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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press; First edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935234102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935234104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To be truly considered a formidable geek, one has to have experienced a mind-altering, bridging-on-unhealthy, obsessive love for at least one movie and/or television show before reaching an age where one is cognizant enough to understand that it may not be "cool." Something that cemented in one's psyche the idea that loving a piece of fiction is not only valid, but something to be celebrated, something that isn't full of shame, but pride. And fandom doesn't ever come down to one artist or one universe. Fans of all ilks bond because of a mutual understanding that loving a property -- any property -- enough to be compelled to dress up as characters, write fan fiction, own way too many collectibles, watch every episode multiple times, so on and so forth, is totally, 100 percent acceptable and awesome. It's why I've always loved conventions so much. We're all there because of how much we love a genre property, and whatever that property is, we support each other, sans judgment. If your specific corner of fandom overlaps with someone else's -- hey, even better.

For me growing up, my first loves were the original Star Wars trilogy (a tale of profound obsession that I will save for another time) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Buffy aired during the exact years I was in middle school and high school, and while I took fandom vacations into other things like Xena, The Matrix, Scream, and Spider-Man, Buffy was my constant. At age 12 I had a life goal to own every piece of Buffy merchandise every created, and between seasons one and two, I think I actually did accomplish that, for a few months at least. Between seasons two and three, I met the whole cast at Comic-Con and wrote a poem about it. I loved Xander, Oz, and Spike.
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You know what Whedonistas reminds me of? It's less like a book and more like a written version of a bunch of geeky women hanging out at a bar, talking about the fandoms they love. This collection of essays is an absolutely wonderful read, especially to a geek girl like me, who is a long way away from her favorite bunch of geeks.

There are too many fantastic essays in this book to talk about them all. Even though I was only a casual Buffy and Angel fan (I really got into Whedon fandom with my late discovery of Firefly), I loved reading about how being a part of Whedon fandom brought joy to these women's lives. I wasn't a part of Buffy fandom, but like these Whedonistas, I found wonderful friends and camaraderie in other online fandoms, and I can deeply appreciate what the essayists are saying. It's awesome that fandoms like Joss's create welcoming spaces for female fans. Much like the found/chosen family of Firefly, fandom has created strong links between fangirls (and fanboys) from widely different backgrounds.

Other essays deal with the source texts themselves-Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible-and they're thoughtful, funny, and insightful. Being a Firefly fan, I gravitated toward those essays, and I loved reading about the appeal of Captain Tightpants and why Kaylee is such a great character. Reading the Buffy essays made me want to rewatch the series, since I haven't since the days when I watched repeats on the Armed Forces Network while living in Germany.

Whedonistas will mainly appeal to Whedon fans, but if you're interested in fan studies in general (this book gave me pleasant flashbacks to grad school) or just enjoy reading about why fans love their fandoms, it's a great read.

(Review originally published at The Discriminating Fangirl.)
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If you have a strong attachment to the Buffy and Angel years, and love everything Joss Whedon and his writers and producers touch, then you owe it to yourself to read this book. It brings back heartwarming memories and will move you to tears, at times. 5 stars because I will reread it with great pleasure.
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This book is a group of writings by various people about how the different Whedon universes have impacted their life. For many the characters are like real people, whom they draw life lessons from. I can say that Buffy the Vampire Slayer got me through one of the roughest times in my life and helped me to put past hurts into perspective and move forward with my own life.
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The last few years I've been seeking out books by women. After all the stories we are told about ourselves influence our sense of who we are and what we can accomplish.
The majority of television and movie stories our culture has fed both men and women leads us to see men as heros and anti heroes and women as secondary characters. Or worse, as victims. Joss Whedon was a man who made a television show with a female hero. I've wondered for a while if you can define a before Buffy and after Buffy shift in culture. This book leads me to think you can. The essays in this book are written by authors, bloggers, even a female minister. Buffy fueled a shift in thinking thats wending it's way in to the next wave of popular culture one book, speaker or tv show at a time. That's a lot of impact and worth thinking about.
This book contains a series of articles by a variety of women ranging from fans to women who had their lives changed in some significant way by a television show. It's an interesting book but more important is the profound impact that entertainment can have on us. The content of television and movies is driven by economics to a degree that is a triumph when a story reaches viewers with it's intent intact enough to influence our mythology seeking spirits. We as viewers can ask for that. We should ask for it.
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