Unnatural Selection (Buffy novel)

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name = Unnatural Selection
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image_caption = First edition cover
author = Mel Odom
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country = United States
language = English
series = Buffy the Vampire Slayer
genre = Horror novel
publisher = Pocket Books
release_date = June 1999
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media_type = Print (Paperback)
pages = 210 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-671-02630-5
preceded_by = Visitors (Buffy novel)
followed_by = Obsidian Fate (Buffy novel)

Unnatural Selection is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Buffy.

Plot summary

Willow is baby-sitting one night when suddenly the baby she's taking care of changes into an evil faerie and talks to her. He tells her that she needs to work harder to save Weatherly Park. See, Willow is trying to keep Gallivan Industries from destroying Weatherly Park to create an amusement park. The faerie wants Willow to work harder at saving it. She's scared by it when it tries to attack her. After some research, Giles discovers that the fairy is of Russian brand called the domovoi. They're nasty faeries and they're hiding out beneath Weatherly Park. The faeries also have plans for Willow; they need the blood of a witch in order to resurrect the Homestone which will renew the faeries' strength.

Trivia

*Tagline: 'An environmental evil haunts Willow'.
*Characters include: Buffy, Joyce, Giles, Xander, Angel, Cordelia, Willow, and Oz
*First original Buffy novel not to feature Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover.

Continuity

*Supposed to be set late in Buffy Season 3. This is one of the many of the Buffy novels set in an alternative Buffy Season 3 (more specifically Spring 1999 in the Buffyverse). They tend to break established Buffyverse canon in any or all of the following four ways: (1) The threat of the Mayor and Faith is not a major concern. (2) Xander and Cordelia remain an item. (3) Buffy and Angel remain an item. (4) Giles accepts Angel.
*In Child of the Hunt and she encountered 'faerie folk'. In this book she is unaware of them.

Canonical issues

:main|Buffyverse canon

:Buffy comics such as this one are not usually considered by fans as canonical. Some fans consider them stories from the imaginations of authors and artists, while other fans consider them as taking place in an alternative fictional reality. However unlike fan fiction, overviews summarising their story, written early in the writing process, were 'approved' by both Fox and Joss Whedon (or his office), and the books were therefore later published as officially Buffy merchandise.

Timing

*Stories that take place around the same time in the Buffyverse:

ee also

*Buffy novels
*Angel novels
*“Tales of the Slayer

External links

*Interview with [http://websites.cable.ntl.com/~fraxis/the_ww/old/features/odom.html Mel Odom at "Watcher's Web] . Includes some questions and answers about Unnatural Selection.

Reviews

* [http://litefoot1969.bravepages.com/sf/buffy/novels/06.htm "Litefoot1969.bravepages.com" - Review of this book by Litefoot]
* [http://www.nika-summers.com/Library/novelselection.php "Nika-summers.com" - Review of this book by Nika Summers]
* [http://www.shadowcat.name/book0114.html "Shadowcat.name" - Review of this book]


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