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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 WhedIn 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....

Title : Whedonistas!: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them
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Whedonistas!: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them Reviews

  • Pamela
    2019-06-08 20:05

    You know what Whedonistas reminds me of? It's less like a book and more like a written version of a bunch of geeky women hanging out at a bar, talking about the fandoms they love. This collection of essays is an absolutely wonderful read, especially to a geek girl like me, who is a long way away from her favorite bunch of geeks.There are too many fantastic essays in this book to talk about them all. Even though I was only a casual Buffy and Angel fan (I really got into Whedon fandom with my late discovery of Firefly), I loved reading about how being a part of Whedon fandom brought joy to these women's lives. I wasn't a part of Buffy fandom, but like these Whedonistas, I found wonderful friends and camaraderie in other online fandoms, and I can deeply appreciate what the essayists are saying. It's awesome that fandoms like Joss's create welcoming spaces for female fans. Much like the found/chosen family of Firefly, fandom has created strong links between fangirls (and fanboys) from widely different backgrounds.Other essays deal with the source texts themselves-Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible-and they're thoughtful, funny, and insightful. Being a Firefly fan, I gravitated toward those essays, and I loved reading about the appeal of Captain Tightpants and why Kaylee is such a great character. Reading the Buffy essays made me want to rewatch the series, since I haven't since the days when I watched repeats on the Armed Forces Network while living in Germany.Whedonistas will mainly appeal to Whedon fans, but if you're interested in fan studies in general (this book gave me pleasant flashbacks to grad school) or just enjoy reading about why fans love their fandoms, it's a great read.(Review originally published at The Discriminating Fangirl.)

  • Lisa Wolf
    2019-06-10 22:10

    As a big fan of the assorted works of Joss Whedon, I absolutely had to get this book. Word of advice: save your money. "Whedonistas" is a collection of essays by women writers, basically focusing on why they love Joss's worlds and creations. The essays are of varying quality, and don't really cover any new ground. For fans of the 'verse, I'd recommend "Finding Serenity" or "Seven Seasons of Buffy" over "Whedonistas".

  • Kelsea Dawn Hume
    2019-06-04 23:07

    I definitely did not cry because of any of these essays. I just have a lot of feelings about Buffy, okay?

  • Melissa
    2019-05-30 19:06

    I’ll start by being completely honest; I am a geek. Sometimes a closet geek, but I am definitely a geek. While reading a SFX magazine on my day off I saw a blurb for a book called “Chick Unravel Time”, this title along got me hook, and I found myself looking for other works by this collection of women, which led me to “Whedonistas”. As I read this description of this book, I knew I had to have it, and instead of waiting for an actually book I was drawn to immediately have it to myself in eBook format. Everything else I was reading had to wait, this book through title and description alone spoke volumes to me. I had this book finished in less than two days; if it wasn’t for having to work I know I could have done it sooner. This is a collection of stories from women who love Joss Whedon and all of his work. There are a number of great pieces in this book, some that reflect on Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. It was amazing getting to read stories about which Joss and his shows affected so many in so many different ways. Since this book is a collection of essays, you could easily pick and choose which ones to read. You could go straight to the ode to Oz, or directly to the bit about Illyria giving Wesley closure before his death. I recommended reading each one in order. There is a flow that feels specific and cohesive, and even if you were only a huge fan of one of Joss' creations, I guarantee that won't stop you from enjoying the essays about his other work. Sure didn't stop me from loving every minute I was reading this collection and getting to know the women behind it. These women are young, old, gay, straight, professional writers, amateur writers, but they all have one very big thing in common: Joss Whedon has affected their lives with his creations. This book will be awesome for anyone who loves the work of Joss Whedon old or new, and it overall just great in general. Plus if you read up on each of the women who helped compose this book you might find you have a few more books to read. Enjoy!!

  • Siskoid Albert
    2019-05-31 22:21

    I just read Whedonistas!, a collection of women's essays and thematic sequel to Chicks Dig Time Lords. Instead of Doctor Who, the subject is Buffy, Firefly, Angel, Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse, more or less in that order of importance. Generally, I like the essays that analyze some aspect of the shows more than I do the personal recollections of how certain writers got into fandom (between this and the Who book, women really do seem to like slash fic a heck of a lot, don't they?). There are enough of both to keep the reader engaged, plus interviews with Buffy writer Jane Espenson and Drusilla's Juliet Landau. The writers are from diverse backgrounds (one of my favorite essays is from a minister, for example) and the multiple shows that could be tackled kept each essay pretty fresh. Well, except for the numerous instances of slash fic interest. Really, people. I won't ask WHY it's of import, because I feel like I read multiple essays on the subject, but I guess I'm too much of a guy in that respect.

