Joss Whedon
The Genius Behind Buffy

Author: Candace Havens
Titan Books
ISBN 1 84023 727 9
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In his scruffy jeans and baggy button-down camp shirt, Joss Whedon doesn't look much like a Hollywood Mogul. He is soft-spoken and funny. His lopsided grin makes you think more of the video-store clerk he once was than the man who created one of the most beloved television shows of all time.

This is how Candace Havens' book on Joss Whedon begins, showing that the genius behind the cult hits of Buffy and Angel is just like us. He's happy to admit this too, and on several occasions cites himself as a geek writing a show for fellow geeks.

In this book, Havens takes you through Whedon's early years and growing up (when he was know as "Joe" to family and friends). It shows you his influences, particularly his hatred of high school and how hard it was to fit in. The chapters are short but entertaining, taking you into the mind of Whedon, plus a scattering of inserts including a set tour of Buffy, Angel and Firefly, plus an exclusive interview with Whedon on the Buffy finale.

More of a book for the real Buffy/Whedon fan rather than a fun little story for all, but it'll make you chuckle at his wit, and it won't take up too much of your time to read if you'd like to find out a little more about the creator and the beginnings of Buffy et al. His quote on the back of the book says: "Possibly the finest book of the century. It's exactly like A Tale of Two Cities, but with 30% more me." You gotta love him!

Keri Allan

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