This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet. I'm stitching the Buffy The Vampire Slayer alphabet cross stitch pattern (available from my Etsy store). Each day I will share that letter's stitching, as well as a bit about the relevant character.
R is for Willow Rosenburg
|This outfit is a combination of a few different ones from season 4, which|
is why I couldn't find a picture to match!
Willow Rosenberg was born in Sunnydale into a local Jewish family. She attended the local primary school with her best friend Xander Harris, before enrolling in Sunnydale High. Willow was a meek, intelligent computer geek when she first met Buffy, wearing tights, plaid dresses/skirts, and fluffy woollen jumpers (‘sweaters’ if you’re American). Over the time she knew Buffy, Willow grew and developed into an assertive and strong individual. Despite being accepted to “every university in the country and few overseas” she decided to study at UC Sunnydale where she would be able to focus on her magic.
Willow was first exposed to magic through demon fighting, and her successful attempt to return Angel’s soul. Willow quickly grew into a very magical individual, until her magic eventually went dark following the death of her girlfriend Tara, and Willow became the Big Bad of season six. She learnt how to control and reign in her powers, eventually helping Buffy save the world from the hellmouth, turning all Potential Slayers into Slayers, and riding off into the sunset on that big yellow bus.
Willow was one of my favourite characters because I could relate to her so much. She was intelligent, she was into computers and reading and studying; she came across as shy to outsiders, but once you got to know her she was very strong willed. Willow had an inner strength that was allowed to shine through and develop. I found her relationship with Tara to be sweet. Willow started off the show heterosexual – a long term crush on Xander and a 2 year (ish) relationship with Oz which ended when he left town. Willow’s relationship with Tara was gradual and developed over the course of season 4. I liked that it wasn’t an in-your-face, let’s-do-all-the-stereotypes lesbian relationship – it was a friendship that grew and then just… was. Modern TV shows could take a few notes.