- Paperback: 241 pages
- Publisher: McFarland; First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated) edition (February 26, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786434767
- ISBN-13: 978-0786434763
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,433,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated) Edition
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"Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon interestingly combines analysis of Whedon's work in television, film, and comic books. This volume has perhaps the most wide-ranging coverage of Whedon's various productions yet written, dealing with all the major works in several media. Primarily arranged as in-depth discussions on specific characters, the book is accessible and laced with humor-as any book on Whedon should be. Yet the purpose within the humor is clear: each chapter demonstrates the serious moral lessons to be derived from these fascinating texts. With thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, and wit, K. Dale Koontz preaches the gospel of Joss Whedon." --Rhonda V. Wilcox, founding editor, Critical Studies in Television<br /><br />"K. Dale Koontz writes about the spiritual and moral dimensions of Joss Whedon's imaginary media worlds Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly/Serenity, and the comic-book Fray with insight, verve, and humor. Koontz goes beyond asking 'What would Buffy do?' and considers what Dawn, Spike, Faith, Caleb, Doyle, Mal, Book, and River would do, informed by a panoramic knowledge of world religions. All the big questions are here, and answers both expected unexpected. If you didn t already know that Whedon's shows are serious fun, you will when you ve read this book" --Elizabeth L. Rambo, associate professor of English, Campbell University and on the editorial board of Slayage: the Online International Journal of Buffy Studies
"A valuable addition to Whedon studies...a valuable contribution." --Mythlore
About the Author
Practicing lawyer K. Dale Koontz is a communications instructor at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina.
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Atheists and agnostics are often left out of the belief and goodness equation, as if their beliefs aren't deeply held, personal and moral. Questioning or not believing in a diety is not easy in this society, no matter how good a person you are. Whedon defies those prejudices by creating characters who, like society, believe in different things and are bad or good because of who they are, not what they choose to present to others. Therefore, Caleb is bad and Angel and Spike become/are good.
The PTC (Parents Television Council), a right wing quasi-religious group, routinely ranked Buffy and Angel in the 10 worst TV shows for teens because, for example, the show portrayed Buffy losing her virginity at 17, totally missing the point that the show actually showed the perils of doing so (I went all the way and now he won't call me). This book avoids that kind of prejudice and talks about moral issues as adults should, as difficult issues of conscience often leading to different places.
I was left with a sense of gratification that there are multitudes of folks out there who know that while the shows are fun or sad or action packed and a host of other entertaining things, the one thing they are not is shallow.
I learned a lot about characters I am not (yet) all the familiar with and left the book headed for my dvds. The only thing I could have wished for was a discussion of the incredible chaaracter development of Wesley from Buffy to the last episode of Angel.
Loved the cover too!