J is for Joss

I hardly know where to begin with today’s post. Joss Whedon is one of (if not THE) biggest influences on me as a writer/creator of things. He’s given us so many wonderful iconic shows from Buffy & Angel to Firefly to Dollhouse.

He does it all: writes, directs, produces, and even composes music! His versatility goes beyond any one genre and extends from TV to Movies to Web-Series (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog anyone?).

I came to love Joss because of Firefly and then discovered his other creations later. The thing that struck a cord with me as a teenage girl watching Firefly as it aired (despite Fox’s ridiculous rotating air times) was the characters that each had their own strengths and weaknesses. And secrets (I’m looking at you, Shepherd Book). I loved that Zoe was a soldier and a badass, but she was still a woman–beautiful and feminine and loving.

What’s even better than the strong women he writes, is his attitude about it. When asked in an interview why he writes such strong women, he simply answered “Because you’re still asking me that question.”

Also, he’s snarky and I love it:

I could go on forever about how much I love Joss, but I’ll bring the fangirling to a close here and leave you with this inspirational Commencement Speech he gave in 2013 to Wesleyan University.

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