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"English/Film/Media Studies majors, take note: If you're planning on writing a paper on anything related to Joss Whedon, this is the book you want." - Flixist.com

"A wonderful in-depth look at the entirety of Whedon's work in pop culture." - Clique Clack

"Some of the best essays you’ll ever read on the man and his works." - Geek Dad

"Essential for fans of the Whedonverse." - Vent Vox

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1ST edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085768986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689863
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My boyfriend enjoyed this.
Matthew Laker
With over 40 authors the book covers Whedon's overarching themes with technical comparisons of his scripts versus the finished products.
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This was a very interesting book and quite informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Bridges on June 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It might seem excessive to produce a nearly-500-page book of essays on the career of one man, especially one whose career seems to be picking up speed. But then again, this book is about Joss Whedon, and his fans (and detractors) can't seem to say enough.

If all you know about Whedon is that he wrote and helmed The Avengers, the movie that buried theaters in piles of money, "Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion," from Titan Books will be an eye-opener, and possibly a back-strainer. 45 essays analyze his career from the TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) to the webseries (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) to the comics (Fray, The Astonishing X-Men, the Buffy 8th season, Runaways and Sugarshock!) to his movies (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alien Resurrection, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers).

If you're unfamiliar with any of those, each chapter has a concise "101" to help you catch up. There are also excellent interviews with frequent collaborators Jane Espenson (writer, Buffy, Angel, Firefly), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndham-Pryce in Buffy and Angel), Harry Groener (The Mayor in Buffy) and Tim Minear (writer, Angel, Firefly).

It's a book of essays, so it's going to be hit or miss as far as your personal tastes go. I'm not generally one for the picking-apart-to-death style of criticism (an attitude explained nicely by Whedon himself in his song in the Dr. Horrible commentary, "Heart, Broken": "We're gonna pick, pick, pick, pick, pick it apart...") and there's certainly plenty of that here. A few of the conclusions I read I flatly disagreed with, and a few more bewildered or, frankly, bored me. But there are also essays that speak more to the heart and themes of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DEBBIE on February 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
to all joss whedon lovers, this book consists of articles writtern(and published) for whedon's work. every chapter treats a different issue- series/movies by whedon- and analyses it, in a way that you can read it in the order you want and not from start to the end.
it is a complete study on whedons work
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Blitz on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Incredibly comprehensive, but lacking much of a narrative direction, Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion offers a fairly nice overview of the creative work of one of geekdom's most popular iconoclasts.

Essays and interviews comprise a large percentage of the book's almost 500 page length, but there isn't an awful lot of interesting analysis or information for the already established Whedonite.

Nevertheless, it's a breezy read and might be interesting with his less rabid fans who are just discovering him from The Avengers and decide to go back and check out his earlier work. Mildly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcellin D. Scarbrough on July 10, 2014
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All the major works are reviewed here. Buffy, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse are all analyzed. I think some of the authors take their subjects too seriously, but overall this is a comprehensive work.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Laker on November 25, 2012
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My boyfriend enjoyed this. Only thing is he said that some of the shows he hasn't watched yet (like Angel) and so there are lots of things to skim and skip over- BUT still was a great book and a nice gift for anyone who lives in Whedonverse.
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