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Amy Pascale

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24. Juli 2014
'Packed with trivia, filled with wit and endlessly readable, this is the biography Joss's career deserves. We can't recommend it enough' ***** SFX Joss Whedon is a male writer whose most famous creation is a girl-power icon; a geek who deals in classic themes of love, betrayal and redemption; and one of the first people in the entertainment industry to have harnessed the power of the internet to engage directly with his fans. Amy Pascale became one of those fans when Buffy Summers enrolled at Sunnydale High in 1997. She has followed Whedon's career ever since, marvelling at his ability to reimagine seemingly hackneyed genres as heartfelt human drama. In this revealing biography she seeks out the source of that imagination, exploring his artistic liberal upbringing in New York and teenage years at an elite English public school, before tracing his journey from a bruising start in television to his status today as a blockbuster writer and director whose every new project is pored over online by millions of loyal geeks. Using extensive original interviews with many of Whedon's key collaborators - as well as Joss himself - Amy presents candid behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of ground-breaking shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, and considers Whedon's distinctive contribution to cinema through movies such as Toy Story, Serenity and superhero epic The Avengers Assemble. The result is an intimate portrait of the man who re-wrote popular culture and gave it a heart.

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'The many frank quotes from Whedon, his friends, family, and co-workers make Pascale's absorbing bio a must-read' Booklist 'If you think you know everything about Joss, you haven't read this thoroughly entertaining and well researched treasure trove' -- Josh Horowitz MTV News 'Amy Pascale delves deep behind the scenes of Joss Whedon's myriad film and television projects, covering Avengers, vampire slayers, and everything in between. This thorough and engaging biography is a must-read for everyone who loves Whedon's work, from the casual fan to the most hardcore Browncoat' -- Tim Hanley, author of Wonder Woman Unbound 'When art hits us, it's fun and possibly necessary to look behind the scenes and see what drove it. Amy Pascale gives great insight into Whedon's work that will interest and surprise even seasoned fans' -- Alan Kistler, author of The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook and Doctor Who: A History 'On the strength of the evidence in this book I'll accept Joss Whedon as Geek King of the Universe, and I'll continue to look forward to everything he does' -- Aliya Whiteley www.denofgeek.com 'Excellent and well-written ... she's spoken to dozens of people who worked with or encountered Joss across his career, and the picture they draw is of a man who is passionate about his work and the way it's treated' -- Paul Simpson Sci-Fi Bulletin ***** 'Packed with trivia, filled with wit and endlessly readable, this is the biography Joss's career deserves. We can't recommend it enough' -- Jayne Nelson SFX magazine 'Pascale understands the relationship that Whedonites have with the man for whom they are named, she understands the passion they have for his creations, and she also understands how much they're going to know already. It's this latter part that makes Geek King Of The Universe such a worthwhile investment. Pascale has done a tremendous amount of research... It's comprehensive, entertaining and thoughtful and, perhaps most importantly, it will send you running to your box-sets to relive his work' -- Jonathan Hatfull SciFiNow **** 'Granted generous interview access to Whedon and his collaborators, Amy Pascale offers a compelling narrative through Whedon's private life and creative endeavours... This entertaining read will leave fans reaching for their Buffy DVD box sets' -- Suzanne Black The List 'Revealing and comprehensive... A must-have for Whedon's legions of fans' Home Cinema Choice 'Pascale has certainly done her homework, and has produced a great book, and it's rare that film/TV autobiographies are this enjoyable. But just like much of Whedon's work, it's smart, funny and cool, and should definitely grace any geeks bedside table' -- Scott Davis FlickeringMyth.com 10 out of 10 'Amy Pascale has written a book which is almost unputdownable. It's not just the story of one incredible man, his imagination and his battles to bring his irresistible characters and stories to the screen; it's also a fascinating, cautionary and essential story for newcomers and industry wannabes' -- Paul Mount Starburst ***** 'For Whedon fans this book is a must read, Amy Pascale writes the book showing an admiration that we all share for Joss Whedon and shows that she fully understands why Whedon can be called the Geek King of the Universe' -- Paul Metcalf Nerdly.co.uk 'Pascale's writing makes the book a real page turner. Often, these kind of books can be shallow pieces of fluff, but Pascale digs deep and, through research and interviews, she has written a wonderfully thoughtful, funny, candid, interesting and extremely readable book' -- Phil Edwards Live for Films **** 'Amy Pascale's book is an impeccably researched, passionate and searching biography - a deep and varied pleasure for established Whedonites and curious pop culture fans alike' -- Emma Dibdin Total Film ' high access, meticulously researched and passionate - about as close we'll get to an authorised Whedon narrative until he stops working' Empire magazine

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AMY PASCALE is a writer and commentator on popular culture based in New York. She co-founded and edits the influential and offbeat web magazine popgurls.com and was one of the original members of the Bronze, the innovative online community through which the creators of Buffy the Vampire Slayer interacted with the show's fans. NATHAN FILLION is an actor best known for his portrayal of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the Joss Whedon-produced television series Firefly and its film continuation Serenity, which was directed by Whedon. He also appeared in the Joss Whedon vehicles Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Much Ado About Nothing. He plays Richard Castle in the ABC series Castle. He lives in Los Angeles.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Everything you wanted to know about Joss Whedon -- and more -- in new bio 31. Juli 2014
Von C. A. Bridges - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
For the casual fan of the writer-director, “Joss Whedon -- The Biography” by Amy Pascale may be overkill. Sure, you liked “The Avengers,” but do you really need to know what pen Whedon prefers?

