Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Marvel's The Avengers: A Creative Portrait of Joss Whedon, Maker of the Whedonverses Paperback – 30 Jun 2013
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For millions of fans around the world, Joss Whedon is known as the cult creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", and "Firefly", television designed to be, as he says, 'an emotional experience, to be loved in a way that other shows can't be loved'. Whedon's works, the "Whedonverses", have generated astonishing critical and scholarly interest, but nothing has hitherto investigated in depth their source: the mind of Joss Whedon.An intellectual biography written by world expert on the Whedonverse David Lavery, this book tracks Whedon's multi-faceted magic from the source - early influences of parents and teachers, comics, books, films, television, collaborators - to artistic incarnation, including Whedon's "Dollhouse" due out from Fox in 2008. Whedon's imaginative output is not limited to the small screen, of course. He's written film scripts and music, comic books and essays; he's contributed to other people's TV shows, and made a movie, all in less than twenty years of creative work. Lavery explores all these, as well as Joss in his many guises: as fan boy, script doctor, librettist, writer, actor, TV auteur, and aspiring movie director.
About the Author
David Lavery is Chair in Film and TV at Brunel University. He is co-editor of the online journal 'Slayage' (on the 'Whedonverse'), and a founding editor of 'Critical Studies in Television' journal. His many books on US TV drama today include 'Reading 'The Sopranos'' and 'Reading 'Deadwood'', both from I.B.Tauris, as well as volumes on 'X-Files', 'Heroes', 'Lost', 'Seinfeld' and 'Twin Peaks'.
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11 February 2014
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David Lavery's expert and exhaustive analysis of Joss Whedon and his work is a model for contemporary auteur studies. This book will become the standard work on Whedon.
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Whedon's career so far...
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How did Joss Whedon become--Joss Whedon? David Lavery's JOSS WHEDON: A CREATIVE PORTRAIT is more than a biography, it's an analysis of the creative personality and creative process as illustrated by Whedon's career. Lavery has studied Whedon's work in-depth since its beginning, and as a media studies expert, he knows what he's talking about. Accept no substitutes.
31 August 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful book on Whedon for both total novices and long-term Whedon fans. Lavery's approach is very fresh and quite apropos to his subject -- a study of creativity more than a straight-up biography -- and his writing is as fun and accessible as it is erudite and researched. Lavery has been a master of TV Studies for some time, and with this book he shows himself quite adept at Auteur Theory, as well.