  • Blaze
    2019-05-25 22:14

    My favorite essay is the one by Priscilla Spencer.

  • Tina
    2019-06-03 20:05

    I admit it, I am a Joss Whedon fan so am exactly whom the book is written about and for. However, this is not merely a collection of sycophantic worshipful fan essays. This is a scholarly set of personal stories and analyses of exactly what it is about the writing of Joss Whedon that has evoked such intense reaction across the world. From feminist analysis, to study of the religious context, to testimony of the resonance of storylines and character development within the writers, this collection beautifully illustrates the impact that thoughtful and intelligent writing can have. I found my personal relationship with Joss Whedon's work echoed and explained by the experiences of these women, all of whom are successful writers in their own right. The wit and wisdom of Whedon (there must already have been a book published with that title, surely) is clear to all who have seen any of his shows. All are covered, from Buffy (film and series) to Dollhouse, from Firefly to Dr Horrible's SingaLong blog. Joss Whedon has inspired a devotion rarely seen in fandom, particularly for writers. His personal politics, shown through his strong support for Equality Now and through the creation of Dr Horrible during the writers strike, have inspired charity drives and social dialogue. It is not often a writer can be said to have such impact and this book shows just how much of an impact Joss Whedon has had and continues to have. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough, not only to fans of Joss Whedon but also to anyone who has experienced a connection to a television show beyond mere enjoyment and wish to see the next episode, and finally to anyone who is interested in the connection between such television events and society as a whole. Thank you to Philippa Herbert who gave me this book. A superb choice.

  • Brandy Shark
    2019-06-15 23:16

    I had to wait for this book at work for a long time because of some sort of cataloging/record issue, but at long last after almost a year on order and then sitting in processing, Whedonistas! made its way to my library and into my hands. I've been trapped in the Whedon-verse since I was twelve (fifteen years now) when my mother introduced me to Buffy because she thought it would help me get over my fear of vampires. How right she was. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel shaped who I was as a teenager. How I wrote, what I wrote, what I enjoyed watching or not watching. Like all of the writers in the collection, I don't know how my life would have turned out without the influence of Whedon and his characters.As I read through essay after essay, I began constructing my own narrative of how Joss and his shows changed my life and what a great influence Buffy herself had been. I wanted to know where I could sign up to contribute to a Whedonistas! sequel, since we can now add The Avengers and (soon) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to his line up.Like any anthology (fiction or non) some pieces spoke to me more than others. The ones that touched me deeply were "The Browncoat Connection", "How an Atheist and his Demons Created a Shepherd", "Why Joss is More Important Than His 'Verse", "Something to Sing About", and "Malcolm Reynolds, the Myth of the West, and Me." Though the piece that spoke to me the most was "Shelve Under Television, Young Adult." I work in a library, with the YA collection (though I'm not a youth services librarian...yet), and it really spoke to me in terms of my profession and my love with the Whedon-verse.This is an outstanding collection of essays that every Whedon fan should read; not just the ladies, I encourage men to come and join along as well.

  • Doug
    2019-06-14 23:22

    This collection of essays about Joss Whedon's creations (through Dollhouse; it's pre Cabin in the Woods/Avengers) includes contributions from writers whose work I already know (Jane Espenson, Emma Bull, Catherynne Valente...) some I didn't, and some who aren't writing professionals. It's kind of all over the map: there's some really insightful critical analysis, and there's some naked pimping of the essayist's other books, and a few real surprises, like the woman who's moved to become a Lutheran Minister in part by Whedon's work. After reading 3 or 4 essays I was generally in the mood to read something else for a bit, but it's not as same-y as it could be. Also, I sort of expected the book to be structured with the strongest pieces up front, but I liked several of the essays toward the end best. If you're not already a fan of Buffy, Dr. Horrible, et al, I doubt this would have much appeal, but if you are -- and perhaps especially if you're an aspiring writer -- this is worth a look.I wish Goodreads allowed half-star ratings. Rounded down this time; I "really liked" a few of the essays and "liked" most of them.

