You know I love all my children, but the second season always stands out for me because it was the first time we as a writing staff realised what we were capable of, that we really realised the nature of the show, soap operatic elements, continuing stories, what we could do. There was never a better foil for Buffy than Angel - although Faith came close - because Angel hit her where she lived and nobody else ever did and the audience had so much invested in him. Plus there was Spike and Dru and Cordelia… I mean, it taught us what this show could be. And so this season has that place in my heart.
Joss Whedon on which Buffy Season he likes the best (SFX Collection: Influential TV, 2006)
The thing we were trying to do was tell epic timeless stories on a small emotional scale. That sort of thing, if it’s done right, can certainly live on. Will the DVDs help keep alive its memory? I don’t know. I do know that the character as a concept has affected the way people think about heroines and heroes and who can front a show and what boys will watch and a lot of different things… And that’s a more important legacy to me than if they’re still watching the episodes.
Joss Whedon on Buffy (SFX Collection: Influential TV Special, 2006)

US/Canada Competition time!

The publishers of the Joss Whedon biography by Amy Pascale have given us three copies to give away.

"From the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which netted four million viewers per episode, to the summer blockbuster The Avengers, which amassed a box office of $1.5 billion, Joss Whedon has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his penchant for telling meaningful, personal tales about love, death, and redemption even against the most dramatic and larger-than-life backdrops. This biography follows his development from a creative child and teenager who spent years away from his family at an elite English public school, through his early successes—which often turned into frustrating heartbreak in both television (Roseanne) and film (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)—to his breakout turn as the creator, writer, and director of the Buffy television series. Extensive, original interviews with Whedon’s family, friends, collaborators, and stars—and with the man himself—offer candid, behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of groundbreaking series such as Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as new stories about his work with Pixar writers and animators during the creation of Toy Story. Most importantly, however, these conversations present an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose creativity and storytelling ability have manifested themselves in comics, online media, television, and film.”

To win a copy, send an email to whedonesque@gmail.com with the subject heading “Giveaway” and tell us what your favourite Joss Whedon scene is.

Rules

  • The book can only be shipped to a valid US or Canadian address
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted
  • The competition will close at 6pm EST on 8th August 2014. No entries after this time will be considered.
  • Winners will be chosen at random
  • The judge’s decision is final
  • The winners will be notified via email and asked for their shipping details so the book can be posted to them

The book is now out in the US and Canada and can be ordered at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.