Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

The Genius Behind Buffy

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Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy is a biography of Joss Whedon, the wunderkind creator of television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.

From Booklist: Writers, actors, and fans often call Joss Whedon a genius. It’s easy to see why. Whedon, who got his start writing for Roseanne, dreamed of writing movie screenplays. He got his shot when he sold his script for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the movie fell far short of his hopes for it. After a few years of working as a script doctor, Whedon got the chance to doBuffy again, this time as a TV show.

Few expected it to succeed, but Whedon’s humor and intelligence shone through in the scripts, and viewers quickly became attached to the engaging, witty characters. Buffy kept getting better: each season of the show featured a complex story arc possessed of a real sense of danger and further developed the characters. The last few years have brought the Buffy spin-off Angel, the lamentably canceled Firefly (a space western), and the comic book Fray. Engaging and filled with fun quotes, this is a must-read for Whedon’s many fans.


Publisher: Dallas, Tex. : BenBella Books ; [Chicago] : Distributed by Independent Publishers Group, 2003
Edition: 1st BenBella Books ed
Description: 171 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781932100006
1932100008
Branch Call Number: 791.45023 Whe

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DavidB
Mar 03, 2009

I should have guessed by the title of this book that it wouldn't be an unbiased and objective look at Joss Whedon. The author is clearly a star-struck fan girl who continually refers to Whedon as a "genius".

The book reads like a biginner's guild to Joss Whedon which it just so happens was useful to me because I knew so little about him before reading this book. Do you know that he was one of the seven writers of Toy Story? I didn't even know there were seven writers.

It was also insightful into the dark world of writing for film and television. I apreciated Joss Whedon before I read this and after reading this, my apreciation is still about the same.

I don't think there's been a TV show that has been written about more than Buffy besides Star Trek. The OPL could use more books analysing moder culture. For Instance I really enjoyed the anthology GIRLS WHO BITE BACK witch was composed of short stories, art and essays about female heroines.

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