Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers

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I.B.Tauris, Oct 30, 2013 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
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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 Whedon, 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.

 

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Contents

Introduction From the Mind ofJoss Whedon
17
Apprentice
29
Fan Boy
37
Film Studies Major
46
Buffy Goes to the Movies
68
Script DoctorScreenwriter
74
Creator
89
Creator ofAngel and Firefly
101
Networks of Enterprise
137
Marvels The Avengers
168
Joss Whedon Auteur
177
Epilogue You thinkyou know whatyou are whats to come
203
Whedon
209
The SchoolofWhedon
215
Bibliography
239
General Filmography
257

Creator of Serenity
118
Visiting the Dollhouse
125
Not Making Wonder Woman
131

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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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