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August 31 2010

Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them. Published by Mad Norwegian Press, this book will be out in March of next year.

Sounds interesting, but I can't tell if it is academia or pop culture.
Going by the publisher, probably pop culture.
Hmm, I'm intrigued too. Now waiting for more information regarding its contents. From a personal standpoint though, I seem not to enjoy anecdotal/overtly subjective publications on the Whedonverse as much as I enjoy pure academia. As much as they provide a new dimension to the writing, there tends to be an excessive quality about them. A few articles from Seven Seasons of Buffy spring to mind, but I guess that was the point. has a blurb:

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.

Sounds nifty! I adore Seanan McGuire, and I look forward to seeing what she has to say.
Thanks, Priscellie! Now I'm looking forward to the Jane Espenson interview and Nancy Holder's article.
Thanks for that Priscellie, I swapped it the link over to the B&N page.
I love Bull, Bear and Valente's works so I will likely pick this up. The on-the-set tales sounds like fun and who can resist Jane E?
I might actually buy this. *gasp* One has to draw the purchase line of Whedon related goodness somewhere, and mine has always been at the DVDs. (Okay. I will admit to sticking a hand across it to snatch that awesome key chain.) But in this case... Emma Bull! Every time I think she's fallen off the face of the earth she fortunately re-proves her existence. I'd really rather it was a new work of fiction, though. Oooh, I see Sharon Shinn and Lydia Morehouse too...
Is there a purchase line of Whedon related goodness? I will immediately stand in it. No, jokes aside, I have a hard time drawing that line. I will very probably buy this. Too.
That would look good on my bookshelf. Anything Whedon-related would, but that? Very interested in an exclusively women's take.
I'll definitely be getting this, especially since my friend Deb is one of the editors. :)

So proud.
I think that title should read "by SOME of the women who love [the worlds of Joss Whedon]." Otherwise I don't know how they justify leaving me out.

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