|The subject of this article is Non-Canonical. While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.|
|Go Ask Malice|
|Author(s)||Robert Joseph Levy|
|Publication date||June 27, 2006|
|Published by||Simon Spotlight Entertainment|
Go Ask Malice provides a back story for Faith Lehane, beginning several months before she becomes the Slayer and ending with her entering Sunnydale just prior to "Faith, Hope & Trick". It could be said that Go Ask Malice is to Faith what The Origin is to Buffy Summers.
Go Ask Malice is presented as a diary of Faith's recovered from the ruins of Sunnydale bus station in 2006, taking place between Buffy seasons 8 and 9. Therefore, it is also an in-universe document.
Behind the Scenes
- The book utilized many of the few details in the series about Faith's past. It incorporated all three relationships she mentioned to Buffy in "Revelations" and the anecdote she told the Scoobies in "Faith, Hope & Trick" about having rescued church folks outside her house from vampires.
- The title references Go Ask Alice, the controversial book about drug abuse. It was considered a classic of American young adult literature. In turn, the title of the book was named from the Jefferson Airplane song, "White Rabbit", which includes the lyrics, "Go ask Alice/When she's ten feet tall". Grace Slick wrote the song after noticing possible drug references in Alice in Wonderland.
- Levy also wrote The Suicide King.
- Go Ask Malice is also of note because of the surprisingly few characters from the TV series that are included. Excluding Faith herself, the only other character to appear in the series was Kakistos, the Father, although Buffy and Kendra were both mentioned.