"But I Am the Chosen One": Schools, Hijinks, and Heroics with Buffy Summers and Harry Potter
Valerie Frankel, Sarah Steelman, Micah Jung, Catie Boardman
Looking for an amazing teen fantasy, filled with the sort of clever misdirection and humor few can achieve? Want to watch the Chosen One battle the darkest of evils deep under a school of monsters hiding in the bathrooms, spoiled bullies, backfiring curses, ghost teachers, prophetic nightmares, and a werewolf with a heart of gold (and a little control problem)? Grab a brainy best girlfriend and a boy with ratty clothes but tons of heart and come with us to…Sunnydale!
Buffy and Harry aren't just two kids on the hero's journey: they're really on the same story. There's the triangle of the male and female best friends plus the mentor. Both are school stories with bullies and unfair assignments, pointing out the nature of the outcast. And both are startlingly funny, refusing to take themselves too seriously, even when the ultimate lord of evil lurks deep under the school, trying to destroy it with his minions.
Why are these stories so similar? What does Buffy have to teach us? And where can we get more stories like this?
Valerie Estelle Frankel was born at an early age. Since then, she's spoken at Phoenix Rising, Prophecy, Portus, and Azkatraz. Her many short stories have appeared in over seventy magazines and anthologies including Reading the Rift, Rosebud Magazine, and The Oklahoma Review. As for recent news, her book examining the heroine's journey in world myth will be hitting stores this September. Winner of the Indie Excellence Award and USA Book News National Best Book, her unauthorized parodies, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock and Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage, are available in stores. They've been featured by US News and World Report, radio shows, and Potter fan sites from Turkey to Sweden. Readers who long to waste their valuable time can enjoy games, freebees, and oodles of flying pigs at www.HarryPotterParody.com.
Sarah Steelman lives in Las Vegas, NV and is currently a Psychology major at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. With her degree, she dreams of becoming a Psychologist and counseling for gender and sexual identity. Infinitus will be Sarah’s fifth HPEF event and her fourth time presenting. She has adored Harry Potter for as long as she can remember and began entrenching herself within the fandom in early 2006. Apart from the boy wizard, Sarah also loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smart Mouths, Nerdfighters, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Friends.
Frustrated artist Micah Jung attended the first convention, as well as Lumos and Prophecy. This will be Micah’s fourth convention. He has done artwork for the Capitol Children Museum and worked at Glen Echo park with the Puppeteer company. Micah likes to scuba dive and loves Harry Potter books way too much and sees red when he watches the new Harry Potter movies. He loved Radcliffe in the play Equus and is always searching for the meaning of life.
Catie Boardman is a long-term resident of Minneapolis, MN, where she attends a local college, works too much, and attempts to surround herself with people of intelligence. She has remained in the shadows of the fandom, choosing only now to speak at her first official conference, on the combination of two topics very dear to her heart. She has been a Buffy fan for the past six years, a Harry Potter fan for nearly twice as long, and looks forward to many more years with other fans as devoted as she.