For the fans who happily follow him from project to project because they’ve seen their lives changed because of something he wrote, the answer may be yes, absolutely.

But even casual readers will enjoy Pascale’s look at the life of the man behind “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Dollhouse,” “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” “The Avengers,” “Cabin in the Woods,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and more, and his gift for taking cliched genre formats and subverting them to tell meaningful stories about love, death, family, and redemption with humor and chilling drama, often in the same scene.

Whedon’s father was a second-generation TV writer who wrote for “The Dick Cavett Show” and “The Electric Company” and his mother was a performer and teacher who created feminist course studies and held Shakespeare readings in the home. Humor and artistic expression were baked into him at an early age. Yet as Pascale explains, the driving force behind everything he did was loneliness and a hatred for bullying.

“If Joss Whedon had had one good day in high school,” according to Buffy executive producer and Angel co-creator David Greenwalt, “we wouldn’t be here.”

From exhaustive research and multiple interviews with Whedon, his wife Kai, and their friends and coworkers, Pascale provides a thorough look at Whedon’s life from his ancestry and childhood to his time in boarding school in England and his influences in the film department of Wesleyan University, to his early struggles in writing for the screen. Whedon experienced failures and disappointments aplenty starting out. He landed his dream job, writing for “Roseanne,” but the behind-the-scenes madness ultimately led to his departure. He watched a director turn his script for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” into a campy movie played solely for laughs, with star Donald Sutherland changing lines on a whim, and he left the production. He rewrote virtually all of the dialogue and changed the tone that arguably made “Speed” a smash hit but didn’t get screen credit. His work on “Waterworld” and “Aliens: Resurrection” was wasted or mangled.

But his work on “Toy Story” helped Pixar refine its now-famous style and brought Whedon an Oscar nomination. When he was offered “Buffy” as a TV show he got to do it the way he wanted this time and he saw his version become a beloved TV icon and cult favorite that ran for seven years and birthed a spinoff, “Angel.” Making a story meaningful was the key, and every story had to be about something real, even if it was told through the metaphors of vampires and demons and students who become invisible. That was the key to avoiding monster-of-the-week episodes and making his shows touch people, he thought.

“I’d rather make a show a hundred people need to see than a show a thousand people want to see,” Whedon said, and he’s done it time and time again. “Buffy” and “Angel” and “Firefly,” even the less-well-received “Dollhouse” has devoted fans talking about the episodes and dressing up like the characters and writing their own fanfiction.

While his science-fiction western “Firefly” was mishandled by the network and canceled early, Joss’ continuing interest in it led to a “Serenity” movie. When that fell short at the box office he worked on more movies and then award-winning comics such as “The Astonishing X-Men,” “Fray,” “Runaways” and a new, official “Buffy” comic. When the writers’ strike interrupted his plans to write a horror movie with Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”) it gave him the push to develop his own work outside of the studios, which led to the Emmy-winning “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

And then Marvel Studios came calling.

While Pascale drifts into Whedon-worship at times, she doesn’t shy away from his darker sides and missteps. She talks to Charisma Carpenter about the ignominious way the actress was let go from “Angel,” for example, and the stresses that arose when Whedon was running “Buffy,” “Angel” and “Firefly” at the same time.

But mostly this is a lengthy and entertaining exploration and celebration of a brilliant, prolific man with just the right balance of humor, insight, humility and arrogance to create art that will go on affecting people for generations.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating subject. fascinatingly done. 1. August 2014
Von Robert Averell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I thought I knew a fair amount about Joss Whedon... and now I do. If you are a fan of Joss, this is a must. If you are a fan of TV and/or movies in any form, you should still get a great deal of enjoyment out of this book. Ms. Pascale interposes history, facts, interviews and quotes in a very entertaining manner. There are times I felt the interviewees were talking to me. I couldn't put it down, yet didn't want it to end.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Reading this made be a bigger fan. 1. August 2014
Von Judy-Ree - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am not generally a biography kind of girl. However, that being said, I am a huge geek at heart and let's face it, Joss Whedon knows exactly how to speak right to us geeky type people; probably because he himself is one. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, I just had to try to get it. I was thrilled when I was accepted.

