Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Themby Lynne M. Thomas, Emma Bull, Catherynne M. Valente, Seanan McGuire
In Whedonistas, a host of award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible s Sing-Along Blog). By discussing the impact of Whedon's work, their involvement with his shows fandoms and why they adore the worlds he's created, these essayists aim to misbehave in… See more details below
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In Whedonistas, a host of award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible s Sing-Along Blog). By discussing the impact of Whedon's work, their involvement with his shows fandoms and why they adore the worlds he's created, these essayists aim to misbehave in Whedon's rich, fantastical worlds. Essay topics include Sharon Shinn (Samaria series) and Emma Bull (Territory) elaborating on the perfection of Firefly, Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong Chronicles) revealing Buffy's influence on Anna Strong, and Nancy Holder (October Rain, The Watcher s Guide) relating on-the-set tales of Spike menacing her baby daughter while Riley made her hot chocolate. Other contributors include Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), Elizabeth Bear (Chill), Catherynne M. Valente (Palimpsest), Maria Lima (Blood Lines), Jackie Kessler (Black and White), Mariah Huehner (IDW Comics), Sarah Monette (Corambis), and Lyda Morehouse (AngeLINK Series). Also featured is an exclusive interview with television writer and producer Jane Espenson.
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I’ll start by being completely honest; I am a geek. Sometimes a closet geek, but I am definitely a geek. While reading a SFX magazine on my day off I saw a blurb for a book called “Chick Unravel Time”, this title along got me hook, and I found myself looking for other works by this collection of women, which led me to “Whedonistas”. As I read this description of this book, I knew I had to have it, and instead of waiting for an actually book I was drawn to immediately have it to myself in eBook format. Everything else I was reading had to wait, this book through title and description alone spoke volumes to me. I had this book finished in less than two days; if it wasn’t for having to work I know I could have done it sooner. This is a collection of stories from women who love Joss Whedon and all of his work. There are a number of great pieces in this book, some that reflect on Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. It was amazing getting to read stories about which Joss and his shows affected so many in so many different ways. Since this book is a collection of essays, you could easily pick and choose which ones to read. You could go straight to the ode to Oz, or directly to the bit about Illyria giving Wesley closure before his death. I recommended reading each one in order. There is a flow that feels specific and cohesive, and even if you were only a huge fan of one of Joss' creations, I guarantee that won't stop you from enjoying the essays about his other work. Sure didn't stop me from loving every minute I was reading this collection and getting to know the women behind it. These women are young, old, gay, straight, professional writers, amateur writers, but they all have one very big thing in common: Joss Whedon has affected their lives with his creations. This book will be awesome for anyone who loves the work of Joss Whedon old or new, and it overall just great in general. Plus if you read up on each of the women who helped compose this book you might find you have a few more books to read. Enjoy!!