolving door tv trope. Spike was a whole lot more gray-zone character compared to Damon's almost cartoon-ish behavior in season2. Spike also never quite lost his dark vibes, darker, monstrous side of personality and that was the part Buffy likes about him too.
As for Katherine, I would say that there are at least four Katherines in BTVS - Buffy(less psychotic, more tv-show katherine mixed with tvd-book-elena and tvd-book meredith in latter seasons), Faith(Buffy's counterpart, more psychotic tv show katherine and a mirror, as Buffy grows darker and more broken, Faith is on her way to redemption), Drusilla(Book-Katherine) and Darla(flashback-Katherine from tvd tv show)
Oh you already most likely know and recognise the idea :)
After getting kicked out of school in LA, a young girl, Buffy Summers and her mother relocate to a little town in california called "Sunnydale". Here she forms a friendly relationship with two school outcasts, Alexander Harris, a complete lazy normal guy who casually fails at test scores and Willow Rosenberg, a "casual" nerd girl who is obsessed with learning and lacks any sort of confidence.
Buffy tries to fit in and so on, but the past problems keep getting in the way. Past problems like her burning the school gym in LA, wanting to be completely normal or the fact that Buffy is a "slayer" - one person per generation with inborn instincts, reflexes and strength to kill supernatural creatures.
She obviously wants nothing to do with that job and just wants to get her normal life back, but she might have picked a wrong town for that as Sunnydale, also known as Hellmouth, is the center of anything and everything supernatural in the world. And after mysterious and handsome young man, who calls himself Angel, warns her about just to where she relocated, things start to get bloody in town.
Werewolves, vampires, witches, demons, zombies, ghosts, invisible people - they all are real and they all are both drawn to her and to the Hellmouth. And town itself, including people living here, have their own dark secrets, both old and new. And living here, she might find out a lot more about her "destiny" and the whole slayer thing than she would ever want to know.
In a sense, the basic premise is quite similar to tvd - a young girl, shrouded in supernatural occurences, finds herself attracted to a "good vampire", Angel(upon which Stefan in tvd tv show is based) and tries to both find out the origins of her powers as well as get her normal life back. Obviously as the time goes, Damon-like-character is introduced and overall show, that starts as sort of homage to horror movies, turns darker and darker with each season.
It trumphs TVD in character development. Buffy Summers(unlike Elena Gilbert) is the most developed character in the history of tv. The CLOSEST thing TVD hass to Buffy is Katherine(if she was not as psychotic) or book-Elena. She is capable of wide range of emotions - care, loyalty, disgust, dishonesty, friendlyness, compassion, hatred, guilt, pride and so on. She is capable of making mistakes and being selfish, just as well as doing the right thing and she is way more "real" in personality than Elena is.
BTVS itself was heavily influenced by TVD books at the time though and TVD show constantly tries to "emulate" the similar atmosphere and setting, but it just can't balance the character development and storytelling as well as btvs did. Certain plotpoints in tvd(like klaus sacriffice stuff), certain characters, certain scenes(klaus biting elena, bonnie crying over jeremy, etc) are one-on-one copies of scenes from BTVS.
The show is also known for its foreshadowing and planned-outness - season1 has hints to plotpoints that happen as far as last season of the show, season4 finale pretty much tells the symbolic version of ENTIRE storyline from season1 to season7 and pretty much everything- what characters are wearing, what music is playing, what is said and shown in dreams - everything has a meaning or signifficance.
Also BTVS(especially the latter seasons) is known for its cruel plot twists, surprising mood swings from cheery to depressing, shocking and sudden deaths of important characters and very dark atmosphere. It literally manages to make you fear for the lives of everyone, including the main character, through every episode and it does not fear to dirty-up its characters just a little bit - Buffy is not exactly your generic-nice-girl-that-is-Elena, Angel's dark side is way more interesting and twisted than Stefan's little bloodaholic thing and every character sometimes makes mistakes, hides things and etc.