Joss Whedon: Conversations

Edited by David Lavery
and Cynthia Burkhead

224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index

978-1-60473-923-7 Printed casebinding $55.00S

978-1-60473-924-4 Paper $25.00T

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"I wanted [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] to be a cultural phenomenon. I wanted there to be dolls, Barbie with kung-fu grip. I wanted people to embrace it in a way that exists beyond, 'oh, that was a wonderful show about lawyers, let's have dinner.'"

No recent television creator has generated more critical, scholarly, and popular discussion or acquired as devoted a cult following as Joss Whedon (b. 1964). No fewer than thirty books concerned with his work have now been published (a forthcoming volume even offers a book-length bibliography), and ten international conferences on his work have convened in the U.K., the U.S., Australia, and Turkey. Fitting then that this first volume in the University Press of Mississippi's Television Conversations Series is devoted to the writer, director, and showrunner who has delivered Buffy the Vampire Slayer ( WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-3); Angel ( WB, 1999-2004); Firefly (FOX, 2002); Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (webcast, 2008);and Dollhouse (FOX, 2009-10).

If Whedon has shown himself to be a virtuoso screenwriter/script doctor, director, comic book author, and librettist, he is as well a masterful conversationalist. As a DVD commentator, for example, the consistently hilarious, reliably insightful, frequently moving Whedon has few rivals. In his many interviews he likewise shines. Whether answering a hundred rapid-fire, playful questions from fans on the Internet, fielding serious inquiries about his craft and career from television colleagues, or assessing his disappointments, Whedon seldom fails to provoke laughter and reflection.

David Lavery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. Among his numerous publications are Finding "Battlestar Galactica": An Unauthorized Guide; Unlocking the Meaning of "Lost": An Unauthorized Guide; and Saving the World: A Guide to "Heroes." Cynthia Burkhead, Athens, Alabama, is an English instructor at the University of North Alabama. She is the author of Student Companion to John Steinbeck and the coeditor of Grace Under Pressure: "Grey's Anatomy" Uncovered.

224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index