From discussions of TV, Film and music to ponderings on politics, art and aesthetics with occasional random bits and bobs, this blog is a place to engage, debate and celebrate the stuff that makes us tick. Snippets from my new book - a coming of age history of 1997, the year that made the future - as well as bits from previous work and current plans will pepper the pages.
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Brand Whedon, Feminism, and the damage done
My latest vlog in which I tackle the problems for Brand Whedon in the aftermath of allegations that seriously undermine his public persona;
I was sifting through my files and found a couple of pieces. One is a long essay that expresses considerable concern over the representation of Willow as Jewish (because it seems to be so irrelevant to her being when one might expect it to have rather more informing power). I think this was for a seminar series but cannot remember. The the piece is super short and looks like a companion piece to strong defence of Beer Bad. It's short and the exact opposite of sweet! Willow Rosenberg, in the very last episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer , saves the world. She does so by summoning her extraordinary magical powers and performing a spell of such magnitude that it transforms all of the girls and young women who may have become the Slayer on the death of the previous one into a Slayer now. In other words, it alters millennia of (super)-natural law and lore and, in the process, allows Buffy (the current vampire slayer) to have an army strong enough to defeat the First Evil.
Here is the next set of drafts from Jane Espenson (this one co-written with Doug Petrie). This one is 'End of Days', the brilliant nail-biting lead in to the final ever televisual Buffy . Faith and the girls are blown up, Buffy meets a very old woman who tells her about a scythe, Spike and Buffy get close; Angel and Buffy get seemingly closer... It's a great episode. Only two drafts, but also a snippet from the email correspondence between myself and Espenson, some of which will be in my forthcoming book, Joss Whedon . The drafts remain the property of FOX television, and the email snippet is copyright to Manchester University Press. Draft 1 Draft 2 " Attached is ‘End of Days’, another co-write with Doug. He wrote all the big actiony bits, I wrote all the funny Andrew/Anya, Willow/Giles, Xander/Dawn stuff." Go here for a little snippet about one of her insights into "The Replacement" And try out for drafts for Band Candy , and mor