Joss Whedon: The Biography

Joss Whedon The Biography From the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer which netted four million viewers per episode to the summer blockbuster The Avengers which amassed a box office of billion Joss Whedon has made

  • Title: Joss Whedon: The Biography
  • Author: Amy Pascale Nathan Fillion
  • ISBN: 9781613741047
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which netted four million viewers per episode, to the summer blockbuster The Avengers, which amassed a box office of 1.5 billion, Joss Whedon has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his penchant for telling meaningful, personal tales about love, death, and redemption even against the most dramatic and larger than lifeFrom the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which netted four million viewers per episode, to the summer blockbuster The Avengers, which amassed a box office of 1.5 billion, Joss Whedon has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his penchant for telling meaningful, personal tales about love, death, and redemption even against the most dramatic and larger than life backdrops This biography follows his development from a creative child and teenager who spent years away from his family at an elite English public school, through his early successes which often turned into frustrating heartbreak in both television Roseanne and film Buffy the Vampire Slayer to his breakout turn as the creator, writer, and director of the Buffy television series Extensive, original interviews with Whedon s family, friends, collaborators, and stars and with the man himself offer candid, behind the scenes accounts of the making of groundbreaking series such as Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as new stories about his work with Pixar writers and animators during the creation of Toy Story Most importantly, however, these conversations present an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose creativity and storytelling ability have manifested themselves in comics, online media, television, and film.

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    1. While Amy Pascale s first official fandom was My So Called Life in 1994, she was turning down friends invites to play at the age of three because she was watching her shows Sesame Street and Mr Rogers.That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with television storytelling, understanding the importance of scheduling life around TV and perhaps most importantly learning to judge people by the shows they watch.Not surprisingly, she has worked in on air and online media for over fifteen years Amy is currently the Director of Strategy in MTV s On Air Promos department, where she also gets to write the words that come out of the mouths of Teen Wolves, Banshees, Hunters and Awkward kids trying to make it through high school She co founded and edits the offbeat online magazine PopGurls which, along with her day job, is her excuse for watching as much television as she does a lot.She also now knows a whole lot about Joss Whedon possibly even than the man knows about himself.

    2. During the course of her new biography on Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and director of The Avengers, author Amy Pascale mentions several times one of the iconic t-shirts of the Whedon fandom, a riff on a line of Darth Vader’s that reads simply: Joss Whedon is my master now. I own the t-shirt, but Pascale has clearly bought into the lifestyle. Her Joss Whedon: A Biography may as well have been subtitled Pascale’s Panegyric, and seems more like a PR exercise automatical [...]

    3. Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 Stars Since this is the first biography I have ever read, I feel like I have to be cautious with reviewing this, since I can't compare it to other books of thie genre.I think this book was, for someone who didn't know all of Joss Whedon's work, really, really great. It gave a good and wide overview of all of his projects, but to those projects of him I knew, likeFirefly, The AvengersorAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D, I didn't get to know more than I already knew. So, I think fo [...]

    4. This is not a review. It is, I suppose, a comment that I apparently feel compelled to make. It is entirely unhelpful to those considering reading this book, to whom I'd say read the damn thing already because Joss Whedon is the best thing ever. He's like Sara Crewe (A Little Princess) in that he gives us the stories we need to reframe our narratives in the dark times, and he's like Santa Claus except without the kinda creepy stalker parts. It's just nice to know he exists (Joss Whedon that is, n [...]

    5. Numfar! Do the dance of a job well done!When I was approved for the ARC of this book from Netgalley, it would be a drastic understatement to say I was excited. I have been a worshipper at the feet of the Whedon for a very long time now, and I was ready to throw the book I was reading aside and dive headfirst into this. I expected to finish it in hours, not days.And then in the "You're approved!" e-mail, I saw We do ask that you hold your review until the book's publication month.I couldn't read [...]

    6. How does one go about writing a review on said book (taps fingers on chin). Joss Whedon has, without sounding like an obsessed fan (though I am), been the most influential on my life, with regards to inspiring me to do what it is I want to do creatively. He is my favorite writer. For writers tell their stories in different mediums (though the most recognized writers tend to be of books). Do a search for best writers and it will only pull up links to authors, just one of the many forms writers co [...]

    7. Truly, a must-read for fans. The author laid it out nicely, from his childhood to his early days as a script doctor in Hollywood right up to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is a great time for a bio to be written as, even though his story isn't over, what has happened so far gave the book a happy ending. The author sees Joss through frustration and aborted projects to triumphs and the recognition he's always deserved.People who love his shows and movies will be excited about the number of actors the [...]

