Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy by Candace HavensJoss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy by Candace Havens

Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy

byCandace Havens

Paperback | April 10, 2003

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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.
Candace Havens is a columnist for TV-Data Entertainment Features Syndicate, an online news and media service, where she writes five weekly columns for an overall audience of 44 million readers. She is also an entertainment reporter for 96.3 KSCS in Fort Worth. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Title:Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind BuffyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:April 10, 2003Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1932100008

ISBN - 13:9781932100006

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth buying I picked this little book up during a day of buying comics, Buffy paraphernalia, etc. I've been a big fan of Joss for a while now, and I love watching his interviews/listening to his commentary on the DVDs, so I thought I'd like a book that told me a little more about the guy. While the book was able to give a good general outline of his career, and the hardships and lucky breaks he experienced along the way, I would have to say that's all it had going for it. I can't profess to how much new information is contained in this book, as it's the only I've read on his subject. Where the book completely fails is it's format. Even if we can get past the cheaply made book itself, from the flimsy cover, to the ultra-thin pages, we're left looking a B-to-C-rate photographs of blurry people making off faces, dotting the pages almost unnecessarily. Even forgiving that (under the assumption that those photos (which are all in black and white, mind you) are the best they could afford), the chapters are interrupted rather rudely by unrelated content. You're reading along about Joss, and half-way through a sentence, you turn the page to find an interview with James Marsters. This happens several times. It's confusing and jarring, to suddenly find yourself staring at new font, a new subject, and a picture of something unrelated ot the page before. I had to skip past them just to finish the chapter properly, and I never went back to most of them. The author praises Joss incessantly, which I normally wouldn't complain about, but most of the comments are superfluous and not backed up, so she comes off sounding like a fan-girl. The writing itself was POOR. I did not expect what I would describe as a high-school attempt to write several small essays on Joss Whedon to get published. She has awkward phrasing, a lot of repetition (don't authors have strong vocabularies?), poor grammar, and the list goes on. If you absolutely must read this book for yourself, borrow it from someone if you can, because it really isn't worth your money.
Date published: 2008-05-04