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Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait

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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.


David Lavery is one of the leading figures of Television Studies in the United States. He teaches in the Department of English at Middle Tennessee State University, and is the author/editor/co-editor of nine books including Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks, 'Deny All Knowledge': Reading The X-Files, Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos.


Spring 2012 saw the return to creative and critical success of Joss Whedon, with the release of both his horror flick The Cabin in the Woods and the box-office sensation, Marvel's The Avengers. After establishing himself as a premier cult creator, the man who gave us great television with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse and web series Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog, as well as comic books including Fray and Astonishing X-Men, finally became the filmmaker he'd long dreamed of being. Drawing on a wide variety of sources and making use of psychologist Howard Gruber's insights into the nature of the creative process, Joss, A Creative Portrait offers the first intellectual biography of Whedon, tracking his career arc from activated fan boy to film studies major, third generation television writer, successful script doctor, innovative television auteur, beloved cult icon, sought-after collaborator, and major filmmaker with Marvel's The Avengers. Film and television scholar and Whedon expert David Lavery traces Whedon's multi-faceted magic from its source - the early influences of parents and teachers, comics, books, movies, collaborators - to its artistic incarnation.


Introduction - From the Mind of Joss Whedon: An overview of (1) the book's approach (Howard Gruber's case study method for understanding the nature creative work) and (2) Whedon's imaginative signatures.
Chapter One - Television Son: In which the offspring of two generations of television writers, John Whedon and Tom Whedon, enters this dimension.
Chapter Two - Fan Boy: In which the young Joss Whedon grows up under a variety of high and popular cultural influences.
Chapter Three - Film Studies Major: In which a creator-in-the-making goes to college and falls under the influence of the movies and professors like Jeanine Basinger and Richard Slotkin.
Chapter Four - Television Writer: In which the college grad goes West in hope of realizing his dreams and gets stuck in television.
Chapter Five - Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I): In which his first film script (and greatest creation) is ruined by others and disillusionment sets in.
Chapter Six - Script Doctor: In which Whedon tries his hand (with some success) at saving the work of others.
Chapter Seven - Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (II): In which the F. Scott Fitzgerald "no second acts" maxim is proven false and a botched movie becomes a TV masterpiece.
Chapter Eight - Creator of Angel and Firefly: In which the Whedonverse expands and the pains of cancellation are known.
Chapter Nine - Joss Whedon, Television Auteur: In which Whedon's signature writing and directing are elucidated through examination of such singular episodes as "Hush," "Restless," "The Body," "Once More with Feeling," "Waiting in the Wings," and "Objects in Space."
Chapter Ten - Comic Book Author: In which a childhood dream comes true as the fan boy authors Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, and Buffy Season Eight.
Chapter Eleven - Creator of Serenity: In which a failed television series becomes a movie.
Chapter Twelve - "You think you know, what you are, what's to come. You haven't even begun": In which predictions are made about the future achievements of Joss Whedon.

Afterword - Michael Bay vs. Joss Whedon, Weapons to be Determined: In which two Wesleyan alumni square off, caveman vs. astronaut, for the future of the imagination.



Titel: Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait
Untertitel: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Marvel's The Avengers
EAN: 9780857723079
ISBN: 978-0-85772-307-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: I.B.Tauris
Genre: Diverses
Anzahl Seiten: 296
Veröffentlichung: 10.10.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 4.0 MB