Buffy was a show by nerds, for nerds. And we wouldn't have it any other way. Books (and the places they live) are of major importance to Buffy and her fellow Sunnydale denizens. Not only was their high school library perched atop a hellmouth (just think about the fire hazard and all that kindling...), but Buffy's Watcher, Rupert Giles, doubled as the school's librarian, eventually transitioning to a life as an indie shop proprietor, taking over The Magic Box, an emporium for magical books and wares. The Magic Box becomes the Scooby Gang's default meeting place, housing the reference texts needed to destroy any Big Bad who decided to mess with them. Above, freshman Buffy, unsure if a life at University of California, Sunnydale is right for her, finds her way to the university bookstore to buy her books. While picking up the texts that should lead her to a right proper education, she drops some on the head of Riley Finn, the
unnecessary distraction upperclassman who sidelines her from her studies becomes her boyfriend. A perfect bookstore meet-cute, amiright?
Notable for: powerful nerds, knowledge as power, hot guybrarians
Want to go to there?: Unfortunately for fans, The Magic Box exists exclusively in the Buffyverse. You may, however, be able to evoke the spot where Riley and Buffy meet. Following its characters to university, Buffy's filming locations shifted in season 4, when "The Freshman" episode premiered. The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University were used for exterior shots, subbing in for the fictional University of California at Sunnydale.