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Joss Whedon : the biography
Pascale, Amy.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2014]
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viii, 440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Follows [Whedon's] development from a creative child and teenager who spent years away from his family at an elite English public school, through his early successes--which often turned into frustrating heartbreak in both television (Roseanne) and film (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)--to his breakout turn as the creator, writer, and director of the Buffy television series [to his work on the blockbuster The Avengers and home-shot Much ado about nothing]"
Introduction -- A family of storytellers -- "Being British" in the lad of Shakespeare (and Giles) -- Crash course in television -- The blonde in the alley fights back -- The world upends -- To infinity and beyond: Toy Story and Alien: Resurrection -- Buffy: resurrection -- Buffy premieres -- The bronze -- The Buffy way -- Front-page news -- Growing up: Angel -- A new challenge: silence -- Shakespeare fanboy -- Buffy goes back to high school -- Once more, with feeling -- We aim to misbehave: Firefly -- Curse your sudden but inevitable cancellation -- End of (Buffy's) days -- An astonishing return to his roots -- Not fade away -- Grant me the Serenity -- Election 2004 -- I wrote my thesis on you -- Serenity lands -- Strong female characters -- A new way of storytelling -- WGA writers' strike -- Doctor Horrible, I presume -- Dollhouse -- The Cabin in the Woods -- Fanboy dreams come true: The Avengers -- Buffy lives, again? -- Avengers assemble -- Something personal: Much Ado About Nothing -- The year of Joss Whedon -- The year of Joss Whedon, again (really).
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From the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer , which netted four million viewers per episode, to the summer blockbuster The Avengers , which amassed a box office of $1.5 billion, Joss Whedon has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his penchant for telling meaningful, personal tales about love, death, and redemption even against the most dramatic and larger-than-life backdrops. This biography follows his development from a creative child and teenager who spent years away from his family at an elite English public school, through his early successes--which often turned into frustrating heartbreak in both television ( Roseanne ) and film (Buffy the Vampire Slayer )--to his breakout turn as the creator, writer, and director of the Buffy television series. Extensive, original interviews with Whedon's family, friends, collaborators, and stars--and with the man himself--offer candid, behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of groundbreaking series such as Buffy , Angel , Firefly , and Dollhouse , as well as new stories about his work with Pixar writers and animators during the creation of Toy Story . Most importantly, however, these conversations present an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose creativity and storytelling ability have manifested themselves in comics, online media, television, and film.

Author Notes

Amy Pascale is a director at MTV, where she has worked in on-air and online media for more than 14 years. She is the cofounder and editor of the Web magazine and was an early member of The Bronze, an online community through which the Buffy the Vampire Slayer staff interacted with the show's fans. She lives in Highland Mills, New York. Nathan Fillion is an actor best-known for his portrayal of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the Joss Whedon--produced television series Firefly and its film continuation Serenity , which was directed by Whedon. He also appeared in the Joss Whedon vehicles Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Much Ado About Nothing . He plays Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle . He lives in Los Angeles.

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Booklist Review

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.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Nathan Fillion
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1 A Family of Storytellersp. 9
2 "Being British" in the Land of Shakespeare (and Giles)p. 23
3 Crash Course in Televisionp. 37
4 The Blonde in the Alley Fights Backp. 51
5 The World Upendsp. 57
6 To Infinity and Beyond: Toy Story and Alien: Resurrectionp. 69
7 Buffy: Resurrectionp. 87
8 Buffy Premieresp. 103
9 The Bronzep. 115
10 The Buffy Wayp. 121
11 Front-Page Newsp. 135
12 Growing Up: Angelp. 145
13 A New Challenge: Silencep. 157
14 Shakespeare Fanboyp. 165
15 Buffy Goes Back to High Schoolp. 173
16 Once More, with Feelingp. 181
17 We Aim to Misbehave: Fireflyp. 199
18 Curse Your Sudden but Inevitable Cancellationp. 211
19 End of (Buffy's) Daysp. 223
20 An Astonishing Return to His Rootsp. 231
21 Not Fade Awayp. 237
22 Grant Me the Serenityp. 247
23 Election 2004p. 251
24 I Wrote My Thesis on Youp. 257
25 Serenity Landsp. 261
26 Strong Female Charactersp. 265
27 A New Way of Storytellingp. 279
28 WGA Writers' Strikep. 285
29 Doctor Horrible, I Presumep. 297
30 Dollhousep. 311
31 The Cabin in the Woodsp. 319
32 Fanboy Dreams Come True: The Avengersp. 329
33 Buffy Lives, Again?p. 341
34 Avengers Assemblep. 345
35 Something Personal: Much Ado About Nothingp. 357
36 The Year of Joss Whedonp. 371
37 The Year of Joss Whedon, Again (Really)p. 381
Acknowledgmentsp. 388
Notesp. 391
Bibliographyp. 416
Indexp. 430