Author(s): David Lavery and Cynthia Burkhead (eds)
This title provides an insightful and revealing collection of interviews with Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No recent television creator has generated more critical, scholarly, and popular discussion or acquired as devoted a cult following as Joss Whedon. Fitting then that this first volume in the new "Television Conversations" Series is devoted to the writer, and director who gave the world Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. If Whedon has shown himself to be a virtuoso screenwriter/script doctor, director, comic book author, and librettist, he is as well a masterful conversationalist. As a DVD commentator, for example, the consistently hilarious, reliably insightful, frequently moving Whedon has few rivals. In his many interviews he likewise shines. Whether answering a hundred rapid-fire, playful questions from fans on the Internet, fielding serious inquiries about his craft and career from television colleagues, or assessing his disappointments, Whedon seldom fails to provoke laughter and reflection.
David Lavery is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. Cynthia Burkhead is an English teacher at the University of North Alabama.