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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Logan
Smart, surprising and vastly entertaining-just like "Buffy" itself. Even Sunnydale know-it-alls will adore this book.—TV Guide
Mike McDaniel
Candy Havens has provided a fabulous service to the millions of fans of Joss Whedon, one of the most original writers working today.—Houston Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100006
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    Good bio

    When a cultural phenomenom emerges, such as BUFFY, it is natural for fans to wonder about the person who engineered it. This books answers many questions that may have arisen. ........ Though the book's title is about Joss Whedon, most of its verbage is spent on probing his creative process rather than his life. There is some biographical information about his childhood and college years, but that is more as a point of explaining where some of his material might have originated. With careful analysis, the reader learns why they probably enjoy his shows so much, and the elements that have created several television shows that will leave their landmark upon cultural history. ............... Told lightly, but not too much so, this book will be engaging rather than plodding and boring, as so many biographies tend to be. Even those reluctant to read bios will find this one enjoyable and well written. Producers of other sci fi shows should use it as guidance for creating better, more consistent shows in the future.

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