Susanna Clarke, author of "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell", lists Joss as one of her favorite writers. He and the other BtVS writers are among her 5 favorite writers, and the only non-text based authors listed.
Her first novel has been extensively praised and awarded since its publication last year, and I've finally got around to reading it (100 pages in as of right now) and it is a fabulously witty and rewarding read. And apparently, from this interview, she has great taste too! I really recommend the book; it's as though Jane Austen decided to write an AU version of 17th century English history, one where magic really exists.
Among her top 5 favorite writers (and keeping in great company: Alan Moore, Dickens, Gaiman and Austen):
"Joss Whedon and other assorted writers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not perfect. The plots often creak. But the dialogue is wonderful and the characterisation is as almost as good. Apparently Joss Whedon starts from emotion. He asks what emotion does the viewer need to feel? and what emotion does the character need to feel? These are very good questions for any writer in writing any fiction. Get that right and your readers/viewers will want to keep reading/watching."
March 10 2006
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