Holdasown wrote:I never watched Buffy or Charmed.
I didn't watch the series until many years after they had stopped making new episodes. I actually stayed away from the series for one of the reasons I mentioned. When those series were on TV, if you practiced witchcraft, was a teen, and liked those shows it was basically assumed you only practiced witchcraft because it was a part of those shows and you wanted to be like Willow or the Charmed ones so people didn't really take you seriously.
It was similar to if you claimed to practice witchcraft and enjoy the movie The Craft and wanted to start a coven with your four friends. Battles on who was what element would rage in teen covens and settings. There were occasionally friendships lost because of this. There were also a lot of one book High Priestesses made because of this view and practice.
At one point I was a part of four girls who were going to create a coven, but we couldn't agree on who would be what element so we huffed off and did our own solitary thing. It was very light based knowledge. Nothing was serious about it. We has each only read one book and had knowledge from the movie The Craft, Buffy, and Charmed (me the craft them everything else). So we wanted to work together and start a group. We also all were left out and the loners. So it seemed right to form a group together and be like the Girls in the Craft, though working it within the confined of the Rede (lots of mirror reflect spells were on our minds).
This was all because of the little witchcraft they had read about combined with what they saw in movies and on TV. When you have a practice like that there really isn't much depth to it. Essentially you are mimicking and trying to be the characters on the show or at least bring that fantasy into reality. This is part of what I mean by fluff. People are only interested on the surface or they never go below the surface stage of research. They have enough to have a very vague idea about the nature of spells and rituals and the meanings of the 8 sabbats, but no mystery experiences and no personal knowledge. They also are not willing to go beyond their first concepts and notions and remain willfully ignorant not always realizing how much more there is to witchcraft than that.
So yeah. Because of those associations I never watched Buffy or Charmed when they were the hot new series. It was really only 5 years ago that I started to watch the shows with any regularity, and now I can look at the spells and rituals and be like "huh. I wonder how that would work in real life?". I can see the fantasy but also the reality. I can appreciate the effort they put into making the witchcraft realistic while being able to acomplish their Hollywood fantasy.