You may have picked up on this by now but I am completely slightly— very, very slightly— obsessed with Joss Whedon. I wrote about him on W day last year too and about a million times since. Well, all right, not a million in the strictest sense of the word but a lot. I wrote about him a lot. I write about him a lot.
But only because he's awesome.
A lot of this is going to sound exactly what I wrote last year but I can't help it. I love what this man does with story. I love how in a single 42 minute episode of something, he can make you laugh and then pull the rug out from under you and make you sob. I love that his writing is fearless and even though you might hate him for it, he'll kill not only his darlings but yours as well (RIP, Wash...). I love that he's written so many kick ass female characters. I love that he wrote a musical episode of Buffy. I love that he wrote a near silent episode of Buffy (for which he won an Emmy). I love that the Buffy season five episode, The Body, makes me cry every damn time I watch it. I love that he created freaking Firefly, for crying out loud. And I love that during the writers' strike, he created Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (available for instant viewing on Netflix...). And then for the DVD release of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, he wrote a musical commentary to go along with it. How freaking awesome is that?
I went to see The Cabin in the Woods opening weekend because of Joss's involvement and I hate horror movies. Granted, I spent a fair amount of time with my eyes closed and my hands covering my face but I still appreciated the hell out of the writing. I'm planning to see The Avengers (along with the rest of the world) come May 4th because Joss Whedon directed it (and also because Chris Hemsworth is kinda hot).
Joss Is Boss. And if you looked at my Facebook profile, you'd see that my religion is listed as W.W.J.W.D?
Here are some of my favorite Joss quotes:
"Always remember to be yourself. Unless you suck."
"Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don't forget food. You can go a week without laughing."
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of."
To leave you with today, I'm going to post a couple of videos. The first is an excerpt from the aforementioned Commentary! The Musical from the Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog commentary track. It's Joss's song, "Heart, Broken":
And finally, I'm going to share this gem I stumbled across on YouTube. It's a parody of the Ballad of Jayne (The Hero of Canton) done by The Bedlam Bards, a group who perhaps worships Joss Whedon and the Firefly universe even more than I do. They have a couple of Firefly inspired albums out. The first is called "On the Drift" and the other "Firefly Drinking Songs." The video below is the first selection on the "On The Drift" album. Enjoy...