    8. I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Do I need a synopsis for this? It's a biography on Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and so many other amazing pieces of entertainment. I've been trying to figure out how to write this review, because I'm afraid it's going to come out as more of a review of Joss Whedon's life than it is a review of the author's book. I guess I've never reviewed a biography before.Well, first let me just say that this b [...]

    9. I thought this biography was just okay. I don't do hero-worship of any kind, because no one -- and I literally mean no one -- is ever that good. That said, I do like quite a lot of what Whedon has done. I enjoy the way he crafts stories, I agree with his general outlook on life, I've liked most of the TV shows he's created and both films he's directed.But even as a casual fan, I already knew most of the stuff in this book. There are no real revelations here, aside from his close ties to a former [...]

    10. I am not generally a biography kind of girl. However, that being said, I am a huge geek at heart and let's face it, Joss Whedon knows exactly how to speak right to us geeky type people; probably because he himself is one. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, I just had to try to get it. I was thrilled when I was accepted.Since I don't read many (any) biographies, I honestly can't tell how it stacks up to others of its genre. I can say that reading about Joss Whedon's life, from a history of his [...]

    11. I think I’m the perfect audience for this book: I am a massive Whedon fan but not much of a fan-girl. In other words, I have watched most of his movies and television shows (some repeatedly), have visited the Whedonverse website on occasion, and have read quite a bit about certain of his productions. Yet I am not someone who scavenges the web for every detail about Joss Whedon and there was much I didn’t know and was at least moderately interested in discovering.One of the criticisms I’ve [...]

    12. I have been a lifelong Whedon fan, having discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was eight years old, and I have devoured everything he has ever created since then with passionate ardour. So, a typical Joss fan. This biography was great. It's well written and interesting, and having such a compelling subject is a great help. Learning about how Joss grew up, how he got to be the incredible visionary he is today, was both inspirational and demoralizing. I loved the behind the scenes peaks at s [...]

    13. Any Whedon fanatic may tell you they know everything there is to know about the man and the world he created. This book might just teach them something new. While large portions were details that most fans will be familiar with, there was enough new information that it made the read worthwhile. The book does seem to become more of a history of Mutant Enemy near the middle, as the focus drifts towards the work and less towards Whedon himself. In the end, I am just grateful it wasn't an autobiogra [...]

    14. I really loved the deep inside look at TV and movie production and Whedon's experience. I am not a Whedonverse person so most of the shows and movies I have not seen. There is very little about his personal life, very few pictures. But it is an excellent dive into the How and why of why things ended when they did or never got off the ground. I suspect there are more than a few lessons for aspiring TV and filmmakers.

    15. Definitely worth reading if you are a fan of his work! It also features insight into his creative process. If you are a fan and also a writer, those are two big wins right there.

    16. themaineedge/buzz/acroFew people have had the sort of impact on the pop culture landscape that Joss Whedon has brought to bear over the past two decades. From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “The Avengers,” Whedon is one of the most formidable – and most beloved - figures in entertainment.His story unfolds in a new biography, the aptly named “Joss Whedon: A Biography”. Writer Amy Pascale has engaged in exhaustive research, engaging in in-depth conversations with people from all aspec [...]

    17. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove [...]

    18. Reading this book made me re-live some of the experiences Joss Whedon has given me over the years, from the beautiful, empowering world of Buffy to the devastation of Firefly's cancelation to the fun and utterly personal Much Ado About Nothing. This book had me re-watching several episodes (and fast-forwarding through several more to re-watch Spike's transformation - Team Spike all the way). That said, when I started this book I was convinced I wouldn't finish it. It was so utterly dry and lacki [...]

    19. Ms. Pascale has done an incredible job. This book is overflowing with Joss Whedon trivia. Before I even begin to get into details, let me illustrate what I mean by overflowing. There are 24 pages of Notes, a 13 page Bibliography and a 10 page index. Just let that sink inBut wait, there's morePre-Joss - his ancestors, his parents. How they both influenced his creations. His mother Lee in particular. She was an incredibly strong and creative woman. Other strong female influences in his life are hi [...]

    20. Being a fan of Joss Whedon, it's no surprise that I liked this book. Pascale does a great job of describing the situations, development and impact of Joss Whedon's work — not just the stuff he has become famous for, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers, but also things that are little known, such as his 1990s script doctoring work, or things that never came fully to fruition, such as his film Goners. Perhaps the most successful aspect of the way Pascale weaves Whedon's story is in s [...]

