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Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them Paperback – March 15, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.)
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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I did not personally read this, however from the secret Santa recipient, they loved it. Joss Whedon was what they were all about.Published on May 7, 2014 by emmathers
In all honesty, half of the essays I greatly enjoyed (they made me ponder, made me laugh, made me do some self-reflection of my own), and half were uninteresting (I don't actually... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Beth Wade
I got this book because it is about people's reactions to Joss Whedon's art. It is very moving and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves Joss.Published on February 26, 2013 by lorwen
Reminded me of how much fun it was to read the watcher's guide, but more diverse. Enjoyed the author's viewpoints.Published on January 23, 2013 by Jerry W. Stachowski