  • Sarra
    2019-06-22 22:09

    Okay, I skipped a couple of pages in this one. Specifically, Teresa Jusino's essay "Why Joss Is More Important Than His 'Verse". I read the first page or two, got to the phrase "being overweight is never a good thing", got angry (seriously, "good" is the word you're going for here? Not, maybe, "easy", or even "fun, in a society that punishes fat bodies"?), got to the next page which lauded "Firefly"'s characters' speaking Chinese and English (as well as the appropriation, er, "influence" of myriad cultures) without pointing out that there were apparently little to no Asians on a show that supposedly took place in a 'verse formed practically 50/50 by America and China, got more irritated, moved on to the next essay.Unsurprisingly, Catherynne M. Valente's essay was far and away the loveliest and best-written.And nobody's ever going to convince me that Mal is likeable or the strong female characters on "Firefly" balance out the constant misogyny and sexual menace directed at said female characters.

  • Laurie
    2019-06-06 22:23

    This is a purely logistical thing, not an actual review- I purchased this book on my Kindle and for some reason I just kept losing my place and was not able to find it again. This was particularly irksome since I read this book over about a year in little snippets and between other books, so I would not realize that I was re-reading an essay I had already read before it was over. Grrrrr.This was a decent read. I tended to like the essays that delved a little more deeply into the analysis of Joss' work, rather than the ones where the person told their own story and talked about how Joss helped them. I came away with some new thoughts and perspectives on works of Joss Whedon that I had not previously considered and that always makes me happy. I also was pointed in the direction of some new avenues for my nerding about Buffy and Firefly which is essentially what reading this type of book is all about for me. Overall: Win. But not with an exclamation point.

  • Beth
    2019-06-02 02:58

    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 good balance).I miss the Mad Norwegian Press pop culture books that were primarily educational and entertaining, as opposed to a collection of fond remembrances of strangers (or am I confusing them with PopSmart Books?), but 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

  • Melina
    2019-06-10 03:28

    Unfortunately this book felt less like a well planned and edited book and more like a collection of Live Journal entries. I read a fair few Joss Whedon related books, often hoping to catch a little more insight. In this one, though, there was little insight because I am one of these women - I could have written my own Buffy story and fit right in.The thing that irked me the most was the number of writers who say they didn't get into Buffy until later, and even though they say it was a mistake, it's shrouded in a kind of 'I was too cool for fandom, or this fandom anyway' feeling. There's little room in this collection for those of us who were there in the beginning, and little/no mention of the Bronze, which had such a massive influence during the early Buffy days.All in all, not the best read I've ever read and not one I'd recommend to long term Whedon fans. Maybe good for those just hopping on board.

  • Gerri Leen
    2019-06-13 22:15

    I can honestly say I'm sick of these essay books about a given TV show by people who dig the show. I am especially sick of them when they manage to be full of "all about me" essays loosely tied to the theme--in this case, any of Joss's productions. Some of these essays managed to transcend the annoyance factor: I loved Emma Bull's treatise on Malcolm Reynolds and a few others moved me (others that have faded into memory and I don't feel like looking them up). The rest were serviceable or I just stopped reading them because I got annoyed with them long before the end. There is a lot of emphasis on fandom, which is cool, but I've been in fandom, and while many are supportive, wonderful places that generate new friends--my three first-readers are all from various fandoms--the writers blithely ignore any negative aspect of online fannish life to the point where it comes off as Nirvana, devoid of politics and backstabbing. Please.Rated: C

  • Robert Collins
    2019-06-25 01:20

    One of my favorite pieces in the book is an appreciation of Firefly's Kaylee. It points out that though Kaylee is smart and a good engineer, she's also a young woman who likes to feel attractive and is deeply in love. This is an important point: female characters are often forced to be either smart or girly, rarely both. It's something I'm going to keep in mind as I write more about Lisa Herbert and her adventures.The downside of this book is that it's not so much "warts and all" as CDTL. There wasn't that much criticism of the series or of fandom. I think both of these are due to the fact that Whedon's works only go back to the mid-to-late 1990s. Standards are higher for genre TV, and fandom has become more diverse. I would be curious to revisit this subject in another ten years.That said, this is a good book to buy if you have any interest in Whedon's work.

  • Leilani
    2019-06-23 22:17

    A collection of essays by female fans describing why they love Joss Whedon's shows & how their lives have been impacted by fandom. I enjoyed this greatly. Buffy/Angel got the most essay coverage (fittingly, IMO), followed by Firefly, with a couple of essays about Dr. Horrible & Dollhouse. The essays cover a variety of different things people loved and why, and they all reminded me of the things I loved about being immersed in Whedon-world. Not all of them were equally good, of course, but only one lingered too long on my personal biggest peeve about fandom, and it was quickly over. My favorites were Cat Valente's Angel essay (although I see the show very differently than she does), the Dollhouse essay (good insights into the characters), and the one by the Lutheran minister describing how the moral values in Whedon shows shaped her outlook on life.

