Literary Friday: Whedonistas

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"In "Whedonistas," a host of award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"). By discussing the impact of Whedon's work, their involvement with his shows' fandoms and why they adore the worlds he's created, these essayists aim to misbehave in Whedon's rich, fantastical worlds. Essay topics include Sharon Shinn ("Samaria" series) and Emma Bull ("Territory") elaborating on the perfection of "Firefly," Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong Chronicles) revealing Buffy's influence on Anna Strong, and Nancy Holder ("October Rain, The Watcher's Guide") relating on-the-set tales of Spike menacing her baby daughter while Riley made her hot chocolate.Other contributors include Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), Elizabeth Bear ("Chill"), Catherynne M. Valente ("Palimpsest"), Maria Lima ("Blood Lines"), Jackie Kessler ("Black and White"), Mariah Huehner (IDW Comics), Sarah Monette ("Corambis"), and Lyda Morehouse (AngeLINK Series). Also featured is an exclusive interview with television writer and producer Jane Espenson."


Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them includes essays by some of my favorite pop culture mavens, including Teresa Jusino, who some may remember as the Chaotic Goddess Swaps sponsor in June (for the Books 'n' Bloggers swap). 


In all honesty, half of the essays I greatly enjoyed (they made me ponder, made me laugh, made me do some self-reflection of my own), and half were uninteresting (I don't actually care how Jane Doe came to adore Buffy and her memories about it, when there's no larger context for the information or way to relate it to something relevant in my life). I wish there were more essays about Whedon's other works, but apparently everyone is a Buffy fanatic (although, thankfully, there was a balance of a little bit of Angel, Firefly, Doctor Horrible, and Dollhouse...just not enough).


For a Whedon fan, this is worth reading through once. Standout essays include those from: Teresa Jusino, Sigrid Ellis, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, and Emma Bull.

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