- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613741049
- ISBN-13: 978-1613741047
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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Joss Whedon: The Biography Hardcover – August 1, 2014
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Pascale offers a biography of television auteur Joss Whedon, who is perhaps the first celebrity television show-runner. The son of a history teacher and a television writer, Whedon began his television career with a staff writing job on the sitcom Roseanne, but once that job experience soured, he turned to features, penning the script for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Though disappointed with the final cut of the film, Whedon enjoyed a prosperous stint writing and rewriting films such as Speed and Toy Story before returning to the small screen to resurrect his slayer. The show was a modest hit, but the passionate fan base it cultivated led to an active online community that Whedon participated in as well as further groundbreaking television offerings (Angel, Firefly, etc.) that cemented Whedon’s status as an icon even before he was tapped to direct Marvel’s high-profile flick, The Avengers. Though Whedon’s many fans are fairly familiar with the ups and downs of his career, the many frank quotes from Whedon, his friends, family, and coworkers make Pascale’s absorbing bio a must-read. --Kristine Huntley
"Amy Pascale delves deep behind the scenes of Joss Whedon's myriad film and television projects, covering Avengers, vampire slayers, and everything in between. This thorough and engaging biography is a must-read for everyone who loves Whedon's work, from the casual fan to the most hardcore Browncoat.” —Tim Hanley, author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine “The material is jam-packed with all sorts of behind the scenes trivia. Perhaps that means an update will be needed after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Amy Pascale has written an interesting, well-written take on the life and art of Joss Whedon; any true fan should take a look.” —CliqueClaque
“If you think you know everything about Joss, you haven’t read this thoroughly entertaining and well-researched treasure trove.” —Josh Horowitz, MTV News
“Now that I’ve read this and feel like I know Joss as a person rather than merely a hit-making, critically adored peer, my schadenfreude has been reduced to completely manageable levels.” —Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars
“When art hits us, it’s fun and possibly necessary to look behind the scenes and see what drove it. Amy Pascale gives great insight into Whedon’s work that will interest and surprise even seasoned fans.” —Alan Kistler, author of The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook and Doctor Who: A History
“Like a series of great tales told during a boozy night of friends reminiscing, Pascale’s biography of Joss Whedon does what the great artistic biographies do — it makes you want to go back and re-experience his work.” —Patton Oswalt
“Though Whedon’s many fans are fairly familiar with the ups and downs of his career, the many frank quotes from Whedon, his friends, family, and coworkers make Pascale’s absorbing bio a must-read.” —Booklist
“An informative and readable book.” —Kirkus
“For the story behind one of the hottest writer/directors of the moment, fans will want to pick up this biography.” —SheKnows.com
Pascale has done a tremendous amount of research; the sheer number of interviewees and sources
is impressive. The book is at its most compulsively readable when the author is writing about the
period when Whedon was running three different shows at once. It’s comprehensive, entertaining
and thoughtful and, perhaps most importantly, it will send you running to your box-sets to relive his
work.” —SciFi Now
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If you’re reading this because you’re a fan of the man—I think he’d like that rhyme—you will not be disappointed. There’s plenty of background on his growing-up years, his time in college where he learned about filmmaking, and his early years with his father in Hollywood. But where it really takes off, as should be expected, is with Buffy The Vampire Slayer, first his disappointment at how the movie was taken out of his control, then Buffy’s triumphant return, this time on TV. For those who are not particularly fans of his yet reading this anyway, there’s plenty of interesting tidbits from his time in Hollywood, all the way to Much Ado About Nothing and the preproduction of the semi-sequel to that blockbuster that is The Avengers, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s just a touch about this family life, a few mentions without being intrusive; since I’m not a person who follows such things, I didn’t even know he had kids.
And just because there’s nowhere else for me to put this, I’m gonna say right now that, after binging on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for about a month, what I thought the first time is confirmed: the best moment of the whole series is “Buffy Summers, Class Protector.”
5/5 (Or as Faith would say, “Five by five.”)
Joss is loved by all who work for him and that says something. He is loyal to his actors and to the characters they portray. He was always fighting the good fight against production companies that wanted to tell a different story than he did. The guy is a genius. Who else has a cult following for a show that was cancelled during its first season. Who else can convince big name stars like Neil Patrick Harris to do a short musical for the web for free?
There are just so many good things to say about the book. It is well written and entertaining at a time when so many biographies are just plain dry and I recommend it for anyone that wants to know more about one of Hollywood's greatest writer/producer/director.
I picked up the book because I've been a fan of Joss's for years (staring with Buffy) without ever really knowing much about him. It wasn't until the cancellation of Firefly that I truly became a follower and realized the beautiful genius that touches and moves us through his storytelling. The book is an intimate look at his life and his influences, without getting distracted by the drama that surrounded some of his productions and ideas.
My only complaint is it felt like it spent too much time focusing on the development of Buffy and conversations from the Bronze forum. But after reading through the rest of the book, I know that the time spent there was connected to the larger themes of feminism and fan connection that permeates everything that Joss creates. I would have liked to have seen just as much time and space devoted to Dollhouse, which I feel is an even more relevant message of empowerment to resist "the system" than even when it first aired.
Thank you for letting us in on the humble genius that is Joss.