  • Heather
    2019-06-02 22:25

    I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I like Joss Whedon's work and thought it would be fun to read thoughts of others who were like-minded. Some of the essays were very interesting and entertaining, but the fact that 4 different shows are covered (Buffy, Angle, Firefly, and Dollhouse--5 if you count Dr. Horrible as a "tv show") makes the book feel "scattered" to me. And the essays are quite heavy on the "Buffy" subjects, not that that's bad, but I would have liked to read more about "Angel" and "Firefly." Maybe that's natural since "Buffy" was the first of the shows, and on the longest. I did really enjoy the essay about the finale of "Angel," specifically about the relationship of Wesley and Fred/Illyria--it actually made me tear up!

  • Isis
    2019-05-30 02:00

    I really enjoyed this book, more than I expected I would. Each short essay connected with me in a different way, and had me refocusing on reasons that I love being a Whedonite and part of fandom in general. If you're a fan of any of Joss' shows, especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, then this book is for you. If you loved Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, etc., this book is also for you.I know what I gained from the book can't necessarily be shared and replicated with anyone else, but in connecting with the book, I've now passed it along to my mother in hopes that she gains from it a deeper understanding of who I am and that I'm not the only person who likes the things I do.

  • C.A.
    2019-05-31 03:27

    This collection of essays about all thinks Whedon is, like all collections, uneven but overall well done. For those of you out there who don't know about the work of Joss Whedon, and given that he directed the Avengers films I think most people have at least heard of him, this book explores his television work only, including "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog." (I'm starting a blog. Would that mine would have Neil Patrick Harris singing, but I am not Joss Whedon). They explore his work as fans, writers, people of faith, feminists and people who watch way too much television. If you love him, this is worth your time.

  • Kimberly
    2019-06-23 02:59

    This is a great book for a die-hard Whedon fan. Like any collection of essays some resonated with me while others did not. The more personal essays that talked about discovering Joss and his work and/or how it impacted their lives are the most memorable (Shaw, Justino, & Reese essays in particular). I don't recommend trying to read this all in one shot, it's best at 2 or 3 essays at a time, over time.

  • Sue
    2019-06-20 01:16

    More of a comment than a review - The print is so small and there's not very much line spacing at all. After a long day of working on the computer, and a mild case of dyslexia, it's difficult for me to read this book for more than 20-30 minutes at a time without getting a headache. The content is enjoyable, but it's the format that gets me. I wish I had purchased the ebook format of this book, so that I could adjust these settings for a more comfortable read.

  • C.G.
    2019-06-17 21:17

    This collection of essays are all about the worlds of Joss Whedon and I enjoyed every one of them. Some of the writers I follow on Twitter or their blogs, a couple I've met in person and all of whom are fans of Joss Whedon and at least one of his shows. I could identify with almost all of the authors, which is a rare thing in an anthology.If you are interested in how Joss and his creations have affected different women, I highly recommend this book.

  • Brandy Y
    2019-05-29 20:17

    Sometimes books like these contain too many essays that follow a formula of "blah subject, plugs own project or book series, blah blah subject." Thankfully this one contained only one of those. The rest were entertaining and thought-provoking, and they all certainly made me want to go re-watch anything Joss has ever touched.

  • Remi
    2019-06-12 21:14

    I enjoyed it. It was interesting to see into the minds of fans of not just Buffy and Angel but also Dollhouse and Firefly and Doctor Horrible. Almost make me wanna dig up reruns of all of these series and reignite my fandom all over again.

  • Patti
    2019-05-30 19:07

    I loved most of the essays in this book!!! They gave me different insights to different parts of Joss Whedon. I will admit to skimming one or two of them, as I have never watched Dollhouse. I especially loved the ones about "Firefly" of course.Highly recommended for all Joss Whedon fans!!!

  • Erica
    2019-06-11 20:02

    A set of mostly good stories about women who love Joss Whedon. Reminded me strongly of those old Chicken Soup books, but with things I could relate to versus the horrible things that usually happens in those books. A solid read.

  • Holly
    2019-06-01 00:23

    Just when I start to think there's nothing good to read out there, I make a new discovery. Definitely getting myself a copy.

  • Jenn
    2019-06-23 00:10

    My first personal essay, "Something to Sing About," is in here!

  • Kate O'Hanlon
    2019-06-05 00:17

    The analysis is light weight and the focus is on personal responds, which is not very interesting to me.

  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    2019-06-04 02:07

    ***Jamie Craig, Nancy Holder,Jeanne C. Stein