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If you’re just starting to read here, my posts will make the most sense if you start with the introductory essay and work forward.
[Updated April 29, 2013]
The opening scene of WTTH demonstrates that BtVS intends to subvert the viewer’s expectations. By all the standards of horror genre, we know that the nervous blonde is destined to be the victim. Darla plays on those expectations, both with her “date” and with the audience, until the reveal that she is actually the vampire.