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"Lots of fun, lots of new insights, even some new facts a diehard Browncoat like me hadn’t heard yet."  —SerenityStuff.com

About the Author

Jane Espenson is a former writer for Firefly, in addition to many other television shows, including Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dinosaurs, Gilmore Girls, Ellen, The O.C., and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She currently has a development deal with NBC/Universal television and is working on the midseason show Andy Barker, PI. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771212
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended for fans and non-fans alike.
J. Byrne
As a Joss fan for many years now, reading this book was like talking to an old friend.
KLS
If you haven't picked that one up, I highly suggest it as well.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By gobluegirl on October 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of critical analysis of popular media.

Wait, that sounds way too stuffy.

I like to sit around with my friends and talk (and podcast) about my favorite shows. Firefly and Serenity are at the top of that list. It's fun, it's a cheap way to pass the time, and we get some surprisingly profound analysis out of our little ramblings.

Serenity Found is a book that is a lot like sitting around with your friends nitpicking, for good and bad, your favorite show. Several individuals, who all love Serenity--science-fiction authors, actors from the show, journalists and others--all write about a certain aspect of the show Firefly and the follow-up movie Serenity.

My absolute favorite essay in the book is "I, Nathan," written by Nathan Fillion, who played Capt. Mal Reynolds on the show and in the movie. It's funny, poignant, and it's clear that he's as much a fan of the show as anybody else. And make sure you read the bit after the essay, at the very end, in italics.

This is not the first book of witty and informative essays written about Firefly. This is a sequel to Finding Serenity, which came out a couple years ago. If you haven't picked that one up, I highly suggest it as well.

You might be a touch lost in the book if you've never seen Firefly before, but, then again, maybe not. Orson Scott Card's essay reads pretty well even if you haven't seen a minute of Firefly. He compares Firefly and Serenity to other sci-fi movies out there, like Star Wars, Star Trek, and others, and he does a good job showing how Firefly is different, and in his opinion, better, to somebody who hasn't watched it yet.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the book, then come back and write a review! (I can't believe I'm the first person to review this...)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dana Sweeney on May 12, 2008
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Jacob Clifton's work alone would have been enough to get me to buy this, but I ended up enjoying nearly the entire book, even more so than its predecessor, Finding Serenity, which contained the silly "Firefly is like the Tick" essay, the ludicrous "Joss Whedon isn't feminist enough because Zoe loves her husband and respects her boss" essay, and the offensive as hell "Joss Whedon can't possibly be a feminist, because no thinking man would be" essay.
This second volume is better for following the movie, for one thing, giving the authors more of the full story to work with, whereas the first book had only the series with its unanswered questions to consider. There are still some weak points, such as the too-personal-to-be-terribly-interesting "Things my spouse and I argue about while watching Firefly" piece; and the script outline of 'Out of Gas' by a guy who thinks the structure should be laid out scene-by-scene to demonstrate how cool it is...that one really lacked a thesis; and the "admittedly I have a huge chip on my shoulder" exhortation to geeks to be proud of their geeky selves, in which it was actually suggested that David Krumholtz could be plausibly seen as other than hot....
But there were really insightful essays outnumbering the ones that had me rolling my eyes and mouthing, "Blah blah blah," as I read. Jacob's was great, of course (I refer to him by his first name because I am a huge fan of his work and knew him only as Jacob of TWOP long before I learned his surname).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josh on December 12, 2007
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I'm a fan of firefly and this book is decent. About half of the essays are great. Well written, clear points, funny (like firefly).
I recommend:
-Curse your sudden but inevital betrayal; its about a firefly fan's reactions to the show and arguments with her husband (not really arguments, though. He says something and she quips). Its pretty funny.
-I, Malcolm; by Nathan Fillion himself. Its funny, witty, but short.
-Catching up with the Future by Orson Scott Card. Insightful essay on sci-fi in general and how much it sucks compared to Firefly. Yay.
-Girls, Guns, Gags; response to first book's feminist essay. She's funny, makes a few good points, but half of it is off topic/point.
-Mutant Enemy U; written by a guy who did special fx for the show/movie. Discusses the ship design.
-The virtual 'verse; about the firefly video game coming soon. double yay.

Be warned, though. the rest of the essays aren't good in my opinion. They over analyze, make no valid arguments, or are just plain boring.
I'm walking away from this book with a little more knowledge, but burned out on analyzing firefly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Collins on June 1, 2011
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I don't geek out on television shows or movies to the point that I read critical essays about them. This is the exception. It was interesting to read people's perceptions and personal experiences and see what they took away from Firefly/Serenity. Some I agreed with, some I did not. Some were insightful, some a bit too "uhm, yeah, *page advance* and a few were a product of the time (2007), in that it was difficult to miss the BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) the authors were suffering from. I'd be curious to see what those authors feel now. Hopefully, their conceit that governments run by so-called "liberals" never, ever, suffer from paternalistic hangups that cause them to believe they're better suited at running your life than you are has been disabused with a healthy dose of reality, if not history. But then again, as my filter had me perceiving Firefly/Serenity as libertarian porn, I'm prone to picking up this bit of, shall we say, hypocrisy. Landi Diane Rich's piece was touching. Maggie Burns' (feminist characters aren't men who pee sitting down or are unrelatable uber-beings, who knew?), Bruce Bethke's (I had no idea about the history of Bat Durston) and Evelyn Vaughn's (the post-Civil War west setting was obvious in the show, but an interesting examination) pieces were informative. Orson Scott Card's post-Star Wars experience was a hoot. And, of course, the best essay was Nathan Fillion's (and the best bit in the book is at the end of his essay). All in all, a decent read. well worth the time.
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