Alumnus Will Baude, who apparently has been secretly lurking at my blog as I occasionally lurk at his, has come to Buffy's defense in the face of my accusation of questionable slaying practices. He claims that Buffy is actually commendably efficient in cornering her share of the market, which is specifically vampires.
"Then again, she is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Some monsters are outside of her specialty, and she deals with them on an ad hoc basis."This might be narrowly correct, however, I would point out a defect in this line of thinking. One must recognize the basic vacuum in the non-vampire demon slaying supply. If there were other slayer-type girls assigned to other specialties--hyena cult slayer, preying mantis woman slayer, etc.--this would make sense. However, there is only the slayer, the Chosen One. While this may be poor economic planning on the part of the powers of Good, we must come to terms with the appalling lack of specialization in the evil-fighting realm. (The demons, on the other hand, are admirably specialized, but they cannot seem to grasp the efficiency-maximizing possibilities of comparative advantage and instead seem to all work towards the same ill-fated goal of killing Buffy in different ways.) Ultimately, we are forced to assume that the technical title is deceptive, and the job description articulated in the little narrated preface to the first season's episodes (the one that begins "in every generation...") does in fact include a broad range of ghosts and goblins under the umbrella of vampire slayage.
And no, I have totally never taken an econ class before. However, Alex and I have moved on to season two DVDs now. Whatever I missed out on in my edumacation can easily be compensated for by the Buffy-Angel/Giles-Calender/Xander-Cordelia drama unfolding on the idiot box.