    21. This was a really well written look at Joss Whedon's life and accomplishments so far that walked the fine line of staying interesting and feeling inviting but not crossing into making you feel like you're a peeping tom in someone else's life. This is a must read for Joss Whedon fans. Wherever you came into the fandom you'll find yourself in this book. I found myself verclempt at points of the book because I was just taken back to how I felt during certain moments of being a Joss Whedon fan. For [...]

    22. Amy Pascale is clearly a big fan and treats her subject with reverence. This is a biography of Joss Whedon through his work. That suits me fine because I hoped to learn something from it.I didn't watch Buffy when I was a teenager (despite being right in the middle of the target demographic at the time). The first time I came across anything by Joss Whedon was when I watched Dr Horrible. I totally loved it. I want cowboys singing my text messages like they do for Bad Horse. Likewise, I adored Fir [...]

    23. While I do not own a "Joss Whedon Is My Master Now" t-shirt, I would wear one with pride. I liked Buffy (the series, not the movie), loved Angel, was and still am completely and inalterably devoted to Firefly, think his take on Much Ado About Nothing was the best Shakespeare in the last 50 years and believe Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers to be two of the best big budget mainstream movies of the last decade. And don't get started on the incredible coolness of Dr. Horrible!So, yeah, I'm a fan [...]

    24. I normally cannot stand biographies. I often find them to be dry and boring chronicles of the minutiae of lives of famous people whose appeal lies in their mystery. I bought this book though on a whim due to my love of all things created by Joss Whedon and an interest in knowing his backstory. This biography blew away my prior expectations for a biography. It was witty, irreverent, but did not shy away from the both the good and the bad of the life of Joss Whedon in Hollywood. As a huge fan of h [...]

    25. I have been obsessed with Joss Whedon for over a decade. My essay to get into college was about Joss Whedon. I've listened to just about every commentary, read and watched just about everything of his I could get my hands on. Hunted out everything on the internet I could find. So this book is good for me. It was made for me. When it talks about his early life, behind the scenes life, his time with his wife, it's great. It's enlightening. And it's wonderful. But then there's the stuff that I did [...]

    26. I am in awe of people like Joss Whedon - and they are few and far between. For me personally, it's all about his storytelling. To read a biography on a master storyteller is awesome because we hear all other (very prominent / famous) voices - the Nathan Fillions and the Neil Patrick Harrises and the Robert Downey Jrs - speak of the wondrous Mr Whedon in harmony, which makes up for the fact that we don't actually get to hear Joss' story in his own voice. It was a great read, in spite of a few typ [...]

    27. I'm a big Whedon fan, obviously. A browncoat, even. This was a good read, and I enjoyed finding out more about Joss Whendon's experiences at school in England. I knew he was a Shakespeare nut, but it was also good to read more about that, too.It was also interesting to read more about the relationship between Joss and his writing team, and the Buffy/Angel fans on the Bronze, way back in the early days of the web. It's hard to imagine show runners and the fan base being that interconnected today, [...]

    28. I was completely enthralled with this gem! This book brought back so many memories of the TV I watched as a teenager. And, as a HUGE fan of Buffy & Angel, the references, quotes, and anecdotes from cast/crew were meaningful to me. I really liked how, although Amy Pascale highlighted necessary points of Joss' family and youth, it wasn't bogged down in boring details of his childhood - this was refreshing for a biography. Instead, I was really able to re-live Joss' creative journey. I even dis [...]

    29. I have been a fan of a majority of Joss Whedon's works. From Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and his work with Marvel, Joss' impact on pop culture has been extraordinary. Yet I'll admit the biography is a weird concept for a director/writer/dictator who is still very much active and involved in dozens of projects. The biography starts with explaining Joss' roots namely his grandfather, father, and mother before skimming through his early childhood and schooling. It focuses most of its time on Mutant Enem [...]

    30. This took me so long to read. I love Buffy with a fiery passion, and love most of Joss's other work. His biography deserved more passion. If you love his work, you should probably read this book for the back stories, but not for a wondrous story. I got bogged in details, and felt it lacked some personal details from the last decade. (His stepfather's death, for example, is only mentioned as an aside, while covering professional events 10 months later.) I don't want to sensationalize and pry, but [...]

    31. Delightful! Full of fun facts and anecdotes about the making of the whole entire Whedonverse. If you're an avid Whedonite (like my husband), you will probably know a lot of those anecdotes alreadywhich is a little unfortunate, but the stories really are fun to read, so it's probably not a big deal. :) The huge amounts of praise for Joss by others got to be a bit much at times (we KNOW he's awesome, you don't have to keep beating us over the head with it!), but that's my only real complaint.

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