Myself in five characters

Inspired by Life and Other Disasters' Kat Impossible

Larry David

Appears in Curb Your Enthusiasm (showrunners: Larry David, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer)
Portrayed by Larry David

David is an identification figure due to him being the voice in our head. All of us, at some time or another, have wanted to openly call-out someone who thinks only for themselves. Ultimately, David’s problems are caused by him actually doing so, which is why David keeps that voice in our head inside our head. Though I feel I should acknowledge here that I don’t hate Michael J. Fox.


Buffy Summers

Appears in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (showrunners: Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt and Marty Noxon)
Portrayed by Sarah Michelle Geller

Summers’ development through Buffy the Vampire Slayer is her journey through school and eventually toward graduation – something we’ve all faced. The difference is, Summers’ connection to me is that I liked to imagine myself as a slayer, as Summers really is. Only, instead of slaying vampires, I’d slay sycophants (effectively social vampires anyway), because why you slay vampires? Vampires are cool.

Plus, the town in-which I was living at the time is a place I still believe to, like Sunnyvale, be founded on a gateway to Hell. When Summers ran away from Sunnyvale in Becoming (Part 1) (season two episode twenty-one), that was a moment that spoke to me. And then Summers went to college; the natural path of life. One of the great existential metaphors of Summers’ life is how her friends resurrected her, thus removing her from Heaven, having believed her to be in Hell. The revelation of this sends Summers into a downward spiral of insanity, which alienates her friends and family. Nobody was truly alone in school, because Summers was there with them. Every step of the way.

Alexander Harris

Appears in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (showrunners: Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt and Marty Noxon)
Portrayed by Nicholas Brendon

The first success in writing Harris was Whedon’s decision to make Harris an every-man, based on Whedon himself; nerdy, funny and overly-wordy, not unlike myself.

Chandler Bing

Appears in Friends (showrunners: David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Michael Borkow, Michael Curtis, Adam Chase, Will Calhoun, Scott Silveri, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen)
Portrayed by Matthew Perry

Bing doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. But then claiming that as a loose connection would only be because I’m not American. In The one With Rachel’s Date (season eight episode five), Bing’s middle initial M is an important plot device. My middle initial is M. But that shouldn’t be claimed as a loose connection, either. Ultimately, Bing quits his job to become a freelance writer, which is basically what I do.

Willow Rosenberg

Appears in Buffy the vampire Slayer  (showrunners: Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt and Marty Noxon)
Portrayed by Alyson Hannigan

There’s a reason that Rosenberg resonated with Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s audience: Rosenberg isn’t confident, nerdy and dependent on friends; as were the audience, as was Whedon, and as was myself in school (this was before I metamorphosed into the fabulous butterfly I am today). Not to mention the same-sex relationships (which isn’t just a fantasy for Rosenberg). We’re both bookish and intimidated by the idea of popularity. Hannigan described Rosenberg as:

…the only reality-based character. She really is what a lot of high-schoolers are like, with that awkwardness and shyness, and all those adolescent feelings.

In fact, the most realistic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode is The Wish (season three episode nine), in-which Rosenberg’s an aggressive bisexual vampire. Both of which are real things.

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