Object of my obsession: Joseph Hill Whedon – June 23, 1964
My favorite creations: Firefly/Serenity, Avengers, Cabin in the Woods, Angel
Yes, we fangirl over writers, directors, and all manner of creative gods and goddesses as well. And who can’t help but fangirl over Joss Whedon. He’s given us so much; our undying fangirl love is such a little price to pay in return.
I’ll admit, I didn’t really get Buffy the Vampire Slayer at first. I liked enough, it had vampires after all. It’s just that I really wasn’t appreciating the excellent writing, character development, etc. because I was hung up on this tiny little blonde chick being the hero. That’s not how it usually goes in these stories. Because if it was then my childhood hero Velma from Scooby Doo would get the recognition she truly deserved instead of being a half-listened to nerd with a problem keeping her glasses on her face. But then I realized that was Joss Whedon’s point. And if you’ve watched anything of Mr. Whedon’s you know women kick serious ass. So I came back as a regular viewer somewhere around Willow and Tara. Also major kudos for a character be bisexual and not making it weird or laughable or anything like that. Willow and Oz were just as cute and adorable as Willow and Tara.
I was also a latecomer to Angel. I remember the exact episode, the transdimensional “Can everybody just notice how much fire I’m not on?” episode. I adored Angel, the series, although the brooding vampire did have his moments. I found it much scarier and I got the humor better. Maybe since it wasn’t situated in a high school, a source of constant stress and trauma in my earlier life. I’m pretty sure I was weepy when that series ended.
And if you have watched any great amount of Whedon creations, he’s made you cry at least once. One of my most memorable was Anya (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) processing grief and loss. Her character doesn’t understand death so she’s very much like a child when they lose their first pet or first relative. “I knew her, and then she’s… there’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead…” There are some more great parts she says. But her complete misunderstanding is not expected. Adults are supposed to know grief, they know how to deal, the fact she doesn’t and no one can really explain how is so heartbreaking.
But lest we think he’s all about the feels Whedon creates some incredibly funny stuff as well. If you haven’t seen The Avengers, seriously you must, then this scene may be a bit spoilerific. If you have then you are probably like me and didn’t hear the last line of this scene the first time; you, and the audience if you were in the theater, were laughing entirely too hard.
Firefly. *sigh* I’m still in mourning. Serenity was a good movie but it still didn’t make up for the travesty of FOX cancelling one of the best space shows EVER. Gene Roddenberry may have marketed Star Trek as a western in space, a “Wagon Train to the stars”, Firefly truly was. Heists, the costumes, the towns, all very western but you never forgot you were out in the black of space. I could give you lots of examples of why this so is so awesome but *sigh mourning* so here’s another clip.
I feel like I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of why Joss is so…JOSS. I mean Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog…then there is the new S.H.I.E.L.D. series and Much Ado about Nothing, that I haven’t even seen yet but already know I will love them. This man not only inspires me to expand my mental horizons of what is visually possible but constantly inspires me as a writer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll be writing and get to a point where I hear this quote in my head. “make it dark, make it grim, make it tough but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” It is my dream to have Joss Whedon to read something I wrote and tell me it’s good.
Okay time to stop my fawning. However I leave you with one last video clip. This speech turned me from just being a fangirl of the work of Joss Whedon to a fangirl of Joss Whedon, the incredible, brilliant man.