“I’m the thing monsters have nightmares about.” –Buffy Summers
Indeed, Joss is the thing the major TV and movie networks have nightmares about, but not in the way you think. Joss Whedon has re-created TV, film, and jump started new media for others to follow, so big time movie executives and corporations–BEWARE.
For all of the geeks and nerds out there, if you fancy such a limited title, I would bet my 1st Edition, Holographic Charizard that you know the name Joss Whedon. Also, I would bet my Eleventh Sonic Screwdriver that I now know for a fact does not work on wood. However, I wouldn’t bet my 1993 Power Rangers action figures. Nope. No way.
Joss Whedon, a man, arguably a myth (because of awesomeness), and definitely a legend, has created and amassed a plethora of TV–and lately–movies that have turned him into a cult icon. And for some, Joss Whedon is their master. From shows such as Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, and one of my favorites Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, along with Serenity, Joss Whedon has established a name for himself in pop culture. As of lately, he has been an extremely busy man. He finished The Avengers, as well as his rendition of Much Ado About Nothing, and also released Cabin in the Woods. And to top it all off, he collaborated with Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock to create Comic Con IV: A Fan’s Hope. All of these things seem to have come out within a few months time, and with this information I am convinced that Joss is some kind of superhero. Just when I thought he could not do it all, he posts a “Thank you” to his fans via Whedonesque which you can read here. I love your face, Joss, and your poop coaching video.
So what is to come for Joss Whedon? He announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 that he was going to make a Dr. Horrible 2, and will work a webseries titled Wastelanders. Additionally, he will add kickassery to each and every of his new works, not to mention that he will bring the witty, clever, and funny dialogue to each one. Get it, Joss! GET IT, homeboy.
As a Whedonite myself (which is a fancy term for a Joss Whedon fan), I have had the pleasure of being a fan of his works from the early days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As time went on, I then watched Angel, then Firefly, then Dollhouse, then everything he has ever laid his beautiful, talented, and majestic hands on. Lately, his movie The Avengers has gained the well deserved title of the 4th all time grossing movie of all time. If you have yet to see it, I suggest you get your butt to a movie theater and be awestruck by the glory that is Joss Whedon’s work.
Whedon also had a knack for killing off beloved characters. As some of his fans so aptly put it, if a character you love finds happiness of any kind, he/she will most likely be killed… brutally (no spoilers!). Usually, I am left screaming at my TV box: “Why (insert character name here) did you have to die?! I loved you so!” Whedon likes to tickle your heart, rip it out, step on it, and then put it back into your chest. Then he likes to repeat. And repeat. And repeat. It is hard being a Whedon fan.
Not only has Whedon changed TV/Film/New Media as we know it, he has also managed to bring together a variety of people from all walks of life perhaps without him even knowing it. Yes, I am referring to a fandom on twitter known as Whedony. I have been an active member of this chat since I joined twitter a few years ago, and I can’t seem to stay away.
Whedony is a weekly chat that occurs Mondays at 6:00pm West Coast time on Twitter, and is hosted [(g)hosted, as those in whedony refer to it as] by a variety of individuals. From my understanding, the chat was founded and administrated by @whyiwatch and has been conducted for quite some time. The chat on Twitter (if you don’t have a Twitter, sign up!) is followed by using the hashtag #whedony, and following that hashtag during the hour it is live. Some of the weekly chats I have been a part of have topics covering gender, sexuality, morality, tropes, arcs, character development, and even topics as mundane as the fan’s favorites in terms of episodes, quotes, or scenes. One topic that gets a little messy is “do vampires have a soul in the Whedonverse?” (this is the ‘verse that covers the vastness of Joss’ work). It has sparked some heated debates during the chat, and is always a headache trying to come up with specific instances throughout chat that support one’s argument. I personally think they do, but that’s just me. James Marsters, you sexy bastard. Your blond hair, those rock hard abs. Also, Alexis Denisof. No words. Oops, well now. I digress….
At first, I was skeptical about a bunch of people coming together for an hour and sharing their ideas of Whedon’s work. Since I think television and opinions on television are highly subjective, I initially thought that there would be a multitude of dead ends when a variety of people see a scene, trope, or arc differently. To my satisfying surprise, the people of #whedony are respectful, friendly, and highly supportive and appreciate of all views in regards to Whedon’s work. From this chat, I have developed fantastic online friendships that have existed for quite sometime. And from what I know, other people who participate in whedony and are a fan of Whedon’s work, have met in real life and continue to be friends.
The whedony chat is more than just a chat about Whedon’s incredibly magnificent work; whedony is a place where fans can come together on a commonality and allow themselves to relate to one another, fangirl or fanboy out, and share their thoughts on their favorite human being: Joss Whedon. It is a place where fans come to make long lasting friendships, as I have, and to debate with one another and share their views on life through the works of Whedon. With social media such as Twitter, the fans of Whedon can relate to another on so many levels, participate in re-watches of a particular episode of a show, and connect on a deeper level than simply watching TV “alone”. Through the click of a button and 140 characters, one can interact with others on a level that was not possible 20 years ago.
If you have not been a part of the whedony chat on Twitter, I suggest you at least join in on one chat if you have the time. It is engaging, the fans are polite, and are welcoming of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, and opinions. There has never been a better time to be a Whedonite.