I’m participating in Blogging From A-Z Challenge in April – one blog post on every day in April (except Sundays!) Wish me luck!
April 11 – J: Five Things I Love about Joss Whedon
I am a HUGE fan of Joss Whedon so there might be more than one post about him. I might have been able to revolve this whole challenge around him if I planned it out more!!
In case you don’t know: (from the handy wikipedia)
Joseph Hill “Joss” Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, composer and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, and is best known as the creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002), Dollhouse (2009–10) andAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–present). Whedon co-wrote Toy Story (1995), wrote and directed Serenity (2005), co-wrote and produced The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and wrote and directed The Avengers (2012), thethird highest-grossing film of all time, and its upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Whedon is notable for his signature dialogue, which features dry self-referential humor and heavy emphasis on subtext. His work is permeated with themes of feminism, anti-authoritarianism, existentialism, and self-sacrifice. He often uses misogyny to define the trait of a villain, and his protagonists tend to be loner heroes who start out powerless but then regain control from community in order to fulfill a purpose.
His work in comic books includes Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel: After the Fall and Runaways. He is also known for his collaborations in online media. Many of Whedon’s projects have cult status.
He inspires me to be a better writer. He’s like my muse!
He writes strong female characters and has given us the living embodiment of the female superhero.
He writes witty and intelligent shows with strong characters and amazing dialogue
He launched David Boreanaz and Nathan Fillion
He makes being a geek so cool!
Also – Spike, the Hulk, Williow, Fred, Cordelia…the list could go on and on!