Since I don't read many (any) biographies, I honestly can't tell how it stacks up to others of its genre. I can say that reading about Joss Whedon's life, from a history of his grandfather and father all the way up to his recent success with the Avenger's movie was done in such a way, that I felt like I really got to understand what drives him. The stories, quotes and interviews with his friends, family and co-workers shared the many sides of the man. It was told in such a way that it was very easy to follow his journey to the top of the geek mountain. I learned so many interesting things, and though some myths were debunked, finding out others just made him more interesting.

As a fan, I thought I knew quite a bit about him. I learned that what I did accurately know, was just the surface. After reading about the struggles and obstacles throughout his career, it gives his successes and victories that much more meaning. Reading this biography has simply made me a bigger fan. I can't imagine telling the story of a world-class storyteller would be easy, but Amy Pascale did it with grace and aplomp. This was a fantastic read, worthy of 4 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Numfar! Do the dance of a job well done! 20. August 2014
Von Bunny - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'll be the first to admit, I am super biased to the subject matter. I like to joke that I was a fan of Joss Whedon before I even knew I was a fan. I was a big fan of the first Toy Story, so finding out he'd been involved in that process, bam. Early Joss fan.

Then I found out his father wrote for the Golden Girls. HUGE fan of the Golden Girls growing up. I've always been a Whedon fan! Grandfather wrote for what?! Jesus, that's my entire Nick at Nite childhood!

Cut to a few years ago, reading a book about Sesame Street, and Captain Kangaroo. Guess whose name appears one more time.

And I was one of those 10 people who adored the movie version of Buffy.

Then in this book, I actually find out which episodes of Roseanne were written by Joss himself, one of which being one of my favorites, the episode where Darlene has to write a poem and read it for class.

Yeah. I'm a three generation Whedon fan. I apparently was destined to fall in love with a spunky blonde with a pointy stick, and follow her creator through hell and cancellation.

I did go into the book hesitant, though. The trouble with biographies is the same trouble Joss had when making Serenity. The biggest draw will be the people who are already invested. Those of us who have followed Joss, who railed against the WB, railed against Fox, took part in the campaigns. We are the readers.

But what about everyone else? What about the people who see this book while passing their eyes over a shelf full of biographies, and say, "Who's this guy? Oh, The Avengers? Yeah, that movie kicked ass. Okay, I'll read it." Will this biography hold the interest of someone who's never heard the term Browncoat?

I think it will.

This book is jam packed with information, without being heavy. You get bits from every aspect of his life without feeling like you're stuck in one part. The origin story (as it were) is clean, and succinct. Grandparents, parents, siblings, born. School, comics, England. Bam bam bam. And plenty of good Jossy soundbites in between.

And really, I read this for the Jossy soundbites. I've read at least half of the big quotes in this book, but some of them I haven't read in 10 years, and getting a refresher was like talking to an old friend. Reminding myself why I follow this man to every new project. I even learned things I hadn't known, and that was fantastic.

I can never have enough lip service to Buffy, it is my original fandom, my original love. I think the portions dedicated to that time on the show are well fleshed out. Maybe I'm projecting, but I think you can really tell the author's preferences, likes and dislikes, regarding the show. Much attention is given to the first three seasons, then she just...stops describing. Barely anything about seasons 4 and 5, other than talking about The Gift.

And again, maybe projecting a tad, but I think she and I have the exact same opinions about season 6. I was very interested to see that she mentioned the extreme fan....dislike....for Marti Noxon. Not that I'm guilty of that or anything. ::cough::

Ms. Pascale was a Bronzer, and the cast and crew did frequent that board a lot. But as someone who found her own family via an online Buffy forum, just a tiny mention of the other Buffy forums online would've been nice? I know we never got a visit from Joss (well, that he made himself known, anyway), but still. AOL Buffy boards. Hi. ::waves::

We did find who we believed to be Tim Minear once. I don't know if anyone had the balls to say hi to him, though.

Speaking of. I was interested to see if she would mention any of the tensions regarding the Buffy and Angel set. I've heard rumors, two of which were definitely substantiated. And those were the ones talked about, though it feels like they were greatly sandpapered over. The Jeff Pruitt battle, for one, and what was done to Charisma Carpenter.

I'm glad they're included, and I wasn't expecting (or wanting) Joss to be dragged through the dirt. But still. Kind of felt like the edges were sanded a bit heavily.

Last thing: I know someone mentioned in the acknowledgements. I promptly ran to her Facebook page to crow about it. Because I am a nerd who reads the acknowledgements.

I cannot say enough how pleased I was by this book. Pleased enough to get a little emotional at times, remembering how much being a fan of his has given me over the years. I will be buying this book, and it will have a good spot on my bookshelf.

Again, though. I am very biased.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fan-tastic 4. August 2014
Von Mirkwood65 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
A true joy for any Whedon fan. This behind the scene, behind the mind story about one of my favourite writers of all time is a must read. Whether you are just getting to know the Master through the Avengers or if, like me, you can quote most of every series he's ever done and are always ready to re-watch to introduce someone new, this is a book for every fan.
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