Monday, May 23, 2011

Whedonistas edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish

Book Jacket

In Whedonistas, a host of award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog).  By discussing the impact of Whedon's work, their involvement with his shows' fandoms, and why they adore the worlds he's created, our essayists aim to misbehave in Whedon's rich, fantastical universe.


It is no secret that my all time favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  And it's no secret that my favorite story creator is Joss Whedon, who makes detailed worlds come alive both hilariously and heart-wrenchingly.  I have watched everything he's made (except for that horror movie) and he never disappoints.  Man is a genius. 

My favorite essays included:  "Brand New Day: The Evolution of the Doctor Horrible Fandom" by Priscilla Spencer and "Imperfectly Perfect: Why I Really Love Buffy for Being a Pill Sometimes" by Mariah Heuhner.

Don't be put off by the ridiculous name (that is intentional!); Buffy is one of the most thought-provoking and entertaining shows, um, ever.  Angel is darker.  Firefly is a western in space!  Dollhouse is a dark look at technology and human trafficking.  And Dr. Horrible is a 45-minute web musical about one man's aspirations to become a supervillain.  I think you can tell that Whedon is all about the whimsical and the serious meeting in a collision of AWESOME.

It's nice to read about a bunch of other people who feel similarly.

Four out of five online communities.

Release Date:  March 2011
Reading Level:  Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  Not a part of Dunlap Library's collection.

Don't believe me?  Check out these reviews of Whedonistas:

The Discriminating Fangirl
Heroine Content

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